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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (30)
Scenic View (28)
Special Occasion (26)
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Romantic (24)
Great for Outdoor Dining (23)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Good for a Date (20)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Worth the Drive (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Live Music (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Casual (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Cozy (8)
Business Meals (7)
Fun (7)
Healthy (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
People Watching (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Seasonal (5)
Authentic (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Sports (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined 4 days ago

Upon arrival we were told that our table was outside as we made reservation online. It is February and a cool night and did not want to sit outside & did not request outdoor table . We were then shown to a terrible table upstairs where there were 2 long tables of maybe 15 people each. Noise level was deafening.
The hostess called over the manager who again stated that we booked online & she did not care for Open Table. She claimed that since the name is open table we can be seated anywhere - at any open table! She said other people had made reservations before we did. If inside tables were unavailable, they should not have accepted reservations. We could have gone elsewhere! As an open table member , we were not treated well but the exact opposite . I have been using open table since the very beginning and have never had an issue. I’ve actually booked reservations at this same restaurant before . We were eventually put in a table in the main dining area which was suitable. My husband and I are both dieting so we ordered very carefully. None of our requests were followed. Although the food was good, it was an unpleasant anniversary dinner. My grouper was to come with asparagus and potatoes . I told the server to hold the potatoes and double the asparagus. Sauce on the side for the grouper. Out came my grouper with rice and green beans. Both our entrees came with incorrect side items . No sauce for the somewhat dry grouper . The entire meal went that way for me and my husband . The server was apologetic but obviously didn’t follow through as meals were brought out by food runner. We were offered free desert but as we already told the server, we were dieting so that wasn’t helpful and he knew that. Couldn’t wait to get our check and leave. Poor customer service.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Lovely view adds to the dining experience. The service was exceptional. The food was nicely prepared.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

Our favorite restaurant on Hilton Head for a great and quiet dinner. Have been several times and the food is always great with some unique entrees. If you can sit outside (they have heaters) it is a beautiful view and they pipe the live music outside as well.

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food, great service, great view. Love the outdoor seating.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

Always enjoy Ella’s.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

Bar was a little noisy.,

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 7 days ago

My wife and I had been here once before and had an enjoyable outside overlooking the harbor. We came back for Valentine’s Dinner. What a mistake!

The restaurant changed the special menu that had been posted on their website. Upon arrival, they took us to a table up 3 flights of stairs to a view of wooden beams and a concrete post.

The only thing timely about our service was when we asked for our check...

The food was fair. My wife enjoyed her scallops. The shrimp and grits were the worst I have ever had.

We will not be back.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 13, 2018

I enjoyed the restaurant, service and food .. But I took my sister and husband for their 30th anniversary !!! Why did I tell Open Table if all the restaurant did was have the servicer said Happy Anniversary. A bit embarrassing for me. The bill was nearly 300 dollars. Couldn’t you of thrown in something !!! Wouldn’t have bothered me if Open Table didn’t ask !!!! Disappointing. Louise Reza

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This was our second visit. We will visit next tIME we are back in HHI.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Enjoyed a delicious Sunday brunch with friends. Happy to recommend Ela’s.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Very pleased with the sunset views. Food was superb! Service was excellent. Great, soft, Live music accompanied our meal. A fabulous experience!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 6, 2018

One of our favorites on the island. Food is excellent and location is great. Wish it was closer, then we'd go more often but well worth the trip.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The food was good , preparation was excellent but food was over salted..
The cocktails were awful.
I sent my cosmo back and the second one they brought was only marginally better. Very low alcohol content. Tasted like watered down cranberry juice.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Wonderful atmosphere, excellent service, and food cooked to perfection!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We enjoyed a special chef's pairing menu with various wines. All courses were wonderful, and our server was helpful and courteous. My filet was delicious, tender and juicy despite being cooked to my spec of well done. Everyone raced about their dinners, and the wines served were a nice complement to the food. All in all, an enjoyable dining experience.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Good food and great service.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Had been wanting to try this restaurant. Their Chamber Week menu looked amazing, so gave it a try. Did not disappoint. The menu included many items from regular menu, so got to taste several dishes. Great atmosphere, marine view, great live music in the bar. Will go back when it is warm enough to sit outside. Great find.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 31, 2018

First time at this restaurant, certainly will not be our last. Has great views of the Shelter Cove Harbor. Service was great, our server was very knowledgeable of the menu. We had a tasting menu special, included two appetizers - a shrimp cocktail and a wonderful tuna / pineapple tartare. Followed by a salad, we had a surf and turf consisting of a filet and broiled scallops. Both our steaks were prepared perfectly and tasted as good as any I have ever had. The scallops were also preferred perfectly. We finished with an excellent cherry cheesecake.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 28, 2018

One of the worst brunches I have had. Omelet was cold, cheese not melted, lump crab over processed and not even close to being jumbo lump. My friends was as he put it sub par.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Phenomenal experience and amazing cuisine!!! A must go to special occasion restaurant!

Tags: Waterfront, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Been many times and never lets us down. Consistently great food, service and nice entertainment on weekends. Great water views and sunset.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We were staying in Shelter Cove. The restaurant was beautiful with the low lighting.
We felt rushed and we expected better with the food.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Wonderful 5 course dinner!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent late NYE dinner. The perfect place with excellent food, great service and nice ambience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great dinner as always. Was there for NYE party. They never disappoint. Surf and turf was excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Live Music, Waterfront, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Beautiful setting overlooking the boats and water. Food was outstanding as well as the presentation. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fun, Waterfront, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Cold day on Hilton Head. Ice and snow storm on the way. Decided to get an early dinner on New Years Eve. Requested and got a great table overlooking the harbor and marina. Several specials to choose from. We chose the filet (rare of course ) and the sea bass. Both were excellent. Service was great as usual. We have never had a bad experience at Ela’s. Will always recommend to friends.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a delicious grouper special and I had the fried green tomatoes and my husband the caprese salad. Both were presented beautifully and everything was amazing! Wonderful live entertainment in the adjoining bar.

Tags: Happy Hour, Seasonal, People Watching, Business Meals, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Comfort Food
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

David was a wonderful waiter with excellent menu recommendations. Grouper was delicious.
Delightful conversation afterwards at the bar with customers and staff with David being his usual attentive self.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 26, 2017

It’s always a treat to eat at Ela’s! We recently we took out of town friends and enjoyed cocktails and appetizers. All of our choices were scrumptious! The atmosphere and quality of food served never fails to please!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Live Music, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The barman did not know how to prepare a Gibson.
Worse the table rocked.
Super nice food and service.
Overall B +

Tags: Romantic
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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful meal, nice wine selection and piano music. Service was very good even with a full resturant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent meal and service! Ela's never disappoints. The lobster bisque is exceptional. Cesar salad very fresh. Linz filet mignon was prepared exactly as ordered and so tender. Grouper was very good as well. We all left feeling satisfied.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Romantic, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve 2017. Staff appeared to be in rush to get out for the holidays. Food was bland and appeared to be have been prepped hours before and then heated up. Had turkey dinner which was dry and oysters rockefeller which was ok but not great. Wife and I had a specialty cocktail which was light and didn't appear to have much alcohol in it. Eaten there many times before and was always pleased, but this time it was just below par.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Loved the location where we looked out over the harbor with all the boats and their Christmas lights. The food and service were very good. Also the live entertainment was a nice extra.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great location, great food, great service (thank you Amber). Our first visit, we will be going back.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 1, 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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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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

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