Shade

★★★★☆
  • 250 W 19th St

    Houston, TX 77008

    Cross street: Montrose

    Map & Directions
  • 713-863-7500

About Shade

Hours
Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm and 5-10pm; Sat 9am-3pm and 5-10:30pm; Sun 9am-3pm and 5-9pm

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This place has always been our close to home favorite! The staff is incredibly great and kind. For lunch my favorite is the pork chop topped with a delicious peppered jelly! The dinner options are always great!
The atmosphere is almost

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★★★★★

This place has always been our close to home favorite! The staff is incredibly great and kind. For lunch my favorite is the pork chop topped with a delicious peppered jelly! The dinner options are always great!
The atmosphere is almost

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This used to be one of my favorite Heights restaurants. Last nights dining experience changed that. I took my boyfriend there last night for a nice meal out since we had spent the holidays apart. While the food was good we had the

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★★★★★

This used to be one of my favorite Heights restaurants. Last nights dining experience changed that. I took my boyfriend there last night for a nice meal out since we had spent the holidays apart. While the food was good we had the

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We ordered take out. If I had been dining in, I would have sent it back. I still ate everything.

My sister's mashed potatoes were instant, and I had the fattiest lamb chop that was nothing but bone. My pasta was delicious and the bread was average.

The patrons are always nicely dressed, and I heard the owner is nice.

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★★☆☆☆

We ordered take out. If I had been dining in, I would have sent it back. I still ate everything.

My sister's mashed potatoes were instant, and I had the fattiest lamb chop that was nothing but bone. My pasta was delicious and the bread was average.

The patrons are always nicely dressed, and I heard the owner is nice.

Pros: Atmosphere is serene

Cons: Fatty, all bone lamb chops

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All dressed up and no place to go! Saturday, the day before Valentine's Day. I and 5 other friends had a nice dinner planned at Shade. Reservations were made well in advance. As the first two, of the 6 in our party arrived, one of them ordered an appetizer. Let me tell you, this person who ordered the appetizer, also happened to be an employee at Shade, but this was his night off. Neither I, nor a few others in our group had been, and he was eager to show off the place that he works at, always speaking highly of their food. As we were nearing our arrival, we get a call from this employee (my close friend), and informed that he was reprimanded by the manager on duty. The manager informed him that, being an employee, he should not have visited the establishment during a night like Valentine's (Eve, in this case). Now, here it is 6 p.m., Saturday evening, we are no longer allowed to enjoy a dinner at Shade because the manager felt it was inappropriate? What exactly was inappropriate? Was it the fact that an employee actually wanted to show off the place that he worked? Was it inappropriate that we were all going to pay FULL PRICE for our meals. We weren't asking for special treatment, we just wanted to have a nice dinner with friends. The decision of that manager not only affected that one employee, but also affected the 5 other people who were going to be joining him. Thanks to that inconsiderate manager, we were forced to find another restaurant on Valentine's Eve. Thanks to that inconsiderate manager, we were forced to wait in excess of an hour and a half to have dinner at another locaton. Thanks, once more, to the manager for having some of us miss our plans. Is this common practice? Do you let the employees know in advance they can't visit the place they work on special occassions? Thanks for a WONDERFUL Valentine's. Thanks to the 1.5 plus hour wait in the cold (because the inside of the place we ended up at was so crowded.

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★☆☆☆☆

All dressed up and no place to go! Saturday, the day before Valentine's Day. I and 5 other friends had a nice dinner planned at Shade. Reservations were made well in advance. As the first two, of the 6 in our party arrived, one of them ordered an appetizer. Let me tell you, this person who ordered the appetizer, also happened to be an employee at Shade, but this was his night off. Neither I, nor a few others in our group had been, and he was eager to show off the place that he works at, always speaking highly of their food. As we were nearing our arrival, we get a call from this employee (my close friend), and informed that he was reprimanded by the manager on duty. The manager informed him that, being an employee, he should not have visited the establishment during a night like Valentine's (Eve, in this case). Now, here it is 6 p.m., Saturday evening, we are no longer allowed to enjoy a dinner at Shade because the manager felt it was inappropriate? What exactly was inappropriate? Was it the fact that an employee actually wanted to show off the place that he worked? Was it inappropriate that we were all going to pay FULL PRICE for our meals. We weren't asking for special treatment, we just wanted to have a nice dinner with friends. The decision of that manager not only affected that one employee, but also affected the 5 other people who were going to be joining him. Thanks to that inconsiderate manager, we were forced to find another restaurant on Valentine's Eve. Thanks to that inconsiderate manager, we were forced to wait in excess of an hour and a half to have dinner at another locaton. Thanks, once more, to the manager for having some of us miss our plans. Is this common practice? Do you let the employees know in advance they can't visit the place they work on special occassions? Thanks for a WONDERFUL Valentine's. Thanks to the 1.5 plus hour wait in the cold (because the inside of the place we ended up at was so crowded.

Pros: I wouldn't know.

Cons: Manager's business practice.

