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

Ela's Blu Water Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.elasgrille.com/
  • Phone: 8437853030x
  • 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: Steak, Seafood, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Alpaugh
  • 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 8437853030x
  • Entertainment: Original Artist Productions, Classic Rock, Island Music

    Reid Richmond every Thursday from 7 - 11pm

    John Wasem every Friday & Saturday from 7 - 11pm

    Bill Peterson 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 scene. Fresh catch seafood and prime cut steaks of the highest quality, artfully prepared by our culinary team of experts, 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 WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Ela's Blu Water Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
204 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (179)great for outdoor dining (142)romantic (123)special occasion (121)fit for foodies (75)notable wine list (51)neighborhood gem (51)good for groups (24)hot spot (20)great for brunch (19)great for lunch (18)late-night find (15)vibrant bar scene (14)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Great outdoor seating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    So glad we found this place! Food and service were great. We sat outside with a water view. It is a bit on the pricey side but the food is good! I feel the atmosphere and experience make up for the menu prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    upset
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I do not normally review anything unless I can fuss about it. Ela's will be an exception. The food was wonderful, the portions right sized, the wait staff attentive and the keyboard player fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A waste of $200
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I don't really know where to begin. Perhaps I'll start with the server not knowing the difference between redfish and red snapper. This visit started bad and became progressively worse. We ordered the lobster bisque and shrimp cocktail for starters. The bisque was right at room temperature while the shrimp came poorly cooked (2 were nearly raw and mushy) and far from properly cleaned. We both ordered fish dishes which were entirely lackluster and flavorless. Top that off with a horrible creme brulé that wreaked of propane from a bad attempt at browning the sugar crystals and you have one giant mess of a meal. As a pretty seasoned foodie, I would say to avoid this place at all cost.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really nice evening
    1forthemoney
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    On vacation and celebrating our 30th. The view at the outside terrace was great overlooking a marina. Our waitress was great - attentive but not obtrusive. The only thing that kept it from 5 stars was the food. It wasn't bad but it wasn't at the level that warranted the prices. I had grouper. The fish was dry and slightly over cooked. It sat on a base that was a creamy something or other that didn't really complement the fish. My wife had filet mignon ordered medium well and came out well and slightly dry. For dessert I had creme brule that was not as firm as it should and was slightly watery. My wife's key lime pie was great. I would definitely go again as it really was a nice quiet romantic evening for us and the food was pricey but good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The view at sunset was breath taking...The lobster bisque was amazing....The crab cakes where exceptional...The grouper was however was a little over cooked. The service was friendly and well- timed. Great wine list that was affordable...We will return to try more dishes on our next Visit to Hilton Head.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Resturant on HH Island
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    always wonderful -- cant wait to go back. The best overall restaurant on Hilton Head Island. Chef has great features and the view at sun set is to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Had the halibut it was wonderful. The lanterns on the table are not conducive for conversation. Will visit this resturant again
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The absolute worst waitress in the world! Could not even open a bottle of wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    arlieallie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was great as was service. Excellent spot. Beautifull view of marina and great for strolling before or after dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner
    Rose
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Hilton heas has soo many.restaurants, this is a reliable good dining experience! Food was delicious, good atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible food, service, and views
    emond
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We were beyond thrilled with our experience at Ela's. We were on our honeymoon and I'm pretty sure they gave us the best table of the restaurant (outside, secluded). Everything from the bread to dessert was great, as was the service. We will be back when we return to Hilton Head!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Cheermom
