ELA'S On the Water

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2180 reviews
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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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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business meeting

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were visiting for spring break and had six adults. Everyone loved their appetizers and entrees. The atmosphere was perfect for an adult night out with lovely water views, live music in the bar and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back!

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JJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ela's is A MUST if you're at Hilton Head. Really fine dining but without the stuffy atmosphere. Wonderful service by David. Everything was delicious! What we ordered: Oysters from Maine, Filet Mignon, Seafood Scampi, chocolate pie, blueberry sorbet

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LD
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Celebrated my birthday- overall Ela’s is a wonderful place for fine dining however we felt rushed by the wait staff.

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LP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Had beet appetizer—was good, but not delish—-same with husbands oysters rockafellow. Our entrees though were excellent! Scallops with risotto and ravioli Osso buco. Key lime pie was to die for. Good view, comfortable, Will definitely return.

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PB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good menu, food well prepared, nice view, nice music. Lovely evening.

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RC
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I had the flounder; the glaze on it was wonderful, but it was overcooked and very dry. My husband had the gumbo which was excellent and the fried oysters which were nothing special. Overall we were disappointed because friends had raved about this restaurant.

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P
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Beautiful views from outside table.

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SG
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent! Everything we had was delicious!

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JR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We have always liked Ela's and it has a great location/ambiance. It is quite pricey but the food has always been very good. The only complaint this time was that the piece of grouper served to me was terrible. I could hardly cut it or chew it. But they made me a new plate and it was fine. That is the first time this has happened and I don't think it is a trend. The manager said it was a "bad cut" of fish.

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h
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good but did not reflect it's price. Desert was magnificent!

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p
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite place on island.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, loud acoustics. Only problem was ordering tuna cooked through and getting it rare. Server brought back over cooked tiny pieces of tuna. Otherwise great

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SB
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We were disappointed with the food overall and the service we experienced. Prices suggest both should be much better. Will not return.

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MK
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, service and food. Best view on the harbor.

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GM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and beverages. The lemon basil martini was probably one of the best martinis I ever had. The menu was outstanding. My husband and I couldn’t decide on what to eat so we shared 4 different appetizers and they did not disappoint. The crab stack and tuna were delicious and fresh. Can’t wait to go back and try other items on menu. Highly recommend

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was perfect! We hope to return next year!

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BB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a nice view with marina/boats in the background. Also has nice, romantic lights strung up outside. The food was incredible. The Crispy Diamond Scored Flounder was one of the best meals I've ever eaten in my life.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Ela's was the best! As for booking with Open Table the service was below par, and I would never use them again. I had to call the restaurant to reserve a table as I had NOT received a reply until 5:25pm for a 6:00 pm reservation.

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Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most relaxing restaurant on the island and offering some of the best food along with great views. Soft sounds from live entertainment. What's not to like?

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j
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a hidden gem for out of towners. Food was absolutely delicious. I would highly recommend this place!

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BP
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food good service, a little high on the price side.

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RB
Ottawa
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best views on Hilton Head Island. Their tuna was excellent. Only problem we encountered was coffee cream that had soured. Otherwise, a great experience and will return in the future.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had David as a waiter and he was absolutely amazing. Gave us a fantastic wine recommendation and was just generally so pleasant. Will be back again!

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D
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great menu. Food was prepared with style.

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JM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat us right away even though we were early. Food excellent. Staff very professional and friendly. Live music sounded good.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, very special place

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JF
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fabulous! The porchini crusted grouper was crispy, perfectly seasoned and possibly the best grouper I have ever eaten! We will be back in August, 2019!

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RH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was very informative on wine and meal pairing. Steak was cooked to perfection and was truly a great experience overall. If you’re planning a date night, this is a must!

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LC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely to sit outside on the water at sunset. Food is very good, but maybe not worth the high prices.

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HC
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great! First time here and really enjoyed our meal.

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing from the ambiance.. to the food .. to our very accommodating server.. to the rose that was given to each woman after she dinned. Just a overall wonderful unforgettable experience!!!

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FR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We requested a table along the windows for the glorious water view and we got that even on Valentine’s Day. The service was superb. My Short Ribs meal was outstanding. My wife’s Filet was a little underdone but tasty. Highly recommended particularly for special occasions. In warm season request tables outside.

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CD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food was delicious! Made our Valentine dinner extra special.

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DH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good service. Great views of the waterway. Food was just okay. Limited lunch time menu.

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B
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Good menu selection Overall nice experience

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GC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent place for dinner. We took guests from NJ who thoroughly enjoyed the the food, wine and ambiance. Great place, Highly recommend.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth the walk. Bring your taste buds and your significant other for an evening of enjoyment away from the tourist crush.

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M
Charleston
33 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The meal was excellent and worth the cost. The seafood selection was also excellent and the crab cake is outstanding.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for restaurant week and received more food than we could possibly eat.. an awesome value for what we paid! The food was excellent. We have eaten there many times before and will go again

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