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We came here because my daughter wants to take us to restaurants in the ??hood. (Trendy neighborhoods) Those bohemian lifestyle eateries as it were. We came on Saturday around 11 AM. The wife & daughter had eggs benedict, granddaughter the waffle. I opted for the eggs over medium, toast & something called ??crispy potatoes?. I will only detail my experience as my family members found the fare adequate. The eggs were quite small, almost if they were chickens crossed with quall. Remember?, eggs over medium. Sorry, the edges were crispy on the edges (burnt) and the yolks and much of the white was runny. A single small piece of cold, dry toast (2 x 2 ) decorated the plate along with the ??crispy potatoes.? The potatoes were more like little hockey pucks, dry, shriveled and tasteless. I almost forgot, behold the obligatory fresh fruit. Two grapes, a chuck of pineapple, strawberry and three blueberries all placed in what I call a nice little cat food bowl.
Needless, I told my server this was unacceptable. They were nice about it, but ??you know the look.? I asked to replace the egg thing with the house hamburger. Better, but not much. I was told that the meat would be cooked medium as if by looking at me (and the egg thing) that I would need it cooked to death. That is probably just what the guy in the kitchen was thinking, because over cooked was the way it came. Dry and tasteless again. It is served with a homemade bun. Homemade by Bimbo Bakeries Co. The bun was completely unremarkable, as in it tasted like newspaper. One piece of limp nasty iceberg lettuce garnished the bun along with, red onion, tomato slice and a couple of pickle segments. Condiments, again in even smaller cat foot dishes included a pale green item a red (spicy ketchup) and yellow (mustard). The green I found out later was Arugula mayonnaise. Unfortunately I had no tableware to avail myself of these little lovelies. The fries were reasonably fresh, unlike the potato pucks. All for around $11 bucks. Tasteless is the optimum word here, for all that it encompasses.
I was not charged for the eggs and to my surprise the hamburger was gratis as well. But, to the hostesses?? credit, she had to display her total grasp of the obvious and announce to one and all that the hamburger was no charge. How magnanimous of her. (As if I were oblivious or should have fawned over the offering. I would say, they know the value of the product.)
I believe that if a dim lit restaurant uses a plethora of little dishes to serve side items, they get to call themselves ??Hip? ?minimalist? Eclectic-New American, ??destination? ---- OMG - Blah, Blah, Blah. This place is sterile, insipid, uncomfortable and pretentious. Yes, pretentious, as in the wine list is their big ??claim to fame.? If eggs and burgers are this difficult to produce, I will not be ??shading the threshold? of this establishment again.

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★☆☆☆☆

We came here because my daughter wants to take us to restaurants in the ??hood. (Trendy neighborhoods) Those bohemian lifestyle eateries as it were. We came on Saturday around 11 AM. The wife & daughter had eggs benedict, granddaughter the waffle. I opted for the eggs over medium, toast & something called ??crispy potatoes?. I will only detail my experience as my family members found the fare adequate. The eggs were quite small, almost if they were chickens crossed with quall. Remember?, eggs over medium. Sorry, the edges were crispy on the edges (burnt) and the yolks and much of the white was runny. A single small piece of cold, dry toast (2 x 2 ) decorated the plate along with the ??crispy potatoes.? The potatoes were more like little hockey pucks, dry, shriveled and tasteless. I almost forgot, behold the obligatory fresh fruit. Two grapes, a chuck of pineapple, strawberry and three blueberries all placed in what I call a nice little cat food bowl.
Needless, I told my server this was unacceptable. They were nice about it, but ??you know the look.? I asked to replace the egg thing with the house hamburger. Better, but not much. I was told that the meat would be cooked medium as if by looking at me (and the egg thing) that I would need it cooked to death. That is probably just what the guy in the kitchen was thinking, because over cooked was the way it came. Dry and tasteless again. It is served with a homemade bun. Homemade by Bimbo Bakeries Co. The bun was completely unremarkable, as in it tasted like newspaper. One piece of limp nasty iceberg lettuce garnished the bun along with, red onion, tomato slice and a couple of pickle segments. Condiments, again in even smaller cat foot dishes included a pale green item a red (spicy ketchup) and yellow (mustard). The green I found out later was Arugula mayonnaise. Unfortunately I had no tableware to avail myself of these little lovelies. The fries were reasonably fresh, unlike the potato pucks. All for around $11 bucks. Tasteless is the optimum word here, for all that it encompasses.
I was not charged for the eggs and to my surprise the hamburger was gratis as well. But, to the hostesses?? credit, she had to display her total grasp of the obvious and announce to one and all that the hamburger was no charge. How magnanimous of her. (As if I were oblivious or should have fawned over the offering. I would say, they know the value of the product.)
I believe that if a dim lit restaurant uses a plethora of little dishes to serve side items, they get to call themselves ??Hip? ?minimalist? Eclectic-New American, ??destination? ---- OMG - Blah, Blah, Blah. This place is sterile, insipid, uncomfortable and pretentious. Yes, pretentious, as in the wine list is their big ??claim to fame.? If eggs and burgers are this difficult to produce, I will not be ??shading the threshold? of this establishment again.

Pros: Could not find any

Cons: Basic Menu??

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Called Will, the pastry chef to ask if they had any cake for our daughter's birthday. Will said his carrot cake is one of his signature desserts and he would make it with organic carrots. WOW! It was fantastic. AND they packed up the rest of the cake to take home.

