ELA'S On the Water

4.6
4118 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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vipMikeLynH
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding! Very knowledgeable about the menu. His recommendation was excellent.

The food was very good. Highly recommend!

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JosephM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Seared scallops were excellent as was the lobster nachos

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RichardH
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was good, and service would have better if the cocktails ordered early on, made it to the table before the appitizers (shrimp cocktail and lobster bisque.

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stevemccreedy
Greensboro
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent. One of our favorite places to eat when we’re in town

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MichaelN
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, well served, at a great pace, in a comfortable atmosphere.

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ThomasD
Savannah
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We picked the top Chardonnay by the glass & the Rising to start with the hot bread & hush puppies. We decided to each split the Fried Green Tomatoes & the Lobster Bisque soup for appetizers which were wonderful. We followed that by splitting the Arugula/Pear Salad, also outstanding. Our main courses were splitting the Crab Cakes, green beans & rice as well as the Shrimp & Grits with the ham Garvey, again a great combination. Followed by the Key Lime Pie. We had a great table near the window. The wait staff was excellent with the manager even serving some of the dishes. A great experience.

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Margaret
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting on the harbor. Service was attentive and food outstanding. Great for special occasions!

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KathyF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinners we have had in our 5 years of living here. We highly recommend Ela’s and will be making it a regular!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and location with beautiful view!

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AngieT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic Thanksgiving meal at Elsa. Sat outside and enjoyed the view as well. Food was wonderful and so was the service. Highly recommend.

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RobertH
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

OUTSTANDING restaurant providing great food, service, views and music.

We have been coming to Hilton Head Island for over 20 years. Since finding this gem, we have tried to get to ELA'S at some point in our travels.

You will certainly enjoy the experience(s) as we have!

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tpmckee60
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a family Thanksgiving dinner at noon on the outdoor balcony. The Lord provided the beautiful day to dine outdoors. ELA’s covered the delicious menu and excellent service to create a memorable dining experience. The live piano music was beautiful. The marina backdrop was placid and lovely.

This was our first Thanksgiving dinner away from home, and we were not disappointed. Highly recommend!

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PeterB
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Thanksgiving menu. Staff was very attentive as we were trying to keep younger children entertained while enjoying a more upscale brunch. The prime rib was perfectly done and my wife especially loved the creamed corn with her turkey. We will return again next year.

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dineout
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time. Didn't have the best table in the house, but our waitress was great and food was delicious!

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vipMjgraham4
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Normally a great place to eat. But on Thanksgiving eve they were packed and understaffed.

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Papa
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Shrimp and Grits I have ever had. All of the food was excellent and could not have asked for better service.

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BeckyC
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outside at ELA’S our first night on Hilton Head. Everything about it was excellent.

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Foodie
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Restaurant is beautiful with views of the water. Upscale pricey.

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MLCS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We visit ELA’S every time we are in Hilton Head. The food is absolutely delicious. However, the last 3 times we have been disappointed at the wait time between courses. We sit there waiting for way too long first for our drinks, then appetizers and then main course… not clear what the problem is but it makes us wonder whether it’s worth it… I hope this gets fixed because the food is amazingly good.

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vipMarkU
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Beautiful setting, fantastic food, the lobster risotto was delicious. Service was not as good. But overall a great experience.

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JulieG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing and the service was spot on. The sun was setting and was a nice view on the water. Will definitely go back!!

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vipMaryP
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food amazing and presentation of plate beautiful!

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vipKristenAtlanta
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and ambiance. Beautiful outdoor seating and excellent food. Highly recommend.

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Nance
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood dinner. Our first time dining there from SF Bay Area, CA. Great food choices. I had the grouper and my husband had the swords fish , both were outstanding and the presentation was exquisite. We ate in the main dining room but could see outside diners eating with a water view snd small holiday white lights. We met the restaurant owner on our way out. How cool that was. I would definitely recommend it. Our Pinehurst, NC friends that joined us had dined there before and recommended the restaurant as one of their favorites.

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KevinH
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent, but that was topped by the fantastic service.
Great job everyone at ELA'S making our dinner truly memorable.

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buckheadnative
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Food delish. On the water. Beautiful setting. Indoor and outdoor seating

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the outdoor patio at Ela’s. Kim gave us great service, the food was excellent, and the view was beautiful.

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SheilaM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and nice presentation! This is the best seafood we have had on the island.

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Machess
Charleston
36 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was just a notch better than good. The heaters in the ceiling outside made alfresco dining very enjoyable, even though there was no sunset view on the deck. But if that was the owner who greeted us and showed us to our table while having his shirt hanging halfway out of his pants, that might be the reason why this place was not excellent. Then again, with the current employment shortages, he obviously is doing multiple jobs so I will give him the benefit of the doubt. Then again, his appearance is a quick fix and should have been watched.

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vipMariaG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant! Awesome seafood. Karen, our waitress was excellent. Very happy.

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vipChrisS
Charleston
46 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Why did we wait so long to go here is my question! AMAZING is what we have to say about ELA’S. Can’t wait to Make this a regular visit.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally enjoyed the experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

View and ambiance are terrific. We had a very nice lady as a server and we were one of her first tables. Couldn’t have asked for a better server. The bad part was the veteran server. Very rude. Gave us our ticket when we weren’t even done eating or drinking. At that point we’d only been there 30 minutes and she was trying to run us out. There were plenty of open tables and no one in line so the rushing, particularly at those prices was really rude.

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vipGlennR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful setting with terrific food and a great view.

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KevinK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

David was amazing! Food is fantastic. Good vibe. Great wine selection.

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vipDinneratSkullCreek
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We celebrated my daughter’s birthday. She has celiac disease and we didn’t check ahead but no gluten free items or menu. Server said he could tell us but then told her she couldn’t have the salmon because it had cheese,😚. The scallop risotto was fantastic, lobster was also very good. She got the salmon and did say it was good. My husband ordered the pork chop and was very good. Non of the desserts were gluten free so we went elsewhere. I tried to order a wild Turkey , they didn’t have , waiter didn’t know bourbons so we played a guessing game until I guessed one they had.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food - the Surf & Turf was outstanding. Service was excellent - David was attentive and made great recommendations.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST plate of food I’ve ever had. Service was outstanding. Will definitely return next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience5

I ordered the grouper. It was bland.

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Skizard
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and good wine selection with great view of Marina. Fish was perfectly prepared. Pleasant staff but can be a little slow

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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 4118 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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