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Shade

4.4
4.4
147 Reviews
$30 and under
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 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Breakfast

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–10:30 am Dinner Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 883-1479

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Carrie Allen

  • 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, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Starters

  • PEI Mussels$15.00

    Garlic White Wine Broth, Burst Cherry Tomato, Garlic Toast

    • Pickle Brined Wings$14.00

      Choice Of: Buffalo | Sticky Ginger | Sans Sauce. Served with House Blue Cheese or Buttermilk Herb Dressing

      • Island Creek Co. Oysters* on the Half Shell

        Lemon, Mignonette, Cocktail Sauce

        • Half Dozen$18.00
        • Dozen$30.00
      • New England Clam Chowder$8.00

        Oyster Crackers, Chive

        • Jumbo Lump Crab Cake$18.00

          Baby Greens, Cajun Remoulade

          • Colossal Shrimp Cocktail$12.00

            Lemon, Cocktail Sauce

            • Crispy Cauliflower$10.00

              Sticky Ginger Sauce, Scallions, Toasted Sesame Seed

              Garden

              • Caesar Salad$12.00

                Baby Kale, Sourdough Crutons, Parmesan Crisp, House Cured Egg Yolk, White Anchovy

                • Heirloom Tomato Plate$13.00

                  House Ricotta, Basil, Marcona Almond, Balsamic Reduction, EVOO

                  • Farmer's Salad$10.00

                    Locally Sourced Produce, Sheep's Milk Feta, Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette

                    Garden Additions

                    • Steak$12.00

                      • Chilled Shrimp$10.00

                        • Chicken$8.00

                          Mains

                          All sandwiches served with French Fries and pickle

                          • Linguini And Clams$24.00

                            Roasted Garlic, White Wine, Calabrian Chiles, House Cured Egg Yolk, Capers

                            • Shrimp Scampi$26.00

                              Shrimp, Lemon, White Wine, Butter Linguine

                              • Pan Seared Halibut$32.00

                                Potato Gnocchi, Wilted Greens, Lemon Cream Pea Shoots

                                • Grilled Denver Steak*$27.00

                                  Duck Fat Potatoes, Charred Scallion Butter, Seasonal Accompaniments

                                  • Maine Lobster Roll

                                    Light mayo, Lettuce, Brioche Bun

                                    • MP
                                  • The Shade Burger*$16.00

                                    Cabot Cheddar, Pickled Red Onion, Garlic Aioli, LT

                                    • Crispy Chicken Sandwich$15.00

                                      Nappa Cabbage Slaw, Bread and Butter Pickles, Buttermilk Herb Dressing

                                      • The Shade Veggie Burger$14.00

                                        Sweet Potato Black Bean Patty, Cajun Aioli, LTO

                                        • Crispy Fish Tacos$17.00

                                          Gulf of ME Research Institute Verified Species, Maine Pollock, Nappa Cabbage Slaw, Lime Crema, Cilantro

                                          Sides

                                          • French Fries$5.00

                                            • Seasonal Vegetable$6.00

                                              • House Side Salad$5.00

                                                • Crispy Duckfat Potatoes$6.00

                                                  Sweets

                                                  • Beal's Brownie Ice Cream Sundae$10.00

                                                    Vanilla Ice Cream, House Salted Caramel Chocolate Sauce, Whipped Cream, Amarena Cherry

                                                    • Summer Berry Pavlova$8.00

                                                      Meringue, Mixed Berries, Chantilly Cream Basil, Balsamic

                                                      • Banana Bread Pudding$8.00

                                                        Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramel drizzle

                                                        • Key Lime Icebox Cake$8.00

                                                          Graham Cracker Layers, Key Lime Curd, Whipped Cream

                                                          • Maine Blueberry Crisp$8.00

                                                            Oat Topping, Vanilla Ice Cream

                                                            • Seasonal Sorbet$3.00

                                                              Last updated: February 4, 2022

                                                              What 147 people are saying

                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                              4.4
                                                              4.4 based on all time ratings
                                                              • 4.4Food
                                                              • 4.4Service
                                                              • 4.3Ambience
                                                              • 4.2Value

                                                              NoiseModerate

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                                                              1. CH

                                                                CindyH

                                                                New England

                                                                22 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                22 reviews

                                                                Dined 1 day ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                              2. PB

                                                                PeterB

                                                                New England

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                3.0

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                Dined 4 days ago

                                                                overall3food3service3ambience3

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

                                                              3. EM

                                                                ElizabethM

                                                                New England

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                                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.

                                                              4. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Fabulous new menu!

                                                              5. 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.

                                                              6. 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.

                                                              7. 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

                                                              8. 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!

                                                              9. 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!

                                                              10. 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.

                                                              11. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Key West

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                5 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.

                                                              12. 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

                                                              13. 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.

                                                              14. 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!

                                                              15. 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

                                                              16. 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.

                                                              17. 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.

                                                              18. 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!

                                                              19. 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!

                                                              20. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on September 5, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                The place is really nice, our waitress was excellent and the food was phenomenal. It was the best calamari any of us it had in years. We cleaned our plates with the Denver steak, maine lobster roll, halibut over gnocchi and fish tacos.

                                                              21. AW

                                                                AnnW

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on September 4, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                Good food, good service, a short walk from beach...what else could you ask for?...the cauliflower, scampi and icebox key lime cake were all delicious... And heirloom tomatoes were also a delicious way to start the meal after a nice day in the water and on the beach. Try the sunburn!

