- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Crispy Fish Tacos
Gulf of ME Research Institute Verified Species. Maine Pollock, Napa Cabbage Slaw, Lime Crema, Cilantro
Arugula, Pickled Cherry Peppers, Lemon Aioli
Ummm, it was closed for the season. Why are they on here? We showed up for our reservation assuming they were open.
Great food and service
I love that they offered gluten free items. The calamari was to die for!
I had cioppino, while the portion was quite large, it wasn’t very good. The squid was chewy and the was thin on taste. For the price was not one of value. All in all a disappointing experience. I would not return.
Labor Day weekend. COVID 19. Not able to get reservations anywhere in Portland last minute so came here. WHAT A BLESSING! Food and service were above and beyond! Thank you for making the best meal of my Maine vacay. My hubby and 10 y/o loved their meals as well. I had scallop special, hubby said burger was good which he rarely says, and picky-ish son liked his clam chowder and steak.
Sat at a picnic table...waited for drinks....drinks were disappointing both in taste and value...waited for dinner for a very long time. We had to go in to check on our order...clearly we were forgotten. Dinner was ok but expensive steak was chewy. It wasn’t the best birthday celebration for sure. So disappointed as we had been earlier this summer and enjoyed it. Not sure we’ll return.
Enjoyed a great meal, seafood ciappino and Denver steak
I really loved our server, Jamie. He was warm and just a good server.
He forgot something and was appropriately apologetic and awesome.
Food was - meh, middle of the road, but good I guess.
Fish tacos and fries, 5/5.
Oysters had some sand, were small, mussels were average.
Shade provides An excellent selection of entrees for a smaller-scale restaurant. It’s seasonal salad is my go-to, with its in-season fruit. Paired with protein, this is a great dinner. My daughter always loves the fish tacos and my son is always happy with the steak. Their craft cocktails are excellent as well!
Much less impressive experience for us than expected from other reviews. Very casual tavern setting and limited menu. We had the mussels, which were good, not great. With few other dining options in the immediate vicinity, Shade gets passing grades.
What a wonderful presentation! Creative options too! We have a very enjoyable experience!
It was a lovely evening...everyone loved their meal and it was so comfortable on the porch. Great service and we will definitely return!
Good overall. Been there many times. Calamari was overcooked this time . Other times-very good! Poor beer selection
What a gem ! Our family has been coming to Maine for ever and have had our full of lobster rolls, and fried foods. Shade was exactly what we were looking for. Delicious food in a pleasant and comfortable environment.
Mike was our server (he was amazing)! We are already planning on coming back this week before our vacation ends.
Thank you Shade for a perfect meal !
Very nice location, a quiet neighborhood. The restaurant is quiet and casual with a nice ambiance. Menu is not extensive but there is something for everyone from apps to entrees. The staff was friendly and alert without being overbearing. Actually, perfect. Bar area with high tops are comfortable. Linguine with clams with white wine and capers was delicious. Fish tacos were ample and very tasty. Dessert of blueberry crisp with vanilla ice cream was a great finale to a great meal. A very nice meal and evening out on a warm summer night. I will return.
We felt super safe here! The food was outstanding as always.
The food was, as always, delicious. The drinks were prefect for a hot summer night. The staff was attentive, knowledgeable, and polite. We were so happy that our favorite summer spot is open for the season.
Really enjoyed this place. We had a halibut special that was out of this world. Also highly recommend the heirloom tomato salad, and calamari; and the blackberry bourbon lemonade is my new favorite summer drink. Service was excellent and we look forward to returning. Fish tacos were very good too.
This is the 2nd time we have eaten at Shade this season and both times have been outstanding! The service, food. Safety precautions and attitude are all outstanding.
Shade never disappoints !!! Another fabulous meal !
The food was excellent and the wine was perfect!
Delicious 1/2 price oysters brought us there and other delicious appetizers, a full drink menu, great service and a wonderful atmosphere will have us return for many years to come. All around a memorable dining experience!
Amazing food, service and location just steps from the ocean. We’ll be back!
The ambience is casual and delightful. Our waiter Joe was excellent! The steak and potatoes were great. The brownie dessert was delicious.
This is one of my favorite summer restaurants. This was only day 2 since the Covid 19 shutdown and every thing was perfect ! Excellent drinks and wonderful meal
Husband loved the Cippinino - lots of seafood & thick broth, 2 large pieces of grilled garlic bread. I had the cedar planked salmon with corn succatash & grilled squash - delish. We split the salad special. It was huge, yummy and the lemon dressing was perfect.
This restaurant leaves a lot to be desired, but what it has is location. If you are at Higgins Beach and don't feel like cooking or driving anywhere, the food is good enough. The cedar plank salmon was a nice surprise this year. A great, casual ambience, staff is seasonal so be patient. Keep expectations in check and you may be pleasantly surprised!!
