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Ella's Restaurant

) #5 of 26 Restaurants in Calabash ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, Seafood
1148 River Rd, Calabash, NC 28467-2708
+1 910-579-6728
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good30%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“oysters” (101 reviews)
“hush puppies” (239 reviews)
“oyster roast” (17 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
1148 River Rd, Calabash, NC 28467-2708
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Reviews (759)
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1 - 10 of 759 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

My wife and I came here for dinner one evening on the recommendation from a friend. We were early and were immediately seated. My wife had the fried flounder/shrimp senior plate while I had the flounder/clam strips. Both were good, but not spectacular. The hushpuppies...More

Thank DBearNC
Reviewed yesterday

While staying in Holden Beach, we traveled to Calabash to savor the famous "Calabash-style" seafood. For no particular reason we chose Ella's (instead of some of the other restaurants that claimed a direct link to the original Coleman recipe) and had what was described on...More

Thank Rod J
Reviewed 4 days ago

Ella's is wonderful. No frills, just amazing seafood. I had the flounder and scallops. It was so good we went back the second night and I had flounder and oysters. Our waiter was friendly and amazing. The hushpuppies were melt in your mouth good. There...More

Thank Hullkitty
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ellas offers reasonably priced food and lunch specials that's are decent. They have delicious hush puppies that they bring out when you are seated. No need to order them. Great location.

Thank newharley35
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here on reviews from friends.... the decore appears to be recently updated...... to me this is a typical fish camp (fried fish).... my husband liked his combination platter and son enjoyed his cheeseburger.... my scallops had a metallic taste to them.... they were...More

1  Thank Tiffanydawnw
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has been a staple in Calabash for over 30 years -still owned by the same family. According to my husband, the deviled crab was the best he had ever eaten and still as good as he remembered from his childhood in N.C. The...More

Thank Pam2011_11
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love going to Ellas every year! Great food, great servers, great restaurant! Our whole family gets calabash style seafood and it's wonderful! The hushpuppies are to die for!

Thank cthompson85
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am so excited to write this review- my first, review actually. My family and I were on vacation to Miami with my 2.5 year old. My foodie sister recommended this place for the eats-- which were amazing-- but I want to talk about something...More

Thank Helen W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a Saturday night. Full, but able to get a table quickly there was only two of us though. We were greeted and served very quickly. The hush puppies were great. As well as was all the food. The scallops were some of...More

Thank Randy F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to eat here our last night of vacation when we just just wanted to try a good place popular with the locals. It didn't disappoint! It is more like a mom and pop place and we knew we were going to love it...More

1  Thank Ejc37604
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Janet S
found a copy of most of the menu, no lg shrimp thanks
9 March 2017|
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Response from Sterling_USA | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I just can't recall...but the shrimp we had were not the baby fried shrimp
Janet S
why no menu and prices, do yu serve large shrimp or just the small calabash ?
9 March 2017|
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Response from William G | Reviewed this property |
You can get small and large shrimp there. Our experience there was less than outstanding. I would look down the road at the docks or across the street for the best seafood.
why can I not pull up your menu?
4 May 2016|
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Response from tourtime2015 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry you could not review the menu. I thought the food was very good,
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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
  • E-mail
Casual Dining restaurant on North Carolina Coast
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