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Ela's Blu Water Grille
Ela's Blu Water Grille

Ela's Blu Water Grille Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.elasgrille.com
  • Phone: (843) 785-3030
  • Hours of Operation: BRUNCH: Sunday 11:00 - 2:00pm

    LUNCH: Monday - Friday 11:00 - 2:00pm

    DINNER: Daily 5:00 - 10:00pm

    LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Thursday - Sunday 7pm -10pm F
    Thursdays 7pm - 10pm : HARRY SANTANA
    Fridays/Saturdays 7pm - 10pm : JOHN WASEM
    Fridays/Saturdays 7pm - 10pm : REID RICHMOND
    Sundays 11am - 2pm: MARTIN LESCH
    Sundays 7pm - 10pm : TIM MALCHAK

    Private Party bookings available in our Penthouse Private Dining Room

    Docking fees/ complimentary when arriving by boat with reservations
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Meagen Mehaffey
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Second Level private dining for Wedding & Private events for up to 80pp
    Penthouse VIP Dining Room available for parties up to 20pp
  • Private Party Facilities: Best Water View Dining on Hilton Head
    Book your next event with us
  • Private Party Contact: Ken Mehaffey - General Manager (843) 785-3030
  • Entertainment: Original Artist Productions,Classic Rock, Island Music

    Reid Richmond every Thursday from 7 - 11pm

    John Wasem every Friday & Saturday from 7 - 11pm

    Martin Lesch every Sunday 11-2pm

    Tim Malchak every Sunday 7-10pm

Getting there

  • Public Transit: OMNI RESORT / MARRIOTT RESORT / WESTIN RESORT offer free shuttles to ELA'S

    Palmetto Dunes - DunesBuggy - free shuttle to ELA's
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Enter Shelter Cove Harbour and follow Shelter Cove Lane to the private parking for guests.

