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ELA'S On the Water

4.4
1780 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, Wine Bar
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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
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Phone number
(843) 785-3030
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ryan Alpaugh
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Private party facilities
Best Water View Dining on Hilton Head

Second Level private dining for Wedding & Private events for up to 80pp
Penthouse VIP Dining Room available for parties up to 20pp
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Private party contact
Lynn Malvasio : (843) 785-3030
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Catering
Second Level private dining for Wedding & Private events for up to 80pp
Penthouse VIP Dining Room available for parties up to 20pp
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Enter Shelter Cove Harbour and follow Shelter Cove Lane to the private parking for guests.

OMNI RESORT / MARRIOTT RESORT / WESTIN RESORT offer free shuttles to ELA'S

For directions call our concierge at 843-785-3030
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Public transit
OMNI RESORT / MARRIOTT RESORT / WESTIN RESORT offer free shuttles to ELA'S

Palmetto Dunes - DunesBuggy - free shuttle to ELA's
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Entertainment
Original Artist Productions, Classic Rock, Island Music

John Wasem every Thursday & Friday from 7 - 11pm

Reid Richmond every Saturday from 7 - 11pm

Bill Peterson every Sunday 11 - 2pm

Dean St. Hillaire every Sunday 7 - 10pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1780 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.6
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4.0
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

We shared started with the calimari which was very tender and the coating light. It came with two good sauces although I prefer the traditional red sauce. The portion was small. We also had the mussel appetizer which was very good with yummy chunks of garlic. Some hush puppies came with the bread and they brought more when we asked... bonus! For our entre we had the Salmon Rockefeller and it was delicious although a little under done. For a side we got the crab risotto but should have just gotten another app. It did taste good but not a good value. My wife and I brought the average age of patrons down considerablely.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Been there a number of times. One of our favorites. Great food and a lovely view over the marsh. We were seated upstairs in a small room with four tables, so very quiet. Would request that space on another visit.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was excellent. They had entertainment that was good as well. Our server was not the best but will go back again for the food

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

My husband took me for the Sunday brunch for our anniversary. We had been there once before for dinner on our anniversary. We both got omelets which were overcooked. I wanted a hot cup of tea but they only had 2 tea bags to choice from so I had to decline. The Bloody Mary was quite good. Over $70 for a brunch which neither of us thought was that good is way to much money. However, the atmosphere is quite nice and the piano player is enjoyable.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

We had a lovely evening! We were originally seated in the bar next to the live music and it was way too loud! We did get moved upstairs to a nice quiet table - otherwise we wouldn't have been able to talk at all! (but we could still hear the music...) Once we got to our table, we had good service, delicious food and great cocktails. If it is warm, request an outside table - the view would be beautiful!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

First visit - overall excellent choice. There was entertainment (Saturday early dinner hour) so it was a little noisy at times, but not so bad that it detracted from an overall 5-star experience.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Ela’s always outstanding. The food is fabulous, the ambiance is relaxed yet sophisticated, the location and decor are beautiful and the service is professional and friendly. Ella’s is of our favorite restaurants!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

yes, it was loud in doors and we had to shout to hear one another. wait staff was very good and professional. unfortunately two of the meals had food come out that was cool. one was immediately fixed by the helpful waitress and then the manager. while the other was consumed. location is very beautiful. this is a good place to go for sunset and/ or a night on the water.

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1.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Looking at the menu I anticipated a delicious and creative dinner. I was disappointed to have a somewhat flavorless meal. I had the seared ahi tuna, that was to come with a seaweed salad. It was a very okay cut of meat and instead of the seaweed salad it had a broccoli slaw that was similar to a packaged Green Giant mix that you can buy at a grocery store. The ginger soy sauce most likely was bottled as well. For over $30 a plate, I was expecting more. I also got the fried green tomatoes which was an unsalted, basic cornmeal fry, and was drenched in a tasteless sauce. Honestly the best thing on the menu was the truffle fries that we got the kids. My husband had the braised beef shortrib, which was also not flavorful. This came on a bed of grits which looked like they had sat under the heat lamp a little too long and had developed a film. All in all, I feel that the only way Ela's is getting away with charging these prices for such poor quality is their location. Unfortunatly the view was the only good take away.

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1.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Arrived early, promised table, table not ready more than 10 minutes late, no clear time when table would be ready, left without eating. (Had 2.5 year old toddler with us !)

