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Shades Ocean Front Bistro

(Now Closed)
Breakfast Spot, American Restaurant, and Scenic Lookout$$$$
Ocean Beach, San Diego
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  • Sarah D.
    Sarah DunnDecember 26, 2013
    The porch first-come-first-serve seats in the sunshine are worth the wait! Bacon Bloody Mary is amazing, as well as the filet mignon Benedict. Don't forget to try the homemade ketchup!
  • Justine D.
    Justine DeRoachMarch 24, 2016
    Cool in the shade but a great view! I had the salmon sandwich and it was so ridiculously good! Pretty cool that they have "pet parking" for your pup, too. Very friendly staff and a nice atmosphere
  • Lyndsi W.
    Lyndsi WinerSeptember 10, 2014
    Love going here when I don't mind paying a few more dollars for the view. It's beautiful and they have good food although they are in the mid price range I would say. Their breakfast is good!
  • Neha D.
    Neha DubeyNovember 7, 2014
    There was a wait on Sunday morning... But it definitely worth the wait. Good breakfast options, good portions, friendly...And they have a dog menu.... ☺️ Hot chocolate was yummmm
  • Adrián E.
    Adrián EncontradoAugust 27, 2013
    Get the Delight Benedict, the best benedict I've had in my life! Pancakes are awesome too! Get a chair on the deck for a nice view on the ocean! :)
  • Kylee A.
    Kylee AisenbergAugust 30, 2015
    The pancakes are the best I've ever had! "Secret recipe" the waitress told me. Definitely worth the wait!
  • Franz T.
    Franz ThomeOctober 6, 2014
    I just love sitting on the deck with my wife having a cocktail and watching the sun and the surf eating some appetizers and enjoying life. Great service, great food and great view!
  • Dominic C.
    Dominic CarnevaleMay 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Men's room has one of those stalls where you can see through that little crack in the door. Not much privacy for a good #2. However, unlike most places in OB they have towels rather than a blower.
  • Jordana U.
    Jordana UmannFebruary 20, 2012
    that place have a lot of sunlight,, is clean and have a pool for you play with your friends!! it stay in front of ocean!!
  • Pelin G.
    Pelin Güvenç KefelMarch 22, 2016
    Very spacious place with a great view of the OB pier and ocean. The breakfast menu is great!
  • Cody R. F.
    Cody R. FirksSeptember 2, 2012
    The Huevos Rancheros are great! Get them with a flour tortilla and retried beans. Good coffee too!
  • Lyndi A.
    Lyndi AnticMay 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I can't give any specific recommendations, because I've literally never had anything here that wasn't delicious.
  • Alan B.
    Alan BushMarch 17, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Every omelet, scramble and benedict has a mini version. Great for those that aren't big eaters.
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle MirandaJanuary 5, 2012
    They have fresh chicken or roast beef slices for your pooch! Complete with a doggy dish and placemat!
  • Simone M.
    Simone MaloneAugust 5, 2013
    Excellent! Loved that they have dogs dining here too! Made lunch fun for us and kids!
  • Kristoffer K.
    Kristoffer KennellyFebruary 25, 2013
    The "delight Benedict " is an amazing change of pace! Great food, great view!
  • Alan B.
    Alan BushAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Mini portions available for those without hearty appetites. Favorite breakfast spot in OB.
  • Heather K.
    Heather KenneyMay 20, 2012
    Great patio. Everything they serve is delicious! Love the mimosa special!
  • Felipe R.
    Felipe RosaOctober 6, 2015
    Eggs Benedict with homefries os great. U have to taste it!
  • Hollie S.
    Hollie SickJanuary 23, 2016
    The sweet potato fries are delicious. Cute and low key bar
  • Ilja S.
    Ilja ShatilinSeptember 1, 2013
    Seafood omelette is awesome. But the best thing is ketchup
  • Candice -.
    Candice --July 2, 2013
    Best Breakfast in OB!! Perfect view...and a doggie menu too!
  • Felicia A.
    Felicia AaronApril 21, 2012
    If you think this place is dog friendly it is not u have to tie ur dog up outside or on the other side of the wall
  • Dana C.
    Dana CJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    My favorite patio in San Diego. Sunsets are epic. Ask about Jerry Rivers
  • Michael H.
    Michael HartshornOctober 28, 2011
    Get the breakfast special for $5, but it's only available before 8 am.
  • Suzanne J.
    Suzanne JacobsFebruary 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Great views and dog-friendly! They even have a dog menu.
  • Marcin S.
    Marcin SSeptember 12, 2013
    Don't know from where these high ratings came. Food is really nothing special. It's at most OK. I head Delight Benedict with beans and it tasted like it was made from a instant powder.
  • Pam W.
    Pam WardellSeptember 25, 2012
    The fish & chips were very good, as was the halibut.
  • Mauricio E.
    Mauricio ErpelJuly 7, 2013
    The eggs benedict are amazing
  • Angie B.
    Angie B.April 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Have the eggs Benedict with homefries! Soooo good!
  • Kinga H.
    Kinga HSeptember 12, 2013
    Hollandaise sause & strawberry smoothie taste like made out of powder...unhealthy & artificial:( Dislike
  • Muddy
    MuddyAugust 11, 2014
    Go here for brunch with a view of the beach
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LoveOctober 22, 2016
    All of it WAS good. Shades is gone forever.
  • Kacee J.
    Kacee JohnsonMarch 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Kristy and shawnn are the best bartenders ever!!
  • Elizabeth G.
    Elizabeth GlauJanuary 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Delight Benedict is delightful!
  • LADYELLE5
    LADYELLE5April 27, 2013
    Eggs Benedict... Perfectly done
  • Ted C.
    Ted CaplanerisAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I always enjoy the Salmon Benedict.
  • E B.
    E BApril 6, 2012
    They have a dog menu!!! Awesome
  • Larry H R.
    Larry H RunserFebruary 11, 2015
    Great breakfast
  • Amy
    AmyDecember 30, 2012
    Their breakfast is great!
  • Jodi T.
    Jodi TrewetMarch 18, 2011
    crab stuffed flounder is awesome.
  • Christopher S.
    Christopher SponableSeptember 16, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Happy Hour with the Burr is the best !!!
  • Jeremy L.
    Jeremy LeDouxNovember 14, 2014
    Eggs and bacon
  • Jason L.
    Jason Liptak ॐMay 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Artichoke Fritters rock!
  • Ilja S.
    Ilja ShatilinSeptember 8, 2013
    Omelettes rock.
  • Bob S.
    Bob SpanbauerAugust 13, 2011
    Darren is the greatest bartender. Seek him out!
  • billy o.
    billy oAugust 2, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask for the Jerry rivers!
  • Tina Marie J.
    Tina Marie JonesJune 10, 2010
    The newport coctail mm mm mmmm
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