The history of Ella’s Restaurant at The Inn at Carnall Hall is as old as the building itself. The dual dining rooms were features of the original women’s dormitory, and were used by the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity for the same purpose. Each year while it was a women’s dormitory a photo was taken of the residents in the Dining Room, and some of those photos now line the eastern walls of the main floor hall.
When the restoration of Carnall Hall was completed in 2003 Ella’s Restaurant opened in the West Dining Room with a pristine white-on-white color scheme. Partner Miles James was the Executive Chef, and photographs from his most recent cookbook were highlighted on the walls. The décor was crisp chic modern, and etched glass portraits of Ella Carnall hung from the ceiling above a marble serving table centered in the dining room.
When Chef Miles James left the partnership Ella’s Restaurant moved to the East Dining Room so that the light décor of the West Dining Room could better serve as the special events space for receptions. The center table was removed and the etched glass portraits of Ella Carnall became the focal point of the reception desk area, highlighting signatures of notable guests of The Inn, The East Dining Room was redesigned as a soothing oasis of comfort, where diners could relax in wing-backed chairs amid soft lighting and an ambiance of southern hospitality, lingering over dinner.
Ella’s has consistently been rated one of the most romantic restaurants in Fayetteville, as well as winning in the “Best Brunch” category. Either dining room, Ella’s or the West Dining Room, is the perfect location for special events ranging from a wedding reception to a birthday celebration, with unparalleled perfect custom designed menus. Local publications Citiscapes, Celebrate, the Democrat Gazette, and the Northwest Arkansas Times all tout both the ambiance of Ella’s Restaurant and the exquisite meals prepared by Ella’s staff.
The menu at Ella’s changes seasonally so that our staff can utilize the freshest seasonal choices, both locally grown produce as well as fish and meats flown in overnight. The wine menu ranges from moderately priced American and International vintages to the perfect special bottle for that once-in-a-lifetime occasion. Our culinary team is always happy to design a dinner with wine pairings for that perfect personal event, as well as for Wine Dinners hosted by The Inn at Carnall Hall and Ella’s.
As Ella’s moves into its second decade we welcome you to become a part of our history and make our dining room yours.