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★★★★★

Called Will, the pastry chef to ask if they had any cake for our daughter's birthday. Will said his carrot cake is one of his signature desserts and he would make it with organic carrots. WOW! It was fantastic. AND they packed up the rest of the cake to take home.

Pros: Best Carrot Cake on the planet

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I was there Sunday before noon and ordered the "special cajun shrimp sandwich" with special Shade potato chips. The chips were a bit stale and the shrimp were tasteless. I was afraid there were going to be too spicy. I should wish.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was there Sunday before noon and ordered the "special cajun shrimp sandwich" with special Shade potato chips. The chips were a bit stale and the shrimp were tasteless. I was afraid there were going to be too spicy. I should wish.

Cons: Pricey and stale

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Are you flipping serious cultivating a $27 tip for a $23 meal on my debit card? Never in my life have I had such overwhelmingly, great food and service that I've felt compelled to even dream of offering a tip in excess of 100%. Rest assured it wouldn't have come even remotely close at this establishment.

The water exhibited signs of foreign, white, filmy matter floating in it. I didn't ask, nor did I want to know what it was. It shouldn't be there regardless.

Soup & sandwich, not a foreign concept. But chili as a soup staple on the menu in the hot, humid summer heat of Houston? Chili was overly salty, in my limited opinion designed from a package. Curried tuna salad was interesting. Not exactly a great pairing with chili. Dining companion complains that hamburger not the best and fries just "okay.

Overall ambiance was nice, and quaint. Would have been nice to have some sort of "shade" for the large window panes emitting direct light into the establishment. Annoying flies beating themselves up against the panes only distracted and did not aide in dining experience...

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★★☆☆☆

Are you flipping serious cultivating a $27 tip for a $23 meal on my debit card? Never in my life have I had such overwhelmingly, great food and service that I've felt compelled to even dream of offering a tip in excess of 100%. Rest assured it wouldn't have come even remotely close at this establishment.

The water exhibited signs of foreign, white, filmy matter floating in it. I didn't ask, nor did I want to know what it was. It shouldn't be there regardless.

Soup & sandwich, not a foreign concept. But chili as a soup staple on the menu in the hot, humid summer heat of Houston? Chili was overly salty, in my limited opinion designed from a package. Curried tuna salad was interesting. Not exactly a great pairing with chili. Dining companion complains that hamburger not the best and fries just "okay.

Overall ambiance was nice, and quaint. Would have been nice to have some sort of "shade" for the large window panes emitting direct light into the establishment. Annoying flies beating themselves up against the panes only distracted and did not aide in dining experience...

Pros: good ambiance

Cons: read below

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Went here based on a friend's recommendation and I don't know what he was thinking. The appertizers were alright and our entrees, none of them were good. My porkchop was salty and the veges that came with it was overcooked. The angel hair pasta with scallops was sloppy. The red snapper was ordinary . The size of the chicken breat was a joke and the mac and cheese that came with the chicken was SO salty. The dessert was the only thing they have going for them but that could very well be because everything before that had been terrible. I would not go here again even if it was free.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went here based on a friend's recommendation and I don't know what he was thinking. The appertizers were alright and our entrees, none of them were good. My porkchop was salty and the veges that came with it was overcooked. The angel hair pasta with scallops was sloppy. The red snapper was ordinary . The size of the chicken breat was a joke and the mac and cheese that came with the chicken was SO salty. The dessert was the only thing they have going for them but that could very well be because everything before that had been terrible. I would not go here again even if it was free.

Pros: Pecan pie was good

Cons: Food wasn't good, presentation was common

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we have been going to shade for years....we have always enjoyed the food and had great servers about 95% of the time. we have always thought the restaurant was kid friendly for brunch as well. we have a child with food allergies and we specifically asked her brunch to be cooked a certain way...the food had one of her allergens in it and when we asked about it, we heard the manager tell our server...just tell them we cooked it the way they asked. he was snarky and rude and we could hear him too! he never came by the table nor spoke to us, instead our server apologized to us and was incredibly nice. we were enjoying our company immensely and probably overstayed our welcome at the table, so instead we got glares from the floor manager. depsite the good food, we won't be returning...ever.

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★★☆☆☆

we have been going to shade for years....we have always enjoyed the food and had great servers about 95% of the time. we have always thought the restaurant was kid friendly for brunch as well. we have a child with food allergies and we specifically asked her brunch to be cooked a certain way...the food had one of her allergens in it and when we asked about it, we heard the manager tell our server...just tell them we cooked it the way they asked. he was snarky and rude and we could hear him too! he never came by the table nor spoke to us, instead our server apologized to us and was incredibly nice. we were enjoying our company immensely and probably overstayed our welcome at the table, so instead we got glares from the floor manager. depsite the good food, we won't be returning...ever.

Pros: delicious brunch and dinner

Cons: manager needs a smile & some customer service training.

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Everytime I've been I've never been disappointed. The atmosphere is cozy and the food is fantastic. Great job guys.

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★★★★☆

Everytime I've been I've never been disappointed. The atmosphere is cozy and the food is fantastic. Great job guys.

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Tucked off of 19th street the restaurant is nice and comtemporary. Service was great and the server I had was attentive. The food wasnt anything outstanding. It reminded me of glass wall. If I were to have an event there I'd go back but other than that I wouldnt be there on my own.

