Shelby's

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$30 and under
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Contemporary European

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Shelby's, in Orinda, crafts elevated and contemporary Continental and California fusion cuisine made with fine ingredients in its friendly and bright restaurant. The organic sweet potato chips with a mild chipotle dip and the breaded fried brie in a chipotle-strawberry glaze with warm baguette make most welcoming starter options. Some of Shelby's specialty entrée dishes include the slow-roasted Asian baby back ribs in a tangy marinade, the seafood paella with saffron rice, chicken, seafood and vegetables in a tasty broth and the black forest pizza topped with ham, bacon bits, cheese and caramelized onions. For a sweet end to your meal, the cold blueberry soup with vanilla ice cream won't steer you wrong.

Shelby's also serves a fully organic breakfast, when you can indulge such plates as the California omelette with turkey, avocado, cheese and roasted fingerling potatoes and the croissant French toast with vanilla custard and strawberries.

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Cheri
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I eat here often and it is always good. I had the beet salad and it was delicious and well presented.

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vipJohn
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Being of Central European origin, I was delighted that this restaurant offers at least two German/Hungarian dishes. Part of this is that the co-owner is from Germany (in fact, had a nice chat with him in German). The goulash with spaetzle is outstanding, as was the carrot soup. The chocolate mousse is as good as we've ever had. For me with hearing issues, the noise level seemed a bit high but not for my wife - nevertheless, a little noise mitigation (like carpeting or ceiling treatment) might help, on the other hand, it is appreciated that the tables are not real close together. Parking is in the building garage and disabled access is fairly easy. Definitely will want to visit again.

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vipLeftcoaststylesf
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Too little food for price. No jam or jelly except for a pineapple spread.

JR
vipJoeR
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Restaurant has no ambiance. No tablecloths in the evening. Was like going to a cheap diner.
Food was so so.

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SusanW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

I had the salmon salad, and the salmon was two pathetic little pieces of salmon.
There was some kind of melted cheese on top that I could not cut with my knife- or when I picked it up could not bite into it either
I should have sent it back it was horrible

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service

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vipdebi
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was acceptable, the server generally was accommodating, but when a group of five requests bread it would be nice if they brought five pieces of bread instead of four. Our reservations were for 7:30, and they close at 9:00, so when 9:00 came they made it extremely obvious it was time for us to leave - opening the double doors so the temperature dropped and sweeping the floor.

Shelby's is a good location and has decent food, but customer service needs to be improved...

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Foodie
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood feel. Great food. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful atmosphere with delicious food. Lots of healthy choices beautifully plated. We will be back for sure!

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vip94553diners
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit and we weren’t disappointed. The server was attentive and knowledgeable, the cocktails perfectly mixed, the meal a delight for the four of us. We won’t hesitate to return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server was very polite and efficient.

We didn’t want a heavy meal and we had to be out in an hour. Consequently, we all had the delicious mango and chicken salad.

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vipCOIV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant was closed for a private party. Our reservation was not honored.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I Really like the food here. There is a nice unique twist to most everything. Arno brings a great european flavor to Orinda. Where else can you get spaetzle around here? Great lamb and grilled romaine salads for lunch. We’ll be back for both lunch and dinner.

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luv2dine99
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Paleo friendly - I had a chicken mango salad that was scrumptious! They also have fish, steak and vegetarian dishes. It is a small restaurant on the Theatre Square in Orinda.

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MelissaL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I think the stars say it for me! Very good restaurant and I loved my peach salad!

TB
TheBeam
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Shelby's is very accessible, having a parking structure below and being a 5-minute walk from the Orinda BART station. The restaurant is open, with the tables not jammed together and lots of windows to lighten the room. There is also some seating outside. The staff are friendly, helpful and do not rush you. We had a 2-1/2 hour meal, and never felt pressured to leave. The noise level was pleasantly low. The menu has quite a few interesting options, and the prices are reasonable. The food was well prepared and delivered promptly. Definitely worth a visit.

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LSSL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food in a casual, friendly atmosphere! The staff is attentive and professional.

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NancyN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a very nice time at Shelby's and sitting outside with our service dog was perfect. Food was very good and server was good but had to be reminded about several things. It was a gathering of friends of Keith Sexton who passed away five years ago. He came to Shelby's at least once a week. I joined him there and we always had a good meal and service was terrific. Thanks again and will see you again in the future.

