About Ela's Blu Water Grille

Featured in Bon Appetit and the winner of numerous Open Table awards, ELA's Blu Water Grille 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.

One Shelter Cove Ln
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak, Wine Bar

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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 785-3030

Website:
http://www.elasgrille.com/

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

Catering:
Second Level private dining for Wedding & Private events for up to 80pp
Penthouse VIP Dining Room available for parties up to 20pp

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

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

Palmetto Dunes - DunesBuggy - free shuttle to ELA's

Executive Chef:
Ryan Alpaugh

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

Private Party Contact:
Lynn Malvasio : (843) 785-3030

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

Ela's Blu Water Grille Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

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Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (57)
Waterfront (51)
Great for Outdoor Dining (45)
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Special Occasion (42)
Romantic (36)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Good for a Date (32)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Local Ingredients (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Casual (17)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Cozy (12)
Live Music (12)
Bar Seating (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Business Meals (8)
Healthy (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
People Watching (6)
Fun (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Authentic (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

Both dinner and service were excellent! Nice bar and good views of the boats (all decorated for the holidays). Strongly recommend.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Whenever we’re on Hilton Head, we are sure to visit Ela’s. Never had a bad experience! It was a quiet Thursday night and we arrived a little early for our 6:30 reservation. Shown quickly to our table at the windows overlooking the marina with its boats decorated with Christmas lights. Amber, our waitperson, greeted us with a rundown of the specials for the evening and answered questions and explained preparations. Very thorough and knowledgeable. Janice decided on the filet—rare and tender. I chose the pan roasted grouper. We both picked “winners”. After seeing a nice selection of desserts, we decided to try the chocolate peanut butter squares. Rich and plenty to share. Staff and management make you feel welcome and appreciate your patronage. Great place for a nice dinner.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Thouroughly enjoyed our meal and Shelter Cove boats and shops were decorated for Christmas. We sat outside despite Dec but heaters took care of the chill. Lovely, enchanting evening.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Extremely poor service + response to our request Re: slight menu modification. Truly disappointing....

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We spent Thanksgiving week at Hilton Head and had Thanksgiving dinner at Ela's . We were not disappointed! Food was amazing, service was fantastic and the prices for bottles of wine were very reasonable. The pumpkin soup was to die for, the restaurant should make it a staple on their fall menu. Will definitely go back!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Dinner food was superb.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving dinner and were very disappointed in the food. It was very expensive and the quality of the food was lacking. The mashed potatoes were dry, the stuffing the same. The meal lacked flavor just very poor quality. We were expecting more from Elas but after this experience, We would not go back for a holiday dinner. On the upside the atmosphere and staff were great.

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Warm and cozy in November, the ambiance was wonderful, staff was very polished, professional and friendly, and food excellent. Highly recommend as a Hilton Head gem.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great food and service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

So appreciated the host going the extra mile to accommodate me on a cooler, windy day, enabling us to enjoy Sunday brunch on the beautiful balcony. Servers are also good, as is the food. Thanks!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Awesome?! New flavors, though suttle. Will be back!!!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Ela's is one of our favorite spots in Hilton Head. Beautiful views of the marina. Sometimes entertainment is available. Outdoor dining with Gorgeous views. Great wine selection. It can be a romantic setting it can be everyday dining it's just a wonderful spot. We highly recommend it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The dinning experience was very nice. I had a great table out on the balcony over looking the harbor. Service was excellent and not rushed. An expansive menu but not too much to choose from. Each item tried was good to very good with fresh ingredients. Overall a good dining experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Food was excellent. We've eaten here many times, but it seemed even better this time than in the past. Atmosphere is always nice. Our waitress didn't seem terribly on the ball. Didn't notice we were out of water - several times and we had to keep asking for it. Did not pay attention to cocktails being empty. Beyond that, dinner was great. thank you

