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.

Ella's Restaurant

1148 River Rd, Calabash, NC 28467-2708
+1 910-579-6728
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good30%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“hush puppies” (247 reviews)
“oysters” (109 reviews)
“oyster roast” (20 reviews)
Closed Now
American, Seafood
$$ - $$$
1148 River Rd, Calabash, NC 28467-2708
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (859)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 859 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

Food was good, and the prices reasonable. Went in March, so the crowds were decent. They were a little bit hesitant about to go cups.

Thank Ronald B
Reviewed 6 days ago

In the town of Calabash on the NC/S.C. line. Not much to do here but eat out. We chose Ella’s because of previous reviews. We went on an early Sunday evening. No wait for tables, in fact very few other diners but 4 of them...More

Thank Martinidry
Stay in the know!Get the latest updates on restaurants and more in Calabash.
Join TripAdvisor
Reviewed 1 week ago

We haven't been to Ella's for a while. We went 3/10. I had fried oysters and my wife had scallops . both were over cooked. the oysters were crunchy and the oysters were almost rubbery. we usually don't complain but when the waitress asked how...More

Thank ljrussell12017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My favorite place to go when Oysters are in season. The oyster roast is great - you can order it "wet" or "dry" (medium or well-done). They do a great job of cooking the oysters and will even show you how to open them if...More

Thank rpfwhite
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chose Ellas because its been in business since 1950 and was one of the originals to serve calabash style seafood. There are many calabash copycats all over Myrtle beach, but we was ted to get it where it started - the genuine calabash. The...More

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was very good -we had the stuffed Flounder -the hush puppies were great -would recommend Ella's to Ocean Isle visitors

Thank garywsa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A mom and pop restaurant in Calabash, NC. Nothing fancy but the food was great and the service was quick. I would highly recommend. Also a family friendly place and reasonable prices.

1  Thank Karin W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted to experience an Oyster Roast. Located Ella's with Oyster Roast sign posted. Service was great, food was fresh and hot! Atmosphere was fun and friendly! Great dining experience!

1  Thank Cindy A
Reviewed 9 February 2018

The oysters were some of the best I've ever had...salty yet sweet, cooked to order. They were so good, we had two roasts. Brenda, our server, was very busy but never lost her focus and provided excellent service.

2  Thank OIBvacation28469
Reviewed 4 February 2018

The portions were fairly generous, not much atmosphere but the place was clean and the wait staff were very friendly. Most everything is breaded and fried. There was an extra fee (I think a couple dollars) if you wanted your seafood grilled. The vegetables looked...More

2  Thank Jucasz
Nearby HotelsSee all Calabash Hotels
Village at the Glens Golf Resort
25 reviews
3.49 km away
Sea Trail Golf Resort & Conference Center
210 reviews
4.33 km away
Days Inn Little River
100 reviews
4.67 km away
Sleep Inn at Harbour View
133 reviews
6.34 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Waterfront Seafood Shack
559 reviews
.25 km away
Calabash Deli Bakery & Gourmet Shop
264 reviews
.42 km away
Calabash Creamery
462 reviews
.52 km away
The Boundary House Restaurant
1,705 reviews
.23 km away
Nearby Attractions
D'vine Findz Antiques
8 reviews
.66 km away
Callahan's of Calabash
355 reviews
.33 km away
Calabash Fishing Fleet
157 reviews
.21 km away
Hurricane Fleet - Eco DayTours
129 reviews
.22 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
27 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from Marshia H | Reviewed this property |
I don't know the answer to this one...
Janet S
10 March 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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
10 March 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
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.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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
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