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Shade

4.6
4.6
168 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

Shade: The Eatery at Higgins Beach Inn, is our re-envisioned on-site restaurant serving as your local watering hole, specializing in fresh beach-fare. You'll love our seasonally fresh cuisine featuring oysters on the half-shell and other locally sourced seafood, refreshing cocktails, craft brews, draft wines, and our covered three-season porch.

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Booked 15 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–10:30 am Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 883-1479

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Trent Seib

  • Private party contact

    Krysten Reilly: (207) 883-6684

  • Neighborhood

    Scarborough

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Entertainment

    Gary Richardson every Sunday from 5 pm to 7:30 pm

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 168 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. MJ

    MoJane

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    The food here is awesome and unmatched in the Old Port. We were seated in the outdoor space at 5:30 on a beautiful sunny day but unfortunately our table was right in the sun, back in the far corner and it was uncomfortably warm and bright the entire time. Two of us facing the sun had to use menus to block the sun the entire meal so I would recommend staying away from that table if possible.

  2. DR

    DanielR

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food and service!!

  3. PC

    PeterC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is an incredible environment for this time of year. The food and service are top notch

  4. f

    femdring

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    After three visits in two weeks, I’m planning on going back to Shade over the summer as often as I can! The patio is airy and inviting and the staff is friendly and attentive enough that you’re being taken care of but still able to enjoy the company of your table without feeling interrupted or rushed. The cocktail menu features some great original drinks as well as familiars done in a unique, elevated way and the wine menu covers all the bases. The food, though, THE FOOD!! Everything I’ve tried so far has been wonderfully flavourful, fresh, and served looking like it just came straight from a cover shoot for a foodie magazine. This is a great place to have a delicious, relaxing meal with friends and/or family, and Higgins Beach is right down the way for a pretty stroll after you eat. Highly recommend making a reservation and treating yourself to all Shade has to offer!

  5. SL

    SarahL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was amazing- the food and service!! Would definitely dine again.

  6. AV

    AstridV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was excellent and they made sure that we felt special!

  7. C

    Cyn1959

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4

    It was nice to sit on the porch and eat it was quiet and cozy ! I think they should have cushions for the chairs they were uncomfortable. The food was very good loved the pasta dish . Would be nice if they had a nice bread with dinner ? We have been going there for years and love the location . Our waitress was very nice and accommodating, Heidi 😃

  8. KM

    KfromME

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    We’ve been regular customers of Shade for several seasons and have always enjoyed our meals there. Sadly our first meal if this season did not live up to our previous experiences and expectations. The menu also is more limited than previous seasons.

  9. RF

    RFir

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    Service and atmosphere were great. Food was disappointing. Kids pasta was overcooked / partially hard. Caesar Salad, over dressed (after asking for light dressing) and chicken skewers bland.

  10. DN

    DoNo

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Waitress was wonderful - very attentive. Since the restaurant is still relatively new, a few kinks need to be worked out. The only negative about the food is that the burger, though delicious, was very messy to eat. The tacos were great, and the brownie sundae was fantastic. The porch dining has such a good feel about it, and it was nice to have the music as a light touch in the background. Looking forward to going back!

  11. P

    Pyeweed

    New England

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The new chef has elevated the restaurant to a higher level. We only went once last year because we were so disapppinted in both the service and the food. But now we can return to making this our summer hangout.

  12. PB

    PeterB

    New England

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Food was good. Draft beer had 12 ounces in a 16 oz glass after head settled

  13. LC

    LisaC

    New England

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Have the chowder- it’s fabulous! The lobster tostada was tasty but needs a little more lobster. The tuna tartar and caprese salad were fine. The service was great, very friendly.

  14. MR

    MarkR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good was great. Staff very friendly and accommodating. We definitely will be back

  15. KM

    KMac

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was quick, food was delicious, and atmosphere has a very beachy vibe. Love it and will definitely be back for the Shade Shack delivery service to Higgins Beach!

  16. M

    Mona

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Shades is a very warm and cozy atmosphere. Staff was very attentive and friendly. Menu is limited but what we ordered was very good. We were hoping for more seafood dish options.

  17. t

    toms

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Plating was perfection. Fresh, unique and delicious

  18. DR

    DanielR

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were fantastic. Looking forward to a great season! Thank you

  19. TK

    TerryK

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, drinks, and friendly service

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and food. The new chef has done a great job with the menu. Our server Joe was the best as well! Definitely will go back soon!

