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ELA'S On the Water, Hilton Head Island, SC
ELA'S On the Water, Hilton Head Island, SC
ELA'S On the Water, Hilton Head Island, SC
ELA'S On the Water, Hilton Head Island, SC
ELA'S On the Water, Hilton Head Island, SC

ELA'S On the Water

4.7
4.7
6152 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (843) 785-3030
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • 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

What 6,152 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Great for outdoor dining

  • South Carolina

    Great for scenic views

  • Hilton Head

    Best Ambiance

  • Hilton Head

    Hot spot

  • Hilton Head

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Hilton Head

    Romantic

  • Hilton Head

    Most Booked

6,152 Reviews
  1. SueP

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were fantastic. We were one of only a couple tables seated outside but our server was still very attentive.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I came on a recommendation and I was not disappointed. In fact, I checked to see if I could come again the next night. I ordered the flounder and it was so fresh and amazing. My husband ordered the pasta dish and he loved it. We got some deserts to go and my goodness!!!! They were so fresh and delicious!!!!

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  3. edotGilk

    Atlanta Metro

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service during our outdoor seated meal looking over the peaceful marina. Will return next time on HHI.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious dinner, fresh ingredients and we had the nicest waitress!

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  5. JELPCL

    Salt Lake City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location with beautiful views of water and harbor. Excennt seafood choices!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So great. Was too cold to eat outside so the reserved a table inside a head of time. Great food and so cozy inside. All excellent

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great and nice with sunset view. Would definitely come back

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  8. HelenL

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding food, beautiful view, very good service. Will go back.

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  9. EileenB

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic! Appropriately attentive service. All in all a great experience.

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  10. DianeK

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We brought out of town friends and had a lovely brunch.

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  11. JoeC

    Richmond

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of the best places for Sunday brunch in Hilton Head.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed the food and service at our table. The bartender at the bar was very rude and didn’t want to wait on us as we waited on our table, but other than that, it was a great experience . Food was great and the waiter was outstanding.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great

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  14. KathleenE

    Charleston

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    ELAs is always wonderful. The location, the food….last night we had two young ones with us (5 and 3) and they loved it too.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal! Our waiter, Koumon was exceptional; polite, happy, warm and friendly! We enjoyed salmon with risotto. Celebrated a birthday and I was offered a choice of desserts! Great evening!

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  16. ChristineC

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was awesome. From the server to the busser & runners … very efficient and friendly. Food was great. We liked the atmosphere.

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  17. OnTheBorder

    Raleigh

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ela's On the Water was outstanding! This was our first visit to Ela's. Everything exceeded our expectations. The view of the water, the service, the food, the atmosphere -- every part of the meal was exceptional. We will return! Highly recommended!!

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  18. RobertC

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As having been at ELA's before the service and food is excellent and would recommend to go there.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice food was good great view service was good had a great time

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  20. Patty

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. Everyone that served us were very friendly and quick to help!!

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  21. AndrewW

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice restaurant with even better views. We were dining with a few “foodies” that can be a bit discerning, and all were very impressed with the food and service!

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  22. john

    Exclusive

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The dinner was exceptional as was the service. Our server, Karen, was excellent.

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  23. 2theBluff

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating an evening with old friends from out of town. Ella’s On the Water gave us a memorable experience.

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  24. BarbaraY

    Charleston

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner was great as usual and the evening very pleasant

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  25. MelissaD

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were in town for a conference and it was suggested we make dinner reservations ahead of time. I turned to Open Table to look for something a little special for our weekend away, and found Ela's. It was tucked away on the marina and after the sun went down, the twinkling lights on the boats added to the ambiance. The pork chop and scallops were both outstanding and Karen was a fantastic server.

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  26. BlaireH

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! We had a great dinner and the service was great as well.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere overlooking the marina was breathtaking. The service was superb. The food was spectacular. Our favorite restaurant in HHI

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  28. VirginiaW

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ela's has great food. The ambiance is romantic and you can see the lights from the boats in the water. Service is first class. We highly recommend this place.

