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ELA'S On the Water

4.6
4.6
4567 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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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

Popular dishes

Menu

Appetizers

  • Tuna Two Ways$16.00

    Blackened w/ Wasame Salad & Tuna Pineapple w/ Ginger Tartare & Wontons

    • Mama's Fried Green Tomatoes$10.00

      Light & Crispy w/ a Touch Of Creole Sauce. A Family Tradition

      • Lobster Nachos$13.00

        Crispy Tortilla, Fresh Pico De Gallo, Crème Fraiche, Queso Fresco, Creamy Avocado

        • Charcuterie$24.00

          A Rustic Display of Gourmet Cheeses & Assorted Meats, Nuts, Fresh Fruit, & Housemade Crostini For Two

          • Ela's Crab Stack$16.00

            Jumbo Lump Crab, Avocado, Mango, Onion, Cucumber, Peppers

            • Oysters Rockefeller$14.00

              Spinach, Bacon, Parmesan, & Herb Bread Crumbs

              • Ela's Calamari$13.00

                Lightly Battered and Served w/ Wasabi & Spicy Remoulade

                • Roasted Carolina Beet Napoleon$10.00

                  Red & Gold beets w/ Lightly Fried Herb & Panko Encrusted Goat Cheese

                  • Beef Carpaccio$13.00

                    Shaved Tenderloin & Pecorino w/ Baby Arugula, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, & Balsamic Reduction

                    • Hand Selected Oysters

                      Fresh Oysters w/ ELA'S Cocktail Sauce & Horseradish. Available in doz / half doz

                      • Market Price
                    • Tomato Basil Mussels$14.00

                      Fresh Tomatoes, Basil, Prince Edward Island Mussels

                      • Honey Lime Shrimp$14.00

                        Lightly Fried & Tossed w/ Honey Lime Sriracha Aioli

                        Ela's Classics

                        • Ahi Tuna Tartare$16.00

                          Marinated Ahi Tuna, Fresh Cucumber, Avocado Salad, Pickled Ginger

                          • Classic Shrimp Cocktail$16.00

                            Southern Poached Shrimp, w/ ELA'S Cocktail Sauce

                            Ela's Crab Cakes

                            • Ela's Crab Cakes

                              ELA's Crab Cakes Feature a Blend of Chef's Coastal Culinary Influence and the Nightingale Family's Southern Roots. A Plentiful Portion of Jumbo Lump Crab Meat is Hand Folded with ELA'S Southern Style Family Ingredients, Then Moderately Seasoned & Pan Seared Crisp. Offered as Both an Appetizer to Enhance Your Meal or as an Entree

                              • App$14.00
                              • Entree$32.00

                            Soups & Salads

                            • Maine Lobster Bisque$11.00

                              Hand Crafted & Slow Cooked Daily

                              • Seafood Gumbo$12.00

                                Traditional Creole Spices & Fresh Seafood

                                • Kumato Caprese Salad$11.00

                                  Fresh Mozzarella, Locally Sourced Kumato Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, White Balsamic Glaze, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

                                  • Pear Arugula Salad$11.00

                                    Fresh Arugula w/ Pears, Wensleydale Cranberry Cheese, & Almonds Finished w/ a Pomegranate Acai Dressing

                                    • Ela's Caesar$10.00

                                      Romaine Stalk w/ Traditional Caesar Dressing & Grana Padano

                                      • Steakhouse Wedge Salad$10.00

                                        Roma Crunch, Creamy Blue Cheese, Bacon, Tomatoes, & Red Onions

                                        Sides

                                        • Ela's Truffle Fries$10.00

                                          • Hand Cut Steak Fries$8.00

                                            • Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes$8.00

                                              • Seasonal Local Vegetables$8.00

                                                • Fresh Asparagus$8.00

                                                  • Sauteed Wild Mushrooms$8.00

                                                    • Wild Mushroom Risotto$12.00

                                                      • Crab Risotto$14.00

                                                        • Citrus Lobster Risotto$14.00

                                                          By Land

                                                          • Grilled Pork Chop$36.00

                                                            Bone-In Pork Chop Over White Truffle Risotto, w/ Asparagus, & Cabernet Demi Glace

                                                            • Veal Osso Bucco Ravioli$30.00

                                                              Saffron Infused Pasta w/ Sauteed Spinach in a White Wine Demi-Glace, Grilled Pears, & Shaved Parmesan Cheese

                                                              • Vegetarian Pasta Primavera$28.00

                                                                Bucatini w/ Basil Pesto and Fresh Vegetables

                                                                • Malbec Braised Short Rib$32.00

                                                                  Slow Roasted Daily w/ Aged Stone Ground Grits & Redeye Gravy w/ Grilled Asparagus