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I eat a lot of steak and enjoyed one of the best ever NY strip steaks here. It was flavorful and perfectly cooked. I started with the pear arugula salad which was also outstanding in its flavor. My husband loved his shrimp cocktail and filet. Our waitress, Amber was attentive and the the views of Shelter Cove at sunset are an added delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OnVacationVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were very excited for our dinner at Ela. Bad from the start. Ahi appetizer didn't contain quality tuna. Was stringy with sinew and swimming in sauce. For an entree, I had the grouper which was excellent. However, I asked to substitute the starch side with double veggies and was told no substitutes were allowed. I would have to purchase the extra veggies as a side. She misunderstood when I said it was ok to just eliminate the starch and brought the extra veggies. These consisted of baby carrots and snow peas. The carrots were so hard, couldn't cut them with a knife. The peas were just a step above. When our bill arrived, there was an $8 charge for the extra veggies! Ugh. The entire evening was a turnoff. We won't be back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Generally quite good
    jshott
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Located on Shelter Cove Harbour, the view was very nice. Our waiter was adequate or slightly better. The menu offered several tempting choices, and adequate selection of wines. Food was well prepared. The downside was that our reservation was during the prime dinner period on a Saturday on a holiday weekend, and the restaurant was full. We were seated about 15 feet from the guitarist providing live music, and there are no soft services in the place to absorb the sound of happy diners. The result was a noise level that made discussion among the four of us difficult. For all the pluses Ela's has, this was a major negative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have been coming to HHI for 7 years and this was our first time at ELAs. The outdoor dining view was excellent. Very helpful waitress and the presentation and taste of the food was great
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ealon Thompson. jr
    Ealon
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food good not Great, truffle mash potatoes were very strong truffle flavoring, however Pork was very good. Flounder strong fish odor & dry. Coconut Gelato was excellent,
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time find
    Keithelder
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Found this place while vacationing at Hilton Head... Fabulous all the way around! The calimari was fantastic as we're the seafood as well as steak selections our group had! Would definitely recommend if you are near there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • shrimp cocktail and apex predators
    avocatVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We enjoyed shrimp cocktail and relished swordfish skewered. Ahi tartare? Not so much. The shrimp was pure fun. A crunchy salad lay hidden beneath a horseradish sauce with 6 giant shrimp hanging out atop it all. The other memorable dish was simple cubes of swordfish alongside bell peppers and red onions, thrown on a grill. The setting of this spot was lovely at sunset. Views toward the northwest across a marina as yachts came by at the end of the day. As darkness fell,lights sparkled on the waterway. Romance worthy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern style cooking
    ItaloKiwi
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Upmarket restaurant with upmarket pricing. We ordered flounder which was served with asparagus and carrots wrapped in the middle with some kind of béarnaise sauce on top. I thought that this looked good and tasted bad. Flounder is a bland fish and was accompanied by a Bernaise sauce. Bearnaise sauce is a traditional accompaniment for steak in France and I think is ill-suited for flounder. Didn't anyone taste this dish before they served it up? The herbs are designed to bring out the flavour in the meat; flavours that don't exist in fish. The vegetables were effectively steamed inside the wrapped fish but they were actually undercooked - nobody checked whether the fish and the vegetables cook at the same rate - hint: they don't.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Favorite on HHI!
    Kimberly
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Ela's is located on the Shelter Cove Harbor and it sets a beautiful stage for romance and special occasions. Sitting on the balcony and watching the sun set is a site we come back for often. Earl and the staff at Ela's are attentive and menu is never disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bkcadcdine
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Ela's is one of our favorite restaurants on the island. We had dinner on the veranda with a cool breeze and temps in the mid-80s. Awesome sunset views of the marshland and marina. The cobia and duck were outstanding dishes. Best Key Lime pie on HHI. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Enjoyed everything. Food was great, Service was great Beautiful View Would highly reccommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EatingbywaterHH
    Iluvtoeat
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Food was excellent, service excellent and view excellent. Highly recommend fried green tomatoes. Best I've had in area and I'm trying them all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice Brunch
    Club1136
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had a very nice meal here with very good service . Our waitress Vanessa was very friendly and pleasant. Eggs Benedict were very good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It Doesn't Get Any Better
    RWAHH
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Once again our experience at ELA's was extraordinary. The Food, The Service, The ambience and view all extraordinary. One of us had the Grouper from the menu and the other the Chef's Special fresh Cobia on Lo Mein noodles and Bok Choy which was an explosion of flavors. In any case both dishes were prepared to a paramount of flavors. Our server Amber was just exceptional she has to be one of the best on Hilton Head Island. We cannot recommend ELA's enough, if you are looking for an exceptional dinning experience and ambience on Hilton Head, don't miss ELA's
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • To die for!
