About ELA'S On The Water

ELA'S is a local family owned restaurant in Hilton Head Island with water view dining, fresh seafood, and an impressive wine list. 


ELA'S BLU WATER GRILLE is a local family­ owned and operated business that was created to bring fresh, clean, culinary flavors, splendid water views, and a relaxed, yet lively, atmosphere to the Hilton Head Island dining experience.

WATER VIEW DINING Located on Shelter Cover Harbour, ELA'S has the finest water views on Hilton Head Island. Each table has a view of the water. The multi­level restaurant offers dining on all three levels, as well as walk­in, high­top dining. ELA'S has been voted the best location in South Carolina for water view dining

OUR EXECUTIVE CHEF is known for combining his culinary flare with local fresh catch specialties and island flavors to create a sensational dining experience. Every day Chef greets the local fishermen to select the freshest catch for his evening creations. We use only the best fresh market selections for your dining pleasure.

ELA’S WAS DEVELOPED BY EARL NIGHTINGALE, who has revitalized hotels and restaurants throughout the United States. A 40‐year veteran of the hospitality industry, Earl spent 35 years with Hyatt, Omni and Hilton hotels. Visit his website for more information.

ERIN WASEM, INTERIOR DESIGNER, is responsible for ELA’S smart decor and comfortable, contemporary environment. Contact Erin through SEASONS in Wexford Village for your interior design and home furnishing needs or visit www.seasonshhi.com

LOCAL ART local artist, Peter Karis, has displayed his works throughout ELA's pleasant interiors. Visit the KARIS GALLERY in the Wexford Plaza.

BOATERS / SAILORS docking fees are free with dinner reservations. Radio the Harbour Master as you approach Shelter Cove. 

ACCESS Elevators are available to the first floor dining area. Should you have difficulty with stairs please let us know when making your reservation.

DOG FRIENDLY DINING  Please call ahead as seating is limited. 

RESERVATIONS can be made using OpenTable