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1148 River Rd Sw, Calabash, NC 28467
(910) 579-6728
Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 192
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  • 156
    Very good
  • 72
    Average
  • 27
    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
Great Calabash Seafood Dinner - but get there early

My family and I visited here while vacationing in North Myrtle Beach based on a recommendation from a friend. We enjoyed our seafood meal (large seafood platter was great) and was satisfied with the portions provided. The servers were quick to accommodate the patrons from what I saw and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
jesselodge
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Charlotte, NC
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Charlotte, NC
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224 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

My family and I visited here while vacationing in North Myrtle Beach based on a recommendation from a friend. We enjoyed our seafood meal (large seafood platter was great) and was satisfied with the portions provided. The servers were quick to accommodate the patrons from what I saw and experienced. However, if you arrive past 5:00 then you should be... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Went to Ella's for lunch--been there many times before but this trip was terrible. Ordered the small seafood plate, wife ordered boiled shrimp and friend oysters. You could not taste the oysters for the hard batter (also cold), the boiled shrimp were small and tasteless. Don't know if they changed cooks or what but I wasted about 75 bucks on... More 

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Lincolnton, North Carolina
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

After dining at Ella's in Calabash last night, I am simply dumbfounded. Their sign on the road touts that they have been there for 50 years. Seeing this, I was expecting the delicious fare that made the town famous. I have eaten in Calabash many times for many years, though not recently. Until now, I have never had a subpar... More 

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Shelby, North Carolina, United States
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

My wife, son, daughter-in-law, grandson and I decided to go to Ella's the last night of our stay in Calabash. We read some reviews which looked pretty good. I have been eating seafood in Calabash for over fifty years but had never tried Ella's. We arrived at 6:15 and put our names in with the hostess who said we would... More 

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Louisville, KY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This place is popular but well worth the wait. The best Calabash style seafood, great prices, friendly service and love that cocktail sauce! So glad we found this place - so much better than those buffets in Myrtle Beach!

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Mount Vernon, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We went her for lunch and had a great lunch special. Very good shrimp and the hush puppies were great!

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Calabash
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We took our two college students for seafood dinner there last week. The place was crowded with tourists and locals which is always a good sign. The bill for 4 adults was less the $65 and we were well fed. The waitstaff was friendly and courteous. It was worth the wait.

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Sunset Beach, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Ella's is another restaurant with Calabash style seafood. They have other non seafood items on the menu.

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Elizabethtown, NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We have eaten at Ella's many times, but today was below par. First the floor had food left on it at several tables ans stayed that way while we were there. The food was hot and good, but flounder tasted as it had been frozen. Our server never came back to our table except to leave the bill, no offer... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

WE have been going to Ellas for Calabash style seafood for years--can't beat it. If you're traveling from afar and want to experience NC calabash style seafood this is the place--if you don't want Calabash style seafood, it is not. Calabash style is fried--everything is fried--the hushpuppies, which are to die for, the shrimp, the fish, the clam strips, 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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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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