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Shades Oceanfront Bistro

5083 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
619 222 0501
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Ranked #284 of 4,125 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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English first
5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Great place for a greasy breakfast after a night out. Large portions. DIdn't get to try out for lunch or dinner, so will have to come back!

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San Diego, California
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177 reviews 177 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

So I figured this place would be at least "average" with all the high reviews form here and yelp and so i am at a loss?? I had the acclaimed asparagus and filet benedict and my partner had the chilequilles the benedict: the steak was overdone, and badly needed seasoning, asparagus also needed seasoning- polenta was eh- the real negative... More 

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La Mesa, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Love this place. A very varied menus with many different selections. Love the "mini" omelets at breakfast

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Laval, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I went there 3 time on my trip for a week end in San DIego. It was the best place to have a look at the ocean, watch the surf and the sunset. The food was good. The barman and waiter where friendly and funny. I would go back.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Had breakfast here the first day of my trip. The food was fantastic but the people watching was even better. Loved the outside deck. The staff were super friendly and gave us tips on where to go and what to do while in town. We had so much fun we ended up going back another time before the end of... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

When staying in OB, the first place we visited was Shades and it was a great start to the holiday. The breakfast was great, fresh fruit, huge pancakes and lots of smiley staff! When we ate there for dinner later on in the week, it was just as welcoming and atmospheric especially as the sun was setting over the ocean.... More 

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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109 reviews 109 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

My best friend and I hit this restaurant for breakfast the morning before we left town. This came barely in second to the restaurant above, Wonderland Ocean Pub. The service was excellent, food delicious. I could have thrown a rock and hit the ocean. It was a beautiful morning. They had many different variations, but I settled on the pacific... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

We spent the weekend in OB and ate at Shades three times because it was so good. The first night I had the Ensalada OB. Fresh, crispy greens, moist and tender grilled chicken breast, plenty of other good stuff to make a meal. My wife opted for the mini version of the grilled halibut with lobster sauce and a side... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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274 reviews 274 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We enjoyed our meals. The menu is very varied and the fish dishes we had were well prepared. The views of the Pacific Ocean with the sun setting added to the ambiance.

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Bellevue, Washington
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164 reviews 164 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Shades is a great place for breakfast in Ocean Beach. The menu is creative, varied, the servers are friendly and accommodating and the food is delicious. We split a portobello mushroom omelet with chèvre cheese and a crab cake Benedict. Enjoy the food and the views.

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Additional Information about Shades Oceanfront Bistro

Address: 5083 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
Phone Number: 619 222 0501
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
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
Average Prices: USD 5 - 19
Cuisine: Californian, Bar, Bistro, Family Fare

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