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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Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

HP
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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.

V
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

HW
Charleston
78 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ela's is a very nice restaurant. We have been there several times and always had outstanding meals. The evening we were there was relatively quiet with only a few other tables. Three of us ate off the normal menu and one ate off the Restaurant Week special menu running through the third of February. The Restaurant week menu is Prix Fixe and comes with 5 small courses. The choices are great and food delightful.

d
Savannah
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elas brunch menu was perfect for choice selections and prices. Service was excellent , will definitely be back again.

K
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good brunch with beautiful view

NW
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must to visit if you stay in Hilton Head. We have been there for brunch and went back for dinner. Delicious both times

HN
New England
69 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Newer menu has some great options and is very eclectic. Wait Staff is very attentive, cordial and efficient too. There is live music in the bar area, not noisy at all and after dinner, we like to stop in the bar and have a nightcap in this very lively setting. Even with the newer menu Crab remains the Feature appetizer and entree as far as we are concerned. They are the best of the Island. Such a beautiful view!

TM
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ela's is one of our favorite restaurants on the island. You can't beat it for the views of the harbor, and the food and service is always topnotch.

m
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed spending NYE at Ela's. Amber our server was fantastic and the food was fabulous. They really know how to throw a great Party.

EG
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great New Year’s Eve here!

H
Greensboro
25 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

S
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

b
Charleston
46 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menus, food well prepared, great ambience, and service just great! Definately will return!!

OT
Mississippi
100 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

We enjoyed this restaurant. Food was very good and service was okay. It's in a great location and would certainly recommend to others.

R
Louisville
29 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The prices seemed high for the value received.
The food was good, not great.
The service was OK, not great.
But I did ask for no extra salt on my scallops and they followed that request.

MC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Beautiful view of the harbor with Xmas lights. Highly recommend.

MN
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Scallop dinner expensive and only had three scallops; Tuna came with different setup than described on the menu (also overcooked)

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food, service and a nice view of the harbor.

TH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to ELA’S and it did not disappoint. Our server, Grant, was great.

RC
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a very nice dinner over looking shelter cove marina. It was a great sight with the boats decorated for the Christmas / holiday season.

b
Atlanta
91 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was exceptional!!! Best meal of the trip!

b
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Ela's for a Sunday brunch. Everything the four of us ordered was delicious; and there were many brunch entrees from which to choose. The service was excellent, as was the timing of the food brought to the table. Of course, there were only about 20 patrons at the restaurant when we were there, but it was early. That being said, in our several trips to Ela's over the past many years, we have never been disappointed.

SD
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Food was delicious and service was excellent

OT
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dinner. Oysters Rockefeller, Filet Mignon, Whole Flounder. Gorgeous views.

VA
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our first visit to Ela's. Fabulous food in fairly quiet noise level in a beautiful marina-side setting. There was live music and service was professional and courteous. I would recommend this restaurant. The ambiance is good but I would like to see renovations in decor soon, especially the ceiling which, like so many other restaurants gets neglected. overall very good.

OT
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an incredible meal we enjoyed this evening! The service from Antonio was perfect and the food was next level. My husband said that his flounder was the best fish he’s ever had. My salmon special was delicious. My only regret is that I had delicious fried green tomatoes and caprese salad beforehand—I was too full to eat all of my entre. Even the white wine that Antonio suggested was the best I’ve had! Our first time to Hilton Head Island—will definitely return to ELA’s if we return. Outstanding in every way and not to be missed. For two of us with drinks, starters, main entrees, dessert and coffee was $140. Well worth it and better than many more expensive restaurants we’ve been to.

N
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has a business trip to the area. And met associates there for dinner. Located in pretty Shelter Cove Marina. Service was professional and personable. We all ordered seafood dishes and everyone in our party raced about their meal. The grouper entree was popular and delish. Liked it so much we stopped for lunch again before we left town. Same excellent service and food.

RG
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thanksgiving dinner menu was great and we had a nice evening listening to the piano player while dining.

WT
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lily was a delightful waitress, never too far away, always polite and helpful. Piano was not too loud and our table was by a window overlooking the marina. Partner’s crab cakes were a tad breast but my traditional Thanksgiving dinner was delicious, warm, and filled the gaps in my partner’s appetite.

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