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

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  • 160
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    Very good
  • 63
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  • 22
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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 recent review
Great service; good food

spent the evening with family on a first time visit to Ella's Restaurant, and I thought it was "ok". the 10 of us had a variety of foods, but no one thought their meal was special. Lots of "filler" hush puppies to start the meal, followed by a very good salad ( there is also a small salad bar... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Homer, New York
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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400 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Homer, New York
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

spent the evening with family on a first time visit to Ella's Restaurant, and I thought it was "ok". the 10 of us had a variety of foods, but no one thought their meal was special. Lots of "filler" hush puppies to start the meal, followed by a very good salad ( there is also a small salad bar). It... More 

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Myrtle Beach, SC
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146 reviews 146 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

i had not eaten at Ella's for 10-12 years. Decided to try it again. Ordered the flounder, shrimp, and oyster platter. The flounder piece was small and over-cooked. The shrimp were OK but way too small, not even popcorn size! Oysters were very good, plump and numerous. Cole slaw was pretty good. Hush puppies not so great. Good service. I... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Not fancy but food is good and reasonably priced. Senior seafood plates are a great value. Hush puppies are great.

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Cato, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I friend took us to Ella's I have been to MANY restaurants some very high class and very expensive! The only things that Ella's doesn't have is white linen table cloths & a high price menu! The food is just beyond compare I had the raw oysters for an appertiser they were wonderfully fresh and tasty, my friend & i... More 

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Crawfordville, Florida, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Great place to get good southern country cooking! Hush puppies are delicious, as was the rest of the meal. Saw some buckets of oysters...roasted...looked delicious and will order them next time I'm there.

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Knightdale, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Always love going to Ella's...beautiful lightly fried seafood and some of the best hushpuppies ever!

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Saint Clairsville, Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

Ella's has been a staple for my husband and I for at least the last 4 years. Last year in the fall we even brought my parents there for some very fresh Calabash Seafood! Today, we were told that the scallops had gone up by $2 and were removed from the combination menus, but our waitress did find a way... More 

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Platte City, Missouri, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Over a 5 day visit my sisters and I enjoyed the oyster roast 3 times! My last visit in November only 2 times. I will only eat oysters on the half and roasted, no fried for me. Be sure to order a bit wet, harder to open but well worth it.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?