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Ella's Restaurant

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1148 River Rd Sw, Calabash, NC 28467
(910) 579-6728
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 232
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  • 172
    Very good
  • 87
    Average
  • 35
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  • 36
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good visit

We stopped in here on 2/2/16 and ordered The seafood platter which was good although the oysters were over cooked make sure you tell them not to cook them so long, the shrimp was good, the ribeye steak was huge, but a little tough. We were seated quickly and our food came out pretty quick as well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Crooner82
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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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calabash
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

we enjoy eating there a lot. The platters are great and will fill you up. Sometimes they have the steam poys depending on the season. Crab legs are great and they come with sides. The people working there have always been nice and friendly. it is packed in he summer if you go early we like to go around 8:00... More 

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Thank carolbeach
Apex, North Carolina
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were pleased with the menu (lots of options for excellent seafood) and especially pleased once we tasted the fresh food here. Our waitress was probably the best we've ever encountered: friendly, casual, super efficient! She even suggested a special oyster fest coming up, in case we were able to return.

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Thank jordan2004
North Carolina
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Food was not right, Waitress blew me off. Not very nice. Everyone was eating and I was the only one who had to sit there and watch. Overrated, not good service and I see they haven't changed as far as trying to adjust your bill when you tell them it as not a good experience....Greed I guess. They also put... More 

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Thank flo11NorthCarolina
Sidney, Ohio
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

great atmosphere. Hometown favorite not far from Cherry Grove. Great seafood and the steaks are stupendous. Salad bar left a bit to be desire, though. We will stop every time we come to N> Myrtle Beach.

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Thank sheepgurl
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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141 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stopped in here on 2/2/16 and ordered The seafood platter which was good although the oysters were over cooked make sure you tell them not to cook them so long, the shrimp was good, the ribeye steak was huge, but a little tough. We were seated quickly and our food came out pretty quick as well. Our waiter Demetri... More 

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1 Thank Crooner82
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't know how in the world that poor girl kept track of a wine tipped family of 6 from VA's picky orders but Oh Man,. great food no mistakes...

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Thank Stevie M
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of our favorite places to eat steamed oysters in the winter. One draw back is some wait staff are good and some are not. We have actually asked not o have one specific waitress. The fried seafood is good and they do have senior plates. You have o be careful not to fill up on the hush puppies they... More 

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Thank Harriet C
Eden, NC
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

4 ladies on shopping trip. We went last night...Saturday 1/17/16 and we were so disappointed. Seated quickly but it took 30 mins for them to take our order. Food arrived not hot. One plate was wrong and had to be sent back. Our waitress made excises for everything. We had to ask for tea refills. We asked for hush puppies... More 

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Thank CarolinaGirl1120
Wellford
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I shared a lunch special..........it was plenty for both of us. The food was lightly battered and fried. I am a cardiac patient so I do try to stay away from fried foods but this was okay for me.

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Thank Paula M
Atlanta
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71 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are many restaurants in the little community of Calabash, and we have eaten at several over the past 50 years. The most recent was Ella's, and it will be our first choice on the next visit. The "Calabash style" fried shrimp were delicious, as were the hush puppies. In fact, I almost filled up on the hush puppies before... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1148 River Rd Sw, Calabash, NC 28467
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Calabash
  • Phone Number: (910) 579-6728

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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

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Greensboro, Georgia
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?