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★★★☆☆

Tucked off of 19th street the restaurant is nice and comtemporary. Service was great and the server I had was attentive. The food wasnt anything outstanding. It reminded me of glass wall. If I were to have an event there I'd go back but other than that I wouldnt be there on my own.

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Being new to the Heights, I was delighted to find this wonderful "word of mouth" spot- I went Friday for lunch and was greeted and seated right away. Our waiter was helpful, kind (and not to mention, VERY tall and handsome...) and recommended we try the special Panko Crusted Salmon. I am not usually a fan of salmon, but the waiter reassured me it would be delicious- which it was! The decor was contemporary, yet soothing. At the end of the meal (with no room to spare) we were tempted to try a dessert. Our waiter claimed the coconut cream pie was his favorite, and it would surely be ours. At the end of the meal, were pleased with the food, and even more pleased with our server's guidance and hospitality. Thanks Shade!

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★★★★★

Being new to the Heights, I was delighted to find this wonderful "word of mouth" spot- I went Friday for lunch and was greeted and seated right away. Our waiter was helpful, kind (and not to mention, VERY tall and handsome...) and recommended we try the special Panko Crusted Salmon. I am not usually a fan of salmon, but the waiter reassured me it would be delicious- which it was! The decor was contemporary, yet soothing. At the end of the meal (with no room to spare) we were tempted to try a dessert. Our waiter claimed the coconut cream pie was his favorite, and it would surely be ours. At the end of the meal, were pleased with the food, and even more pleased with our server's guidance and hospitality. Thanks Shade!

Pros: Great food, Great service

Cons: Parking

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this place has a nice atmosphere and the food is mostly good. i don't recommend the lamb but the vegetable plate and the chilean sea bass were very nice. the wine and the deserts were all good as well. the only downside i see is that the service could be better. the service wasn't bad, but for the price of the food, it could be a little better.

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★★★★☆

this place has a nice atmosphere and the food is mostly good. i don't recommend the lamb but the vegetable plate and the chilean sea bass were very nice. the wine and the deserts were all good as well. the only downside i see is that the service could be better. the service wasn't bad, but for the price of the food, it could be a little better.

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We arrived with BRUNCH reservations on a Sunday at Noon for our FIRST VISIT and were seated almost immediately. I would recommend reservations. The service was superior! We ordered the "soup trio", which was comprised of three varities of the daily soups. All were served hot and the taste was excellent. The salmon was on the level of the best that we have eaten. For an after-brunch beverage we had a latte and it was HOT - just like it is supposed to be, but many restaurants forget this. All in all, we will be back. Note: we were going to order the variety bread plate, but didn't because we had the soup appetizer. We noted that it looked very good on the table next to us. ONE MORE NOTE: We tried this restaurant when purchasing an Houston Originals coupon. Otherwise, we would not have tried it. Thanks to that program for bringing us a new regular restaurant to dine at!!! Oh, did I say the service was superior???? I did, but worth mentioning again :-)

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★★★★★

We arrived with BRUNCH reservations on a Sunday at Noon for our FIRST VISIT and were seated almost immediately. I would recommend reservations. The service was superior! We ordered the "soup trio", which was comprised of three varities of the daily soups. All were served hot and the taste was excellent. The salmon was on the level of the best that we have eaten. For an after-brunch beverage we had a latte and it was HOT - just like it is supposed to be, but many restaurants forget this. All in all, we will be back. Note: we were going to order the variety bread plate, but didn't because we had the soup appetizer. We noted that it looked very good on the table next to us. ONE MORE NOTE: We tried this restaurant when purchasing an Houston Originals coupon. Otherwise, we would not have tried it. Thanks to that program for bringing us a new regular restaurant to dine at!!! Oh, did I say the service was superior???? I did, but worth mentioning again :-)

Pros: In town & easy to find, no parking issues.

Cons: none

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I recently moved to the Heights and have heard rave reviews about Shade, so I had a check it out. The drinks were great. The service however, was very awkward. The waiter would stand behind us and not ask if we needed anything, just stare over our shoulders until we called him over. It stressed me out. The food was subpar. I had the pork chop, which had a piece in it that I could not chew. My boyfriend had the beef tenderloin, which was nothing exciting. We both felt that we had over paid for our meals. For the price, there are much better restuarants in the Heights.

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★★★★☆

I recently moved to the Heights and have heard rave reviews about Shade, so I had a check it out. The drinks were great. The service however, was very awkward. The waiter would stand behind us and not ask if we needed anything, just stare over our shoulders until we called him over. It stressed me out. The food was subpar. I had the pork chop, which had a piece in it that I could not chew. My boyfriend had the beef tenderloin, which was nothing exciting. We both felt that we had over paid for our meals. For the price, there are much better restuarants in the Heights.

Pros: Good atmosphere and drinks

Cons: average food for an above average price

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I have been frequenting this great restaurant in the Heights for about three years and I have never left mad, agitated, aggravated or any other disasterous feeling that a handful of reviews state. The food is amazing, always keeping the menu fresh and new. My personal favorite appetizer is the shrimp and grits appetizer - oh WOW! The pork dishes are great as are the chicken and Sunday Brunch is always delicious as well. The omelette currently on the menu is the absolute best I have ever had as far as combination of ingrediants including artichokes and peppers. The flavors really pop!

