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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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Arnprior, Canada
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42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

2nd visit. 2016 and again January 2017. Sr lunch $15 for two great seafood choice. Staff make it even better

Thank Brian M
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I had our first date here 10 years ago & my in-laws come to visit each winter.....this is our go to Friday night place to eat. Great salad bar to compliment your meal!

Thank Jennifer M
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been to Ella's twice this trip to the beach. If you love fried scallops you have to order them here! I had the large two item combo with scallops and flounder. They were fried to perfection! The hot hushpuppies with honey butter were the best on the beach. If you love a salad bar you are in luck... More 

Thank Sarah P
Catawba Island
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94 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A day trip to Calabash requires a stop at Ella's. Good service and food is the norm. Gals enjoyed the shrimp and the fellas feasted on the grouper and clam strips. Seems to be a spot for locals and visitors alike. Will definitely stop again when in the region. e

Thank CatawbaCats
Wilmington, North Carolina
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73 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ella's is a must when we're heading south from Wilmington to Myrtle Beach. It's consistently delicious. I always get fried shrimp. My husband gets shrimp and oysters. Just the freshest seafood and not greasy at all. We've never been disappointed. In fact, this last trip was a week ago, and we arrived around 2:30 for lunch. Can't beat the lunch... More 

Thank GininNC
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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328 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had Christmas lunch with my best friend and it reminded me all over again why I love Ella's out of all the seafood restaurants in Calabash. The service is friendly, fun and attentive, the food is very good and dependable, and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Also, their hushpuppies are the best of the Calabash restaurants.

Thank Dave G
Charlotte, North Carolina
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147 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here last week and enjoyed some delicious calabash shrimp. The prices were very reasonable, the sweet tea was good and the hush puppies were awesome. Everyone enjoyed the shrimp. We would go back.

Thank USFlyBoy
Bethany Beach, Delaware
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This was our first time at Ella's of Calabash. The flounder was the absolute best and the oysters were perfect. Loved the hushpuppies and the fries, too. Their coleslaw is great. Such pleasant and good service, even though they were very busy.

Thank D3655FRcarolk
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

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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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 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 

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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
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?