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: 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 8437853030x
  • 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
Ela's Blu Water Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
204 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (177)great for outdoor dining (146)romantic (119)special occasion (119)fit for foodies (73)notable wine list (51)neighborhood gem (51)great for brunch (22)good for groups (22)great for lunch (18)hot spot (17)vibrant bar scene (16)late-night find (13)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • 1st time find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Service
    • 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
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
  • Ok food
    Kristin
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My fish was raw in the middle. They cooked me a new piece with no issues but it wasn't great either... No flavor. They comped Dessert but took nothing off the fish. My husband was almost finished with his meal by the time my correctly cooked fish came.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful dinner
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband and I came here for our wedding anniversary. The food was superb and the service exceptional. The only down side was two women at the table nearby arguing over the food bill. We will definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • live2eat
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Our food was excellent and server very attentive. We requested outdoor seating but it was still a very warm evening. I wish we would have enjoyed the view from inside. We will ask next time if possible to have an option to eat inside if weather too hot or too cold.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beth
    Bethc225
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary at Ela's . We knew nothing about the restaurant , and found it on line. We were thrilled with the experience. The food was amazing....not cheap, but amazing. Service was great and the location was wonderful. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food
    Margo75
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Food was expensive for quality. Calamari was most unusual. Sauces made them edible. Oysters not of good quality. Sides were not quality for restaurant of this expense Requested reservations at 7. Could not get. when we left at 7:30 several tables empty. Noise from a group with 7 or 8 small children at a table away from parents.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful place!!
    Packerfan
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went to dinner here while on a business trip. Made reservations for three at seven. We were 25 minutes early and they seated us right away! The food was great! I had the scallops and they were big and very tasty! Will be back for another meal when we visit Hilton Head Island again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little pricey
    alittlepricey
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This was our third year dining at Ela's during our summer vacation in HH. Once again we were very pleased with our experience. Food, service, live music, wine all very nice!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would like to keep to myself
    TNtrvlVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We have eaten here three times when vacationing. Elas has become a favorite and so far not overcrowded as it is tucked away to itself. Best outside dining in Hilton Head
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view but not 4 us
    LUV2EAT
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Arrived on time with our open table reservation and were escorted to the outdoor balcony with over 90 degrees, humidity and thunderstorm threat. When asked to be seated indoors by a window we were told "the tables are all spoken for" and seated cramped in back. Three out of four liked their dinners the fourth said his flounder was overcooked and dry. Our bill was $206 for the four of us and those window tables remained empty all evening. We felt punished but for what?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We enjoyed the food. We sat indoors because it was very hot and humid outside (late July). Indoors was pleasant and live music was entertaining. the food was delicious. Service was average for the prices.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • familyof5
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Dined with family - Staff was extremely polite and welcoming. From appetizers to desserts, the food is absolutely fantastic. Extremely pleased and worth every penny. My family enjoyed a wonderful evening out!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    A peaceful and relaxing location to begin our trip.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great birthday celebration
    smd301
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We came to Ela's on a recommendation from others and I am so glad we did. The calamari and lobster nachos were so good for appetizers!! The best entrees on our table were the swordfish, crab cakes and flounder but the rib eye was HUGE and equally good We were just too full to put a dent in it. We had a great evening celebrating a great birthday!! And thank you to a great wait staff!! They were very friendly and helpful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RDA2176VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Had not been there for for almost a year. Better than ever. Great food and service with a great view even though it rained that night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sara
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Excellent food and service! Our waitress was very knowledgeable about all the items on the menu. Can't beat the waterfront view! Our group of six each tried something different and all dishes, from salads to entrees to desserts were beautifully presented and very delicious! We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful View
    Jewels
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We celebrated my birthday here with our 3 children. The ambiance was great and the view even better. It overlooks a very nice marina, and since we love boats it was a great view for us. It is walking distance to shelter cove so if you are planning to see Shannon Tanner and/or fireworks after dinner, then its a great spot. The calamari was delicious as was our meal. The server was just okay. He wasn't very inviting although he did "serve" us well enough.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't Miss this Neighborhood Gem
    DennisSVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great views of the Harbor. Service was outstanding as was the food. Our server was knowledgeable of the menu items and made wonderful recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food & VIEW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    WE BOTH HAD A DELICIOUS FISH DINNER AND THE SETTING, LOOKING OVER THE HARBOR WAS PERFECT.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.