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  • 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.


    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
  • "Normally a very positive experience had but unfortunately the Easter brunch menu was very poor quality - items were sold out (the quiche) and the lamb was very over cooked and lack flavour. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Our party of six had a wonderful evening. The soft shell crab appetizer was excellent, as was the snapper special and the swordfish. Our waiter was friendly and very helpful with menu selections. We will be dining at Ela's again."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Ela's was advertised as a casual restaurant. I was dressed causal and felt under dressed. I had two children with me and the children's menu was sorely lacking. The food was great. My pan seared sea scallops were cooked perfectly! I was recommend this restaurant to a couple on a date rather than a family of four going for a casual seafood dinner. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We took friends who were visiting for the first time on Hilton Head. Unfortunately, due to torrential downpours, the scenic view was a little lost. That did not deter our enjoyment of Ela's. 3 of us tended toward the Appetizer side of the menu and each ordered a couple of the offerings. We were delighted with the presentation, quality, portion size and taste of Beef Carpaccio, Crab Cake and Buffalo Shrimp. The fourth ordered the Grouper which was proclaimed one of the best ever--moist, perfectly cooked, well-presented--delicious. Ela's turned out to be a highlight of their visit to Hilton Head. As residents, we'll be back very soon."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Spectacular view and dining experience, the experience was simply outstanding. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Food was wonderful, the comments from all 6 in our group. Great outdoor view from all seats."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "I am a frequent guest of Ela's as I've had wonderful experiences but my last visit was the exception. Our reservation, through Open Table, was for 6:00pm. We were told we could NOT sit outside because Ela's had so many reservations! What?? When ordering, I requested the scallops entree, a favorite. The server came back several minutes later to say that Ela's had run out of scallop's....it's 6:15 and Ela's opens at 5:30!! That's crazy! The server was unapologetic and in my opinion, he should have alerted the manager that a guest was not thrilled with Ela's highly touted dish rendered unavailable. Nothing said or done."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "First let me say this place is way far away, down in a far corner of a neighborhood. Not easy to find. But the food was worth the adventure. The ambiance was inviting and warm. Very little noise. The food prices were a bit high but not over priced. Very well prepared and we'll seasoned. The only complaint is that their medium is more of a rare, at least my duck was. The server was very polite but not friendly. He didn't seem interested in providing exceptional service. I would this to friends and family."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The volume of the music is overwhelming. Can not not hear yourself think, much less talk, unless you are far away from music."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I had read some great reviews about ELA's, and was looking forward to it. My experience that evening unfortunately was a let down; the service was poor and the food was just OK. Our server was AWOL most of the evening, after waiting 10 minutes for our drinks I had to go inside to find him chatting with the bartender and no drinks in sight. We had to ask for bread, which was being delivered to other tables by other servers without asking. I ordered the "special of the night (stuffed flounder) and it was overcooked and dry. I don't imagine that I will be going back to ELA's."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I was extremely disappointed in our experience - I had selected Ela's based on readings and word of mouth. Our food was "ok", our service was "ok" and the ambiance was "ok"............not wowed at all. When the waiter suggested the featured wine of the day after I had said the house pino grigio - he failed to mention that it was $16/glass and I ordered 2. I take resposibiity for not asking the price but this is a terrible "dupe" to the customer. Unfortunately we will not return - there are many fine restaurants in Hilton Head and we come there often. Ela's did not live up to our expectations which makes me sad as it was our last night in Hilton Head and I wanted it to be special"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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