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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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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Located in Shelter Cove Marina this is a great place. More on the upscale side reservations are probably recommended. Parking is limited here, The owner saw us driving around and move a car to someplace so we could have a spot. That was great. Great views of waterfront and fireworks on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
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Olive Branch, Mississippi
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Beautiful view- great outdoor patio! I'm sure this would be a great spot on a romantic date to get drinks, BEFORE dinner. They think a lot of their food for what they charge & the tiny portions they crank out. It's very nice, she server was alright- not much of a personality though. It was just, meh...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Finished up the day at the bar for a drink. Bartender never even addressed me. That said, a waiter came and served me, the musician was great and there was a cool vibe to the place.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This was GOOD. REAL GOOD. The service was 100% top-notch and everything that I love - we were well taken care of, but it didn't feel stuffy at all. Sit outside. Go at sunset. The view is stunning. It's quiet and comfortable and expensive in all the right ways. I had the flounder and my dinner date had the scallops.... More 

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Millersville, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Made reservations here at 6pm and got a table for 6 near the window to watch the boats coming in and out of harbor. The views were pretty, and the food was very good! Lilly our server was excellent, and as the crowds picked up you could see that they could use another waiter to help out. We were not... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

We are Hilton Head residents and have dined at nearly all restaurants on the island. Of the top restaurants, Ela's has the best view and is easily on par with the other top restaurants on the island. The menu diversity and quality is excellent and service was top notch.

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Santiago, Chile
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

In a very nice place overlooking the marina we stumbled by chance with this restaurant. We got the last vacant table and enjoyed a memorable fish and seafood dinner. Everything was delicious! We would go back.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Ok. We finally tried this place after so many locals had recommended it. I can say, this food was excellent, the atmosphere was perfect and the views are unparalleled.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

By far the most expertly prepared fish we had on the island. Surpassed Boathouse and Red Fish (though they were very good). The pan fried grouper was amazing! Hubby had the tilefish special and he loved it. Calamari appetizer was very good too. Beautiful view of Shelter Cove marina. Enjoyed the Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz as well! Ooh, and did... More 

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Gloucester, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

My wife and I went here to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. we had never been here before, but went here on a recomendation for great location and food. both proved to be quite accurate. we were seated outside to take in the view of shelter cove. it was fantastic of both the harbour and the channel leading out to... More 

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Olive Branch, Mississippi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Located in Shelter Cove Marina this is a great place. More on the upscale side reservations are probably recommended. Parking is limited here, The owner saw us driving around and move a car to someplace so we could have a spot. That was great. Great views of waterfront and fireworks on Tuesdays. Had a patio table which was nice. Drinks... More 

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Additional Information about ELA's Blu Water Grille

Address: One Shelter Cove Lane, Shelter Cover Marina, Hilton Head, SC 29928
Phone Number: +1 843-785-3030
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Hilton Head
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood

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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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