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Shades Oceanfront Bistro

#363 of 4,167 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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Californian, Bar, Bistro, Family Fare
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5083 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
619 222 0501
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6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Shades is a family owned and operated restaurant located in beautiful...
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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Good for:
Scenic view

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  • 61
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful View of the Ocean

We went for lunch and had a really nice meal - sat outside and watched the world go by. It was enjoyable and we would certainly go again.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
AlwaysDance
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Barrie, Canada
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  • Scenic view
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131 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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San Diego
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

After our 4-mile walk along Pacific Beach and Sunset Cliffs, my sister,a friend, and I stopped here for breakfast. The restaurant is nicely located facing the beach in a fairly new, small shopping plaza. The menu is inventive and attractive for breakfast/brunch and has the extra appeal of offering their omelets and benedicts in smaller sizes! I had a (half-sized)... More 

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Deerfield, Illinois
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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We enjoyed appetizers and drinks on the patio at Shades after several hours of walking/exploring ocean beach. The food was good, they had a nice happy hour, and the beach views were amazing.

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Tolleson, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Our family of four ate here a couple times during our beach stay. Everything we ordered was amazing and fresh. The menu is full of great dishes that incorporate an amazing assortment of veggies and cheeses. Not things you get everywhere else, but not things that are so upscale you don't know what your going to get. The best part... More 

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Barrie, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We went for lunch and had a really nice meal - sat outside and watched the world go by. It was enjoyable and we would certainly go again.

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Our family of four elected to eat outside on a busy Saturday afternoon. I elected to sample one of the micro brews on tap while my wife opted for a refreshing glass of wine. Both were delivered quickly. Service was stellar throughout. I had fish tacos with a side of Brussels sprouts. Both were tasty. My wife found the crab... More 

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Annandale, New Jersey
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46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We had a quick lunch on a sunny day of March, and we didn't ask for more. I chose the crab cakes and I forgot what my other half took but she was happy, and we enjoyed the view. Friendly staff, reasonable prices. Compared to other critics, we had a good day. Go figure..

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Kennesaw, Georgia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We were in a walk and just happened to run into this gem by sheer luck. Service of host staff & waiters was pleasant & efficient. Food was delicious . I had the SoCal omelet which they graciously substituted sliced tomatoes for the potatoes or fruit. My husband had eggs Benedict . Both our meals were awesome and quite filling.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Really good view of the beach and pier. It is a peaceful yet joyfull place to enjoy a meal. The staff was great and the food pleasant. Definitely will go there again!

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Powell, Ohio, Usa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Food was ok, came out medium-rare instead of medium-well, but was quickly corrected. Both my husband and I enjoyed the experience at this restaurant with a stunning view.

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Los Angeles, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Excellent breakfast! We went to Shades twice - since it was the included breakfast with our B&B stay. But, I was very pleased. They serve a HUGE amount of good. Our service was average - they were very busy - but the excellent food, beautiful view, and huge portions made up for the noise. The best secret of Shades is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5083 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619 222 0501

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 19
  • Cuisine: Californian, Bar, Bistro, Family Fare

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view

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!
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?