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Shades Oceanfront Bistro

#415 of 3,725 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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French, American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Bistro
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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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Visitor rating
  • 68
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice views

Came with a party of 6 and they were quickly accommodating. Food was good and came pretty fast. It's dog friendly which is nice if you travel with your fur babies like we do. Husband ordered the house bloody Mary and it was terrible. But other than that, it was a great breakfast place.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
MrsAmis05
Good for:
  • Scenic view
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English first
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

We went on a Sunday morning around 10 am only waited 15-20 mins for a table on the patio looking out towards the beach. Beautiful nice atmosphere, the breakfast is made to order and delicious! Get a Mimosa bucket! Parking can be tough but there is an underground parking garage.

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Buckeye, Arizona
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6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The location and view are amazing. The food was your standard fare; the fish and chips were light and not greasy. We stopped in for dinner, but I would like to try breakfast because it seems like most reviews for that menu are excellent.

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tucson,az
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I came here for lunch. Had a beautiful salad, the portion was quite large. 2 people could have split it. My waitress was great. On top of things. I would recommend this place in a heartbeat.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Came with a party of 6 and they were quickly accommodating. Food was good and came pretty fast. It's dog friendly which is nice if you travel with your fur babies like we do. Husband ordered the house bloody Mary and it was terrible. But other than that, it was a great breakfast place.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Being right across the beach in Ocean Beach makes eating outside a very nice experience. We were there on a Tuesday so there was no wait. The server was good and attentive. Everyone in my group ordered something with eggs - which was the way to go. I ordered the shrimp and crab omelette which was delicious. We ordered pancakes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Went for breakfast with 5 kids and 4 adults. Fabulous waitress went out of her way to make sure the kids were taken care of. Good food, yummy mimosa's in a bucket.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 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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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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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: French, American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Bistro

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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: French, American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Bistro

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