The staff IS attentive unless you are expecting them to sit in your lap or something. Not sure I understand the complaints of one of the last reviewers who timed everything through his or her dinner. How can one enjoy themselves by doing this? The staff at this restaurant are very good! They work together well and their manager is top notch. You can easily tell they work as a team.

Bottom line - great food, great service and maybe enjoy, sit back and RELAX and enjoy the atmosphere and food!

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★★★★☆

I have been frequenting this great restaurant in the Heights for about three years and I have never left mad, agitated, aggravated or any other disasterous feeling that a handful of reviews state. The food is amazing, always keeping the menu fresh and new. My personal favorite appetizer is the shrimp and grits appetizer - oh WOW! The pork dishes are great as are the chicken and Sunday Brunch is always delicious as well. The omelette currently on the menu is the absolute best I have ever had as far as combination of ingrediants including artichokes and peppers. The flavors really pop!

The staff IS attentive unless you are expecting them to sit in your lap or something. Not sure I understand the complaints of one of the last reviewers who timed everything through his or her dinner. How can one enjoy themselves by doing this? The staff at this restaurant are very good! They work together well and their manager is top notch. You can easily tell they work as a team.

Bottom line - great food, great service and maybe enjoy, sit back and RELAX and enjoy the atmosphere and food!

Pros: Food is Delicious!

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This is a very cool place to eat for lunch or dinner. The menu is always changing and the quality of the food is outstanding. This is not a bad spot to go for a drink and talk with friends.

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★★★★☆

This is a very cool place to eat for lunch or dinner. The menu is always changing and the quality of the food is outstanding. This is not a bad spot to go for a drink and talk with friends.

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Good prices for the high quality food. Good lunch or dinner. Love the sandwiches and chili. Our waitress was very nice and knew the menu well. We will definitely return.

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★★★★☆

Good prices for the high quality food. Good lunch or dinner. Love the sandwiches and chili. Our waitress was very nice and knew the menu well. We will definitely return.

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I dined at Shade on Dec 26 and walked into a full restaurant. I made a reservation one week earlier and the hostess could not find it. To make it worse I was there to celebrate my fiancee's bithday.

The restaurant was modern with a great interior. Once at our table, waters were quickly placed on the table. It did take our waiter a while to drop off menus and take our order. However, our waiter was very familiar with the wine list. The selections of wine alone were greatly appreciated. Also, our waiter was very friendly and chatty. He told us Shade is 4 years old and they are always changing the menu.

We ordered two entrees and one appetizer. They were out of the polenta, very disappointing because there were only 5 or 6 entrees to choose from. The appetizer, fried shrimp with grits, was delicious. But, the runner dropped off the appetizer with a dirty spoon. Food was caked on the spoon from the previous user. Our entrees were more impressive on paper, than in my mouth. I was not overwhelmed with my pork chop. I enjoyed the cabbage and empanada more than the pork chop. My fiancee had the lamb and it was cooked properly, but it lacked in flavor.

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★★☆☆☆

I dined at Shade on Dec 26 and walked into a full restaurant. I made a reservation one week earlier and the hostess could not find it. To make it worse I was there to celebrate my fiancee's bithday.

The restaurant was modern with a great interior. Once at our table, waters were quickly placed on the table. It did take our waiter a while to drop off menus and take our order. However, our waiter was very familiar with the wine list. The selections of wine alone were greatly appreciated. Also, our waiter was very friendly and chatty. He told us Shade is 4 years old and they are always changing the menu.

We ordered two entrees and one appetizer. They were out of the polenta, very disappointing because there were only 5 or 6 entrees to choose from. The appetizer, fried shrimp with grits, was delicious. But, the runner dropped off the appetizer with a dirty spoon. Food was caked on the spoon from the previous user. Our entrees were more impressive on paper, than in my mouth. I was not overwhelmed with my pork chop. I enjoyed the cabbage and empanada more than the pork chop. My fiancee had the lamb and it was cooked properly, but it lacked in flavor.

Pros: Location and service

Cons: Lack of attention to dinnerware, entrees were OK

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i just went to shade for the first time tonight and i am thrilled to say that it was better than all the reviews promised. definiely for "foodies", the menu was absolutely fresh and delicious and exquisitely prepared. the wine list was thorough, and the entrees were the best tasting food on this side of washington avenue. i had the vegetarian plate, which was the epitome of local produce, and my boyfriend called the pork tenderloin "perfection" - and believe me, he's picky when it comes to good food, in a good way. we will most certainly be back, and i highly recommend shade as a date destination or gathering point.

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★★★★★

i just went to shade for the first time tonight and i am thrilled to say that it was better than all the reviews promised. definiely for "foodies", the menu was absolutely fresh and delicious and exquisitely prepared. the wine list was thorough, and the entrees were the best tasting food on this side of washington avenue. i had the vegetarian plate, which was the epitome of local produce, and my boyfriend called the pork tenderloin "perfection" - and believe me, he's picky when it comes to good food, in a good way. we will most certainly be back, and i highly recommend shade as a date destination or gathering point.

