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Nell Thorn Restaurant & Bar


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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

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Fresh Oysters
Six​ freshly shucked lopez island pacific oysters topped with satsuma gremolata
Fresh local mussels steamed with white wine, cream, heirloom tomato and bay
Seared​ alaskan weathervane scallops with heirloom tomato, escarole and poached garlic crème
Crispy Smelt
Fresh ocean smelt fried crispy in an herbs de skagit crust with fresh house made tartar for dipping
Crab Cakes
Hand​ made fresh dungeness crab cakes, salsa verde, heirloom cherry tomato and aioli
Pan Crisped Oysters
Succulent local blau oysters, pan crisped with a herbs de skagit crust, served with fresh aioli
Polenta Cakes
Crispy polenta, simmered in slow old fashioned way with creamy shiitake gorgonzola sauce
Pot Stickers
Crispy winter squash hazelnut sage dumplings with raspberry szechuan for dipping
Chicken Wings
Crispy free range wings tossed in nell’s somewhat spicy sauce with creamy gorgonzola for dipping
Clams Toscano
Fresh lopez clams opened in their own juices with bacon, chili, aromatics, bread crumbs and parmesan (if you prefer traditional steamers, just ask, we are happy to make them! )
French Bistro Salad
Tender organic lettuces and greens with choice of creamy gorgonzola, champagne vinaigrette or pumpkin seed vinaigrette
Heart Beet
Tender beets, fresh arugula, hazelnut vinaigrette, rouge river smoked blue cheese
Endive Salad
Crisp belgian endive, candied hazelnut studded gothberg farm goat cheese, champagne vinaigrette and seasonal fruit garnish
Prawn Salad
Garlic​ butter poached wild prawns with crisp romaine, veggies, champagne vinaigrette and cheese toast
Grilled Steak Salad
Grilled coulatte steak with crisp romaine, veggies, creamy gorgonzola dressing and cheese toast
Mixed hand torn lettuces with a choice of dressings, a bowl of soup, nell’s bread and choice of cheese
Oyster Sandwich
Blau oysters, pan crisped dressed with aioli on our house made bun
Portobello Sandwich
Whole madeira roasted portobello mushroom with dubliner cheddar on our home made bun
Nell Burger
Grilled 1/2 pound handmade organic local grass fed patty, cooked to your liking with dubliner irish cheddar or creamy gorgonzola
Sandwiches are served on our handmade bun, garnished with rainbow pepper relish and include choice of soup, fries or salad – pumpkin seed, creamy gorgonzola or champagne vinaigrette)
Clam Fettuccini
Handmade fettuccini tossed with a ragu of chopped clams, fresh san marzano tomato, grilled sweet onion, chili, herbs and parm
Pasta Del Mar
Calamari,​ clams and prawns simmered in olive oil, spices and herbs tossed with spaghetti
Spicy Seafood Spaghetti
Calamari,​ clams and prawns simmered in our spicy marinara sauce tossed with spaghetti, herbs and parm
Clams Pasta
Our clams toscano tossed with fresh spaghetti, herbs and parm
6 wild prawns $+8.00
Con Oglio
Extra virgin olive oil, pressed garlic, chili flakes, flat leaf parsley and parmesan
King Salmon
Pan roasted king salmon served with a pilaf of faro, shaved carrot and radicchio, arugula pesto and lemon butter sauce
Grilled Sturgeon
Succulent columbia river sturgeon with a ragu of homemade duck sausage, clams, fingerling potatoes, spinach and fresh herbs, meyer lemon gremolata
Oyster Dinner
Pan crisped blau oysters lightly dusted in herbs de skagit, glazed veggies and buttermilk mashed potatoes
Autumn Cioppino
Sturgeon, clams, prawn, mussels and calamari simmered in a seafood broth with hubbard squash, heirloom tomato, shaved fennel bulb and chanterelles bay scented
Pastured Chicken
Pan roasted local pastured chicken breast served with fricassee of fingerling potatoes, chanterelle, champion mushrooms, arugula and escarole
Roast Duck
Pan roasted duck breast in a rich duck broth with winter squash hazelnut wontons, winter greens, spicy chinese mustards and shaved radish
Buddha Bowl
A truffled stew of fresh mixed shell beans, chanterelle, pom pom de blanc mushroom with crispy polenta croutons, smokey eggplant puree and truffled fresh arugula
Lamb Shank
Tender braised lamb with buttermilk mashed potatoes, glazed autumn veggies and braising jus
Steak and Frites
A bistro favorite of grilled hanger steak, nell’s fresh fries, homemade bordelaise sauce and spicy ketchup
Organic Grass Fed New York
Skagit​ river ranch organic new york, grilled to your liking served with buttermilk mashed potatoes, sautéed greens and bordelaise sauce
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
American, Seafood
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been here before, so i know what to expect. Generally, lunch is fairly open; no waiting, But... during the tourist season this can be a bit less likely. The food is always good and well prepared. Usually the staff is timely in their...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Darryl N
Reviewed 16 December 2018 via mobile

My wife and I were in LaConner for day two of our anniversary get away. We decided to eat at Nell Thorn. First thing I need to warn you about, is definitely book a reservation! We arrived at 4:45 and they were already full. Fortunately,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ridgetoriveroutdoors
Reviewed 20 November 2018

We ate one lunch and 2 dinners because of the excellent food. Very fresh and just plain good! Loved the location with a view of channel.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Bojorquez
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

We sat outside on a lovely fall day. I think because we sat outside that our server forgot about us. Once served, she did not return to fill our water glasses or see if we needed anything else. The food was good enough, though pricey...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank PlacesToSee4
Reviewed 22 September 2018

Do not live in Washington, but have made many trips there. LaConner is one of my favorite towns to visit. It is what I picture a seaside town to be. Discovered Nell Thorn years ago, and just loved it. Was there again last month and...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Deborah H
Reviewed 21 September 2018

I ordered fried oysters and steamed clams during happy our. I ate three orders of steamed clams during happy hour. The next day I ordered Spaghetti Del Mar, a delicious dish with spaghetti, clams, mussels, and calamari tossed in garlic and olive oil. The food...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank lenoreps
Reviewed 16 September 2018

Nell Thorn is worth a trip to La Conner. Somewhat pricey place but excellent local and other dishes served very well. Have been there several times and always have been satisfied by both the food quality and friendly service.

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Todd A
Reviewed 12 September 2018

A truly outstanding restaurant! We sat indoors as it was a little warm as we were there for an early dinner. The restaurant is very pretty and comfortable and comes with great views of the channel. Two of us had duck breast with rice noodles,...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank AZ-LGE
Reviewed 9 September 2018

We went here knowing that it is highly regarded. I disliked most of it. At 4:30 we were offered seating in the bar or the "bistro." It would be quieter in the bistro so we chose that. The kitchen makes the bistro noisy. Only the...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank CASanMarino
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is visually pleasing both outdoors and inside. It is more upscale than all the others on the street. Good delicious food, attentive staff, and a wonderful ambiance.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank DoloresJacoby
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24 July 2018|
Response from hodge1916 |
Found the answer to my Q elsewhere (yes--they do accept AMEX)
Michael K
8 November 2015|
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Response from slbebee58643 | Reviewed this property |
It has been awhile since we ate there. We did not have soup.
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