Crispy Brussels Sprouts
Mustard green aioli, kumquat, meyer lemon
Black lime, oregano, cashew
Roasted Hanger Steak
Grilled romaine, grana padano, cauliflower sauce
Great service, incredible food, exceeded our expectations. Looking forward to our next visit.
Loved the presentation, limited menu, so everything is incredibly flavorful and done perfectly. Do a few things REALLY well instead of lots of things “okay!” Smaller portions allow for trying more of the delicious options. And the cocktails were masterful as well!
We drive from Seattle every few months to eat at Carnal. Easily our favorite restaurant in this area. Keep up the fantastic work!! It’s always an extraordinary experience on all levels.
Such a great meal. Service was great. We will definitely be back. Can’t wait.
Best food in Bellingham. Surprising and creative flavors cooked to perfection. I love that they change up the menu seasonally. We have been here several times and are never disappointed.
Creative, delicious and beautifully prepared dishes. Hands down the best dining we’ve ever had in Bellingham. My only complaint? Carnal isn’t in my home town and I can’t go back at least once a week.
The food was some of the best I’ve had and the small plate concept worked for our party of 6. The noise level was really high and made it hard to hear to talk with our party but the food was so good that there wasn’t a lot of talking going on anyway!!
Beautiful presentation, delicious food, great staff. Carnal is definitely a good place for a date or special occasion. Note: it is a little loud, my only caveat. We tried Hamachi Crudo, Fried Chicken wings, Duck Fat Potatoes, Hanger Steak & Short Ribs. It’s all about sharing. This is food that made us feel good things and lose track of time. Pricey for an entire dinner and drinks but worth every penny.
Rock solid place. The food is creative and filling; just over the top delicious. We had 9 people and tried everything but the noise level was too much for a few of us. I’ll be back!
Our small plates were fabulous and creative and we would order them all again. We found the main course to be overpriced and not that well plated. The restaurant is dark and service was spotty. Can’t really know if this was due to staffing or how the restaurant is run. I would say if the service and ambience were more welcoming my stars would increase for sure!
Interesting food, beautifully prepared. A real treat. You do need to get coffee available.
We love Carnal!! Food is amazing, drinks are amazing!! Can get a bit noisy but doesn’t take away from the experience. So glad they are here in Bellingham!!!
Inside was quite noisy, fortunately outside with the heat lamps was a great option. The Brussels sprouts were amazing and the cocktails were a perfect combination of new and familiar. Also had the duck fat potatoes and hangar steak, which were very good though I didn’t dream about them. Service was spectacular and we overall loved this spot. Would definitely come back and recommend. Cocktails and appetizers 💯
A great find for foodies looking for casual gourmet in Bellingham area.
Great service and great food. Refreshing to have a city vibe restaurant in Bellingham WA.
Great time! 5th time eating here - every time has been great, and I think getting better. Now my favorite place in the region. Staff are cool and let all the guests have fun. Meticulous attention placed on the food. Definitely coming back as soon as my schedule allows
Had the Beef Short Rib, Duck Fat Potatoes and Broccolini. They were all perfect for me. The seasonings and sauces were amazing! Definitely going back! Loved the Dark Chocolate Mousse as well.
High quality yet casual dining, excellent service with knowledgable, engaged staff. Family style dining, everything on the rotating menu is excellent. Mixed drinks and wine list are appropriate and well crafted.
Desserts are homemade and incredible.
A great place for a nice dinner out. We were seated quickly and the staff was attentive but not overwhelming.
Quality food, excellent service, slightly slow service with our mains taking an hour to come out. However with each plate brought out we were told what each component was, which we really enjoyed. Glad we chose the delicious wings as an appetizer!
absolutely outstanding: we eat out quite a bit but everything was superlative from the salads (with a custom non-dairy dressing alternative) to the main courses.
Dining was available inside and outside. Most people were outside, so we chose that. It was a pleasant September evening with a bit of sun hitting the gravel patio. Inside would have been fine as well, with a darker, more intimate feel. The menu was short but perfect. We had the broccolini, hanger steak, and pork collar, and a couple of specialty cocktails. Everything was superb with layers of flavors. I can't recommend Carnal highly enough. We were only in Bellingham for a couple of nights and I'm so glad we chose to spend one at Carnal.
The food and cocktails were excellent with unique tastes. The staff was attentive and and friendly but not intrusive.
This was my fourth time at Carnal and it did not disappoint. Although it was somewhat busy, service was great and the wait for our food wasn't bad at all. Everything was delicious and the ambiance is unbeatable. There's a reason I keep coming back. Looking forward to my next visit already.
The food was delicious! I had the marinated avocado and the fried chicken wings, while my husband had the green salad and ribs. It was all Outstanding! Our friends had the same plus the halibut and were quite happy. The wait staff were attentive, giving us time to chat but ready to help and answer questions.
We ate out on the patio, which is lovely, and is adjacent to the Y, so the smell of chlorine from the Y’s swimming pool was initially prominent, and then I guess we just got accustomed to it and couldn’t smell it anymore. Just a heads up there.
Highly recommend and will return.
Chef James is an artist. Food is complimented with exceptional cocktails. The service and choices Ayla and Camen made for us were perfect!!!
Best food experience in Bellingham, so far.
One of the best meals we’ve ever had! Amazing cocktails, fantastic service. We had a wonderful experience.
This was too expensive for what you got. The meat is way way overpriced and the portions were very small. I’m a 124lb woman who felt ripped off by the two small strips of hangar steak. It was over $100 bill for a mostly vegetarian meal
It was pretty awesome. We ate nearly everything off the menu and it was all pretty good.
Food & drink is absolutely delicious with a unique vibe / ambiance!
Concept almost feels like they are going for a high end steak house but the portions could be a bit bigger given the price point.
Best restaurant in bellingham hands down! I brought out of town friends this visit who said it was the best food they had eaten this year!
The food was absolutely incredible...though very expensive.
Very nice experience. We enjoyed the food. Loved the shortribs. And the Halibut. Wings were great too.
Intimate setting with outdoor seating. Heaters are available. Appetizers were excellent. My wife had the halibut which was tender and well prepared. The short rib is their signature dish and I was thoroughly impressed with the preparation and the size of the portion. Strongly recommend.
Service was superb. We were visiting from out of state and I strongly recommend this restaurant for a unique dining experience.
I hope they expand their menu in the future
Probably the best food in Bellingham! Unique, healthy choices for small plates and a beautiful helping of protein for dinner. Excellent and fun cocktail choices. We had to move inside because it was a little chilly outside. I’d love to see some more comfortable seating or some coziness in this location. With food this good, I would get excited about coming more often it is was a little more comfortable. Worth a trip. We have also ordered from them on Viking Food.
amazing creative food. They don't serve coffee so that would be my only suggestion
Food and ambiance were excellent. The plantain appetizer was a suggestion by our server and it did not disappoint.
Check the menu beforehand, it’s not very extensive and you’ll want to be sure they have something you’ll eat, but there’s also “something for everyone” insofar as you’ll have vegetarian, gluten free, etc. Otherwise, the portions are good and the prices are not unreasonable, the food itself is excellent.
Great food, great service, best outdoor dining in Bellingham. Limited menu. Hope they switch it up or add specials for those of us who come back often!