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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

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  • 185
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    Very good
  • 67
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  • 26
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  • 29
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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
Great good

We went to Ella's twice because the food was so good. My husband LOVES their fried oysters and I love crab legs, so it was perfect for both of us. The wait staff was very friendly and the busboys were fast and efficient. The only negative for me were the host staff that seat you. Both evenings, the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
DawnLarae
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Ashland, Kentucky
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Calabash, North Carolina, United States
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

I ordered their scallop plate, my wife ordered shrimp &a oysters, and the other couple ordered the deluxe platter. My scallops were not round and more of a rectangular shape, were they stamped out of another marine creature, I don't know. The shrimp on my wife's plate were tiny popcorn shrimp. The devil crab on the platter was not good... More 

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Ashland, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We went to Ella's twice because the food was so good. My husband LOVES their fried oysters and I love crab legs, so it was perfect for both of us. The wait staff was very friendly and the busboys were fast and efficient. The only negative for me were the host staff that seat you. Both evenings, the hostesses were... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

It was our 1st time here and we all enjoyed our food! Excellent service too! Thanks Tasha. My daughter's bowl! Lucked clean after the crab bisque.

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Indian Trail, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

I have eaten at Ella's for 25 years and they have been a family favorite seafood restaurant - but the last few years have been hit it miss with quality of food and caliber of service. Tonight was the end of the road for our family. We had a party of 10 so we went early - 5:00pm. They had... More 

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Rocky Mount, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Our family had never been to Calabash. A bunch of us were staying close by so we decided to visit and try the fabulous seafood we had heard about. Not only is Ella's out of this world, it's very reasonable. My husband and I had a starter, a two seafood and a three seafood meal all for less than $40.... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

If you're from a metropolitan area or someplace with a good deal of restaurants, you'll probably find this pretty average. I would recommend the scallops and oysters, but other stuff was just ok. Shrimp seemed like from a frozen bag, not caught locally. Kids options are pretty poor. Chicken tenders from McD is better than options provided. I don't plan... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I have been going to this restaurant for the last few years. I have never had a bad or unpleasant experience here. The food is great and the prices are good. Lunch or dinner, you will not be disappointed. You must try this place at least once. You will go back!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Had been looking forward to going here for a long time and was very disappointed in the quality of the food. All fried food was greasy and soggy. Waitress was very nice she apologized for the food and said they were having trouble keeping the fryers hot. Manager deducted bad items from check and said there have been problems that... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

It is on the menu and managers will tell you, this is local Carolina seafood. IT IS NOT. This is commercial grade, fried seafood, which is about as authentic as Long John Silver's. We had a sampling of "fresh" shrimp and oysters as appetizers, which were clearly just flopped onto a plate from an enormous plastic container from a commercial... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Excellent restaurant --- large portions---quaint place --- great waitress named Allison I would definitely return. Thankful to our condo check-in host for recommending Ella's. We were in and out in great time. Yummmm!!! Go!

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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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