ELA'S On the Water

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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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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great and view is spectacular. It’s a little pricy, but fora nice dinner out, I’d recommend this place. Pasta primavera was delicious (and the only real vegetarian option other than sides).

Z
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband had the Beef Carpaccio and said it was equal to the best he had ever had. I had the delicious grouper. The servings were ample. Antonio was our server and he was a joy. The scenery was lovely and we look forward to returning soon.

C
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our night at Ela's. The scallop plate was fantastic and the service made us feel welcomed from the moment we walked in the door. Will definitely return in the near future.

PM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

My appetizer was excellent; carpaccio. Entree was grouper which was rather dry

M
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Ambience, great service and wonderful menu. This is our favorite dining experience in Hilton Head. The food is always the best.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We were very excited for our first visit! The Marina lights are great, lovely views.

Service was slow - we had to ask for attention twice. Caprese salad tasted like it had bottled dressing, salty, thick and stale. The calamari was suspect- too thick to be true calamari and we couldn’t identify. Tuna on the main course menu was too spicy and unappealing. Deserts presented on a plate looked like they were from a hotel buffet.

Overall, disappointing. We’ve been Pearl customers, and unfortunately seen a decline there too in service and food quality. We will give one more try this summer and hope for the best.

H
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

For the most part all was very good. Our table wasn’t ready when we got there which was ok except they sat us on a cool evening directly in front of a door they used to go out and serve the deck. Not sure on a 50 degree night why anyone would sit out there but every time they opened we had a gust of wind come across us. They claimed they couldn’t move us. Food was fine and the evening wasn’t completely spoiled by the door issue.

DH
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Good and service was outstanding. However, even though we had reservations we were sseated upper level at a cheep metal table that was unsteady. Lighting was poor, which to some would be a plus. Half of the experience of dining at Ella’s is the view. No view from a dark corner up stairs. If the option is available, choose outside seating.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My very picky Italian foodie husband was very impressed.

BO
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delightful.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sea bass was delicious. Excellent service. Perfect atmosphere for an intimate evening.

SM
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very good dining experience. Our Server was very nice and attentive!!! The food was good. It has been a while since we dined here. We are putting back on our list of places to frequent.

U
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter, Antonio, was amazing and his suggestions for cocktails and wine were perfect. Food was great...sea bass was the best I ever had and the lobster was tasty, just not too warm. Our table was on the second level which wasn’t the best, but I’m sure the first level is the better choice.

CA
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service. Would be nice to eat outdoors on one of the visits. Loved it, but it is expensive, particularly if you want a glass of wine or a cocktail.

PR
West Virginia
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was excellent. Scallop were excellent with a delightful sauce. Only issue Bartender did not know how to make an Old Fashion. Sent it back once and it was just a litter better

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Valentines Day, only down side was that we requested water front, we didn’t get it, a water front table for two remained empty our entire meal

w
Nashville
48 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a late lunch. Everything was perfect. Best view on the Island and the food was fresh and tasty.

JS
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for a romantic dinner. There was easy listening live music that was just right.

C
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love eating at Ela’s because the area is so beautiful and the staff are very accommodating. Planning to go back again very soon.

M
Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place for dinner with family and friends with a great view.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Smoked Salmon Benedict... Marina was a great server... talented piano player whose music was broadcast on the patio... nice view of the harbor... dog friendly... who could want for my re!

MD
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and view are always great at Ela’s. The wine list is really good.

P
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

David is probably the best Bartender on the Island. Servers are attentive and efficient.

P
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely view, excellent food, good wine. Prompt, un-intrusive, cordial service by David. Dined with friends and wanted some place special. Ela's fit the bill. Too cold to be outside, but were seated in a corner overlooking the marina and view of Disney/Skull Creek. One friend loved the oysters, we thoroughly enjoyed the crabcakes. Portions just right. Hushpuppies were a nice touch, too. Look forward to our next visit. Thank you, David and Ela's for the hospitality.

RG
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner with wine pairing during Hilton Head's restaurant week. We had wine pairing with a 4 course dinner (Lime Shrimp, Tuna Tartar appetizer, salad, diver scallops and filet mignon dinner, cheesecake for dessert). It was excellent!

B
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an awesome place . Outstanding food friendly staff
And wonderful view

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 course special with wine flight was excellent!

ST
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Ela’s for our 1 year wedding anniversary/ 11 year dating anniversary! They started our evening going above and beyond with complementary champagne! The food was incredible and our server, Vanessa, was very hospitable and professional! She was just an overall delight and helped to make our special evening out that much more special! We highly recommend Ela’s! It will not disappoint!

M
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

I ordered a Pork Chop and when it arrived, it was loaded with fat and gristle. My husband order beef tips and the sauce was so strong, you could not taste the flavor of the meat. We had been told it wasn't near as good as it was a few years ago but wanted to give it a try as it was our anniversary. Very disappointing.

D
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flexible, friendly, kind, attentive.
Fabulous tasting menu paired with wines.
Fresh, beautiful view.

HP
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

ELA’S has always been a favorite dining spot for us on HHI. This last visit we found the food not up to normal standards. The beets in my beet Napoleon looked like they were old & used and the salmon Rockefeller was overcooked. That being said, the food was very tasty.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful anniversary meal, we chose a price fixed menu and enjoyed a sampler of their specialties!!

RP
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get service and food! We will be back!

H
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always good at Ela’s.

BB
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We have been here several times, never disappointed. Their tasting menu (available through January 2020) is outstanding. The steak and shrimp main was wonderful, and the ahi tuna appetizer was outstanding.

GB
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Scott was great! It was a wonderful times with great friends (party of six) so see you again... thanks!

B
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! The food, the service, the ambiance and the view of Shelter Cove created a delightful dining experience. My waiter made suggestions which tasted spectacular! Highly recommend

R
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of three enjoyed Sunday brunch. We were seated immediately and served drinks in short time. Our entrees included French toast, crab omelet, and steak Benedict. Everyone was pleased. Service staff was attentive and friendly.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, exceptional service & romantic ambiance! We will return!

HW
Charleston
78 reviews