                                                                  • Surf & Turf$52.00

                                                                    Grilled Organic Brasstown Ribeye and Maine Lobster Tail Served w/ Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes & Broccolini

                                                                    • Linz Filet Mignon$44.00

                                                                      Over Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes w/ Blistered Tomatoes & Spinach

                                                                      • Brasstown New York Strip$40.00

                                                                        Grassfed Organic NY Strip Served w/ Seasonal Vegetables and Crispy Onion Straws

                                                                        • Linz Black Angus Bone In Ribeye$50.00

                                                                          Served w/ Wild Mushrooms, Steak Fries, Finished w/ Herb Butter

                                                                          Preparation Options

                                                                          • Grilled

                                                                            • Blackened

                                                                              • Coffee Rubbed

                                                                                • Peppercorn Encrusted

                                                                                  • Pittsburgh

                                                                                    Steak Enhancements

                                                                                    • Add 4 Jumbo Shrimp$12.00

                                                                                      • Add Crab Cake$14.00

                                                                                        • Add 6oz Lobster Tail$18.00

                                                                                          • Add Bearnaise$4.00

                                                                                            • Add Black Truffle Cabernet Demi Glace$6.00

                                                                                              By Sea

                                                                                              • Pan Seared Diver Scallops$36.00

                                                                                                Over Crab Risotto w/ Truffle Butter & Crispy Pancetta

                                                                                                • Crispy Diamond Scored Flounder$32.00

                                                                                                  Lightly Fried Locally-Sourced Fresh Whole Flounder Over Sienna Rice Medley and Local Baby Vegetables w/ a Sweet Thai Chili Glaze

                                                                                                  • Seafood Scampi Bucatini$34.00

                                                                                                    Mussels, Shrimp, Scallops, in a White Wine Scampi Sauce Over Bucatini Pasta

                                                                                                    • Pan Seared Grouper$35.00

                                                                                                      Lobster Butter, Sienna Rice Medley, & Local Baby Vegetables

                                                                                                      • Blackened Yellowfin Tuna$34.00

                                                                                                        Blackened & Served Rare w/ an Asian-Inspired Slaw w/ a Peanut* Ginger Dressing and Seaweed Salad & Finished w/ a Soy Ginger Sauce and Wasabi Aioli

                                                                                                        • Steamed Lobster$40.00

                                                                                                          Split Whole Lobster Tail and De-Shelled Claws Over Citrus Lobster Risotto

                                                                                                          • Low Country Shrimp & Grits$30.00

                                                                                                            Local Stone Ground Grits & Smoked Gouda w/ Jumbo Shrimp Sauteed in Tasso Ham Gravy

                                                                                                            • Ela's Crab Cakes$32.00

                                                                                                              Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes w/ Shallot Butter, Served w/ Sienna Rice Medley and Grilled Local Baby Vegetables

                                                                                                              • Salmon Rockefeller$34.00

                                                                                                                Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon Stuffed w/ Spinach, Bacon, & Parmesan/ Topped w/ Jumbo Lump Crab & Served w/ Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus

                                                                                                                Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                                                                                                What 4,567 people are saying

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                                                                                                                4.6
                                                                                                                4.6 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                                • 4.6Food
                                                                                                                • 4.5Service
                                                                                                                • 4.7Ambience
                                                                                                                • 4.3Value

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                                                                                                                  Chris

                                                                                                                  Chicago

                                                                                                                  12 reviews

                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                  12 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined 1 day ago

                                                                                                                  overall3food2service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Service was great but food was not very good. Wife had the scallops which were cooked nicely but the risotto with it was terrible and not cooked right. I had the pasta and all the sea food was way over cooked and there was a gallon of oil at the bottom the dish. Probably won’t be returning.

                                                                                                                2. j

                                                                                                                  johnb

                                                                                                                  Charleston

                                                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Good selection was very good, the wait staff were great Another outstanding evening

                                                                                                                3. OT

                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                  Charleston

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall3food1service4ambience3

                                                                                                                  The food was lacking in flavor. The steak was over cooked

                                                                                                                4. A

                                                                                                                  Amyxo

                                                                                                                  Cincinnati

                                                                                                                  52 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                                                  52 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall2food1service2ambience2

                                                                                                                  Service was extremely slow with an inattentive waiter who did not offer an explanation. Crab stack was flavorless. Diamond scored flounder was over cooked and slapped down over rice and green beans. Carpet worn, huge broken window and very sour older man seated us with a greeting or smile. I’ll pass on this restaurant next time. .