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Nice decor, nice waiter, nice but not great food. The Tuna Sushi appetizer was fresh and tasty. Corn chowder was tasty but not warm enough. Wasabi red snapper was fresh and tasty, but kind of a small portion, and the slaw it was served with didn't do it for me. Beef Filet was nice, the wine sauce tasty. Mushroom potatoes were not warm enough, but otherwise good. Wine by the glass pour was a tad stingy, but a good list. Attentive and pleasant service, but I was there 10.

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★★★☆☆

Nice decor, nice waiter, nice but not great food. The Tuna Sushi appetizer was fresh and tasty. Corn chowder was tasty but not warm enough. Wasabi red snapper was fresh and tasty, but kind of a small portion, and the slaw it was served with didn't do it for me. Beef Filet was nice, the wine sauce tasty. Mushroom potatoes were not warm enough, but otherwise good. Wine by the glass pour was a tad stingy, but a good list. Attentive and pleasant service, but I was there 10.

Pros: Decor, some good menu items.

Cons: Inconsistant food.

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This is one of my partner's and my favorites (others are Bengy's, Ibiza, Catalan for a reference point). Simply make a reservation and go enjoy this good retuarant. Go with a relaxed mindset...and if you expect bustling rushed service (Dallas style) then stay home. Don't skip dessert...delicious croissant bread pudding.

Enjoy!

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★★★★★

This is one of my partner's and my favorites (others are Bengy's, Ibiza, Catalan for a reference point). Simply make a reservation and go enjoy this good retuarant. Go with a relaxed mindset...and if you expect bustling rushed service (Dallas style) then stay home. Don't skip dessert...delicious croissant bread pudding.

Enjoy!

Pros: Abience, Mixed Crowd, Food

Cons: Parking, Slow service (but I like not to be rushed!!!)

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I had brunch at Shade last weekend and was not happy at all with the service. As others have mentioned, it took much too long to be acknowledged by our server. After that, being a former restaurant manager, I decided to make mental notes on how long things were taking. It took 12 minutes for our 3 coffees to be delivered, only to send mine back immediately due to the enormous glob of lip stick still on the cup.

We ordered the mixed plate of pastries to begin. When delivered, I asked the server (not our original one) which items contained nuts due to a severe allergy. "Uhhhh, I dunno - lemme go check". 10 minutes later she comes back saying that three of them had nuts but she couldn't identify which ones they were on the plate...

The main course was good - huevos rancheros - nothing too complicated. Good wine list.

The staff really needs polishing to catch up with the image the restaurant seems to want to project. BASICS: move with a sense of urgency throughout the restaurant. Have a pleasant demeanor. Serve from left, clear from right. Always use a tray to deliver/remove glassware. NEVER stack plates on the table. Double-check the cleanliness of everything your guest will encounter. Busboys were performing circus-like balancing acts through the restaurant, attempting to carry entirely too much. Hostess reading a magazine at the front desk...not the best first impression to give...

And lastly, as I said, I know first-hand that working the brunch shift can be brutal. Half the staff calls in sick and the other half is totally hung-over. However, the management should not allow this low level of service to continue. Find ways to motivate your staff to want to give better service.

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★★★☆☆

I had brunch at Shade last weekend and was not happy at all with the service. As others have mentioned, it took much too long to be acknowledged by our server. After that, being a former restaurant manager, I decided to make mental notes on how long things were taking. It took 12 minutes for our 3 coffees to be delivered, only to send mine back immediately due to the enormous glob of lip stick still on the cup.

We ordered the mixed plate of pastries to begin. When delivered, I asked the server (not our original one) which items contained nuts due to a severe allergy. "Uhhhh, I dunno - lemme go check". 10 minutes later she comes back saying that three of them had nuts but she couldn't identify which ones they were on the plate...

The main course was good - huevos rancheros - nothing too complicated. Good wine list.

The staff really needs polishing to catch up with the image the restaurant seems to want to project. BASICS: move with a sense of urgency throughout the restaurant. Have a pleasant demeanor. Serve from left, clear from right. Always use a tray to deliver/remove glassware. NEVER stack plates on the table. Double-check the cleanliness of everything your guest will encounter. Busboys were performing circus-like balancing acts through the restaurant, attempting to carry entirely too much. Hostess reading a magazine at the front desk...not the best first impression to give...

And lastly, as I said, I know first-hand that working the brunch shift can be brutal. Half the staff calls in sick and the other half is totally hung-over. However, the management should not allow this low level of service to continue. Find ways to motivate your staff to want to give better service.

Pros: Wine list, nice neighborhood

Cons: SERVICE!!!

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I consider fine food and wine to be one of life's greatest pleasures and am always delighted to have one more place to go for both. My first trip to SHADE with two friends from Denver was a real treat. Chef Jeb Stuart came by the table with great wine suggestions to pair with our food choices; the result was one of those memorable dinners you can fantasize about later. Had the Wasabi Snapper, and found it to be flavorful and well-seasoned. The crowd is a typical 40+ mix of foodies and sophisticates. I will definitely be back.

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★★★★★

I consider fine food and wine to be one of life's greatest pleasures and am always delighted to have one more place to go for both. My first trip to SHADE with two friends from Denver was a real treat. Chef Jeb Stuart came by the table with great wine suggestions to pair with our food choices; the result was one of those memorable dinners you can fantasize about later. Had the Wasabi Snapper, and found it to be flavorful and well-seasoned. The crowd is a typical 40+ mix of foodies and sophisticates. I will definitely be back.

