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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 202
    Excellent
  • 160
    Very good
  • 75
    Average
  • 28
    Poor
  • 32
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good grilled tuna

At this point I was tired of fried seafood, so I went with the grilled tuna and it was a good choice. The salad bar left a little a little to be desired especially since it wasn't included in price of meal. Other than that a solid choice for dinner and service was very good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Binkley0422
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White House, Tennessee
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Great Calabash seafood which the locals like me visit religiously. Need I say more. They even broil the seafood and it is quite good. This is a family operated restaurant of three generations and they take pride in running an excellent restaurant. The long lines attest to the great food. When I was a kid, I used to dream about... More 

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Danville, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

When we want seafood while on vacation at Myrtle Beach ... we ALWAYS choose ELLA'S! The food is always fresh and delicious! It is quite reasonable in comparison to other seafood establishments, as well. The fried seafood dishes are always good, but if you ever get the chance ... try their grilled TUNA ... it is to DIE for! My... More 

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White House, Tennessee
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67 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

At this point I was tired of fried seafood, so I went with the grilled tuna and it was a good choice. The salad bar left a little a little to be desired especially since it wasn't included in price of meal. Other than that a solid choice for dinner and service was very good.

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Raleigh, NC
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

If you're looking for an old-school Calabash experience, this is what you're looking for. Right down to the old school salad bar, it's exactly what you expect. You must get fried shrimp, and then from there it's up to you whether to adorn it with other choices, but I'd recommend the flounder. One member of our group also got steak... More 

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New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Each of us three had deep fried fish, which was pretty much the fare. I had ample amounts of baby shrimp, which tasted fresh. A friend had an assortment, which included crab. I wish they had provided other types of prepared fish, other than deep fried. Atmosphere is like an extensive diner, which expands into other open rooms. Service was... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The food was fine. Very busy place with a long wait. The hushpuppies were very good and served like bread before the meal for free. The shrimp were doughy, the oysters were mealy and I wasn’t a fan of the halibut. It was just OK. I would not go there again.

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Calabash, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We've been going to Ella's Seafood Restaurant for over 30 years. It is always consistently good. The lunch menu prices are reduced from the evening and the portions are certainly enough for a meal. By the way, make sure you try the clam chowder as it is home made and delicious.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This place is so people friendly. We had seafood and one lady had spaghetti since she is allergic to shellfish. The waitree was ver kind to let her know they did not cook their fries or hushpuppies in the same oil as the fish. This is very important to people allergic to shellfish because it could result in death. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Stopped in for a quick lunch with my wife and daughter, in bathing suits. Were seated quickly and ordered and our food was served fast. Helpful staff, as I didn't want fried seafood, I ordered a boiled shrimp platter and it was excellent. Everything was perfect. They are open year around as well, so I will be returning.....in the off... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We wanted a nice lunch without breaking the bank. They didn't bat at eye at the fact that my daughter and myself were n bathing suits. We were seated quickly and as you can see the food was awesome! I had a shrimp and oyster combo. So glad to know they are open year round!

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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: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
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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