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Shades Oceanfront Bistro

#371 of 3,755 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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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 75
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 18
    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
Great Food

Nice atmosphere, great seating and a menu for my dog. Food was excellent. I had the filet mignon benedict mini which was plenty

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
Michelle W
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Thousand Oaks, California
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  • Scenic view
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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Excellent Dinner and breakfast, Wonderful dog friendly atmosphere. We had the crab cake dinner that was just excellent. Right next to our Hotel the Ocean Beach Hotel

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Been to this place on several occassions and it fits the bill for an ocean front establishment. The view of the OB pier and ocean is spectacular. Happy Hour offers a small break on apps and beers.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

A friend and I had breakfast here. The food was fine, the service okay. The coffee was very weak. It is across the street from the beach but that's not a good enough reason to pay the prices they charge.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We have eaten here several times...chose inside instead of outside patio...views of beach are great but was not impressed with our meals today..average fish and chips and I had a large salad, just so-so Big drawback were the many flies on the window and on our table..climbing on my drink straw, etc. It really turned me off.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We had a wonderful lunch on their outdoor patio with ocean views. I had a chicken sandwich and a side salad. I was particularly impressed by what a nice side salad they have...lovely field greens, tomatoes, and nuts. My husband had a bowl of clam chowder and since I snuck a couple of bites, I can say that it is... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Nice atmosphere, great seating and a menu for my dog. Food was excellent. I had the filet mignon benedict mini which was plenty

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Oceanside CA
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We have been here many times and never have had a bad or even so-so experience. It is a casual atmosphere with a gorgeous view of the Ocean Beach pier. The menu is varied with some unique touches, (garlic humus on the sandwiches), the prices are very reasonable especially considering you are sitting directly across from the ocean. The wine... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

You definitely have to try the Lobster Bisque if you go here :) The view from the patio is awesome. Afternoon drinks are a must as well!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I went to early breakfast on sunday with friends and family. My husband loves to eat near the water so we tried shades because it is directly in front of the water. We enjoyed the patio seating and I really appreciate that this place is dog friendly. They even serve fresh doggie meals. As for our food..... i ordered the... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We love to drive down to Ocean Beach to eat here, either breakfast, lunch or diner. They have a wide variety of food and the quantities are large. You are sitting across the street from the OB pier and the ocean. it's well worth the drive from anywhere in the San Diego area. The have an outdoor patio that 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: 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?