Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 143 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
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.

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Roger
New England
1 review
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.

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vipnewtongirl
New England
32 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

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VermontFoodie2
New England
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJaneG
Charleston
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!

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Lani
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
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.

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PhilC
New England
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

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Callie
Key West
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.

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NancyE
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!

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BarbaraS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
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.

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JeanneS
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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SyraM
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!

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ChelseaD
New England
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!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 4, 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.

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AnnW
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!

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SusanD
New England
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.

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BarbaraP
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

There could be more dinner selections; seafood and meat dishes

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good and good sized portion and tasty food

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vipCheri
New England
1 review
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!!

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EvaT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMuse1712
Denver
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.

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MC12
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.

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Ourmaid
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.

MR
MadonnaandRobertTew
Savannah
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

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Dbme47
New England
12 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.

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TaraB
Dallas
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.

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dvmdiner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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SarahP
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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RickG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was great and waitress was amazing!

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Patti
New England
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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John
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AH
AngelaH
Savannah
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stayed at the Higgins Beach Inn and enjoyed eating at Shade for breakfast and dinner! The last night of our stay we had an amazing dinner at Shade! The Clams snd Linguine snd Shrimp Scampi were excellent and the Key Lime Ice Box cake was delicious! We highly recommend Shade!

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PatC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great setting for a 30th anniversary dinner with friends! Appetizers and entrees were excellent. Service was good as it allowed us time to enjoy our drinks and PEI Mussels before ordering main course. Great location few short steps to Higgins Beach👍👍

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JingerP
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Stayed at Higgins Beach Inn and ate breakfast and dinner at Shade. Quiet, good, relaxed, local feel kind of place. Highly recommend!

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vipJoanL
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a nice evening and the food was very good! It’s a fun menu in a summery space! Service was a little slow but that is fairly typical now. Would definitely recommend Shade!

FAQs

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

Shade is rated 4.2 stars by 143 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.