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Shades Oceanfront Bistro

#230 of 3,739 Restaurants in San Diego
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5083 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Montreal, Canada
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112 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here driving near the beach and saw its good reviews. My wife had the tortilla soup which she enjoyed. I had the soup (roasted peppers) and Caesar salad with a few local IPA's and an onion ring for fun. The beer was excellent and we relaxed for a few hours eating slowly and watching the beach. It's a laid... More 

Thank Jeff_Proulx
Akron, Ohio
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76 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every visit to OB (Ocean Beach) we stop at Shades. It's right across from the beach. Outdoor and indoor dining available. Pet friendly outdoor space too. Can't go wrong for breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner.

Thank Debbie M
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a piece of history in Ocean Beach. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Have seating inside and outside...right across from the gorgeous Pacific Ocean. Great consistent meals, full bar, nice casual atmosphere. Staff always attentive but not intrusive. Very upbeat atmosphere. They will be closing after Labor Day 2016, so if you have a chance, GO before... More 

Thank TriplePisces2
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great little place with an ocean view. Good food and atmosphere. Very dog friendly, they even have a fido menu so your dog can join in on the fun. On a sad note the restaurant will be closing at the end of the summer. The owners are retiring. The staff says there will be new owners taking over and they... More 

Thank Guy M
North Queensland
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Stopped here yesterday with my adult son, he had one of the hamburgers and it was juicy and tasty, I am not a large eater as far as the size of meals go in US so I had a half baguette with hummus and cheese, in my almost 6 weeks in the USA this was the absolute best bread/baguette I've... More 

Thank MarleneRay
Fort Worth, Texas
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

We went here for breakfast. I ordered the 2 eggs that came with home fries and corned beef hash. Nothing crazy. It was $10. We don't go out to breakfast that often, so maybe this is standard now, but wow. I felt like I was paying dinner entree prices for a cheap breakfast meal. The eggs and hash were good,... More 

Thank Maureen K
Albuquerque New Mexico
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140 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

GREAT LOCATION on beachfront at Ocean Beach. Dog friendly patio and good food and cocktails. Went two nights running as it was so much quieter than some of the busier places on the main street. Would definitely recommend.

Thank gladys3152
Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

Our reason to eat here was for the close proximity to the OB dog beach and the dog friendly environment. We met friends here for Sunday breakfast and ordered pancakes, eggs, bacon, and french toast. The food was average and nothing to write home about. The service was also average but the restaurant was crowded with Sunday beach goers so... More 

Thank LoreneLA
Tampa, Florida
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139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

This is a nice restaurant near the beach with great views. It's near plenty of shops as well. It can get busy but we only had to wait about 10 minutes for a table. Great selection of food including all day breakfast!

Thank StefJax
Tucson, Arizona
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

The food was deliciousness, the service was great. This is a nice family friendly place in Ocean Beach. They were still serving breakfast after noon, so we had options here. Nice inviting casual environment right on the beach.

Thank blpettyaz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $19
American, Seafood
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Scenic view, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5083 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 16192220501
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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