Pros: WINE LIST, FRIENDLY WAIT STAFF, GREAT APPETIZERS

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By boyfriend and I went for my birthday, the service and food were outstanding. They have an extensive wine list, and delicious food.
I highly recomend the wasabi snapper. It sounds a little crazy, but wasabi and the accompanying curry sauce flavors were subtle, so the tast ewas not overpowering.

The spot was romanitc and great for a date. I will definitely be back again.

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★★★★☆

By boyfriend and I went for my birthday, the service and food were outstanding. They have an extensive wine list, and delicious food.
I highly recomend the wasabi snapper. It sounds a little crazy, but wasabi and the accompanying curry sauce flavors were subtle, so the tast ewas not overpowering.

The spot was romanitc and great for a date. I will definitely be back again.

Pros: Nice Ambience, great wine list

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I've been to Shade several times and it has become the place I go when I want to know everything will be good. The food is always great, the service is attentive, the decor is attractive and when you make a reservation, you are seated on time. Keep up the good work.

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★★★★★

I've been to Shade several times and it has become the place I go when I want to know everything will be good. The food is always great, the service is attentive, the decor is attractive and when you make a reservation, you are seated on time. Keep up the good work.

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To put this in perspective, here are a few my favorite places: The Bank at Icon, Joyces, Benjy's, Ginza, Paddy Thai. We ate at Shade Wed. night at 7:30 and ordered: Salmon w/ heirloom tomatoes, the pork chop, lamb, the Spinach salad, bread pudding, key lime tart and various wines. The general impression on the aesthetics was interesting... Looks almost exactly like Benjy's, but with less flair - But, overall decorations were considered nicely. Service was slow-We waited at our table a good 5 or 10 minutes before the waiter arrived-Only to come by with no explanation for the delay. The restaurant was pretty much empty, so we didn't understand what was taking so long. The food took a while to come out and every course was paced poorly. As far as the food quality goes, it was way overpriced for the quality/quantity of food. More specifically, the Salmon with heirloom tomatoes was overcooked, cold, and the chef didn't play up the fact that the dish included heirloom tomatoes... which is an interesting ingredient! Benjy's did it best...
The pork chop was tough, dry and bland, again overpriced for the quality.
The lamb, again, overcooked, dry, sides were uninteresting except for the couscous stuffed tomato, which was delicious. The key Lime Tart-Did it say "tart?" - They meant, pie, was pretty good, although others at the table mentioned it was a little sour.
And even though the texture of the Bread pudding reminded me of a slightly stale muffin, it was actually ok too... nothing to write home about... If you want a bread pudding, go to Joyces. The wine selection was good. So, overall, Shade uses expensive ingredients to make its dishes "sound" nice and exciting, but it's just not able to deliver on the flavor. This besides ambiance is what you want out of a good meal. If you are craving Shade, GO TO BENJY'S. Its what this restaurant is trying to achieve, but got a few more years to go.

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★★★☆☆

To put this in perspective, here are a few my favorite places: The Bank at Icon, Joyces, Benjy's, Ginza, Paddy Thai. We ate at Shade Wed. night at 7:30 and ordered: Salmon w/ heirloom tomatoes, the pork chop, lamb, the Spinach salad, bread pudding, key lime tart and various wines. The general impression on the aesthetics was interesting... Looks almost exactly like Benjy's, but with less flair - But, overall decorations were considered nicely. Service was slow-We waited at our table a good 5 or 10 minutes before the waiter arrived-Only to come by with no explanation for the delay. The restaurant was pretty much empty, so we didn't understand what was taking so long. The food took a while to come out and every course was paced poorly. As far as the food quality goes, it was way overpriced for the quality/quantity of food. More specifically, the Salmon with heirloom tomatoes was overcooked, cold, and the chef didn't play up the fact that the dish included heirloom tomatoes... which is an interesting ingredient! Benjy's did it best...
The pork chop was tough, dry and bland, again overpriced for the quality.
The lamb, again, overcooked, dry, sides were uninteresting except for the couscous stuffed tomato, which was delicious. The key Lime Tart-Did it say "tart?" - They meant, pie, was pretty good, although others at the table mentioned it was a little sour.
And even though the texture of the Bread pudding reminded me of a slightly stale muffin, it was actually ok too... nothing to write home about... If you want a bread pudding, go to Joyces. The wine selection was good. So, overall, Shade uses expensive ingredients to make its dishes "sound" nice and exciting, but it's just not able to deliver on the flavor. This besides ambiance is what you want out of a good meal. If you are craving Shade, GO TO BENJY'S. Its what this restaurant is trying to achieve, but got a few more years to go.

Pros: Nice atmosphere, great wine list

Cons: Slow service, overpriced. Food sounds so good, but its not.

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I'm surprised to read anyone has had a bad experience at SHADE, but I guess no one can be perfect all the time. I've been twice, and am headed back tonight. We were going to try something new, but decided to stick w/ a sure thing close to home. The atmosphere is simple and romantic, my hubby and I are going on a date tonight. It's not outrageously priced, but is by no means cheap. I've had the salad w/ roasted pears twice (AWESOME), and their rabbit special last time I was there. Excellent! I didn't know I liked rabbit! There bar is nice, if you just want to hang out there. Anyway, in a city of a zillion restaurants, this is one to try!

