We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Ella's Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1148 River Rd, Calabash, NC 28467-2708
+1 910-579-6728
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

741 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 741: English reviews
Detroit, Michigan
Level Contributor
175 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I read about Ella's in a few different places online, so we decided to give it a try. Ella's is a casual, fairly basic and family-friendly restaurant. Our server, Jessie, was so sweet and helpful! Crazy-shaped hush puppies, but they are amazing! Try the shrimp trio (dynamite recommended.). Finally--a dish that slowed down my 13-year-old son!

Thank CindyJV
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food is always wonderful, and usually we get awesome service, so we always overlook the bad smell of the place, but today service was POOR. The server never asked if we needed anything, just took our order, brought the plates and never returned. We saw her waiting on other tables, but she completely overlooked ours, even after we sat the... More 

Thank Patricia B
Freeport, Pennsylvania, United States
Level Contributor
114 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service was pleasant and efficient. Hush Puppies are excellent. Clam Strips were somewhat hard. Deviled crab and shrimp good. Scallops disappointing

Thank Don R
Matthews, North Carolina
Level Contributor
30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ella's is a family favorite, when we're at the NC coast. All eight of us stopped in over Spring Break/Easter Vacation to enjoy some Calabash seafood last night. We weren't disappointed! The scallops (tenderloin of the sea) were perfectly cooked, and super tender, with a consistency of butter. My wife had the small platter, and her flounder was delightful, and... More 

Thank Jim and Teri B
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ella's wasn't anything special as I had remembered. It was good but same as what I can get at home 4 hours inland...I wanted fresh seafood, guess I shouldn't order it breaded when I want it fresh..

Thank Ellen M
Cicero, Indiana
Level Contributor
29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have eaten here many times in the past ten years or so. Great shrimp dinner or lunch. Love this place!

Thank Allen K
Wilmington, North Carolina
Level Contributor
26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family used to always vacation on the coast of NC or SC. A trip to Calabash was always a highlight. The seafood was fresh and the portions hefty. Entering Ella's was like stepping back in time. It was clean but not pretentious or changed from all those years - founded in 1950! Our waitress was fast and efficient; I... More 

Thank PKCL2014
Wilmington, North Carolina
Level Contributor
27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Calabash with relatives from MA. They had googled 'calabash' and said, "So what's the big deal about fried fish??" After our meal they realized this was really different: good seafood, light batter, lightly fried. Between the 4 of us we tried a bit of just about everything: fresh oysters, calamari, founder, deviled crab and sea scallops. Everything was... More 

Thank sgw44
Ithaca, New York
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food is fantastic; the flounder and the fried scallops were delicious. The small size was more enough for a full meal. And a staple for Ella's is their hush puppies that are to die for. Great location, great food, service is wonderful.

Thank Kathy N
Etowah, North Carolina
Level Contributor
67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While on vacation, we ate here twice for dinner. Everything we ordered was served hot and delicious, except of course the all you can eat salad bar. That in itself is a full meal, and the pistachio salad is the best I have ever had. It's unbelievable that it's even on the salad bar! We will always eat here when... More 

Thank K F

Travellers who viewed Ella's Restaurant also viewed

Calabash, North Carolina Coast
Calabash, North Carolina Coast
Calabash, North Carolina Coast
Calabash, North Carolina Coast

Been to Ella's Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, 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
Casual Dining restaurant on North Carolina Coast

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Ella's Restaurant and other visitors
7 questions
Ask a question
Cartersville, Georgia
Cartersville, Georgia
Sidney, Ohio
over a year ago
Greensboro, North Carolina
Iron Station, North Carolina

See all questions (7)

Questions? Get answers from Ella's Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?