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Ella's Restaurant

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1148 River Rd, Calabash, NC 28467-2708
+1 910-579-6728
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hagerstown, Maryland
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268 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There are several seafood restaurants to choose from in Calabash but we always seem to return to Ellas. The seafood is outstanding as are the hush puppies. Staff is friendly and the service is quick. If you like Calabash style fried seafood this is the place to go.

Thank rmorin49
Williamsburg, VA
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93 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While traveling from Wilmington, NC to Charleston, SC we stopped at the SC welcome center off Route 17. Asking for lunch recommendations, the SC lady said, "I hate to send you back to NC, but Calabash has the best seafood in NC!" With her instructions we took a 10 minute detour to Ella's - what a treat! Seafood lunch specials... More 

Mooresville, North Carolina
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took my dad on a rainy Sunday. I have been craving oysters and was not disappointed. They were very nice and the food was good.

Thank Sclayton02
Calabash, North Carolina
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had fried oysters and they were cooked to perfection. Prices were very reasonable and the atmosphere was good

Thank Joan R
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The chowder is excellent and the oyster roast plentiful. The salad bar is not up to par. But the place is filthy -- the blue carpet is black with filth, and the lower 1/4 of the blonde wood chair legs are filthy. My husband said -- good thing you didn't use the restroom. Like many local restaurants, one cannot find... More 

Thank sinnissippi
Valparaiso, Indiana
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food is wonderful, and the history is interesting. Make sure you read the wall with the Jimmy Durante story about Mrs. Calabash.

Thank tazzy1711
Greensboro, North Carolina
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56 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted some seafood and came here while on vacation. The food was average. The flounder had no seasoning on it. Hush puppies were amazing.

Thank schortey
Pennsylvania, USA
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here on a Monday evening. The food is served hot. We had scallops. They were a little too "oily" for me. Also had sweet tea. The hush puppies were good. I was very full when we left.

Thank Chris423
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Like other reviews, average seafood and sandwiches. The service was wonderful though. The atmosphere is no frills. Our waitress was very attentive.

Thank Atticus177
Raleigh, North Carolina
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ella's was the best place for seafood in Calabash! The servers are friendly, the atmosphere is cozy and homey, and the food is fantastic! The shrimp, scallops, and hushpuppies were delish! We also made friends with the couple sitting next to us, and they asked if we wanted to try their onion rings (unfortunately, we were already full), but they... More 

Thank Suzanne E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1148 River Rd, Calabash, NC 28467-2708
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Calabash
  • Phone Number: +1 910-579-6728

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?