JB
vipJanetB
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! And their beautiful new bar and new flooring and new tables and chairs make it even more special. I’ll be back soon.

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vipLamorindan
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We went on Mother’s Day, so I was prepared to cut them some slack. But our well-meaning waitress couldn’t get anything right. Orders came without key side dishes. Eggs specifically ordered soft came as hard as hockey pucks. The “tomato juice” was bloody Mary mix, which I wouldn’t have ordered had I known. The toast came cold and unbuttered, cold, with cold butter cubes next to it. Only one of our party of four enjoyed his order. Very disappointing!

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vipEm1nSanRamon
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fun unexpected experience. The food was great as with the service. We were able to sit outside on a way spring day

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EvelynG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Service was terrible as we had to get serving people to get service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was good. We started with the Shrimp &Chorizo.. the shrimp was slightly over cooked, but the flavors worked well together. I had the Steak FritesThe staff was friendly- but the service a bit slow for the amount of tables they had.

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paulS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, great service, great food. The artichoke appetizer was great, and the warm dishes were great on a cool day. The menu was creative without being silly, and the portions were substantial. Can't wait to go back!

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BarbaraG
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

This was the second time I visited Shelby. The experience was completely opposite of my first visit.
Reservation was given to another, noise level high, waited an hour for our order. I will try Shelby one more time.

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James
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The prices have gone up and the quality has declined since our last visit. The wonderful children's vegetable plate is gone, replaced by an awful chicken "dinosaur nuggets" concoction which is quite bad. The crab salad sandwich tasted like imitation crab. The service was good and the ambiance is pleasant. On the whole, not much to recommend it any longer, especially given the prices ($19.50 for the crab salad sandwich).

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vipBillH
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Came to Orinda to attend a concert at the theater and grabbed a bite before at Shelby's. It was a very casual place at the corner around from the theater. I had the impossible veggie burger and the husband had the 1/2 chicken. We both enjoyed our meals. The fries with mine were especially great, but all the food was tasty and moderately priced. Service was friendly and helpful. Would return the next time in the area.

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vipSusanR
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

This place is a neighborhood gem with an extensive, eclectic menu and attentive, friendly staff.

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vipNevochka
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really yummy food, not overdone. Great friendly service. Will def go back.

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KathyG
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic salad and great service. Very friendly. I had the Chicken Ceasar which had a wonderful balsamic vinegar reduction dressing. Very original dish with grilled lettuce.

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RussellC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner

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vipHappy
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arno, chef/owner, is creative with recipes and presentation. He has hired servers who are pleasant and knowledgable and welcoming.
Shelby's is consistently fine dining. The menu changes which we find refreshing. Excellent beverage and dessert options add to the lovely overall experience.

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Michelle510
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The staff was very kind but the food was lackluster.

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vipMeadows
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Best dinner option in Orinda before a movie.

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HorsePower
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time at Shelby's is a fantastic time, with their excellent they always love it. It's on the same block as the theatre, which makes it the perfect restaurant for pre- or post-movie dining.

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vipHappy
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu! ALWAYS tasty! Arno really knows how to create, present and keep things interesting!

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SusanW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely! Will goback

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DanielleL
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible. Do NOT come her ever. Just don’t. Food is inedible, service is awful.

JB
vipJaneB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great dinner with family. We had 4 adults and 3 kids with us, who all found something on the menu they liked: Pasta and burgers.
Had the artichoke appetizer and sweet potato chips to start. Crispy, yummy chips and perfectly steamed artichoke.
We tried dick quesadilla, trout, lamb... everything was yummy and served hot, timely for a busy Saturday night.

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vipJeff
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Had lunch with my wife and we both ordered their crab salad sandwich. They were outstanding! Very generous portion, light mayo, delicately spiced. Best we've ever had. Good service. Wine portions a bit skimpy for the price. Servers seemed to pour, and looking around it looked like portions varied. (When are American restaurants going to adopt a standard portion size for beverages like the rest of the world?) Anyway, I digress. Very pleased with Shelby's and will be back.

FAQs

Shelby's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (925) 254-9687.

Shelby's is rated 4.1 stars by 58 OpenTable diners.

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