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All 33 Calabash Restaurants

Ella's Restaurant

1148 River Rd Sw, Calabash, NC 28467
(910) 579-6728
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Ranked #11 of 33 Restaurants in Calabash
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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English first
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Though Ella's is the type of place that would fall into the category of "where the locals eat", there always seems to be a good crowd of persons who have obviously come from places that are not near Calabash. Ella's is an older and well-established spot which features a nice line of fresh seafoods together with a smattering of other... More 

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I love seafood, but my family doesn't always want to share. Calabash is the best place for seafood!! Ella's has the best fried clam strips - they are very meaty and not just fried dough. They bring out delicious hush puppies as soon as you sit down. My boys have had the BBQ sandwiches twice and enjoyed them! My hubby... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This is our 2nd time coming to Ella's. We arrived shortly after noon on a Saturday. After a quick walk on the fishing pier we headed over to Ella's for lunch. This place had just opened for lunch service however the parking lot was already 3/4 full. We were seated quickly, no wait. Our server/Paula promptly got our drink orders... More 

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Asheboro, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We had a party of 6 recently, and usually go to Ella's a couple times a year when at the coast. This trip we were very unimpressed with the entire experience. The food was average, portions are ridiculously small for the high price, the menu shocked us as much as the lack of service. Shrimp was tasteless, oysters were ok.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

The service today 01-11-15 was terrible their sister restaurant was closed so me and my family went to ella's we sat and waited for our drinks and bread and others round us was as well complaining about the wait for their orders as well. Today will be our last time going.

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Anderson, South Carolina
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56 reviews 56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We've been to Ella's a bunch of times over the years and it's always been pretty good. But the last couple of times the service has been impersonal, the restaurant too cold and loud, and the food has taken way, way too long to get to our table. We let it slide the first time, and even the second time,... More 

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Harker Heights
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85 reviews 85 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Ella's is my usual "go to" restaurant when back in Calabash, NC area. Over the years I have tried all the Calabash seafood places and this is the one to hit when food is top priority. The two restaurants down at end of road have a better "atmosphere" since they sit on the waterfront, but food and price are better... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We went and had the oysters they are a little pricey but they where good and we also had good service Vicky was our waitress

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Cicero, Indiana
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Best seafood we've had on vacation yet. Lunch for $6.50 for shrimp & flounder with hush puppies and fries. Great food, great price & & wonderful wait staff on New Years Day. Heat way to start 2015!

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lawton ok
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

If your ever Heading south on 17 just north of the South Carolina border, or if you are in Myrtle Beach Even You have to come visit Ellas in Calabash. Its the best seafood you will ever have and Nothing I mean Nothing on the menu is bad! The waitresses will give you some good ole Southern Hospitality and the... More 

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Additional Information about Ella's Restaurant

Address: 1148 River Rd Sw, Calabash, NC 28467
Phone Number: (910) 579-6728
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Calabash
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: American

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