Shades Restaurant & Bar
Shades Restaurant & Bar
  • Address:
    Waterfront Hilton
    21100 Pacific Coast Highway
    Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    Neighborhood:
    Huntington Beach / Seal Beach / Fountain Valley
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Shades Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.waterfrontresort.com/
  • Phone: 7148458444x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 6:30am - 11am Sunday: 6:30am - 10am. Brunch: Sunday: 11am - 3pm. Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11am - 3pm. Dinner: 5pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ben LaFleche
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Call 714-845-8420 for all your catering needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether you are looking to grab a quick bite or spend the evening overlooking the ocean, we will cater to your every whim. With something for everyone, our culinary options and unique libations at Shades Restaurant & Bar and Shades PM have it all.
  • Private Party Contact: Vanessa Rockafellow 7148458420x
  • Entertainment: Along with our magician at Sunday brunch, Shades offers a variety of musical entertainment and specialty nights depending on the season. Please inquire for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Huntington Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $3.00 with Validation
A word from Shades Restaurant & Bar
•Shades Restaurant at The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel is your restaurant for all occasions. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a breathtaking view, you can transport yourself into a whole different world. Shades is everything from a fine dining experience, appetizers and cocktails around our fire pit, to a venue for private and semi-private party functions. Culinary masterpieces are created daily at the accomplished hands of our award-winning Chef, Ben LaFleche. The always popular Champagne Brunch is available every Sunday from 11:30 am to 3 pm where you will enjoy one of Orange Counties widest varieties of food and free flowing champagne. Once you've tried the ambiance, the food and selections from our award winning wine list; we know you will come back again and again.
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Shades Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food3.9
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (9)scenic view (9)great for brunch (3)neighborhood gem (3)romantic (3)good for groups (3)fit for foodies (2)special occasion (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Where's the Fish?
    TibiVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    After reading some blogs on the better fish restaurants in Orange County we decided to give Shades a try. A disappointed try. Only 2 fish dishes: barramundi (dry, over cooked) and salmon w rub (didn't try). The side Mac n Cheese was bland until we asked for & added some Parmesan (then still bland). The salad with apples and bleu cheese was fresh & delicious. The ambience was great; fire tables going with live guitar facing Pacific Ocean. I'd stick to bar/burgers outdoors next time. Wine way overpriced, but a good selection by the bottle.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Shades was a wonderful setting for our special dinner. The food,service, and setting were wonderful. The sunset dining was great outside.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steaks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was good however the Steaks were not as good as we expected
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was OK -- live music was great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The service was not very good. Our drinks sat empty for long periods of time, the server did not seem to know the dishes very well & simply repeated what was stated on the menu when we had questions. My husband did not like his food, but the server never came back to check, so we asked a busser to help us instead. My husband ordered the bison burger the second time and loved it. The manager was very friendly and helpful and came by to check to see how he liked the second dish and refilled our drinks. My dish was the vegetarian pasta -- just OK and certainly not worth the price. The ambiance outside is very nice, and the view is nice (not spectacular), and we loved the live music. We would not choose to come back here again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable lunch.
    Gfoodie
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I had a wonderful lunch with a very dear friend that I don't get to see often. We never felt pressure to order or to leave after we finished our meal. We sat on the patio and the view is beautiful. The food was absolutely delicious. I would recommend Shades to everyone.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great outside dinning.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Great outside dinning & pet friendly. Feels like you are in Hawaii
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 181 reviews are from the Shades Restaurant & Bar reviews archive.
  • Excellent!
    Oceanwaves13VIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Excellent food and service! Enjoyed the delicious mac 'n' cheese dish, the Cuban sandwich, and the steak! Thank you for the beautiful ocean-view table that you seated us at, and for acknowledging a birthday with a yummy chocolate cake!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience
    EthanGT
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Bar scene got a bit noisy, which I thought was fun, not disruptive (and this was on a Monday no less). And the outdoor firepit area was a perfect escape to finish our bottle of wine and relax after dinner. Great date spot, highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch was terrible!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    When we arrived we decided to have lunch at Shades. There are several great restaurants in the area but we had just valeted the car and did not want to get it again. We ordered the turkey club sandwich and a caesar salad. The caesar had absolutely no flavor at all! The worse salad I ever had at a restaurant. The sandwich had some sort of onion jam which was way too sweet we had to scrape it off the sandwich. Boy do we wish we had gone out!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ocean view restaurant
    FabulousVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We were staying at the Hilton Resort where this restaurant is located. It was a very enjoyable brunch but I wish they had an omelet station instead of having to let the server know what we wanted. But all in all it was pretty good. The hotel was excellent.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nice patio lunch
    lkcguamVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    we were surprised at the quality and flair of the food.lovely salad with grill prawns and a fresh herbal vinaigrette, plus an array of appealing sandwiches made the menu interesting. The iced tea was my favorite tropical and served appealingly and replenished often. Would have had dessert if we had room!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patio is a very enjoyable
    21stbday
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    Patio is a very enjoyable setting. Waiter did a great job. It was a beautiful day and the view of the ocean was amazing. We have celebrated my daughter's birthday a few times at the restaurant. The food is just ok but the setting and the service made up for it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was a zero
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    50 a person for brunch is a rip off. Came with a group of 5, we were very disappointed with the selection of food. Especially the Alaskan king crab legs, they were frozen still wet and taste like rubber. You can't taste anything crabby about it. The leg of lamb was aweful and dry, the breakfast food wasn't so good. I have been here several times in the past, and either the new manager isn't doing it right or it's just they have went down hill
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    foodie4fun
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    The staff stood around visiting rather than seating us when we arrived. They did not honor our seating request and instead squeezed 3 of us at a table for 2. Service was poor. We were ignored while they attended to a large group. Food was mediocore. The fruit they served as a side was so under ripe you couldn't even cut it with a knife. Presentation was poor. The price far exceeded the quality of the food and service. Will not be visiting this restaurant again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful for an evening out,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    Wonderful for an evening out, especially for a special occasion. The food is very good and the service is nice. I got the short rib pot roast and it was delicious! I do suggest you bring a sweater. It is always cool in the dining room.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food great time
    Chuck
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    Was looking for a new place to go for a birthday dinner party of 8 . It was easy to get in and the food and service was outstanding , I would recommend this place to anyone .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Great spot for lunch!!! We live in a resort area, so we should take advantage of all HB has to offer. The food , the service and the ambience are hard to beat The crab cakes are some of the best I have ever had and the graham cracker ice cream is just delicious. I had lunch there two days in a row. I enjoyed taking locals to a new spot for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic brunch!