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great place, awesome food and even better service. Definitely will visit again

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We enjoyed a special anniversary dinner here. The atmosphere was nice. The food was even better. Highly recommended!!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My husband and friends have been going to Ella’s for three years now and always save it as the capstone dining experience of our week’s fun on the last night. We requested and received a quiet table with a view on the second floor, which was lovely. Our server, Lily, was outstanding, but as the evening wore on, she was run ragged and we had to wait quite a while before being offered dessert, coffee, after dinner drinks or later the bill. She apologized, said a server had not shown up and that they were very busy downstairs, which they certainly were. This was unusual for this restaurant...service is usually impeccable. The food was good, but did not measure up to the past two years in quality or presentation. Wondering if they have gotten a new chef? In years past, we have been given an amuse bouche, compliments of the chef, wonderful service and every dish beautifully presented and delicious. This year it was quite ordinary. I had the scallops, two of which were perfection, one under cooked. It was still a lovely evening but certainly did not measure up to our expectations. This is a pricy restaurant, which I never mind when the food is excellent and service attentive. Hoping that it fares better if we go next year. There are now MANY high end restaurants on the island where our money might be better spent, but we’ll try it one more time.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

As you can see from above the location,food,ambiance and service was Excellent...until near the end of the evening.
We were enjoying a beautiful evening that included cocktails,appetizers, amazing entrees and wine. We were enjoying the views and our after dinner coffees at just under two hours... a manger type Male approached our table and we were asked if we could please leave our table as other guests were waiting..We were in SHOCK..and being Canadian too nice..because we did get up and leave our coffee not even finished..however with a very bad taste in our mouth's..

We would never have expected at an upscale establishment after spending a fare amount of money to be treated with such disrespect.

So while we would have considered returning..we will certainly look elsewhere to spend our valuable time and money.

Really such a shame!!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We had a great dinner with the four of us having four different entrees that were equally delicious. We sat outside overlooking the harbor, its was a wonderful dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent choices on menu. Staff very attentive and knowledgeable. Great view!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent service, great food and wonderful setting. Opted to eat outside on deck and temp along with heaters made for an enjoyable evening overlooking harbor. Highly recommend P.S Great playlist!!!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great dining!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Superb Swordfish addition to the menu (Special) that three of us thought was also unique. Fourth person in our party enjoyed the Crab Cakes. Server was attentive and excellent. One of my favorites on the Island.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Nice experience

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Lovely restaurant on the water with a great view and well appointed, but the service is lacking and the food is mediocre. Disappointing....

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food just ok

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We were just in town for the week & this place was recommended by locals we met. The food was great & a nice waterfront dinner. Live music in the bar made for a great evening.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food. (Even the Kids mac and cheese!!) Sat at a table in the bar. GREAT live music. Perfect set list, perfect volume. Wonderful way to end our vacation. Will make a point to come again next year!!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Asked for them to give a birthday wish to a member of our party. This request was completely ignored. However, the food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We came for a late night bite and were not disappointed. The shrimp, crab stacks and oysters were delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Ela’s is always on our list while we are on the Island.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We sat outside for a nice dinner for my birthday with my husband. The food was great ! The service was a little slow, so be patient. Dinner took 2 hours. I always remind myself and say we are on island time but it seemed like there was a lot of just sitting and waiting .

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Everything about our dinner at ELA’S was perfection! We will definitely be back to this lovely spot with fantastic food!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We can’t complain about a thing!! Y husband and I went out for our birthdays! It was a perfect night!! David our waiter was amazing!!

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

David, our waiter was very good and we love eating while overlooking the water but on this trip the food did not match its price. The entree portions were very small. The overpriced oysters on the half shell were minute and poorly shucked. They were still attached to shell and in disconnecting them you had virtually nothing edible left. Plus ketchup and horseradish you mix yourself is like fast food. Desserts and coffee overpriced as well. Our second trip there and probably our last. Much better food on the island.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Great food pleasant atmosphere nice ambiance great time

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We enjoyed our dinner for my husband’s birthday. Everyone in our group raved about their food from our appetizers to our dessert everything was delicious. Our server and the rest of the staff were experts in their business. It has now become a favorite of ours at Hilton Head Island.

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We unfortunately had a server that seems to not care about our needs or anything for that matter. The food was ok - would not recommend to anyone.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Flounder was outstanding. Great water views of the marina with outside dining. Good service!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Great food, seat on the water as requested and fabulous service!

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

I always love the view at Ela's but, their food is fine just not fantastic for the price. I had the red fish special which was not so special. Not bad, just not special. I brought a houseguest from the frozen north so I wanted the view. With entrees over $30 I just think the food should be as great as the view. I should also mention that one person in our party had the mussels appetizer which they said was fabulous.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

So hospitable! Hostess and waiter were very accommodating, the food was well prepared “low country” dishes, and sitting outside with a nice glass of wine was sublime. Great wine list.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Although we live about 45 minutes away we will go 2-3 times a year. Our waitress Raven was terrific. View is great especially on 2nd floor. Parking is an issue but they will help you find a spot.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had a corner patio overlooking the harbor on a beautiful but breezy evening. They turned on the heat lamps for us and it was really cozy. Dinner was slow, we didn't mnd the slow pace but our waiter was not attentive or apologetic. We had to ask for bread since there was a long wait. The food was very good. Filet, shrimp, scallops, asparagus, lobster risotto and salad were great. Next time we will ask for a different waiter. The location and good food will bring us back for sure.

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