About Shades Restaurant & Bar

Waterfront Hilton
21100 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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•Shades Restaurant at The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel is your restaurant for all occasions. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a breathtaking view, you can transport yourself into a whole different world. Shades is everything from a fine dining experience, appetizers and cocktails around our fire pit, to a venue for private and semi-private party functions. Culinary masterpieces are created daily at the accomplished hands of our award-winning Chef, Ben LaFleche. The always popular Champagne Brunch is available every Sunday from 11:30 am to 3 pm where you will enjoy one of Orange Counties widest varieties of food and free flowing champagne. Once you've tried the ambiance, the food and selections from our award winning wine list; we know you will come back again and again.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 6:30am - 11am Sunday: 6:30am - 10am. Brunch: Sunday: 11am - 3pm. Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11am - 3pm. Dinner: 5pm - 10pm

Cross Street:
Huntington Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(714) 845-8444

Website:
http://www.waterfrontresort.com/

Entertainment:
Along with our magician at Sunday brunch, Shades offers a variety of musical entertainment and specialty nights depending on the season. Please inquire for details.

Catering:
Call 714-845-8420 for all your catering needs.

Parking Details:
$3.00 with Validation

Executive Chef:
Ben LaFleche

Private Party Facilities:
Whether you are looking to grab a quick bite or spend the evening overlooking the ocean, we will cater to your every whim. With something for everyone, our culinary options and unique libations at Shades Restaurant & Bar and Shades PM have it all.

Private Party Contact:
Vanessa Rockafellow: 7148458420x

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Shades Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

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food

3.9

service

4

ambience

4.3

noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

great for outdoor dining (5)
scenic view (2)
good for groups (2)
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great for brunch (2)
late-night find (2)
romantic (2)
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notable wine list (1)
special occasion (1)
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food3
ambience4
service4
value3

Food and service.

Dined on January 22, 2016

Our salads were tasty. The beer was good. The only problem I can discuss is the cost of our meals. I found our salads to be pricy for the the small size served. I find that any restaurant located inside a hotel will be pricy.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Great brunch on the beach

Dined on October 17, 2015

This place was great! I had plans fall through on me at the last second and was scrambling to find a new Saturday brunch place. It was beautiful, great service, and we had amazing food!

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
food3
ambience4
service2

Shades is OK

vip
Dined on September 20, 2015

The breakfast buffet came at a good price. Service is ok. Our server never smiled. Hot food could have a better selection, with healthier food items (e.g. egg whites, eggs made to order, ham, whole grain items). Some fruit was mushy and not very sweet. Seemed like all pastries were purchased vs made in house.

Tags: kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food2
ambience4
service3

Nothing special

vip
Dined on April 11, 2015

This is 1 of 5 restaurants that I ate at while in Huntington/Newport/Laguna area. This was the worst food of them all. Not terrible but not particularly creative or flavorful. Eating at Shades is a missed opportunity to eat at one of the area's amazing restaurants. It is nice to eat outside with the view if you aren't a foodie who cares much about food quality.

Tags: kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

A great lunch with a great view!

vip
Dined on March 3, 2015

My friend & I sat outside, overlooking the beautiful ocean. Allison, our server, was excellent as was our lunch - it was a gorgeous, sunny day in February and the Hilton Waterfront offers the best of the best. The restaurant also offer indoor seating, but who would want to sit inside when the outside was fabulous!!

Tags: great for lunch, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Went for restaurant week and had a wonde ...

Dined on March 3, 2015

Went for restaurant week and had a wonderful experience, they were even nice enough to substitute since we had given up sweets for lent. Server was nice and on top of it. Great wine list - very cool on the iPad.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant

Dined on December 24, 2014

Six of us get together once a month to share some wine, food and good conversation. For Christmas we took our gathering out of our homes in into Shades Restaurant. What a great decision. We now plan to venture out to Shades more often. Thank you for the great service, food and , of course, the ambiance.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service4

Recommended!

vip
Dined on November 23, 2014

The restaurant is in a hotel. Get past the hassle of parking and this is a sweet little find. Food is great, service is attentive. Romantic as well. My only recommendation is to be cognizant of ingredients as they don't have a specific gluten free menu. Otherwise it's a class act.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Always a Treat!

vip
Dined on October 25, 2014

There is nothing like a great meal, live music, and the ocean behind us! Shades is my favorite dinner choice in Huntington Beach. In fact, my friend and I were staying at another Hilton and drove to the Waterfront for dinner! Our favorite server, Christina, had already left for the evening, but Chris took great care of us. The flatbread was terrific, as always. We each enjoyed our wine choices. My barramundi was perfect, as was my friend's salmon! Neither of us had room for dessert, but left COMPLETELY satisfied! It really is a treat to eat at Shades!!!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience4
service5

