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ELA'S On the Water

4.6
4.6
5096 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Featured in Bon Appetit and the winner of numerous Open Table awards, ELA'S On the Water 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Wine Bar

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (843) 785-3030

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Doug Vernon

  • Catering

    Second Level private dining for Wedding & Private events for up to 80pp<br />Penthouse VIP Dining Room available for parties up to 20pp

  • Private party facilities

    Best Water View Dining on Hilton HeadSecond Level private dining for Wedding & Private events for up to 80ppPenthouse VIP Dining Room available for parties up to 20pp

  • Private party contact

    Lynn Malvasio : (843) 785-3030

  • Neighborhood

    Hilton Head Island

  • Parking details

    Enter Shelter Cove Harbour and follow Shelter Cove Lane to the private parking for guests.<br /><br />OMNI RESORT / MARRIOTT RESORT / WESTIN RESORT offer free shuttles to ELA'S <br /><br />For directions call our concierge at 843-785-3030

  • Public transit

    OMNI RESORT / MARRIOTT RESORT / WESTIN RESORT offer free shuttles to ELA'S <br /><br />Palmetto Dunes - DunesBuggy - free shuttle to ELA's

  • Entertainment

    Original Artist Productions, Classic Rock, Island Music John Wasem every Thursday & Friday from 7 - 11pmReid Richmond every Saturday from 7 - 11pmBill Peterson every Sunday 11 - 2pmDean St. Hillaire every Sunday 7 - 10pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,096 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Seafood

  • Hilton Head

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Hilton Head

    Great for scenic views

  • Hilton Head

    Most Booked

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  1. BB

    BeckyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 52 wedding anniversary at Ela’s last night. I was able to enjoy my favorite Chardonnay ( Rombauer). The salmon was delicious!
  2. RF

    RichardF

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere I would recommend the NY Strip steak, and the seafood pasta.
  3. s

    suzannea

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was five star, the wait staff was knowledgeable and displayed experience. Our visit was for an anniversary celebration; I had indicated that in the reservation. After being seated we were given two glasses of champagne to toast our Anniversary. For an appetizer we ordered the calamari. Very good favor and quality. My husband had the filet and that was excellent. I choose the crab cakes. They were good but a bit too salty for my taste. Parking is not too bad during the off season. I would recommend this restaurant for any special occasion. The restaurant is on the second floor and an elevator is available. A beautiful view of the marina.
  4. J

    Jenna

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious pork chops and fresh fish! Complimentary champagne for Anniversary and a wonderful waiter!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant, great atmosphere, delicious food, great service from our server
  6. JB

    JBNS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an amazing place to go. On the water, we sat outside and although it was very cool, they had heaters that allowed us to stay out there. It was beautiful. Our waiter was excellent. The only "thing" that made the end of the night not the best was the bartender. We went in for an after dinner drink and asked for a specialty liquor and were pretty much dismissed a little rudely when they didn't. A simple no would have sufficed but he just looked at us, pointed to their selection like he was saying, does it look like we have that here?
  7. J

    Judson

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our Sunday Brunch at Ela's. The restaurant was attractive and very quiet. It was also spotless, even though, as we learned, there had been a rush of patrons earlier A talented keyboardist provided delightful holiday stylings. The water views were superb from the second floor perch. My Crab Benedict was delicious; the eggs were done absolutely perfectly!
  8. AG

    AndrewG

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Tired staff, dirty balcony, broken urinal in men's room. Food was just OK. Fried oysters were not quite hot, lobster bisque was salty, petite filet Oscar was good. Overall, skip it for anything other than a sandwich at the marina.
  9. PB

    PaulB

    Charleston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner done well. Wife had scallops myself Salmon Rockefeller after Oysters Rockefeller ending with a shared slice of key lime pie. All accompanied with a bottle of Chandon & Moët Brut. Excellent service by knowledgeable staff
  10. E

