Shade

4.5
49 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.

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 49 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Ummm, it was closed for the season. Why are they on here? We showed up for our reservation assuming they were open.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service

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RenataM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I love that they offered gluten free items. The calamari was to die for!

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vipyank999
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipSacMbc
Naples
74 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

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.

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DeeDee
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a great meal, seafood ciappino and Denver steak

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Vero
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

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vipRebeccaF
23 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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JamesNH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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.

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BridgetteV
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful presentation! Creative options too! We have a very enjoyable experience!

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vipSacMbc
Naples
74 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely evening...everyone loved their meal and it was so comfortable on the porch. Great service and we will definitely return!

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PeterB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good overall. Been there many times. Calamari was overcooked this time . Other times-very good! Poor beer selection

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vipCatmum
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 !

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BarneyV
New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

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vipErikaW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt super safe here! The food was outstanding as always.

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JonathanD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipBostonpeeps
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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lisab
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipCindyH
New England
19 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shade never disappoints !!! Another fabulous meal !

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ReneeH
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was excellent and the wine was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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SarahH
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and location just steps from the ocean. We’ll be back!

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vipSandraR
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The ambience is casual and delightful. Our waiter Joe was excellent! The steak and potatoes were great. The brownie dessert was delicious.

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vipCindyH
New England
19 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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
!

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vipDiana
Richmond
175 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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DotB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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!!

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CelesteC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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.

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AnnaB
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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HollyC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pleasant staff. Relaxing atmosphere and great food. Fish tacos were very good.
Nice it is so close to the beach!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

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vipUpdate
New England
125 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Great atmosphere, but menu and food disappoints. Go for cocktails and oysters at Happy Hour, and have dinner in Portland.

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ShayronY
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Got stomach sick after our experience
Good atmosphere
Poor food
Limited Menu
Limited Drink Menu

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Truly enjoyed the venue and the food! Great new location to stop by

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Baggadonuts
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience3

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.

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vipLima
New England
61 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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.

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davidl
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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PAm2
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

FAQs

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.