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One Shelter Cove Lane, Shelter Cover Marina, Hilton Head, SC 29928
OMNI RESORT / MARRIOTT RESORT / WESTIN RESORT offer free shuttles to ELA'S Palmetto Dunes - DunesBuggy - free shuttle to ELA's
+1 843-785-3030
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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Featured in Bon Appetit magazine and the winner of numerous Open Table...
Featured in Bon Appetit magazine and the winner of numerous Open Table awards, ELA's Blu Water Grille is a shining star on the Hilton Head scene. Fresh catch seafood and prime cut steaks of the highest quality, artfully prepared by our culinary team of experts, compliment the extensive boutique wine selection. Located at Shelter Cove Harbour overlooking the marina and Broad Creek, ELA's is known for the best water views on the island. A casual intimate interior, wrap around dining patio exterior, and nightly entertainment provided by local recording artists set the perfect dining experience or location to host special events, private parties, or rehearsal dinners
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
pleasant lunch experience

Staying at Harbour side this week, we watched many people walking to this restaurant from our balcony. We decided to give it a try. My husband had the ugly burger that he found very tasty and a good size. I ordered from the light plate selection. My choice was the lobster sliders which were two... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
Susie J
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Thomaston, Georgia
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Marietta Ga.
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65 reviews 65 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

We made reservations & I had requested a table with a sunset view for 7:30 and arrived a few minutes early. Were promptly seated at a nice table . We chose a nice bottle of wine and each ordered but turned out to be dishes cook to perfection . My husband and daughter split a dozen oysters that they truly... More 

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Edison, New Jersey
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81 reviews 81 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This restaurant tries very hard to be upscale but is missing the mark. If the wait staff cannot pronounce the names of the specials then I doubt they are really special. Food was at best average and the service was less than that. Not a good value.

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Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Situated at the end of Shelter Cove Marina this restaurant is our favourite of the Island. We sat outside both times and when the wind and rain arrived on our first visit,we were seamlessly taken indoors. The menu caters for all tastes, carnivores, pescatarians and vegetarians. The scallops with crab risotto were cooked to perfection; the steaks and ribs succulent;... More 

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Woodstock, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

A pleasant surprise this restaurant turned out to be! We lucked out by deciding to eat late and were treated to a beautiful sunset at an outdoor balcony table! The service was very attentive and professional. The food was fantastic. Fresh seafood cooked to perfection. You MUST put this restaurant on your top 10 list of places to try while... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We went here for dinner at the recommendation of the concierge at our hotel. The food was good. The atmosphere was average. There was a private party in the bar, which made it very loud and not relaxing. Two other tables that came in after us and were seated nearby left not long after being seated. The wine list isn't... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We enjoyed our Mothers Day Brunch at Ela's in Shelter Cove. They accommodated us with a fantastic corner table with a water view and we had Carly, an excellent server!! The food was fresh and prepared perfectly while the Bloody Mary's are served with hot sauce mini bottles and bacon!! The mothers really enjoyed their experience and we were appreciative... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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81 reviews 81 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

After a couple of fried-fish places in Hilton Head, and a mediocre experience at another highly rated restaurant in town, I was beginning to think dining in Hilton Head was not going to be great. But Ela's, suggested by some visiting friends, changed my mind. The waiter proudly pronounced that the seafood was fresh every morning. I tried the Ahi... More 

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Thomaston, Georgia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Staying at Harbour side this week, we watched many people walking to this restaurant from our balcony. We decided to give it a try. My husband had the ugly burger that he found very tasty and a good size. I ordered from the light plate selection. My choice was the lobster sliders which were two small lobster roll like sandwiches.... More 

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

We had dinner there last night with a group of 18 and the service could not have been better!!! Our waitress, Carley, was fabulous. She took our orders quickly and our drinks and food came in an timely manner. Lots of choices, had trouble deciding what I wanted. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We were staying at Disney's Hilton head resort and walked to Elas for a late night dinner. We had excellent food and a nicer view. It's a no frills kind of place. We had crab cakes, I had the swordfish and my husband had the grouper. There was a small band playing which added a nice touch. We are here... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: One Shelter Cove Lane, Shelter Cover Marina, Hilton Head, SC 29928
  • Public Transportation: OMNI RESORT / MARRIOTT RESORT / WESTIN RESORT offer free shuttles to ELA'S Palmetto Dunes - DunesBuggy - free shuttle to ELA's
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Hilton Head
  • Phone Number: +1 843-785-3030

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Featured in Bon Appetit magazine and the winner of numerous Open Table awards, ELA's Blu Water Grille is a shining star on the Hilton Head scene. Fresh catch seafood and prime cut steaks of the highest quality, artfully prepared by our culinary team of experts, compliment the extensive boutique wine selection. Located at Shelter Cove Harbour overlooking the marina and Broad Creek, ELA's is known for the best water views on the island. A casual intimate interior, wrap around dining patio exterior, and nightly entertainment provided by local recording artists set the perfect dining experience or location to host special events, private parties, or rehearsal dinners
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?