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. 

ABOUT US

"ONE OF THE BEST AL FRESCO DINING RESTAURANTS IN AMERICA" – OpenTable

 TOUCHES ON ALL THE SENSES.

At ELA'S, the taste and aroma of the food, the views of the water and sunsets, the sound of the music, and the gentle island breeze combine for the best dining experience on Hilton Head Island. 

DINING, COCKTAILS, AND SPECIAL EVENTS. 

Beautifully designed and decorated, ELA'S takes island dining to new levels – three of them, in fact. ELA'S offers diverse experiences, from high-top, walk-in dining in the lively bar and romantic dinners on the garden patio to ideal spaces for special events, such as receptions, anniversaries, cocktail parties, and private dinner parties. And every table has a water view.

FRESH CATCH SEAFOOD AND LOCAL MARKET SELECTIONS.

Executive Chef Doug Vernon is renowned for his culinary flare with fresh catch seafood, prime cut steaks, and farm-to-table cuisine for lunch, Sunday brunch, and dinner. ELA'S also creates special menus for holidays, seasonal celebrations, and Island events.

A FAMILY AFFAIR.

ELA'S and its sister Lowcountry restaurants, The Pearl Kitchen & Bar in Bluffton and Roadhouse Ribs near Beaufort, are family-owned and operated. All three were developed by Earl "The Pearl" Nightingale, who has revitalized hotels and restaurants across the US and offers expertise to others through H2R2 Solutions.

ELA'S name comes from the initials of Earl's three children: Erin, Lauren, and Alexander. Erin Wasem, an interior designer for SEASONS in Village at Wexford and H2R2 Marketing Director, created ELA'S contemporary ambiance, as well as the unique looks of the Pearl and Roadhouse Ribs. Her musician husband, John Wasem, performs, books music, and selects wine for all three restaurants. And Alexander (Alex) Nightingale owns and manages the Pearl and assists Earl in general management of the trio of restaurants. The artwork gracing the interior is from family friend and late, local artist, Peter Karis, whose work is also on view at Karis Art Gallery.

ACCOMMODATING.

Docking is free with a reservation at ELA'S; radio the Harbour Master as you approach Shelter Cove. There is elevator access to first-floor dining. If you have difficulty with stairs, please let us know when you make your reservation. Our wine list is extensive, with many boutique offerings. But if you bring a special bottle, that's okay with us. We're dog-friendly, too, but please call ahead; our outdoor seating is limited. 

Make your reservation with OpenTable. Or call (843) 785-3030.