ELA'S On the Water
Maine Lobster Bisque
Hand Crafted & Slow Cooked Daily
Traditional Creole Spices & Fresh Seafood
Crispy Tortilla, Fresh Pico De Gallo, Crème Fraiche, Queso Fresco, Creamy Avocado
Great service, relaxed but efficient. Food taste and presentation was wonderful. We sat outside and it was comfortable and the heaters were perfect for the breeze and cool evening.
Everything was wonderful- good food, service but loud atmosphere so could not hear the music.
Enjoyed our evening😉
Our server was outstanding! Very knowledgeable about the menu. His recommendation was excellent.
The food was very good. Highly recommend!
Seared scallops were excellent as was the lobster nachos
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.
Always consistent. One of our favorite places to eat when we’re in town
Great food, well served, at a great pace, in a comfortable atmosphere.
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.
Beautiful setting on the harbor. Service was attentive and food outstanding. Great for special occasions!
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!
Great food, service and location with beautiful view!
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.
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!
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!
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.
We had a lovely time. Didn't have the best table in the house, but our waitress was great and food was delicious!
Normally a great place to eat. But on Thanksgiving eve they were packed and understaffed.
Best Shrimp and Grits I have ever had. All of the food was excellent and could not have asked for better service.
We dined outside at ELA’S our first night on Hilton Head. Everything about it was excellent.
Restaurant is beautiful with views of the water. Upscale pricey.
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.
Beautiful setting, fantastic food, the lobster risotto was delicious. Service was not as good. But overall a great experience.
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!!
Food amazing and presentation of plate beautiful!
Wonderful food, service and ambiance. Beautiful outdoor seating and excellent food. Highly recommend.
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.
The food was excellent, but that was topped by the fantastic service.
Great job everyone at ELA'S making our dinner truly memorable.
Service was excellent. Food delish. On the water. Beautiful setting. Indoor and outdoor seating
We really enjoyed the outdoor patio at Ela’s. Kim gave us great service, the food was excellent, and the view was beautiful.
The food was incredible and nice presentation! This is the best seafood we have had on the island.
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.
Fabulous restaurant! Awesome seafood. Karen, our waitress was excellent. Very happy.
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.
Totally enjoyed the experience.
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.
Wonderful setting with terrific food and a great view.
David was amazing! Food is fantastic. Good vibe. Great wine selection.
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.
Wonderful food - the Surf & Turf was outstanding. Service was excellent - David was attentive and made great recommendations.
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 4121 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.