                                                                                                                5. JR

                                                                                                                  JuRA

                                                                                                                  Charleston

                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall1food3service1ambience1

                                                                                                                  A special graduation celebration for us so disappointing not served a beverage or bread until 30 minutes after seating. Tuna and swordfish fatty not the quality for the money. Seated upstairs near a super loud private party and could not carry on a conversation. The meals did not come out timely or together and by the time we were served had lost our appetite. We are local and had really looked forward to this experience. So sad!

                                                                                                                6. JA

                                                                                                                  JohnA

                                                                                                                  Treasure Coast

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  First timer’s, food was great, the service was impeccable.. no complaints would definitely return! Suggest getting reservations this place is worth the visit…

                                                                                                                7. CV

                                                                                                                  ChrisV

                                                                                                                  San Antonio

                                                                                                                  14 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                  14 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                                                  Pretty average food and service for the price.

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                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                  Cleveland

                                                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  An absolute gem, love the shelter cove area of Hilton Head Island and this restaurant is perfectly situated on the marina. We sat outdoors and had the NY strip with zero complaints. Will be back again soon.

                                                                                                                9. DF

                                                                                                                  DavidF

                                                                                                                  Milwaukee

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Great meal and service. Beautiful view Nice wine selection

                                                                                                                10. CV

                                                                                                                  CaseyV

                                                                                                                  Charleston

                                                                                                                  18 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  18 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  A wonderful experience. Vanessa was great. Food excellent, and view of the harbour can't be beat

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                                                                                                                  JeanM

                                                                                                                  Charleston

                                                                                                                  14 reviews

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  14 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Food and service are both excellent! The daily special was superb!

                                                                                                                12. OT

                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Celebrating 23 yrs together.

                                                                                                                13. J

                                                                                                                  Jimk

                                                                                                                  Cincinnati

                                                                                                                  13 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  13 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Outstanding meal, excellent service! Thank you!

                                                                                                                14. OT

                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                  Philadelphia

                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined 5 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Very good food and service

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                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined 5 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Always wonderful experience!

                                                                                                                16. RA

                                                                                                                  RonA

                                                                                                                  Edinburgh

                                                                                                                  10 reviews

                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                  10 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined 5 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                  Disappointed to be seated and then being moved 5 minutes later.

                                                                                                                17. IB

                                                                                                                  IBCladies

                                                                                                                  Savannah

                                                                                                                  21 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  21 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined 5 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                                  Have lived here for ten years and it was our first time at Ela’s…. Excellent food, excellent service, but the best was the location! Perfect evening, perfect setting!

                                                                                                                18. AM

                                                                                                                  AndreaM

                                                                                                                  Atlantic City

                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Amazing food. We’re from the NY Metro area, the food at Ela’s was comparable to the best restaurants in NYC. We would return any chance we get.

                                                                                                                19. S

                                                                                                                  Samoore

                                                                                                                  Charleston

                                                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                                                                                  Our visit on May 17 was our third time at Elas. We had alwayso come for Sunday Brunch and had been very pleased. For this visit, I ordered a Rib Eye medium rare. It came medium well. It looked like it had been sitting under the sun lamp for some time. The visual appearance was not pleasing and when I cut into it, the steak was dry. Emelio the server agreed and brought me a replacement that was OK. I wish there was a "maybe or sometime" option for Would you recommend Elas?

                                                                                                                20. JK

                                                                                                                  JeffreyK

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Great establishment would highly recommend to anyone visiting Hilton Head

                                                                                                                21. C

                                                                                                                  Coll

                                                                                                                  Charleston

                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  We thoroughly enjoyed Ela’s. Delicious meal, spectacular view, friendly and efficient wait staff. Very convenient location to the Marriott.

                                                                                                                22. WS

                                                                                                                  WarrenS

                                                                                                                  Montreal

                                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Lovely place, great staff, wonderful ambience. ++++

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                                                                                                                  karenO

                                                                                                                  Miami

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  From appetizers to desert everything was delicious. The fried oyster appetizer was cooked to perfection. The blackened Yellowfin tuna was rare just as I like it. I certain the chocolate peanut butter square went right to my hips. Wait staff were attentive but not overbearing. Every table outside has a really nice view of the marina.

                                                                                                                24. AA

                                                                                                                  AAKF

                                                                                                                  New Mexico

                                                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall3food3service3ambience2

                                                                                                                  Ela's interior dining room is surrounded with windows containing water views, but the glass provides a hard, non-noise absorbing surface. There are no sound absorbing surfaces on the remaining walls, resulting in a noise level that required shouting in order to speak to the wait people or your dinner companions. Based on this alone, I would not return to this restaurant.

