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“Take a date” 4 of 5 stars
Review of ELA's Blu Water Grille

ELA's Blu Water Grille
One Shelter Cove Lane, Shelter Cover Marina, Hilton Head, SC 29928
+1 843-785-3030
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Ranked #115 of 290 Restaurants in Hilton Head
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Seafood
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
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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
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
“Take a date”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I was in town solo for a couple of weeks when I went into this place for the first time. It really has a great atmosphere for a couples dinner. I enjoyed my meal. Food was excellent.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“One of the best on hilton head ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

"JHBtravel"- travel internationally both on pleasure and business and stay in a range of hotels from good quality budget hotels to 5* boutique hotels and have experienced all types of restaurants from chain to celebrity chef inspired gourmet establishments but always look for good service and quality which should not be dependant on price

Location - rating *****
This restaurant has a great location overlooking the marina and being on level 2 elevates the customer to enhance this feature

Place -rating ****
The design and layout is nice with a bar area near the entrance and dining on 2 levels

Cleanliness - rating *****
What I would expect from a restaurant of this standard

Service - rating ***
We have rated this a little low as the server we had was "OK" but not that attentive and did not introduce himself we also felt he was a bit rushed
I would say though that all the other staff from the bar man to the people that brought and cleared our food were excellent

Offer - rating *****
The menu is very good with a good selection and the food was presented well and the quality was first class

Value for money - rating ****
This is not the cheapest restaurant on the island but for the quality it was actually lower in price than I expected

Certainly worth going to again

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great for a Special Night”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Ela's is a new find for this family. We have been to HHI many times, and have stayed on Shelter Cove twice, yet we never thought to visit restaurants around the marina. We are so glad we did this time. We went to celebrate a big 50th birthday and we picked a great location. The view is great over the marina, and is a beautiful spot to watch the sun go down. The drinks were delicious and well made. The service was excellent and very attentive. We ordered several appetizers, which were, as expected, delicious, and the entrees were beyond delicious. The crab risotto was my favorite thing I've ever eaten at Hilton Head. Desserts were also ordered and were, once more, absolutely delicious. Everything about Ela's felt decadent and special. It was definitely our favorite restaurant of the week. Great location for a special occasion, or a naughty treat. Highly suggest.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Tough to find but worth it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

Located on a beautiful marina, this is a gem off the beaten path (GA278) but worth it. A beautiful setting an a unique offering. Oysters of the day were sweet and Britney. The scallops were seared perfectly and served on a perfectly prepared risotto. My wife ordered the special catch of the day, blackened snapper which was Delicious. Our waiter, Richard, was attentive and helpful. The meal flowed well an we never felt rushed. The artwork in the dining area was lovely. Go there if you get the chance.

Visited August 2014
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great view of the Mariner and I hear the best time to go is to watch the Sunset.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It was very over priced and the food was just ok. The service was just ok too. Would have expected a better presentation and better service. The view of the marina is beautiful. People go here to see the sunset around which is around 8:20 in August.

Visited August 2014
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