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ELA'S GRILLE
ELA'S GRILLE

ELA'S GRILLE Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.elasgrille.com
  • Email: elasgrille@elasgrille.com
  • Phone: (843) 785-3030
  • Hours of Operation: LUNCH: Sunday - Friday 11:30 - 2:30pm

    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 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, 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

    Harry Santana every Thursday from 7 - 11pm

    Reid Richmond various Fridays & Saturdays from 7 - 11pm

    John Wasem most Fridays & Saturdays from 7 - 11pm

    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 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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "The grouper was very tasty. Calamari was good, though it looked nothing like calamari. An event downstairs was very loud, making conversation a little tough."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Bad service. Too many other restaurants on HHI. After being seated we didn't see a waiter for over 15 minutes and when he did breeze by he said. "Be right with ya". But he wasn't. He just was never interested in serving us. He filled water glasses and then said he would be back for our drink orders, it seemed every time he came by he was inattentive.....I think you get that I was unhappy with the service. My grouper was excellent and hot, but the mashed potatoes and baby veggies were cold. Setting is beautiful. I won't be back nor will anyone else in our party because we deserve better service and hot food."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "A local recommended Ela's to us our last night in Hilton Head. Delicious food, lovely ambiance and impeccable service. Good variety on the menu. Lots of good seafood choices. Our waiter, Jason was great ! View was beautiful and relaxing. Would highly recommend this to anyone visiting the area."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Love this restaurant ! It's my new favorite in Hilton Head!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Nice view overlooking the marina, but food is fair at best."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Great location overlooking the boats at the dock and the marshland. The server was very friendly and knowledgable of the menu. My daughter enjoyed the wedge salad and pretzel encrusted chicken. My wife remarked about the large size of the 6 shrimp of her appetizer! Most places served 5 smaller shrimp. The flounder and lobster risotto, by far the best meal on HHI!!! My oysters were medium sized and very fresh. The 2 large crab cakes were full of crab, light and flakey. The chocolate mousse is a must! Too bad we saved this restaurant for our last dinner on vacation!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "One our favorites when we on the island. Always great food and love the live music on Friday and Saturday."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Be warry of being seated upstairs. .you could find yoursrlf .next to a wedding party...noisy, poor service, crying babies, etc. Not the Sat evening dinner anyone wanted."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "service a little slow; steak a little too rare; pricey."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I went to Ella's for a business dinner. We were allowed to chat and have a few drinks before dinner without interruption. Good traffic for a Thursday evening. Dinner was good and the view great now that we are in Daylight savings time."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "A great combination of a good view of the harbor, good food, great service and a good wine list. Maybe the best on Hilton Head Island."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "There are many excellent restaurants in Hilton Head but we think Ela's is one of the best. The setting overlooking the water is beautiful. Everything about our dinner was first class. Definitely recommend."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Ela's food was exceptional, service was impeccable, and fantastic views!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Food was great. It took way too long to get hamburgs. 45 minutes."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed the evening we spent at Ela's. Swordfish & Grouper we done perfectly. As a chef, on a rare vacation, it was nice to enjoy a good food and wine in a nice place with good service on short notice! We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This is a lovely restaurant with a fabulous view. The cocktails are great but most importantly the food is great. The servers are friendly and not intrusive. The bar is great, interesting cocktails and your old favorites. Whenever we are in HH we go to Ela's often. Highly recommend all aspects of fine dining with a casual twist if wanted."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Outstanding Grouper dish. Ron, our waiter, was really moving around and was there for every need. Also, very helpful and informative with our menu selections."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "My husband and I took two new friends to Ela's for a chance to introduce the restaurant to them and to have a great dinner and conversation. We had everything and more! The food was excellent and the wine suggested was wonderful. This restaurant is our favorite as we have never had a bad experience. It is always of high quality."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This was not our first time nor will it be our last. We always have a great meal at Ela's. Not to mention the beautiful views. We both had the Swordfish and it was delicious! Although it was rather a quiet evening. We enjoyed the music and attentive service."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "The location and setting we're lovely. The view of the water and yachts at night were magical. Most important the food was excellent!