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2 Theatre Sq Ste 152, Orinda, CA 94563-3346
(925) 254-9688
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Ranked #7 of 40 restaurants in Orinda
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Apr 15, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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75% Recommend
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Orinda, California
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I've tried a number of times over the years to like this place but I always leave less than satisfied. The menu is a bit hit or miss, but if you stick with the standards like the burger or some of the sandwiches, you're okay. The Chinese chicken salad is usually a good bet, too. While the food is okay,... More

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California's Wine Coast Country, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Have eaten here 3 times and every time the service has been intrusive, slow and a little odd. The food is acceptable, nothing very special but nice enough although probably not really good enough to justify their prices - my husband's steak was seriously the poorest piece of meat that has ever been presented to us at a restaurant but... More

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SF Bay Area
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52 reviews 52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Had lunch there in a party of seven. Good and efficient service. I had their Niman Ranch hamburger, 1/2 pound of excellent ground beef with tomato, bacon, lettuce, and caramelized onion with a side of salad. Wife had the chicken mango salad, overall good but some of the mango slices were not quite ripe - we noted this to the... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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155 reviews 155 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We ate outside on the patio and it had a beautiful view. It took a while to get our food. I had a burger, which they did make wrong, but made me a new one quickly. While waiting for the new burger they brought me a small complementary salad which was a nice touch. My husband had the tequila lime... More

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Oakland, California
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143 reviews 143 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

I had a good experience the first time I was here so I suggested we come here to celebrate one of my friend's birthday and we were the first ones there when they opened. I had a good experience the first time I was here so they were interested in checking it out. The waiter was very gracious and the... More

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Orinda, Ca
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012 via mobile

Orinda's best restaurant, but also worth a drive for the ever-creative and eclectic offerings by Arno Kober. From Orinda's best hamburger to wonderful goulash to more elaborate entrees and salads, Shelby's menu has quite a range.

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Orinda, California
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124 reviews 124 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

I live in Orinda and eat at Shelby's several times a year. I must say the food is consistently good and the staff is super friendly. It's not an adventurous theme restaurant, and I find it hard to pigeon hole their eclectic menu. Californian? Some Greek? A bit of Italian? A touch of Asia? They offer an excellent, inventive variety... More

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orinda, ca
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29 reviews 29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

I try to get here weekly, & usually order their burger, which is so juicy and delicious. On warm nights, almost all the customers sit outdoors, which is very pleasant and relaxing. Service is excellent.

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Pleasant Hill
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012 via mobile

I'd have to say this restuarant is GREAT! The ambiance is great, the waiters and management is great and most of all the FOOD is great!!!! I enjoy eating here so much I have my friends and family coming now. The Grilled Chicken Cesar Salad and Mango Salad taste wonderful. Please when you go try the sweet potato chips with... More

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Orinda, California
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101 reviews 101 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Seasonal, fresh and tastefully done food. I am always pleased. They have nice friendly and attentive staff. sometimes the service is a little slow, but I prefer not to be rushed when I am having a meal.

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