    Eatingcritic

    Milwaukee

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent. Ordered steak well done but came medium. Waited 10 minutes for waiter to check on us. Took it back to be cooked more but came back and this time maybe med well. Surprised at a restaurant like this to have a problem. And steak was butterflied.
  11. BC

    BobC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and my wife's grouper was fantastic. My Malbac short ribs were outstanding as well.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived earlier than our reservations and had drinks at the bar while listening to live music. We were seated for dinner very close to reservation time. Karen our server was very attentive and knowledgeable with the menu. She answered questions about menu items and made some suggestions,which we tried and absolutely loved. All staff was very friendly and quick with service. Would absolutely recommend Ella’s on the Water.
  13. K

    margaretK

    Jacksonville

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server Karen was a superb server. Lots of personality and timed our food perfectly. We did not feel rushed! Wish more eateries could take lessons on that dining etiquette! A gorgeous setting!!! One thing was hard strips of Parmesan cheese on top of Oysters Rockefeller were difficult to eat! Creamed into the spinach in a small grate would work better
  14. JC

    JanetC

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impressive staff, ambiance, menu and drink selections. Enjoyed beautiful December evening on the outside deck overlooking marina. Heated lamps were terrific. We had the lobster bisque (wished it was a bit meatier, but delicious); Grouper and Swordfish. Generous portions and delicious. Dessert tray was too tempting to skip. Carrot cake was so moist and tasty! PS loved live entertainment inside at bar area. Can’t wait to go again.
  15. SF

    SuzanneF

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, swordfish was exceptional, good portions and super service!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a beautiful, romantic setting. Loved everything about the place.
  17. s

    smccreedy

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    We visit Hilton Head every other year and Ela's has been our constant on each visit. However, the service this time was indifferent. The waitress rarely checked on us and when she did was not very friendly. It was disappointing because it's never been this way before. We will visit again hoping the waitress does not get our table.
  18. KS

    KatieS

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Lobster bisque was very salty as was the crab risotto side. The atmosphere outside was lovely and service was good.
  19. RC

    RCSIII

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!!! Dinner was great and service was as well!!!
  20. C

    Countrygalwholikesthecity

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been coming to Ela’s and it never disappoints! We had excellent service and watched the Christmas lights in the marina. The drumfish special was excellent.
  21. G

    Grace

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant! Food, service, atmosphere, all wonderful.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and server, Vanessa, we’re both excellent. We have been to Ela’s several times and have always been completely satisfied. Noise level when there is live entertainment we find to be high, however. All in all, a great choice for dinner on HHI
  23. LG

    LoriG

    Memphis/West TN

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food! Waitress was very night. Would recommend.
  24. SB

    SteveB

    Charleston

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    My wife loved the braised ribs! Probably her favorite on the island. I had the shrimp and grits, although they were prepared very well, would not order that again.
  25. s

    susank

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant dining experience.We will definitely return.We had a taste of different seafood dishes.The scallops were outstanding as were the crabcakes and the salmon.Our waiter was fantastic.
  26. J

    Justmy2cents

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent thanksgiving dinner. Aside from my pumpkin cheesecake being frozen in the center the meal was great!
  27. LL

    LeonardL

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our 45 8th wedding anniversary compliments of a friend. Everything was great i.e., service, food, ambiance. It was an excellent choice.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love this place Second Time here Setting is outstanding
  29. MZ

    MillicentZ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We had asked for specific seating window with harbor view. The reservation confirmation indicated that it was accepted. Upon arrival we were seated in a dark corner, no window , no view. The cocktails were watered down, the dinner was ordinary at best. It was the Thanksgiving turkey dinner. The dressing was dry, like brick and served with no gravy. The turkey was palatable but had no redeeming seasoning- pretty bland. Had to ask for extra gravy, Big disappointment we won’t go back.
  30. LP

    LibbyP

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ELA’S was a great choice for Thanksgiving dinner for our family. None of us had the traditional meal, but what we did have was wonderful. The view was great and the atmosphere was wonderful. We will definitely be back.
  31. DT