  21. JR

    JenR

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service were great! We dined early so it wasn’t crowded or noisy! The atmosphere was inviting and warm. Small details like fresh flowers and candles on the table enhanced the charm. I will definitely be returning and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great dining experience!

  22. CH

    CindyH

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    New chef, new menu , new drink menu …. Absolutely fabulous and our Favorite waitress January !!! I love Shade !

  23. PB

    PeterB

    New England

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Usually better, but understandable. They have only been open 3days.

  24. EM

    ElizabethM

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was great to be back on the first day of breakfast. Love this place. We're so glad we can book with open table. Emma and Angie did a great job.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous new menu!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    Great local spot but the food ALWAYS falls short. $19 for 2 tiny crab cakes that tasted like they came from the freezer section of the local grocery store. Clam chowder is really potato chowder. Steak was awful. They could do much more with the food for the prices they charge.

  27. R

    Roger

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    First time dining here. One of the water glasses were dirty and had to send back. Food and service were fair. Chairs were not very comfortable. However, nice being in Higgins Beach, by the ocean.

  28. n

    newtongirl

    New England

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The halibut was great but the pasta side not so much gotta add something green and maybe a rice For someone looking to eat healthy that pasta is not The shrimp scampi alone would have gotten a 5 perfecto Better than or on par with street and co in Portland

  29. VF

    VermontFoodie2

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A nice variety of menu choices. Well prepared food, not fussy or overthought. Very tasty!

  30. JG

    JaneG

    Charleston

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is my second visit to Shade in the last month. I am very impressed by the friendly and professional service provided by everyone on the team. The food is awesome...and the service rocks!

  31. L

    Lani

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place! Last night was our second time dining there - had to bring our friends along too, our new favorite! We are already planning our next visit.

  32. d

    debs

    Key West

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We decided to just eat at the bar. Sat next a young newlywed couple from GA. Conversation, super busy bar tender, and food was fantastic! Local Scarborough guests will be back in Spring 2022.

  33. PC

    PhilC

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    I chose to go here with a date. On open table you can choose a table type. Bar was unavailable and the choices were either high top or standard. I chose standard. When we we arrived I responded we had a reservation. I spotted a table I would love to have in the outside deck area. She offered only bar or high top (which are in bar area) I quickly responded I reserved a standard table. She quickly responded those were already reserved!! I was totally embarrassed in front of my date. It appeared to me she was judging us and decided we weren't good enough for the dining area. I told her our table was reserved as a standard. She just shrugged her shoulders and said those tables were for parties of 4. I looked at all the high tops and they all had 4 seats at them. We reluctantly took a high top as it was a Friday night and had no reservations elsewhere. We had drinks, apps and dinner and they check delivered all the while, staring at 3 empty tables in the standard dining area. Spent $130 & felt judged. Will not be back

  34. C

    Callie

    Key West

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved January our wait person she was amazing. She knows the menu and reads the guests perfectly Could not have been a more pleasant evening for six old friends.

  35. NE

    NancyE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Shade is a wonderful summertime spot. The food is consistently good, something for everyone and excellent service. You can’t go wrong here!

  36. BS

    BarbaraS

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was excellent as well as the service. I will be back

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    We live nearby and have been to shade previously. This was the first time we didn’t feel welcome. There were several elderly groups that were nasty and snobby including one who told my 5 yo to never come back. We were there for my 14 yo’s birthday along with her younger siblings. This restaurant has high chairs and kids menus so they allow families but the geriatric clientele they tend to get won’t make most families (or those born after the Great Depression) feel welcome.

  38. JS

    JeanneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Easy to make reservations and a delicious meal with excellent service.

  39. SM

    SyraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and great service! Make sure you order a side of fries, they are AMAZING. Thank you Shade for such a lovely dinner!

  40. CD

    ChelseaD

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    We came for apps and drinks, all of which were delicious and refreshing. Our server, January, was spectacular and made our experience more than we had hoped for. She was funny, attentive and made great suggestions for menu items. We would have come back on the food alone but now we want to come back to have January again!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Shade offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 883-1479.

Shade is rated 4.6 stars by 168 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Shade

34 Ocean Avenue Scarborough, ME 04074

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Scarborough

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–10:30 am Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Oyster Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Trent Seib

  • Entertainment

    Gary Richardson every Sunday from 5 pm to 7:30 pm

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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