    HappyTustinDiner
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary with Sunday Brunch and thoroughly enjoyed the food, champagne, music, and top notch service!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch with a view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    Great variety of foods in a very relaxed atmosphere out on the patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A little pricey compared to other brunch spots, but the other places don't have that view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ocean view dining
    pll21
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    Went with a group for the first time for Sunday brunch and the food and atmosphere was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reunion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    This was a reunion with former employees. We enjoyed it very much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like being on a Tropical Vacation
    JustTheFacts
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    Sitting outside you would NEVER know you are in So Cal right on PCH. Feels like your are in the Caribbean or Hawaii. Sitting outside with the live music, fire pit and great food was awesome. Service was great and friendly, food came fast, great variety of choices and served to make any foodie happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A local surprise
    Babbers1964
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We are local HB-ers and didn't know this place existed until we tried and failed to get into our favorite restaurant, they were booked solid so I actually did some research about other restaurants in our area and found Shades. I was pleasantly surprised at how good everything was. The view was very nice and we really liked the food and service. The only negative I guess would be that wet children from the pool area ran through our rather elegant dining room because they were staying in the hotel, it's a little distracting from your conversation and experience. Other than that, I would highly recommend this restaurant. I think it would be especially great for lunch, the outdoor area is really nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise!
    Kbear
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    Food was great, atmosphere was romantic and stylish, and service was awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had brunch on a Sunday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    We had brunch on a Sunday to celebrate a friend's birthday. There was live music and the performer sang happy birthday when the waiter laid the cake down and lit the candle. Sweet. The buffet had a variety of great food and a manned omlet station with roast beef carving. We love the restaurant and happily satiated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is favorite place for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    This is favorite place for Sunday brunch. The food is excellent with a beautiful view of the ocean. My husband and I travel extensively and find the service at Shades as well as the Hotel to be superb! Great for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OMGoodness it was lovely....perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    OMGoodness it was lovely....perfect for getting all the Ladies in the family together to catch up without the kids and plan future "FABulous Lunches". It really is a GEM in our own backyard! Shades was lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect brunch
    scrapbookcathleenVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    Could not have asked for a more perfect brunch! Glad we found it! From desserts to a baron of beef and an omlette bar, it was doen so well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shades was expecting stormy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/2/2012
    Shades was expecting stormy weather so they moved the brunch to the Pacific room upstairs. The ambiance was not as good as the restaurant but they seated us at a table that gave us an ocean view. Excellent service and most of the food was very good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful spot
    beachdiner
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    We hosted a party of 10 for our 50th wedding anniversary dinner at The Shades . It was delightful. Food was excellent and service superb. We found the singer a bit loud because we were quite close. Nevertheless we loved the position of our table set-up chosen by the restaurant. It was a perfect evening. A guest said she'd also like to have her 50th there she enjoyed it so much.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Shades service was very attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    Shades service was very attentive and food selection outstanding making for a very enjoyable brunch. Everyone in our party raved about the brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was wonderful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2012
    Everything was wonderful. Monique was the best server ever!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food & Service. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    Great Food & Service. The view of the ocean was incredible.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Sunday, Champagne brunch
    SusieQ
    Dined on 8/19/2012
    The Sunday, Champagne brunch is awesome. Great food, and great champagne.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Half-price on selected bottles
    OHTravellerVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2012
    Half-price on selected bottles on Monday nights. Pretty good deal!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/29/2012
    A-MAZING BRUNCH!! Great view, spectacular service, ENDLESS mimosas . . yeah it was yummy (;
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoughtless Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/22/2012
    Boooo!!!! Not a Fan!!!! To celebrate my dad's 84th birthday, my family decided to take him to Sunday brunch at Shades located inside the Hilton Waterfront. At about 48$ a head (not including tip) it's not the cheapest buffet in town, but the quality and experience was more important to us, which simply has no price tag. As soon as we arrived at 1:00pm, valet was prompt and got us into the restaurant in record time. We had to wait an additional 10 minutes for our table but that was no problem since we took the opportunity to explore the grounds and snap some candid shots. Now here's where it all goes down hill fast! Although we were given nice seating and the self serve buffet was on par with my expectations, I was very disappointed w
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • really pretty place and very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/15/2012
    really pretty place and very helpful hotel staff; entrees all very good but the award-winning crab cakes were only average
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went there for Fathers Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/17/2012
    Went there for Fathers Day brunch and the food and service was excelent. Great view overlooking pool area and the Pacific Ocean
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chef is good and food is also,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/16/2012
    Chef is good and food is also, but more variety and seasonality would be appreciated. The peanut butter semifreddo is unexpectedly excellent. Creme Brulee really needs improvement. Hula show is a great addition. Indoor or outdoor setting can transport you back to the islands. Lots of fun
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic