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Shades Oceanfront Bistro

#230 of 3,951 Restaurants in San Diego
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5083 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
16192220501
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Scenic view, Families with children
Description: Shades is a family owned and operated restaurant located in beautiful Ocean...
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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  • 83
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 20
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  • 4
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  • 7
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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 local spot for breakfast with a view

A great affordable locals breakfast spot. Friendly staff ad good service. Dog friendly and outdoor seating too,

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
GaleForce01
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San Diego, California
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Shades has an eclectic menu that can appeal to any taste. Most restaurants with this variety and this great view of the Pacific, have mediocre food because they can! Shades food and service are exceptional and very consistent. They also are a great spot for weekend breakfasts- they have an amazing array of omelets and offer mini omelets that come... More 

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Thank TriplePisces2
San Diego, California
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great affordable locals breakfast spot. Friendly staff ad good service. Dog friendly and outdoor seating too,

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate at Shades for two meals, the first being dinner. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We were seated quickly, received our drinks and ordered. The food came and was very good. My friend ordered the fried chicken dinner, I had the fish and chips. We looked at the dessert but our waitress suggested since we were from... More 

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Thank lvgrammy4
Littleton, Colorado
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123 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had lunch, looking out at the pier and water. Good food, great clam chowder, parking on street, good service

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Thank Don M
westminster
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

my husband and myself had just arrived in Ocean Beach and were looking for a breakfast spot, when we found Shades. Right across from the ocean, with a wall of windows to enjoy the view and a nice sized patio as well. The service was very friendly and quick. I enjoyed their Brushcetta and Chuck had the Loaded Chilaquiles &... More 

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Thank p_vanallen
San Jacinto, California
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

We ate inside but if it had not been sprinkling at the time, we would have eaten out in the patio area. The food was delicious at a fair price. We thought the food was going to be over priced and small portions, but we were happily wrong. We had french toast but we noted the huge stack of pancakes... More 

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Thank Howey91
Rowlett
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77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

Had breakfast with a great view. Wife had the crab and shrimp omelet that she really enjoyed and I had the filet mignon eggs Benedict with county potatoes. I was surprised at the tenderness of the beef and everything was enjoyable. Would like to try lunch here.

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Thank StephenLBrewster
Concord, New Hampshire
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

To begin with, I am a breakfast snob...so maybe my average rating would be someone else's high. I had a good egg white only omelet, not awesome...with goat cheese...That was sort of a glob on top that I could smear over it...I thought it would be inside the omelet. I received a bowl of fruit...instead of homefries...the homefries looked better... More 

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Thank teamfunannie
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46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

This is some good food. If you like burgers and breakfast this is the place. The staff is friendly and the food is great. Sit out on the outside porch and if you have a dog...bring him/her! They are dog friendly.

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Thank Sharon M
Phoenix, Arizona
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Their breakfast menu has a good variety of items and the portions were generous. They offer a mini omelette, which was just the right size for me (I wish more restaurants would offer smaller sized portions). Homemade salsa was served with the omelette. I'd rate it as just average. My grandson ordered the Mickey pancakes and he scarfed them down.... 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: 16192220501

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 19
  • Cuisine: American, Bar, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Families with children

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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