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  29. AllisonW

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolute best experience! Food was outstanding and staff was wonderful!! Will definitely be back!!

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  30. Nima

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We were given a table which had hardly any light, when we told them the manager said he did not realize that the light was not working. The bread was cold and the butter was rancid. The food was ok but when I was finished and I happened to be looking at my phone for a message the waitress took my food and did not ask me if I wanted to take it home. In other restaurants they always ask us if we wanted to take our expensive food (tuna) home. Overall very bad experience. Other restaurants in Hilton head were so friendly.

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  31. mrscrazyed

    Tucson

    81 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Service and food were quite good, but not quite as good as it was a year ago. That having been said, we all thoroughly enjoyed our meal. At first we were a little upset at being seated quite close to the bar, but then realized it was because one of us used a walker. Most of the restaurant is accessed by stairs, so this was done as a courtesy -- very much appreciated. Will definitely return next year.

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  32. MariaC

    Detroit

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was amazing. Love this restaurant.

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  33. BrandyNolen

    Dallas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Ela's last night for dinner. We frequent restaurants like this weekly and we were looking forward to a great meal based on reviews. We got the fried green tomatoes as an appetizer, and they were just okay. We love lobster bisque soup, we ordered two bowls of it, the soup had oil floating in it and there was no lobster in it, it tasted like it had been sitting for a while. I took one bite and told our waitress it was not good, and I did not want it, she didn't apologize or ask if I wanted something else, she just took the soup and left. My husband eats anything, so he ate his and said it was one of the worst he had ever tasted. I ordered a blackened grouper, and he ordered the red snapper special, our main course was okay at best the rice was still hard and his fish was super sugary. We decided we would give it a final try and ordered the key lime pie; it is sad that a simple pie was the best part of the meal. We received the check the soup that I did not eat was on the bill and not removed. We are fine spending $200 on a meal, however, spending $200 on a meal that is just okay is not acceptable. I am the first one to call the manager over or leave a positive review when we have an exceptional meal, we are not picky we just expect the quality to match the price and at Ela's, it did not. Save yourself the trouble and bypass this one if you are in Hilton Head!

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  34. CynthiaJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and ambience was outstanding! I decided on their nightly special, which was a blackened swordfish with a delicious pineapple salsa. It was complemented with a crab risotto and sautéed broccolini. Swordfish was cooked to perfection and was excellent.

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  35. Larksfam

    Detroit

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner. Chefs special was blackened grouper - best I’ve ever had. Karen and the rest of the waitstaff were very friendly and attentive. Will definitely be back!

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  36. Lnico

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was wonderful and all but one dish were excellent! The staff is lovely too. I highly recommend it!

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  37. Merry

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The dinner and ambience were delicious and lovely. Live music was great in a great setting.!

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  38. RickG

    Atlanta Metro

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great view and server. Food was not up to Ela's standard!

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  39. RandyP

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went during restaurant week to try it out. Like some restaurants the portions were very tiny but also very good. We added an app which was normal size but we all still left hungry. Price per person average was $100.

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  40. JoanK

    Columbus

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We have dined at Elas several times over the past few years. Each time the food and service have been excellent. Unfortunately this time we were disappointed. Here are some of the issues: *We were seated on the second floor at a table that was very dark. Our waiter attempted to get the light above our table working and it “sparked” (shorted out) obviously this is an issue that needs to be addressed. *Two of us ordered the Restaurant Week special. Two ordered from the regular menu. One order was a steak (medium) and a wedge salad. The wedge delivered was the small Restaurant Week version and he was charged $16 for the regular wedge. Also he let the waiter know that his steak was not cooked to order and was told “I can’t see it because it’s too dark in here. And we have a new chef and the kitchen is really busy so I can’t ask them to fix it.” He was comped a regular size dessert. While we understand Restaurant Week is a busy time we hope to have the same quality of food and service as any other week. The other meals were as ordered and delicious. We will be back and hopefully all will be perfect as usual.

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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 4.7 stars by 6152 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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 Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
  • 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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