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1148 River Rd Sw, Calabash, NC 28467
(910) 579-6728
Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 166
    Excellent
  • 135
    Very good
  • 65
    Average
  • 23
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  • 23
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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
Most dependable, not fancy Sea Food restaurant in Calabash.

Food is always good, reasonable, and predictable. Mostly fried seafood in the Calabash Style. Not fancy but nice and very clean. Just say it is a go-to eatery.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
456kennethd
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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English first
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Food is always good, reasonable, and predictable. Mostly fried seafood in the Calabash Style. Not fancy but nice and very clean. Just say it is a go-to eatery.

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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Whenever my family comes to Myrtle Beach, we have to come here. Kids menu is very good. The hush puppies are out of this world

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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Other than the workers and the shrimp, there was not much good about this place. I got the stuffed flounder and it was gross. Not seasoned at all and a bit burnt as well. A couple other people in my party had the same opinion. A couple others got the plate of shrimp and they enjoyed that quite a bit.... More 

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North Carolina
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58 reviews 58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

My Son and I were at our place in Ocean Isle beach this past Sunday and went to Ella's for dinner. It was great, ofcourse it's March so they are not busy, so we were in and out in no time. The meal was good as always, I had shrimp and fish, more than enough to eat. I always like... More 

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NC
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59 reviews 59 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Me and my family have now dined at Ella's twice and both times I have been disappointed. There's no better place in Calabash to get an oyster roast in season, but it's some of the other menu items I have a problem with. The staff is friendly and engaging, and service is very good. However, both times my food has... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We don't normally eat fried food, but wanted to experience seafood prepared in the traditional Calabash way and are glad we did. The shrimp, scallops, and oysters were all very lightly breaded and not at all greasy. The hush puppies are addictive! The cole slaw is very good and fresh. Paula, our service, was outstanding. Next time we go, we... More 

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Fredericksburg, VA
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113 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The hushpuppies--delicious! Hubby almost ate the entire basket by himself! We ordered the lunch special which was a Seafood Steampot. It was filled with a bizillion oysters, a scattering of clams and shrimp, 2 clusters of crab legs and 2 pieces of corn on the cob. We worked our little fingers digging out all that yummy goodness while alternating the... More 

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McDonough, Georgia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Really good clam chowder! This was the best seafood we have had on this trip to the Myrtle Beach Area. Coming off a half day fishing trip, we were chilled and hungry, so we stopped at Ella's before heading back to our condo. We both had clam chowder and one had the flounder sandwich and the other a senior scallops... More 

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Pittsburgh, PA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I had the flounder and shrimp lunch special. Everything was delicious, especially the shrimp. Service was outstanding. Everybody was very friendly. One note: Calabash style is fresh, local seafood served lightly breaded and fried. If you don't like fried food or prefer huge shrimp raised on a farm in Ecuador this might not be the place for... More 

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Beavercreek, Ohio
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53 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Boy is the fried shrimp sandwich. It is on a bun with about an inch of shrimp on it. French fries are OK. Hush puppies with honey butter, but don't fill up on them, as you want to save room for shrimp sandwich. They also have clams, oysters fish etc.

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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: Families with children, Local cuisine, 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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