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

As always, food was fantastic. Our server, Dave, was top notch. See you again soon!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great atmosphere, ambiance and marina view. Excellent attentive service. For the pricing, disappointed in the size of the entree portions. Food was very good......but portions were on the small side.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food was fantastic! Mushroom risotto was very flavorful, my salmon was cooked perfectly.
Service was friendly but slow. We didn't understand why, it was not a busy evening in the off season here.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Our dinner was excellent. Our server was knowledgeable and a true professional. The food was outstanding as always. Love the atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Worth the walk to the end of Shelter Cove harbor. Good year round for lunch or dinner dining.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Waterfront
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Overlooking the marina, watching the rising full moon -- quite perfect location for romantic al fresco dining on a warm November evening. Stacked crab, avocado, mango appetizer and pear arugula salad was delicious and all I needed. Husband liked his shrimp and grits entree. Convenient to Palmetto Dunes. We'll be back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The food and service was excellent. Dining outside provided a spectacular view of the marina. The full moon was the icing on the cake.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Would highly recommend. Great outdoor seating w view of Marina. Great backround music. Excellent service and delicious meal. Not overpriced.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Ella’s is one of my favorite restaurants on the Island, but our last dining experience was very disappointing due to our very busy waiter/ inattentive waiter. We felt as if we were one too many tables to be waited on by our server and then rushed. We would have had an additional wine and or coffee to enjoy our beautiful window seat, but were quicky given our check. We will definitely give it another try. We love the ambience and the food, but will hope that we do not have a repeat of the service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 27, 2017

This was wonderful. Amazing food and wonderful service with a water view that was to die for.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Organic, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We usually go to Ella’s the last night before our vacation ends. David was our waiter. He was very attentive & knowledgeable with the menu. I had the scallops over crab risotto which was delicious. My husband always gets the filet migon which melts in your mouth. I would definitely recommend Ella’s.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great place to eat. The musician was great and the food was wonderful. We were on a vacation on the island and thought we would give it a try. Excellent food and service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was absolutely fabulous which complimented the beautiful views

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Beautiful views inside and out
Active harbor And marsh views
Outdoor dining with soft lighting

Perfect

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

An excellent meal on a beautiful evening. The service was prompt, efficient and knowledgeable, the food was great, and what a lovely view of Shelter Cove.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We loved the food, the ambiance, and we were given exceptional service and attention. Very, very enjoyable evening!

Tags: Tapas, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal here! We were able to sit outside and enjoy the views of the marina. The shrimp and grits were phenomenal. We would definitely return.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Overall, would not return to this restaurant nor would I recommend it to others.

We were seated promptly and our server arrived quickly with menus and water and described the specials. But then she disappeared for 10-15 minutes. When she finally returned, we were ready to order. I chose one of the specials but to my disappointment she informed me that it was now sold out, only one had remained. I am accustomed to a server warning guests when the available quantity of a special gets low but ours did not. So I returned to the menu and selected the scallops and risotto item, one that she highly recommended. Scallops were seared perfectly but the risotto was quite undercooked, actually slightly crunchy. Our server did offer to replace the dish but I declined....the error was already made and I am very leery of what response might ensue when a dish is returned to the kitchen. I should also note that, if the server alerted management to the problem, no one visited our table to apologize. Either way, that is a service error.

My wife ordered the crabcakes and they were very tasty. We had a bottle of Chablis with dinner, that was nice and decently priced. We also had Ela's take on Caprese which was very tasty as well.

Hilton Head has a lot of good-to-great restaurants. Ela's is not one of them. If our experience is representative, this establishment would be out of business without the view.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I’ve eaten at Ela’s several times. Always order the same meal. Prepared poorly this time. Waiter was sweating profusely from running around. Not enough help to service the demand.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Overall the restaurant was good. The service could have been better. Food came too quickly, didnt even gt a chance to enjoy the appetizers. Other minor service issues, but overall a good place.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was fresh and delicious - our waiter Elnardo (sorry not sure - he was from Panama)- was outstanding in every way! Give him a raise!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was excellent and a lovely dinner. Actually on vacation for the first time at Hilton Head. ENjoyed it so much went back for our last night there. Very enjoyable evening.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Lovely to sit outside, looking over the marina and waterways. Service was good. Very nicely plated and prepared well. Portions are a little small for dinner, considering the prices.

Tags: Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

We had an absolutely great meal and evening here. This was our second trip to the island and first to Ela’s. We will make it a point to visit here every time we come back to the island.

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We have been to Ela's on every trip to HHI. Always excellent. This time the service was less than we are typically used too. The steak was awesome and the ambiance was always great.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great food and service. Wonderful view from the patio. Very nice wine list, not extensive, but several good choices.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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