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ELA'S Blu Water Grille

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1 Shelter Cove Ln, Shelter Cover Marina, Hilton Head, SC 29928-3587
+1 843-785-3030
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Freehold, New Jersey
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had never been to this restaurant so four of us decided to give it a try. Appetizer was enjoyed by all. Entrees again were very good. Had steak but no steak knife was offered. Had to flag down the server. I spilled my glass and the server came and offered to clean it up, but never returned. Had dessert and... More 

Thank typhon11
Greensboro, North Carolina
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Good filet, osso buocco ravioli was watery, tile fish was ok. Nice environment, decent service, but some chain restaurants are consistent enough and priced better.

Thank Erik K
South Amboy, New Jersey
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245 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After a day exploring the marina area by Marriott at Harbor point. We noticed ELA restaurant. So we decided to give it a try for later that evening. We did make reservations prior to going,because weren't sure if will be busy. Since we like to have early dinners we set up our reservation for 5 30 pm. Upon arrival for... More 

Thank Dianna M
Asheville, North Carolina
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Saw the dinner prices, and thought we'd try lunch first. I ordered grouper sandwich, he ordered fish tacos. Both were very ho-hum. A nice piece of fish, but not a lot of flavor. Kale salad was good, though. Enjoyable view.

Thank LinLou33
Aiken, South Carolina
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80 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I ate their for a romantic dinner as recommended by TripAdvisor. I think we would both say it was fine but certainly not the best dining experience for the price. Our dinner of 2 entrées scallops, an appetizer, and one glass of wine came to over $100.00. Our server, a woman (from South America?), was very nice... More 

Thank mtom3x0
Columbus, Ohio
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Where do I start? Let's begin with the service, or lack thereof. I can't remember having a more inattentive server. She acted confused by the order, like she wasn't familiar with the menu. Also, when we ordered wine by the glass instead of a bottle, it was obvious she was no longer interested in us. As for the food, it... More 

Thank Gene S
ELAsHiltonHeadIsland, Manager at ELA'S Blu Water Grille, responded to this review

ELA'S....overlooking the water and offering the highest quality fresh fish and grass fed steaks. We apologize for the server, she is new and learning very quickly the detailed complication and ingredients of our menu, so often our pricing reflects our commitment to fresh not frozen quality and we do hope you'll try us again. More 

George, South Africa
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group of six had a lovely outside table for our last night in Hilton Head. The service throughout was no better than average, they completely forgot the red wine order. Seafood options were average, but the veal ravioli was tasteless and the ribeye steak special was inedible due to excessive salt (and that to my friend who does take... More 

Thank DavidS312662
Cape Cod
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60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We reserved an early evening table here on a warm and sunny April evening and were glad we'd done so because we were in time to snag a table on the small wrap-around balcony of this second floor venue in one of the Shelter Harbor buildings. Gorgeous views of the boats, kayaks, harbor and the cove out through Broad Creek... More 

Thank CapeGranny
New York
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138 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good seafood restaurant overlooking the river and marina in Hilton Head. Seafood specials most nights. Indoor and outdoor seating. If the weather is nice reserve a table on the outside deck for a great view as you eat. Professional service and good wine list.

Thank jfrao
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ate here on the evening of Saturday 1st April. Service and food were very good as was the wine. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and assuming that we ever revisit Hilton Head this will be on our list of places to eat.

Thank Warrick D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Shelter Cove Ln, Shelter Cover Marina, Hilton Head, SC 29928-3587
  • 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
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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