    SueM
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went to the restaurant for my birthday dinner. In my OpenTable reservation, I requested a table by the window to take in the great water views and we were thrilled with the table provided. Dinner was amazing - from the fresh warm breads, freshly shucked oysters on the half shell, to the huge shrimp cocktail my husband had, and through to our excellent filet mignon steaks (his well done, mine Pittsburgh rare, and both done perfectly!). Service was ok, though our waiter was a bit full of himself. Still, I'd highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great meal and wonderful setting. If it hadn't been quite so hot, we would have sat outdoors. We'll be back to do that in the fall.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything came together
    SearcherVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had dinner at Ela's for the first time this week. It was one of the best meals we have had in years. The view, the best in Hilton Head, the service, perfect and the food could not have been better. I had the Scallops and they were excellent. My wife had the Crab Cakes. They had a roasted taste and cooked just right. The Calamari was some of the best ever. It was cut thick like French fries not in rings and as tender as I have ever had. The wine suggestion was just right. A meal we will remember for a long time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tomg
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Fantastic ocean view. Great service. Swordfish kabob was excellent. Drinks spot on.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely view ~~
    watersideVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    this was our first time at ela's and we certainly wanted it to be wonderful since it was our 25th wedding anniversary. we were not disappointed. we sat outdoors on the wrap around deck and the view was stunning. the pear arugula salad and shrimp cocktail were very good as were the snapper special and the scallop risotto. our server was very pleasant and attentive. the only negative was the creme brulee - it was cold and pasty, not light and smooth - and it was not caramelized on top at all which ruined it. other than that, everything was wonderful and we thoroughly enjoyed our anniversary dinner!! thank you!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • XxxxVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Ela's was excellent! We loved the musician on a Sunday night who played great rock classics on guitar. The beet salad was great and the grouper very enjoyable. Our waiter was very accommodating with special requests. Everyone was happy with the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    HHpeople
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The view was beautiful , yachts everywhere ! The food was tasteful, at first it looked like a little bit of food but I ended up full and not even finishing . Loved it
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You won't be disappointed
    kmj72
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Service was great! Great water front views, especially in the evening with the candles and patio lighting. Great menu selection, everything we tried was very good.We loved it so much we ate there twice during our stay on Hilton Head!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beautiful views,great menu ,service
    sashapits
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Not only was the view terrific but the menu as well as the staff were terrific! First time but will not forget and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good
    KennyG
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We visited Ela's while we were in Hilton head last week and as in past visits we found it to be very good. We always take an outdoor table overlooking Shelter Cove Marina and Broad Creek. If you have not been to Ela's you should give it a try. The food is always very good and the outdoor view is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Chef was not on duty for the night and the line cooks were not up to the challenge, chef we had read about had left and the new one had taken the night .line cooks need more training to maintain consistency in the food .ambience location beautiful .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed
    NICK
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Ela's was a great experience. The crabcakes & swordfish skewer starters were terrific, the pan seared snapper was consumed with extreme haste. The grouper was delectable and well presented. Will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    Lulu
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We went for a special night our and while it was lovely, the food was not up to par. My husband was up half the night - duck from either the oysters if the snapper. The only good part of the meal was the dessert. Definitely not worth the high price we paid.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth a Visit
    Weeatoutalot
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food was very good. We enjoyed our evening and the ambience. Our service was good. I would definitely recommend the restaurant and will return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Ela's
    Schrocky
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    If your looking for ambiance, terrific view and wonderful food, then you've found your place. Lobster Bisque was to die for, the grouper and scallops were nothing short of fabulous. We had terrific service as well. Add Ela's as your must go to the next time you're in Hilton Head!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.