Shades Ocean Front Bistro

Breakfast Spot, American Restaurant, and Scenic Lookout · Ocean Beach
5083 Santa Monica Ave Ste 1F (at Abbott St), San Diego, CA 92107, United States
Open until 9:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 6:30 AM–9:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

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    Adrián E.
    "Get the Delight Benedict, the best benedict I've had in my life!"(4 Tips)
    E B.
    "They have a dog menu!!! Awesome"(3 Tips)
    Angie B.
    "Have the eggs Benedict with homefries!"(2 Tips)
    billy o.
    "Ask for the Jerry rivers!"(2 Tips)
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  • breakfast food
  • delight benedict
  • scenic views
  • dog menu
  • benedict with homefries
  • eggs benedict
  • brunch food
  • outdoor seating
  • pancakes
  • huevos rancheros
  • happy hour
  • filet mignon
  • homemade ketchup
  • great value
  • crab
  • fritters
  • wine
  • hot chocolate
  • vegetarian food
  • good for a quick meal
  • Felipe R.

    Eggs Benedict with homefries os great. U have to taste it!

    Felipe Rosa · October 6
  • Kylee A.

    The pancakes are the best I've ever had! Waitress told me it's a "secret recipe". Definitely worth the wait!

    Kylee Aisenberg · August 30
  • Kylee A.

    The pancakes are the best I've ever had! "Secret recipe" the waitress told me. Definitely worth the wait!

    Kylee Aisenberg · August 30
  • Larry H R.

    Great breakfast

    Larry H Runser · February 11
  • Jeremy L.

    Eggs and bacon

    Jeremy LeDoux · November 14, 2014
  • Neha D.

    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

    Neha Dubey · November 7, 2014
  • Franz T.

    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!

    Franz Thome · October 6, 2014
  • Lyndsi W.

    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!

    Lyndsi Winer · September 10, 2014
  • Ted C.

    I always enjoy the Salmon Benedict.

    Ted Caplaneris · August 31, 2014
  • Alan B.

    Mini portions available for those without hearty appetites. Favorite breakfast spot in OB.

    Alan Bush · August 31, 2014
  • Muddy

    Go here for brunch with a view of the beach

    Muddy · August 11, 2014
  • Sarah M.

    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!

    Sarah Mower · December 26, 2013
  • Marcin S.

    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.

    Marcin S · September 12, 2013
  • Kinga H.

    Hollandaise sause & strawberry smoothie taste like made out of powder...unhealthy & artificial:( Dislike

    Kinga H · September 12, 2013
  • Ilja S.

    Omelettes rock.

    Ilja Shatilin · September 8, 2013
  • Ilja S.

    Seafood omelette is awesome. But the best thing is ketchup

    Ilja Shatilin · September 1, 2013
  • Adrián E.

    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! :)

    Adrián Encontrado · August 27, 2013
  • Simone M.

    Excellent! Loved that they have dogs dining here too! Made lunch fun for us and kids!

    Simone Malone · August 5, 2013
  • Mauricio E.

    The eggs benedict are amazing

    Mauricio Erpel · July 7, 2013
  • Candice -.

    Best Breakfast in OB!! Perfect view...and a doggie menu too!

    Candice -- · July 2, 2013
  • Lyndi A.

    I can't give any specific recommendations, because I've literally never had anything here that wasn't delicious.

    Lyndi Antic · May 27, 2013

    Eggs Benedict... Perfectly done

    LADYELLE5 · April 27, 2013
  • Alan B.

    Every omelet, scramble and benedict has a mini version. Great for those that aren't big eaters.

    Alan Bush · March 17, 2013
  • Kristoffer K.

    The "delight Benedict " is an amazing change of pace! Great food, great view!

    Kristoffer Kennelly · February 25, 2013
  • Amy

    Their breakfast is great!

    Amy · December 30, 2012
  • Pam W.

    The fish & chips were very good, as was the halibut.

    Pam Wardell · September 25, 2012
  • Cody R. F.

    The Huevos Rancheros are great! Get them with a flour tortilla and retried beans. Good coffee too!

    Cody R. Firks · September 2, 2012
  • Heather K.

    Great patio. Everything they serve is delicious! Love the mimosa special!

    Heather Kenney · May 20, 2012
  • Felicia A.

    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

    Felicia Aaron · April 21, 2012
  • E B.

    They have a dog menu!!! Awesome

    E B · April 6, 2012
  • Kacee J.

    Kristy and shawnn are the best bartenders ever!!

    Kacee Johnson · March 8, 2012
  • Jordana U.

    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!!

    Jordana Umann · February 20, 2012
  • Suzanne J.

    Great views and dog-friendly! They even have a dog menu.

    Suzanne Jacobs · February 17, 2012
  • Elizabeth G.

    The Delight Benedict is delightful!

    Elizabeth Glau · January 7, 2012
  • Danielle M.

    They have fresh chicken or roast beef slices for your pooch! Complete with a doggy dish and placemat!

    Danielle Miranda · January 5, 2012
  • Michael H.

    Get the breakfast special for $5, but it's only available before 8 am.

    Michael Hartshorn · October 28, 2011
  • Christopher S.

    Happy Hour with the Burr is the best !!!

    Christopher Sponable · September 16, 2011
  • Bob S.

    Darren is the greatest bartender. Seek him out!

    Bob Spanbauer · August 13, 2011
  • Dana C.

    My favorite patio in San Diego. Sunsets are epic. Ask about Jerry Rivers

    Dana C · July 20, 2011
  • Dominic C.

    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.

    Dominic Carnevale · May 30, 2011
  • Jason L.

    Artichoke Fritters rock!

    Jason Liptak ॐ · May 4, 2011
  • Angie B.

    Have the eggs Benedict with homefries! Soooo good!

    Angie B. · April 29, 2011
  • Jodi T.

    crab stuffed flounder is awesome.

    Jodi Trewet · March 18, 2011
  • billy o.

    Ask for the Jerry rivers!

    billy o · August 2, 2010
  • Tina Marie J.

    The newport coctail mm mm mmmm

    Tina Marie Jones · June 10, 2010

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