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The ambiance is wonderful. The food was different. We had a fish that I never heard of Sheepshead. The dish was excellent and the service was just right. Thank you and we will be back very soon! Tony"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "This was a great place to have a wonderful dinner. The menu was nice with a good selection of items to choose from, the waitress was very helpful with the wine list, and the kids menu consisted of some decent options that went beyond the typical fried food kid fare. The deserts were large and tasty, and the atmosphere was really pretty. I would certainly go back there again, and would want to do so on a warm evening so I could sit outside under the little lights, looking out onto the water. I honestly can't think of any way they could improve."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "This is easily one of the best dining experienes on Hilton Head Island. The food is fresh and beautifully prepared; the wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the view is outstanding. Don't miss this wonderful restaurant."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We're going to add this to our list of favorites on Hilton Head! The water view of Shelter Cove is one of the nicest on the island. Food was scrumptious! Crab salad appetizer was delicious, as was the pear arugula salad, scallops and hush puppies. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Using the directions on the ad in the local magazine was not helpful. We had to ask a passer-by where it was. We were very pleased once we got there . Food & service was great and we would recommend it ."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We visited here in the "off-season" and on a Sunday evening so did not take advantage of the extensive outside deck. Live guitarist which was very nice. Loved our booth for two tucked into a corner! Food was good. No doubt the moderate noise level would rise exponentially if the restaurant had been even half full and the bar had more than 3 patrons."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We revisited Ela's for dinner after a long hiatus (due, mainly, to geography). Service was professional, knowledgable. Food was beautifully presented and very good. Music in the bar was, at first, too loud to enjoy but song choices became more mellow and, hence, much more enjoyable. Overall a lovely experience."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Fabulous f'ood, Valentine's specials, great service, beautiful view, would go there again in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This is now our new favorite restaurant on Hilton Head Island. The food and view were great and our server was the best.."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Nice ambiance, good service. Food could have been hotter. Our "go to" restaurant on Hilton Head"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Even though I've been to HHI many times this was my first visit to Ela's. This was one of my best dining experiences on the island and maybe the only place that combines a great view with outstanding food. Seafood is fresh and prepared creatively and steaks are like you're favorite NY Chop House. The bar area is beautiful and has good energy."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We have been to HH many times but never to Ela's ans we will go back again and again. We were early about630so noise level was excellent, we were able to talk. They made perfect cocktails as we are fussy about our manhattans.. Service was excellent, polite young man who was there when needed but not hovering. Great guitar music, honestly nothing wrong and then there was the food! Grouper was delicious, crab cakes, fried green tomatoes light and favorable. We are oyster lovers and they were chilled which doesn't happen often, it is not a place to miss. We will be back."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Ela's Grille is a great place to eat. The food is top quality, however the second time we were there, the service was horrible. The waitress we had the first time was excellent."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Enjoyed the grouper-presentation was beautiful and it was tastefully prepared. My husband had the Caeser salad which was good but had too much dressing. I had the pear arugula salad which was excellent. Entrees are a bit pricey but food was very good."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This restaurant was obviously flaunting their wares for the uninitiated and care that, having been initiated, the customers return. The tasting type menu was perfect from start to finish. Everything was unique and delicious. Service was the best we've had in the area. Our waiter didn't ask numerous times how we were doing but knew when he was needed. The view is lovely and we plan to return for lunch to see it during the day. When a special occasion arises, this restaurant will no doubt be first to come to mind."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The view from the restaurant over the harbour is fabulous. The food is great and lots of unusual selections. It is a bit pricey but worth it."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Ella's for restraint week and had the prix fixe menu and it was so filling and delicious. We had wanted to try Ella's before but having a tasting menu for a great price was our push to go. We will totally go back and try some of the other decadent foods on the menu."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Dined here with a group of six during restaurant week, and we were totally impressed with the service and food. We had a small issue with the swordfish being a bit on the dry side, but it might have been our fault, because we were so taken up with passing around the avocado ice cream that we might have delayed our server in getting our plates to us in a timely manner. We had a great table with a view of the water from two sides, and it was a gem we never even knew existed as it is off the beaten path. we will definitely return next time we are in Hilton Head."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We took advantage of the restaurant week menu with wine paring. It was lovely and not too much food. The food was delis ions and the wine appropriate. My only comment would be that the risotto needed additional seasoning otherwise excellent all round meal."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Great view, food, and service makes this gem a real winner. No lunch on Saturdays? But still a great find in H.H."
    Dined on 1/18/2014