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“Excellent Food - Loud Atmosphere - Inaccurate Wine List” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shades Restaurant

Shades Restaurant
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks, Delivery, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Huntington Street
Acton, Massachusetts
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99 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Excellent Food - Loud Atmosphere - Inaccurate Wine List”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

My wife and I along with my adult daughter and her friend dined at Shades Restaurant on a February evening. In February, the view is not very good because it's dark. But during the day, the view from this restaurant is fabulous so I expect that the view during a summer meal here would also be fabulous. Our evening didn't start out well because the first two bottles of wine I selected from the iPAD wine list were out of stock. When the third wine I selected, a 2007 California cabernet , was presented it was a 2009. You would think the reason a restaurant would use an iPad based wine list would be to avoid this situation. We took the 2009 and it was ok. The 2007 would have been better. In addition, there was a one man band playing in the adjacent bar. While he was very good, he was loud. So loud that the people at the next table next were using their outdoor voices to carry on a conversation. When our party started using our softball voices to converse, the combination must have been very loud. Even when the band guy took a break, the sound track was still quite loud. So it was loud, their wine list was inaccurate and the prices reflect an ocean view that's not available in February. But the quality of their food over came all that. We started with the cheese and charcuterie course. We selected 5 of each and the variety and quality of each was outstanding. The nuts, chutney and crackers served with the cheese and charcuterie course were very good. For our entrees, we ordered small. Three of us order the Kobe beef burger and the fourth ordered the beef filet all of which were excellent. Service was good but the noise level made it difficult to commutate. Food was excellent. We will return when we can enjoy a view with our meal.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Overpriced hotel restaurant, marginal service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

My husband and is stayed here for 4 days last week. We ate 2 meals here, breakfast and dinner at the bar. Both were moderately tasty but service was VERY slow. At dinner, I specifically asked whether the chicken had skin and bones and the waitress said it did not. After waiting almost 40 minutes for it, it did in fact have both skin and bones. I would not recommend this restaurant at all, particularly if you are in a hurry.

Visited March 2014
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Bothell, Washington
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great for everyone and every meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at the hotel, so were a captive audience but we loved this restaurant. The menu is great, and has a lot of "adventure" to it. The crab cakes were delicious as well as the scallops. The kids menu also was good, although the portions were huge. It's pricey but its also a high priced hotel restaurant on the beach; what do you expect? Atmosphere is great with fire pits, covered and uncovered patio and indoor seating. Right next to the pool, beach views and live music on Saturday nights. Great experience all around at Shades.

Visited March 2014
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Huntington Beach, California
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7 reviews
“By the Beach in the Shade(s)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Great service and a fun menu and nice selection of wines; the view is very good especially outside with the firepits and on the correct evenings music as well.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank totmurphy
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Minneapolis
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Excellent food. Excellent service.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014

We ate here mutiple times over the course of the Huntington Beach Marathon weekend. My brother was staying here and recommended the food.
Wonderful outdoor patio. Being from Minnesota we did not require the heat lamps but I'm sure others really appreciate those.
The service was very good. They were not great at picking up plates when we ate the buffet but they got around to it soon enough without there being a big mess on our table.
The four of us each ordered different items off the dinner menu and really enjoyed our food. It was made to order, pasta was perfectly al dente, and the flavor was perfect.
There was a reason why we ate here 3 times in 3 days.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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