Shade is very casual and the noise level can be fairly high, making it tough to converse without raising your voice. The mezzo plate appetizer had a nice variety of items, but was delivered with three pita triangles. Clearly a sharing kind of plate and we asked for more pita, or bread. I think we got three more triangles, maybe four. There were two us dining. I ordered a veggie burger - I was surprised to find it had been deep fried. My guest ordered a chicken sandwich, it too was fried. Along with our menus we received a wine list (single sheet of paper) that was described as their "reserve wine list". Our mistake that we did not pay close attention to the prices of these reserved wines. In this highly casual place (my entrée was $12), we ended up buying a half bottle of wine that cost $77!! Never spent that much on wine in a restaurant in my life, and sure as heck didn't expect to do so in a place like this. My glass and a half of wine was good, but certainly not great. Our loss for not paying closer attention and I sure won't be going back. If you go, make sure you scrutinize the alcohol prices.
Overall really good! Hip, casual atmosphere, friendly staff, and perfect location. My burger was amazing and my boyfriend's prime rib special was delicious. Ample portions; I'll have to come back sometime and skip appetizers so I can actually eat dessert!
Pleasant staff. Relaxing atmosphere and great food. Fish tacos were very good.
Nice it is so close to the beach!
My father and I had an excellent dining experience this weekend at Shade, and so appreciative of the hard working staff that went above and beyond to make our night wonderful! We had dinner at the bar, and the bartenders Burt and Sierra were friendly, engaging and quick to serve us, which is impressive as it was really busy. They were very knowledgeable to answer all of our questions and Burt made excellent cocktails to start us off. my dad had a Manhattan and I had a Cucumber Martini (forgot the drink name, but it was delicious). We had Oysters to start, and was pleased to find that they were Mookie Blues, one my fave! Abby, the manager brought them over and took the time to check in and make sure we were being taken care of. We also had a lovely chat with her. Then we split the mussels app, and finished off with the Linguine with clams! All of the food was superb! We loved the quaint beach bar vibe that’s very inviting, with an addition of sophistication and high end service! Thank you to the staff of Shade for your hospitality! We will be back again soon!
Worst dining experience in my entire life. This is by far the worst experience I have ever had, by far. I can’t actually comment on the food. We never received it. We sat at the table for 22 minutes. No service at all. We did order drinks and an appetizer. Never came and we never saw the waitress again. We left and had to walk out. We searched and searched for any staff at all. To no avail. Not sure where they hide at 7 pm during a busy dinner rush. Awful. No napkins. No water. No silverware. And after to talking to many friends they all said the same exact thing about shade. They won’t be back. The service is horrendous.
Great atmosphere, but menu and food disappoints. Go for cocktails and oysters at Happy Hour, and have dinner in Portland.
Got stomach sick after our experience
Limited Drink Menu
Truly enjoyed the venue and the food! Great new location to stop by
I made a reservation through Open Table specifically requesting a standard table on the outside patio away from the kitchen and noisy parties/children as we were there for our anniversary. When we arrived we were told that it would be a 25 minute wait beyond our reservation time, so we went to the bar for a drink. The bar only has one type of each wine, white, red, rose, so if you don't like Chardonnay, you don't get to drink white wine. So, instead of the Pinot Grigio she would have liked my wife asked if she could have a margarita. The drink she received, while authentic to a handmade margarita from a bartender's guide, is not what the average person gets when they request one at a bar, so it didn't suit my wife's tastes. When asked about how we liked the drink, we said it wasn't our favorite and the bartender was noticeably miffed. No interest in making it right or taking it off our bill. The hostess arrived at that point so we paid for the drinks and followed her to our table. Despite telling the restaurant through open table that we wanted a quiet table for our anniversary, we were seated in a hallway along the side of the bar that was crowded and loaded with families with small children. I explained to the hostess what we had requested and that we had asked to sit outside. She was totally put out, sighed and told us that it would take another 15 minutes to pull a table together. So, back to the bar we went. You would think someone would have thought to apologize, buy us a drink, something given the fact that it was a special occasion that was on its way to being ruined. Nope. 20 minutes later, an hour after our original reservation, the hostess came back and seated us outside on the patio at the darkest table in the restaurant right next to the gate that leads outside. At this point we had had enough so we left. This could have simply been a rare, rough night for the restaurant, but the overall lack of hospitality means no return trip for us.
Servers really made our evening a delight!
Brie was extremely welcoming and friendly as was Dominique.
The screened-in dining area was lovely.
Bottle of Prosecco was very good and well priced.
Fish tacos which were recommended was less than stellar; Prime rib was beyond medium rare as requested and
poorly carved; accompanying potato and veg so-so.
Another joint with squandered potential. Not sure how an investor can sleep easy knowing that his restaurant is just barely okay.
By the way, never think that paying $1 for an oyster is a good value. If you want your oyster dry (shucked an hour before it's served), cut to shreds by an amateur shucker, then by all means go for the happy hour "deal". For me, please bring me the fresh $3 oysters, thank you very much!
I have now been there 4 times. Enjoyed them all. I had a fish dish each time. They were all very good! I like the idea of having wine on tap.
My only complaint is that the last two times, we were unable to get seating in the large outside room, which I requested on the reservation. They were, however, able to seat us with no waiting.
Will highly recommend and will be back.
I've eaten here before. I usually expect superbly yummy seafood. It was just average this time. Service was friendly but slow...as has typically been the case..the kitchen never seems to get it quite right in terms of all meals arriving together, so some meals are usually not quite hot when they arrive at the table. The price is good and Sunday nights are relaxed with a very good acoustic guitar player.
Shade offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 883-1479.
Shade is rated 4.5 stars by 49 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.