                                                                                                                25. E

                                                                                                                  Eeeee

                                                                                                                  New England

                                                                                                                  11 reviews

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  11 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Best on HHI

                                                                                                                26. JM

                                                                                                                  JaniceM

                                                                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Our server was outstanding; food delicious; presentation wonderful; waterviews lovely. Thank you!

                                                                                                                27. MK

                                                                                                                  MelissaK

                                                                                                                  Atlanta

                                                                                                                  10 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                  10 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                                  overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                                                                                  Wedge salad, bread, hush puppies very mediocre. They could stand to seriously improve salads, bread, appetizers here. All of them. Fish entrees were good but overpriced like everything on HHI. View is nice. There was a guy named Bill playing jazz, which we enjoyed. The place is also very dirty—look at bottom of high tables. Yuck.

                                                                                                                28. D

                                                                                                                  Dileen

                                                                                                                  Atlanta

                                                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Love Ela's and the view.

                                                                                                                29. DA

                                                                                                                  DawgsfromAthens

                                                                                                                  Charleston

                                                                                                                  126 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  126 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Another excellent experience at Ela’s. Sunday brunch seated outside overlooking the marina. Bloody Mary’s followed by salmon Benedict and crab Benedict. Good coffee and attentive service.

                                                                                                                30. DD

                                                                                                                  DavidD

                                                                                                                  E. Tennessee

                                                                                                                  51 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  51 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Great brunch experience!! The smoked salmon Benedict was delicious and our server, Mario was a joy and extremely friendly and welcoming!! Highly recommend ELA!!

                                                                                                                31. OT

                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                  New England

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  6 of us went while we were on our vacation and we were all very satisfied with our meals and the service. The live music was lovely.

                                                                                                                32. J

                                                                                                                  Jonno

                                                                                                                  Charlotte

                                                                                                                  20 reviews

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  20 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  On HHI for my birthday week. Made reservations about 4 weeks in advance to be sure to be there on my birthday and then return on our last night on the island, Sat night. Which this visit . Everything on the menu is great. My wife had the grilled scallops with risotto. I chose to repeat with the crab cakes and Cajun spiced seafood gumbo. All was delicious. The desserts could use a shakeup; it’s been the same choice for several years. Would love to see some new chocolate offerings. Other than that, this is simply the BEST seafood restaurant on the island with great views of Shelter Cove. We always come back.

                                                                                                                33. TS

                                                                                                                  TomSully

                                                                                                                  Atlanta

                                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  We enjoyed 2 Grouper fish dishes. Both were EXCEPTIONAL! One was the standard fare and mine was the Special and it was. Highly recommend.

                                                                                                                34. OT

                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                                                                  overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  We were celebrating our 27 th anniversary and made note of that when made reservations but it was not acknowledged

                                                                                                                35. b

                                                                                                                  bulldog

                                                                                                                  Chicago

                                                                                                                  24 reviews

                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                  24 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                                  overall3food2service4ambience4

                                                                                                                  quaint location on the water. quite busy on a week day. both our meals were fair. i had the surf and turf. the steak lacked flavor and the lobster tail was over cooked and tasteless. oyster on the half shell were small for blue points and also quite tasteless. pricey for what the kitchen turned out. i would recommend them as a scenic restaurant but stick to the catch of the day.

                                                                                                                36. PE

                                                                                                                  PamE

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                  Beautiful views of the waterway and sunset. Food was amazing. Lobster ravioli perfect. Fairly good wine selection.

                                                                                                                37. OT

                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                  Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  We got a private room for the night and was very pleased with the view. The food was amazing and the service was just as good!

                                                                                                                38. MW

                                                                                                                  MarciaW

                                                                                                                  Baltimore

                                                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Hands down the best dining experience we had on Hilton Head Island. Outdoor table - great view. Service - very good. Shrimp and grits, scallops, soft shell crab, and fried oysters - delicious!

                                                                                                                39. OT

                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                  Charleston

                                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                                  overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                                                                                  Great service from Raven, she was very energetic and accommodating. The appetizer and desert were both outstanding but the main courses were just so so. Underprepared and over salted; with no real flavor to speak of and questionable presentation. Fine dining atmosphere and pricing without the entrees to match. Unfortunate

                                                                                                                40. NG

                                                                                                                  NGreen

                                                                                                                  New York Area

                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                  Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                  Great service , good and ambiance. We will definitely return next year.

                                                                                                                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 4567 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                                                                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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