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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 4,065 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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Yakima, Washington
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

It's right on the other side of the street of the ocean. It has a lot of outdoor seating. We tried to sit at the window on the top floor but it was packed. It had a round bar area in the middle of the room with seating. I ordered clam chowder and a couple drinks. The clam chowder was... More

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United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Ocean front restaurant, which is dog friendly. Nice to be able to eat and take your dog. They also have "doggy meals" but they don't object to dogs sitting on the chairs etc. ok if you are only wearing old casual clothes. Food nothing to rave about. Have had better in less expensive places.

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Mount Vernon, Indiana, USA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We had fish tacos and burgers. All was good. Nice place to people watch. Kid friendly. Outdoor eating.

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Bonn, Germany
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The restaurant's biggest plus is its location. It is stunning, next to the pier at Ocean beach! You can have a traditional American or also modern bistro-style breakfast next to the promenade. While watching the ocean you will have the choice to either have breakfast, lunch or dinner, or some wine during evening hours. As I only ate from the... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We came here for our evening meal during the week. We were staying at the Ocean Beech Hotel (poor) and this restaurant just next door. Food and service were both very good. Prices are fair and the food and drink selection is good. There is inside and outside seating and there is a great view of the beach. Also, I... More

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Top Contributor
165 reviews 165 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Staff provided excellent service as they accommodated our family with great flair. The food and drinks were excellent. The atmosphere conducive to visiting. Thanks so much.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

OB was our first beach stop after driving from Texas and Shades was at the top of our list to stop and eat. We tried this place last summer on vacation and yet again it did not disappoint!! Tried completely different meals this time and was just great. Atmosphere, scenery & staff. I wish I had a dog to bring... More

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Tampa, FL
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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This place serves a full breakfast and lunch menu. The portions are generous and service was great. The only thing that kept me from giving it five stars is that there were flies all over the place. I felt like I was rushing through breakfast so i could leave soon. Although their food was great I probably won't return because... More

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clmichelle, Owner at Shades Oceanfront Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Stella, I'm really glad you liked the restaurant, and I'm really sorry about the silly flies! You see, with this really hot and humid weather there has been a huge attack of flies that are coming from the beach. We have some weird anchovy swarm in shallow water.. increased the fish, bird and dolphin populations exponentially. They're churning up... More

San Diego
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Shades is our go to place not just for us but, when we bring friends and family along. The service is always good. Outdoor seating if you prefer, Dog friendly, not sure about Cat friendly. The menu has a great variety for everyone's taste. When people come back to visit this is where they want to go.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We enjoyed a great breakfast--tons of options, including lots for vegetarians--and really enjoyed sitting outside across from the beach. We also loved seeing the dogs visiting with their owners--such a nice touch!

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