    DonnaT

    Naples

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving Dinner was amazing. Traditional meal...sitting outside overlooking the water. Excellent service.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a very tasty Thanksgiving meal! We have been looking for a CLEAN restaurant outside of Beaufort and finally found a place we felt comfortable and a turkey dinner much like ones we were used to before moving to Beaufort! I have a physical disability and my request for a larger table was fulfilled. We will return! We wish it wasn’t such a distance but the drive was worth it. The turkey was tender and moist. Apple pie was great! The staff was very friendly! Thank you for being open for Thanksgiving. We are thankful for you, especially Kim our server!
  33. DT

    DouglasT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Disappointing, ordered the Thanksgiving dinner special and the food was cold, stuffing tasted like it was sitting out for a long time, had to send both plates back and order something else off the main menu. Our server was good. He did what he could to make up for the disappointing food. Not sure we would go back a second time.
  34. S

    Schenkster

    Charleston

    63 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We were so excited to have a Thanksgiving dinner on the water at Ella’s. Sat out on deck enjoying the views of the harbor. Service was great…giving us time to enjoy our cocktail and appetizer…great wine list. Husband ordered the grouper and I ordered the special Prime Rib. Grouper was flavorful, but a small portion. I asked for a medium rare slice of prime rib, and received a medium well. When I returned (which I rarely do), I received a very rare (like they just cut it off of the roast) slab of meat. Of course, my husband was already done with his entree by the time I received mine. That was enough to pack it up and leave. Ended up doing a sear at home. Unfortunate…Not sure we will be back. Very disappointing.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a treat and special for the holidays!
  36. HD

    HeartDay

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall, we were pleased this time with our experience. The only issue was that there is no elevator to the top sitting area. While I was able to climb up and down the steps to the dining area, it was a struggle for my knees. Once I was there, everything went as anticipated. Our passed experiences at Ela's has always been downstairs and well worth it. Thank you.
  37. MM

    MerlinsMom

    Pittsburgh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ELA’s never disappoints. The food is delicious and is a step up from most restaurants on the island. Service is consistently good and the view is incredible. It’s one of our favorite restaurants on HHI. Yes, it’s a bit pricey but is so worth it on my opinion.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Party of 5 seated at a 4-top despite there being other open tables. Table was completely out of the general area so we were pretty much ignored.
  39. BB

    BostonBruins4

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best overall dinners I've ever had. The food is absolutely top notch, the drinks list is on the right side of things, and the service was very attentive. We had the scallops, hand picked oysters, and Napoleon beets and loved all of it! I will certainly look forward to returning.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere for our first anniversary, good food and great service by moisa

FAQs

ELA'S On the Water offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 785-3030.

ELA'S On the Water is rated 4.6 stars by 5096 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for ELA'S On the Water

One Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Hilton Head Island

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Enter Shelter Cove Harbour and follow Shelter Cove Lane to the private parking for guests.<br /><br />OMNI RESORT / MARRIOTT RESORT / WESTIN RESORT offer free shuttles to ELA'S <br /><br />For directions call our concierge at 843-785-3030

  • Public transit

    OMNI RESORT / MARRIOTT RESORT / WESTIN RESORT offer free shuttles to ELA'S Palmetto Dunes - DunesBuggy - free shuttle to ELA's

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Doug Vernon

  • Entertainment

    Original Artist Productions, Classic Rock, Island Music John Wasem every Thursday & Friday from 7 - 11pmReid Richmond every Saturday from 7 - 11pmBill Peterson every Sunday 11 - 2pmDean St. Hillaire every Sunday 7 - 10pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (843) 785-3030

  • Catering

    Second Level private dining for Wedding & Private events for up to 80pp<br />Penthouse VIP Dining Room available for parties up to 20pp

  • Private party facilities

    Best Water View Dining on Hilton HeadSecond Level private dining for Wedding & Private events for up to 80ppPenthouse VIP Dining Room available for parties up to 20pp

  • Private party contact

    Lynn Malvasio : (843) 785-3030

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