Where's the Fish?

vip
Dined on October 18, 2014

After reading some blogs on the better fish restaurants in Orange County we decided to give Shades a try. A disappointed try. Only 2 fish dishes: barramundi (dry, over cooked) and salmon w rub (didn't try). The side Mac n Cheese was bland until we asked for & added some Parmesan (then still bland). The salad with apples and bleu cheese was fresh & delicious. The ambience was great; fire tables going with live guitar facing Pacific Ocean. I'd stick to bar/burgers outdoors next time. Wine way overpriced, but a good selection by the bottle.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Anniversary Dinner

Dined on October 6, 2014

Shades was a wonderful setting for our special dinner. The food,service, and setting were wonderful. The sunset dining was great outside.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience4
service5

Steaks

Dined on September 27, 2014

The food was good however the Steaks were not as good as we expected

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience5
service3

It was OK -- live music was great!

Dined on September 12, 2014

The service was not very good. Our drinks sat empty for long periods of time, the server did not seem to know the dishes very well & simply repeated what was stated on the menu when we had questions. My husband did not like his food, but the server never came back to check, so we asked a busser to help us instead. My husband ordered the bison burger the second time and loved it. The manager was very friendly and helpful and came by to check to see how he liked the second dish and refilled our drinks. My dish was the vegetarian pasta -- just OK and certainly not worth the price. The ambiance outside is very nice, and the view is nice (not spectacular), and we loved the live music. We would not choose to come back here again.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Very enjoyable lunch.

Dined on June 24, 2014

I had a wonderful lunch with a very dear friend that I don't get to see often. We never felt pressure to order or to leave after we finished our meal. We sat on the patio and the view is beautiful. The food was absolutely delicious. I would recommend Shades to everyone.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food4
ambience3
service4

Great outside dinning.

vip
Dined on June 24, 2014

Great outside dinning & pet friendly. Feels like you are in Hawaii

Tags: great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent!

vip
Dined on May 6, 2014

Excellent food and service! Enjoyed the delicious mac 'n' cheese dish, the Cuban sandwich, and the steak! Thank you for the beautiful ocean-view table that you seated us at, and for acknowledging a birthday with a yummy chocolate cake!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5

Great ambience

Dined on March 18, 2014

Bar scene got a bit noisy, which I thought was fun, not disruptive (and this was on a Monday no less). And the outdoor firepit area was a perfect escape to finish our bottle of wine and relax after dinner. Great date spot, highly recommend.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food2
ambience3
service3

Lunch was terrible!

Dined on February 16, 2014

When we arrived we decided to have lunch at Shades. There are several great restaurants in the area but we had just valeted the car and did not want to get it again. We ordered the turkey club sandwich and a caesar salad. The caesar had absolutely no flavor at all! The worse salad I ever had at a restaurant. The sandwich had some sort of onion jam which was way too sweet we had to scrape it off the sandwich. Boy do we wish we had gone out!!!

Tags: great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food4
ambience4
service4

Ocean view restaurant

Dined on February 9, 2014

We were staying at the Hilton Resort where this restaurant is located. It was a very enjoyable brunch but I wish they had an omelet station instead of having to let the server know what we wanted. But all in all it was pretty good. The hotel was excellent.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food4
ambience4
service3

nice patio lunch

vip
Dined on January 16, 2014

we were surprised at the quality and flair of the food.lovely salad with grill prawns and a fresh herbal vinaigrette, plus an array of appealing sandwiches made the menu interesting. The iced tea was my favorite tropical and served appealingly and replenished often. Would have had dessert if we had room!

Tags: great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
food3
ambience5
service5

Patio is a very enjoyable

Dined on January 13, 2014

Patio is a very enjoyable setting. Waiter did a great job. It was a beautiful day and the view of the ocean was amazing. We have celebrated my daughter's birthday a few times at the restaurant. The food is just ok but the setting and the service made up for it.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
food1
ambience3
service3

Food was a zero

vip
Dined on January 12, 2014

50 a person for brunch is a rip off. Came with a group of 5, we were very disappointed with the selection of food. Especially the Alaskan king crab legs, they were frozen still wet and taste like rubber. You can't taste anything crabby about it. The leg of lamb was aweful and dry, the breakfast food wasn't so good. I have been here several times in the past, and either the new manager isn't doing it right or it's just they have went down hill

food2
ambience2
service1

Disappointing

Dined on December 19, 2013

The staff stood around visiting rather than seating us when we arrived. They did not honor our seating request and instead squeezed 3 of us at a table for 2. Service was poor. We were ignored while they attended to a large group. Food was mediocore. The fruit they served as a side was so under ripe you couldn't even cut it with a knife. Presentation was poor. The price far exceeded the quality of the food and service. Will not be visiting this restaurant again.

