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Shades Oceanfront Bistro

5083 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
619 222 0501
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Ranked #276 of 4,054 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $19
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Californian, Bar, Bistro, Family Fare
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Shades is a family owned and operated restaurant located in beautiful Ocean Beach California. We're lucky enough to have the world's best customers, and a fabulous view (unfortunately, we can't take credit for either!)Shades specializes in great food, unique cocktails,generous portions, and friendly service.We have indoor and PATIO SEATINGOpen Daily 6:30am - 9:00pm(10:00pm in the summer)Offering Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,and a really rockin' Happy Hour!We're a casual place, so come as you are. We don't take reservations and you might have a bit of a wait,but hey, it'll be worth it!
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83% Recommend
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English first
Reading, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We came here for our evening meal during the week. We were staying at the Ocean Beech Hotel (poor) and this restaurant just next door. Food and service were both very good. Prices are fair and the food and drink selection is good. There is inside and outside seating and there is a great view of the beach. Also, I... More

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Top Contributor
163 reviews 163 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Staff provided excellent service as they accommodated our family with great flair. The food and drinks were excellent. The atmosphere conducive to visiting. Thanks so much.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

OB was our first beach stop after driving from Texas and Shades was at the top of our list to stop and eat. We tried this place last summer on vacation and yet again it did not disappoint!! Tried completely different meals this time and was just great. Atmosphere, scenery & staff. I wish I had a dog to bring... More

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Tampa, FL
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This place serves a full breakfast and lunch menu. The portions are generous and service was great. The only thing that kept me from giving it five stars is that there were flies all over the place. I felt like I was rushing through breakfast so i could leave soon. Although their food was great I probably won't return because... More

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clmichelle, Owner at Shades Oceanfront Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Stella, I'm really glad you liked the restaurant, and I'm really sorry about the silly flies! You see, with this really hot and humid weather there has been a huge attack of flies that are coming from the beach. We have some weird anchovy swarm in shallow water.. increased the fish, bird and dolphin populations exponentially. They're churning up... More

San Diego
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Shades is our go to place not just for us but, when we bring friends and family along. The service is always good. Outdoor seating if you prefer, Dog friendly, not sure about Cat friendly. The menu has a great variety for everyone's taste. When people come back to visit this is where they want to go.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We enjoyed a great breakfast--tons of options, including lots for vegetarians--and really enjoyed sitting outside across from the beach. We also loved seeing the dogs visiting with their owners--such a nice touch!

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Heiloo, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We aren't that specialized in burgers with our family but we recognize the good ones. These were very good, taste, accompanied with tasty french fries and a home made ketchup. They put a smokey taste to the ketchup that I guess, Heinz will copy one day. At the end of the day as everybody is hungry, we don't want to... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A treasure right across from the ocean !! Incredible eggs .....and I'm a picky egg eater !! Very Dog Friendly with great customer service too !! This place has it ALL !!! We will be back SOON !!

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Phoenix, Arizona
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The place has a menu for your dog. Granted, a limited one, but they do bring the food out in a nice bowl with a placemat. The pet section is the outdoor seating, which you want anyway, for the ocean views and breeze and smell. The human food was good, not great. Well prepared and tasty. But you get a... More

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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Can't beat the direct view of Ocean Beach at a great price. I've come here before for lunch and dinner but never tried their breakfast. This time around, I ordered the Big Breakfast with 3 eggs, 3 pancakes, bacon and home fries. The scrambled eggs were perfectly cooked, the bacon was crispy and pancakes were nice and fluffy. The home... More

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