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Ella's Restaurant

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1148 River Rd, Calabash, NC 28467-2708
+1 910-579-6728
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You think you'll love lollipops forever, and then you just don't care about them at all. I was afraid my memories of Calabash seafood would turn out to be like that, but no, Ella's is truly amazing. We loved it so much on Saturday that we went back on Monday, even though there are a dozen other Calabash restaurants to... More 

Thank Anne H
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ella's is a family friendly restaurant with great prices and excellent food. The salad bar is large and filled with single ingredients and prepared salads. Each table receives delicious hush puppies and an order of onion ribbons would be a hit, too. Senior options are available at a lesser price but still offer plenty to eat. Seafood platters are a... More 

Thank cats4me53
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been going here since I was little. They are always ver friendly and the food and sooooo good. I cannot wait to go get some steamed oysters

Thank Serenity L
La Vergne, Tennessee
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The cocktail shrimp and flounder were excellent, however the non-seafood items were not that great. Not bad, just not great. Service was pretty good. Our server seemed a bit frazzled, but she got our orders all correct and was friendly. We did love the sea salt scrub in the bathrooms.

Thank smithsonfamily
Newport News, Virginia
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54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I like their seafood as it's not as greasy as most and they offer seniors a nice plate at a reasonable price. The staff is very friendly and nice. They do have a salad bar, but I'd not brag on it.

Thank andreweth
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We especially like the lunch combo of shrimp and flounder. The portions are adequate, but combined with the hushpuppies, you won't leave hungry. The plus side is that you don't feel overly stuffed either. :) The area where you wait for a table tends to get a little congested at times, but the waiting line testifies to the quality of... More 

Thank Truvecc
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always try it at least once when we are at Ocean Isle Beach. Very reasonable and quick service. The oysters are great

1 Thank Ric M
Durham, North Carolina
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65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Came highly recommended and fulfilled expectations. Nothing fancy, waitstaff was a little rushed, just basic good fried seafood. If you want a little more selection, or something a little more gourmet/upscale, look elsewhere. This is a good fried seafood joint but that's all it is.

Thank Laura C
Leesburg, Virginia
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Very casual, relaxed, with a steady clientele. Lunch specials are a bargain, and Ella's is worth a visit.

Thank RickG20176
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95 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Good fried shrimp and oysters, yummy slightly sweet hush puppies, good service! My only wish is that they served beer!

Thank pelarge

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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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, 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

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