food4
ambience4
service3

Wonderful for an evening out,

vip
Dined on November 19, 2013

Wonderful for an evening out, especially for a special occasion. The food is very good and the service is nice. I got the short rib pot roast and it was delicious! I do suggest you bring a sweater. It is always cool in the dining room.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Great food great time

Dined on September 30, 2013

Was looking for a new place to go for a birthday dinner party of 8 . It was easy to get in and the food and service was outstanding , I would recommend this place to anyone .

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Delicious Lunch

Dined on August 24, 2013

Great spot for lunch!!! We live in a resort area, so we should take advantage of all HB has to offer. The food , the service and the ambience are hard to beat The crab cakes are some of the best I have ever had and the graham cracker ice cream is just delicious. I had lunch there two days in a row. I enjoyed taking locals to a new spot for lunch.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Fantastic brunch!

Dined on July 21, 2013

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary with Sunday Brunch and thoroughly enjoyed the food, champagne, music, and top notch service!!

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service3

Great ocean view dining

Dined on July 14, 2013

Went with a group for the first time for Sunday brunch and the food and atmosphere was great.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Brunch with a view

Dined on July 14, 2013

Great variety of foods in a very relaxed atmosphere out on the patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A little pricey compared to other brunch spots, but the other places don't have that view.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5

Reunion

Dined on June 27, 2013

This was a reunion with former employees. We enjoyed it very much.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Like being on a Tropical Vacation

Dined on June 14, 2013

Sitting outside you would NEVER know you are in So Cal right on PCH. Feels like your are in the Caribbean or Hawaii. Sitting outside with the live music, fire pit and great food was awesome. Service was great and friendly, food came fast, great variety of choices and served to make any foodie happy.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service4

A local surprise

Dined on May 13, 2013

We are local HB-ers and didn't know this place existed until we tried and failed to get into our favorite restaurant, they were booked solid so I actually did some research about other restaurants in our area and found Shades. I was pleasantly surprised at how good everything was. The view was very nice and we really liked the food and service. The only negative I guess would be that wet children from the pool area ran through our rather elegant dining room because they were staying in the hotel, it's a little distracting from your conversation and experience. Other than that, I would highly recommend this restaurant. I think it would be especially great for lunch, the outdoor area is really nice.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Pleasant surprise!

Dined on May 4, 2013

Food was great, atmosphere was romantic and stylish, and service was awesome.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

We had brunch on a Sunday

Dined on March 17, 2013

We had brunch on a Sunday to celebrate a friend's birthday. There was live music and the performer sang happy birthday when the waiter laid the cake down and lit the candle. Sweet. The buffet had a variety of great food and a manned omlet station with roast beef carving. We love the restaurant and happily satiated.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
food4
ambience5
service5

This is favorite place for

Dined on March 10, 2013

This is favorite place for Sunday brunch. The food is excellent with a beautiful view of the ocean. My husband and I travel extensively and find the service at Shades as well as the Hotel to be superb! Great for a special occasion.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

OMGoodness it was lovely....perfect

Dined on March 2, 2013

OMGoodness it was lovely....perfect for getting all the Ladies in the family together to catch up without the kids and plan future "FABulous Lunches". It really is a GEM in our own backyard! Shades was lovely.

Tags: great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

perfect brunch

vip
Dined on February 10, 2013

Could not have asked for a more perfect brunch! Glad we found it! From desserts to a baron of beef and an omlette bar, it was doen so well.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
food3
ambience2
service4

Shades was expecting stormy

Dined on December 2, 2012

Shades was expecting stormy weather so they moved the brunch to the Pacific room upstairs. The ambiance was not as good as the restaurant but they seated us at a table that gave us an ocean view. Excellent service and most of the food was very good!

Tags: great for brunch, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Delightful spot

Dined on September 30, 2012

We hosted a party of 10 for our 50th wedding anniversary dinner at The Shades . It was delightful. Food was excellent and service superb. We found the singer a bit loud because we were quite close. Nevertheless we loved the position of our table set-up chosen by the restaurant. It was a perfect evening. A guest said she'd also like to have her 50th there she enjoyed it so much.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Shades service was very attentive

Dined on September 23, 2012

Shades service was very attentive and food selection outstanding making for a very enjoyable brunch. Everyone in our party raved about the brunch.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem

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