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Shades Oceanfront Bistro

#293 of 3,693 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: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, 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
  • 64
    Excellent
  • 48
    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
Your place for eggs

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
Jenacostasp
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Lake Hughes, California
Good for:
  • Scenic view
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Edwardsville, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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122 reviews 122 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 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 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 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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Deerfield, Illinois
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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
5 helpful votes 5 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
57 reviews 57 reviews
51 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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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?