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Shades Oceanfront Bistro

#446 of 3,705 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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Californian, Bar, Seafood, 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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 65
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 7
    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
Can't beat the View

Found this amazing casual restaurant with good food, reasonable prices and killer views of the Ocean. I found it interesting that gourmet food was offered in a casual beachfront restaurant at low prices. My husband had the Wonder Salad with grilled shrimp & a beer. I had the vegetarian... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2015
PtLomafoodie
Good for:
  • Scenic view
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Great healthy selections for someone like me who likes to eat on the healthier side. Loved the fact that they also offer mini sized portions which was just enough food. Our server was great, very friendly and accommodating. Its right across from the beach so it's a lovely spot for a little romantic date night dinner.

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We have been coming here for years when it was special. Not anymore. My wife and I first sat inside but found the noise deafening. We ask to move outside on the patio only to be surrounded by dogs. Nearly everyone had at least one dog and some had two. We left our Jack Russell at home. Why cant people... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I have no idea why people write good reviews for this place. The food is plastic, tastes like artificial GMO. For example, the worst pancakes I've ever had. Super fat, dry, and completely horrible. Yea, whatever, there is a view, but that doesn't make a good restaurant. The maple syrup is fake (corn syrup), the pancakes are the worst I've... More 

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68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Found this amazing casual restaurant with good food, reasonable prices and killer views of the Ocean. I found it interesting that gourmet food was offered in a casual beachfront restaurant at low prices. My husband had the Wonder Salad with grilled shrimp & a beer. I had the vegetarian spaghetti squash casserole that was prepared with portobello mushrooms & Parmesan.... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I stopped in for breakfast here and tried Dave's Ocean Beach Omelet. It was good, nothing to write home about, but the location of the restaurant and the service was very nice. The staff seemed to really enjoy working here. Right across from the beach and has seating inside or out. My favorite thing is that it is pet friendly... More 

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Edwardsville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 via mobile

Oh my goodness!! We had to come back on our last day of vacation because I was in love with the flavor of everything I tried here!! Ketchup and jams made in house are THE best I've ever had. Literally. . . . No joke. I wished I had bought enough to last me the whole year. I've been dreaming... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Loved the relaxed atmosphere and that it was dog-friendly (patio area). Plenty of good options to choose from and all a good value. Great location and good service as well.

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Knoxville, TN USA
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77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We went here for a sunset dinner. It was absolutely beautiful. The food was great and the service was excellent. The view of the ocean and pier across the road is very nice. Would definitely recommend this place.

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Lake Hughes, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

It's a dog friendly restaurant with a wonderful view of the ocean and pier. There were all kinds of options so there is something for everyone to eat. I love eggs Benedict, but they also have the old-school of scrambled, etc. They had friendly staff that were very accommodating. Parking is decent, 2 hour limit if you park on Santa... More 

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San Diego
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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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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, Seafood, Bistro, Family Fare

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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, Seafood, 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?