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Shades Oceanfront Bistro - CLOSED

5083 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA 92107-2883
+1 619-222-0501
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
7 Sep 2016
“Breakfast across from the beach”
24 Aug 2016
“Bad service, mediocre food.”
Restaurant Hours Closed
American, Bar, Seafood
$$ - $$$
5083 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA 92107-2883
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

Had a nice, reasonably priced breakfast here. I got the french toast, oj and coffee.My daughter had eggs benedict and coffee. Everything cooked well and tasty. Waiter very friendly, good at his job. We ate outdoors so there were some flies to deal with which...More

Thank 5kaddict
Reviewed 25 August 2016

The saving grace of this place is that the food was actually pretty decent, especially in light of the rest of the experience. The service was pretty abysmal and my wife and I are still puzzled over how bad the Bloody Marys were. How did...More

Thank Belizeanbus
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Pretty good eggs Benedict. Nice home fries and oj. Thought it was kind of pricey for breakfast. 37$ for 2 breakfasts. The patio was kind of packed. Felt like other tables were on top of us. Kind of sticky and dirty table and condiments. Maybe...More

Thank Mtarbox20
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

I love this place and have been coming here for years. I guess it makes no difference to leave a review but, why not. This place is amazing. It sis right on the beach with an ocean view. The have great, reasonably priced cocktails and...More

Thank Ahkilah A
Reviewed 11 August 2016

We had excellent service and a beautiful view of the beach. We had breakfast that was served hot and delicious.

Thank ShishTucson
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Totally a bummer to find a spot you like just to find out it's closing at the end of summer. Apparently the owner is pulling up stakes at the beginning of September. Too bad, because this place was a great beach-front eats and cocktails joint....More

Thank NevadaJake
Reviewed 9 July 2016 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...More

Thank Jeff_Proulx
Reviewed 5 July 2016 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
Reviewed 28 June 2016 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...More

Thank TriplePisces2
Reviewed 20 June 2016 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...More

Thank Guy M
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$5 - US$19
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Open Hours
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5083 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, CA 92107-2883
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-222-0501
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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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