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Ella's Restaurant

1148 River Rd, Calabash, NC 28467-2708
+1 910-579-6728
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“hush puppies” (258 reviews)
“oysters” (114 reviews)
“oyster roast” (20 reviews)
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American, Seafood
$$ - $$$
1148 River Rd, Calabash, NC 28467-2708
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Reviewed yesterday

Great food and service. If you are looking for a good ole fried seafood meal this is the place. They have broiled, sauteed options as well.

Thank Kim W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was straight forward calabash Cuisine- everything was very good, well seasoned. I had the shrimp & fish - I was able to get the fish broiled which was very good as well. The shrimp were small but super tasty!

Thank Azbeach448
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Heard it was really a great place to eat. The server. Rose was very nice. The food is mediocre at best. Typical fish camp. The tables were so close you actually bump the other people when you take your seat. Food was very greasy and...More

Thank William W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Delicious Calabash seafood priced reasonably! The shrimp are yummy! The onion rings are thin and crispy. In other words, they are the best! This is a classic stop that never disappoints.

Thank Carla T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took a group of high school students. Variety was great to satisfy each pallet. Perfect service, always attentive. Never had an empty glass. Seafood was cooked to perfection. Family atmosphere. Reasonable prices.

Thank Katiewillwin
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ever since Beck's went downhill, my family has been searching for "The New Beck's". This is it. Ella's food is like Beck's in its PRIME. That means that this restaurant has some great seafood. Delicious flounder. I've been eating here a few years on and...More

Thank arwen1111
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good portions of food, friendly staff, great tasting hush puppies. Always a favorite place for dinner while staying in Ocean Isle Beach.

Thank mikeandbetty7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This time we tried the crab legs and OMG they were great! The shrimp is still the best around. The serving size is so big that we couldn't finish them. You've got to try this place to believe it!

1  Thank Scarlet P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delicious, fresh Calabash style seafood. The shrimp, flounder and soft shell crab was fantastic. We will diffently be back.

Thank lynnej72
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good, fresh, Calabash style fried seafood. The lunch special was just enough food at a very reasonable price. I had the flounder with clams, and my wife had flounder with deviled crab. We were both pleased with the food. Also had good hushpuppies.

1  Thank Johnny B
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27 October 2017|
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Response from Marshia H | Reviewed this property |
I don't know the answer to this one...
Janet S
9 March 2017|
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Response from Sterling A | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I just can't recall...but the shrimp we had were not the baby fried shrimp
Janet S
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.
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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
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
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
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