                                                              22. SD

                                                                SusanD

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                3.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on September 3, 2021

                                                                overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                                Two of us had shrimp scampi with side salad. Would have been nice to have a few pieces of bread with our meal. The Scampi was over lemoned and had too much butter. The ambience is lovely and the staff friendly. Our other friend had the chicken sandwich which she said was good. It is our habit each year to eat at Shade at least once.

                                                              23. BP

                                                                BarbaraP

                                                                1 review

                                                                3.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on September 2, 2021

                                                                overall3food4service5ambience4

                                                                There could be more dinner selections; seafood and meat dishes

                                                              24. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on September 1, 2021

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                Good and good sized portion and tasty food

                                                              25. C

                                                                Cheri

                                                                New England

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on September 1, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Always Wonderful!! Shade makes everyone feel welcome and comfortable!! The food is delicious and the service is great!! Thank you to the staff who made this a great summer season!!

                                                              26. ET

                                                                EvaT

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on August 29, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Very delicious and relaxing! Great service, food, and drinks!

                                                              27. M

                                                                Muse1712

                                                                Denver

                                                                8 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                8 reviews

                                                                Dined on August 28, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                Great outdoor covered patio. Tables a little on the tipsy side. Good food and drink, just wish they'd start up their weekly specials again. Locals like to have a little bit more variety. If you come here often enough, you can eat your way through the menu pretty quickly. Maybe next season they can start offering a special, at least once a week.

                                                              28. MC

                                                                MC12

                                                                1 review

                                                                3.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on August 26, 2021

                                                                overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                                The food was good but the service was not. We waited an hour just for appetizers. They told us the Calamari was sold out but then another table who came in after us was able to get it. The atmosphere is really nice but we were disappointed in the service.

                                                              29. O

                                                                Ourmaid

                                                                1 review

                                                                2.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on August 26, 2021

                                                                overall2food3service2ambience4

                                                                The food was just average. I had the shrimp scampi but it did not have enough garlic and they really should offer bread with this meal. I had to buy bread for $2.00 and one slice was burnt. The waiter talked too fast and seemed to be rushing us. I am not sure if I would go again.

                                                              30. MR

                                                                MadonnaandRobertTew

                                                                Savannah

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on August 25, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                We ate at Shade for breakfast and dinner during our stay at Higgins Beach Inn. The Service was very good, food was fresh and delicious, would highly recommend! We enjoyed several dishes, but the ones that really stood out were the Appitizers- Mussels, Teriyaki Cauliflower Bites and Wings. Dinner- Clams over Linguini and Blueberry Crumble. Breakfast- Bagel and Lox, 3 egg omelet with home fries and Eggs Benedict

                                                              31. D

                                                                Dbme47

                                                                New England

                                                                14 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                14 reviews

                                                                Dined on August 25, 2021

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                The food was very good and the service excellent. We had three appetizers. The Cauliflower was delicious and was the crab cakes and the calamari. We also enjoyed the fish tacos and the linguine with clams. It was very nice to be seated out on the deck with a light sea breeze, it was perfect. The hostess was excellent.

                                                              32. TB

                                                                TaraB

                                                                Dallas

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                Dined on August 21, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                We are from Dallas, and couldn't have picked a better restaurant for dinner. The staff was incredibly helpful, the food was delicious, and we loved the atmosphere of the restaurant.

                                                              33. d

                                                                dvmdiner

                                                                Minneapolis

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                Dined on August 21, 2021

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                Great little place. Good food, good cocktails, nice atmosphere.

                                                              34. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New York Area

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                Dined on August 21, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                Excellent food and service. Great location near the beach. Will definitely go again

                                                              35. SP

                                                                SarahP

                                                                Philadelphia

                                                                12 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                12 reviews

                                                                Dined on August 21, 2021

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                Great seafood and service! I would definitely go back again.

                                                              36. RG

                                                                RickG

                                                                New England

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on August 20, 2021

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                Great time! Great service! Looking forward to going back!

                                                              37. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on August 18, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Good was great and waitress was amazing!

                                                              38. P

                                                                Patti

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on August 15, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great service, food and fabulous atmosphere Look forward to another visit!!!

                                                              39. J

                                                                John

                                                                New England

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                Dined on August 14, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Food and service were outstanding. Our server, January, was great.

                                                              40. AH

                                                                AngelaH

                                                                Savannah

                                                                1 review

                                                                3.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on August 13, 2021

                                                                overall3food3service5ambience4

                                                                I had the Caesar salad with steak. The meat was fatty and there was too much dressing on the salad. My husband had fish tacos and thought they were fair. The wine was too expensive. All in all Shade was a bit disappointing.

                                                              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
                                                              • Physical distancing

                                                                • Limited number of seated diners
                                                                • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                                • Extra space between tables
                                                              • Protective equipment

                                                                • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                                • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                                              • 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 4.4 stars by 147 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                              Booked 10 times today
                                                              Google Map for Shade

                                                              34 Ocean Avenue Scarborough, ME 04074

                                                              Additional information

                                                              • Neighborhood

                                                                Scarborough

                                                              • Hours of operation

                                                                Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–10:30 am Dinner Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–8:45 pm

                                                              • Cuisines

                                                                Seafood, American, Breakfast

                                                              • Dining style

                                                                Casual Dining

                                                              • Dress code

                                                                Casual Dress

                                                              • Parking details

                                                                Hotel Parking

                                                              • Payment options

                                                                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                              • Executive chef

                                                                Carrie Allen

                                                              • Entertainment

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

                                                              • Additional

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

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