    OMNI RESORT / MARRIOTT RESORT / WESTIN RESORT offer free shuttles to ELA'S

    For directions call our concierge at 843-785-3030
A word from Ela's Blu Water Grille
Featured in Bon Appetit and the winner of numerous Open Table awards, ELA's Blu Water Grille is a shining star on the Hilton Head culinary scene. Fresh catch seafood and prime cut steaks of the highest quality, artfully prepared by Chef Meagen Mehaffey, compliment the extensive boutique wine selection. Located at Shelter Cove Harbour overlooking the marina and Broad Creek, ELA's is known for the best water views on the island. A casual intimate interior, wrap around dining patio exterior, and nightly entertainment provided by local recording artists sets the perfect dining experience or location to host special events, private parties, or rehearsal dinners.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Great atmosphere with a wonderful water view. Sitting outside with lights all around was beautiful. The menu however was lacking in choices. Everyone had a difficult time choosing for that reason. Don't know if I could recommend this restaurant to my family or friends. I might however give it another try next year."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Nice place right in the cove. Server responded well when we opted to split a couple of courses so that we could try more items. Calamari was very good - a nice cut. Pear arugula salad better than most and the crab cakes were perfect with virtually no filling. The only tough thing is the crowded parking lot. You are well served to send a person in to ask for parking help if the lot is full. They made a spot for us by moving an employee car. Nice touch!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Creative menu with typical brunch selections. Overall Ela's remains a Hilton Head gem. The dining experience at Ela's has always been top notch. They remain on the to do list when vacationing at Hilton Head."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My sister, daughters and I had dinner at Ela's on a Saturday evening. It wasn't overly busy as the weather had been rainy. The outdoor seating was very nice and the food good, however, the service was really unfriendly. The server seemed annoyed that my youngest daughter ordered her meal selections from the appetizer menu. One of our party was vegetarian and despite calling ahead to ensure this wouldn't be a problem, our server made no attempt to accommodate her. We have been to restaurants that are always happy to prepare a pasta or something creative for the vegetarian in our party."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Ela's never disappoints. We love this spot for great food with a great view. If you're looking for a romantic dinner spot this is your place."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "All of our steaks were overcooked and the service rushed. My great aunt had her plate removed when she still had food on her fork - twice. We could feel the stress in the staffs interaction with us. It was a dissapointing meal for which we paid over $900.00."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "While it is a little pricey, this spot is a must. The Calimari was to die for and our meals were top notch."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Our family of four had a wonderful meal on the deck overlooking the river and harbor from above. The service was excellent. I had the special sesame wasabi tuna which was excellent and my wife enjoyed the scallops. The teenage boys had duck and mahi mahi --both were pleased. All meals were very good as was the dessert tray. We will return for a special night in the future."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Ela's just missed 5 stars, a 4.8. Overall a great dinner. Appetizers and entrees were as always enjoyable. A hilton head must do"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "excellent on all counts. best scallops and crab risotto I've had anywhere in the world!!! beautiful setting w/ attentive and cordial staff would recommend highly"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Beautiful setting, delicious food and excellent service. Will return on my next trip to SC."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Sunday - Jazz Brunch - was just delightful sitting outside on the porch. The service was delightful and the plated brunch was delicious. We will be back for brunch."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "take your time and relax. food is served in a enjoyably slow fashion. delectable delights from all corners of the world. dim lighting and romantic atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "While on vacation we experienced our 1st visit to Ela's. The food, service, and entertainment were very enjoyable. Our only negative was the fact that we had requested a window table and while we were seated upstairs in a very nice quiet environment minutes later alarge and noisy family were seated next to us even though the restaurant was not busy at the time. We requested a different table and found it difficult to get seated at the requested table even though the restaurant was not full."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was tasty, but the portions were so small. My children are ages 16, 20 and 22 and they left still hungry even though our breakfast brunch was over $100."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Must visit and enjoy incredible good, view and service."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "My husband and I were staying at the Palmetto Dunes Resort and decided to try Ela's for dinner. Not only was the food fantastic, but our server was wonderful at recommending items to try on the menu. The food and ambiance were fantastic."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "My fiancée and I really enjoyed our meal at Ela's Blu Water Grille. Every night that we've been in Hilton Head, we've eaten at a nice restaurant and this one was excellent. The view of the yachts in the marina is very picturesque, and our server was very good. Our meals were nicely presented and tasted amazing - grouper and cobia (fresh catch of the day). We thought about staying for the fireworks (Tuesdays at 9:00), but we wanted to get back to our ocean villa. Next time we eat here, we might plan our reservations for 8:00 or 8:30 on a Tuesday so we can enjoy the fireworks while we eat. Overall, excellent food, view and service, totally worth the price! :)"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We were visiting Hilton Head Island for the week and had the opportunity to head out for an evening without our children. We both love good food so we picked a place that had an intriguing menu. Ella's fit the bill. We shared the beet napoleon, which was excellent and both had fish (swordfish and grouper) for our main course. It was completely worth the expense. Both fillets were excellently cooked and the portions were spot on. While we didn't sit outside, we had a table right next to the window. The view of the marina was great. We would both certainly return to Ella's on another trip to HHI."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Beautiful view, outstanding food, good service, one of the finest restaurants overlooking water on HHI."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "What a wonderful place, almost a hidden gem. Everything was beyond expectations. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "the location was great with a nice selection of menu items. however, not all items were available and the service was lacking - had to continually look for server and the attention level toward meeting a patron's need were less than adequate"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The restaurant has a fabulous appeal from the outside . The interior decor is nice , but the outside seating and view is spectacular . Too bad the food quality didn't meet our expectations . Food quality & presentation very disappointing , thought the food would have been far superior . We had expected 4 star dining , at best 1 star."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "My grouper was good and my husband's steak was also good. The Hush puppies were delicious."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Because this restaurant is on the water and slightly tucked away, it's not crazy busy and has great views. We went for a family dinner, and the lights out on the deck were just beautiful. Wonderful decor, great menu selection, and also not overly pricey."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "It was our first time at Ela's, and we had a great meal. The food is phenomenal, the place is very clean, the service is great, and the views are spectacular. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We got seated immediately at a table we requested in advance. Waitress was super friendly and answered all questions. Food was delicious and prepared as requested."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Fresh local ingredients with a good wine list. service was excellent and the view is spectacular. Reservations are a must."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Ela's probably has the most beautiful view of any restaurant I have dined at in this region. And if you want a closer look, take a l leisurely troll around the docks. Every item on the menu is fresh. I think at Ela's you can't go wrong surf or turf. Extensive wine list and a local favorite. Will be back!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Hands down best restuarant in my opinion in Hilton Head. Food was excellent, service was great, and there is a scenic view in every seat in the restaurant. Definetely recommend coming here. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The outside dining was excellent- great view. The food was outstanding - great specials- the fish selections were very good and the crab cakes were wonderful. A little pricy but everything was worth it."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Anniversary dinner bust (it wasn't a complete disaster, but there were enough annoyances that you couldn't pay me to return). First, glasses with ice came out and were immediately filled w/ water. I'm a 'water, no-ice' type so it was unfortunate not to be able to voice that preference without feeling like a D-bag. Then our server suggested we get the calamari app. (it actually ended up being the saving grace of the meal/experience) after we had already declined to order an appetizer. Then our server disclosed to us that he has gout. Seriously? That's disgusting. Thanks. The grouper was plain and definitely not a $30 plate. Crabcakes are nothing special and also very overpriced. Far better options on HHI - better food for better prices. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "My wife and I have dined at Ela's several times, and we have never been disappointed. The food is wonderful and you cannot beat the view of the harbor. Request outside seating if the weather is warm. My wife is vegetarian and Ela's has always accommodated her requests for changes to their basic menu. Great place. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Stopped in last minute and had a great table by the water and a knowledgable and fun waiter named Chris."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Thank you for making our anniversary so special Saturday night. The romantic table, champagne, dinner and dessert will be night to remember for a long time! We definitely will be back again!!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was amazing, the service fantastic and the view was beautiful. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We chose Ela's after reviewing the menu and were not disappointed. Great chemistry of mixing flavors and combining ingredients. Imaginative and talented chef. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Excellent food, service and views! Our first visit we enjoyed a sunset during dinner, this visit we enjoyed the daylight and watching the activity in the marina."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "would highly recommend for anything the food and the service was fabulous."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Best swordfish I've ever had. Best to have a reservation and go early. Filled by 7pm. Relax and spend some time. The food may take some time getting to the table."
    Dined on 5/29/2014