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★★★★☆

I'm surprised to read anyone has had a bad experience at SHADE, but I guess no one can be perfect all the time. I've been twice, and am headed back tonight. We were going to try something new, but decided to stick w/ a sure thing close to home. The atmosphere is simple and romantic, my hubby and I are going on a date tonight. It's not outrageously priced, but is by no means cheap. I've had the salad w/ roasted pears twice (AWESOME), and their rabbit special last time I was there. Excellent! I didn't know I liked rabbit! There bar is nice, if you just want to hang out there. Anyway, in a city of a zillion restaurants, this is one to try!

Pros: Great, cute location. Easy parking.

Cons: Host staff has been consistently sub-par (read...not so smart).

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I eat at Shade often and have never been disappointed. The menu offers a nice variety. The dishes are thoughtfully prepared. The service is excellent. The wine list is good and reasonably priced. The Heights needed this kind of restaurant.

The lunch menu is quite reasonably priced, and offers some tasty items like a fried green tomato and bacon sandwich, and shrimp tostadas. I was frequenting Dry Creek restaraunt for lunch and realized that I could get Shades' delicious lunches for about the same price as a hamburger at Dry Creek.

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★★★★★

I eat at Shade often and have never been disappointed. The menu offers a nice variety. The dishes are thoughtfully prepared. The service is excellent. The wine list is good and reasonably priced. The Heights needed this kind of restaurant.

The lunch menu is quite reasonably priced, and offers some tasty items like a fried green tomato and bacon sandwich, and shrimp tostadas. I was frequenting Dry Creek restaraunt for lunch and realized that I could get Shades' delicious lunches for about the same price as a hamburger at Dry Creek.

Pros: Tasty and thoughtful menu, excellent service, nice atmosphere

Cons: None.

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After hearing how fabulous this restaurant was, we made reservations for last Friday night @ 9:00. This turned out to be a big mistake! We arrived on time but didn't get a table until 9:30 and finally served around 10:30. No excuses given! My husband had the pork loin which was undercooked, my son had the fried chicken which was too greasy, I had the beef tenderloin which was tasty but the size of the portion was tiny for the $27 price tag. The salads were good and the wait staff was average at best but, the overall experience will probably keep us from returning for another chance.

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★★★☆☆

After hearing how fabulous this restaurant was, we made reservations for last Friday night @ 9:00. This turned out to be a big mistake! We arrived on time but didn't get a table until 9:30 and finally served around 10:30. No excuses given! My husband had the pork loin which was undercooked, my son had the fried chicken which was too greasy, I had the beef tenderloin which was tasty but the size of the portion was tiny for the $27 price tag. The salads were good and the wait staff was average at best but, the overall experience will probably keep us from returning for another chance.

Pros: Good presentation

Cons: Late seating, inattentive staff, average food for the price

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The best dinner date I ever had in Houston was at Shade.

When I worked in Chicago I went to an equivalent restaurant where I forked over two and a half time more for dinner than at Shade, but still was not as good as Shade is.

That is why I am taking my new bride there for our wedding night dinner.

UPDATE: Took her to Shade -- she loved it too. A real gem.

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★★★★★

The best dinner date I ever had in Houston was at Shade.

When I worked in Chicago I went to an equivalent restaurant where I forked over two and a half time more for dinner than at Shade, but still was not as good as Shade is.

That is why I am taking my new bride there for our wedding night dinner.

UPDATE: Took her to Shade -- she loved it too. A real gem.

Pros: Great menu, changes frequently, wine selection very good.

Cons: Tables packed closely, although with the decor it makes sense.

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Variety of menu items & wonderful desserts! Very relaxing atmosphere.

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★★★★★

Variety of menu items & wonderful desserts! Very relaxing atmosphere.

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The staff was very helpful in picking out the best selection of wine and entrees. I highly recommend saving room for dessert. I would visit this restaurant again.

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★★★★★

The staff was very helpful in picking out the best selection of wine and entrees. I highly recommend saving room for dessert. I would visit this restaurant again.

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Shades food was mediocre. Though its nestled amidst great shops and the clean and crisp decor is likeable, the food is very ordinary. If food is ordinary, the cost of it should be ordinary as well. My spouse and I dine out almost everyday and dont mind paying for the cost of a well-prepared dish, but I felt beguiled by the experience. You enter this darling establishment and expect to have a meal that leaves a pleasing imprint, and unfortunately it didnt. However, we would return to enjoy the bar. The food presentation was excellent, but there wasnt any panache in our entrees.

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★★★☆☆

Shades food was mediocre. Though its nestled amidst great shops and the clean and crisp decor is likeable, the food is very ordinary. If food is ordinary, the cost of it should be ordinary as well. My spouse and I dine out almost everyday and dont mind paying for the cost of a well-prepared dish, but I felt beguiled by the experience. You enter this darling establishment and expect to have a meal that leaves a pleasing imprint, and unfortunately it didnt. However, we would return to enjoy the bar. The food presentation was excellent, but there wasnt any panache in our entrees.

Pros: good parking, decor, service

Cons: food (main entrees)

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You may pass by and not notice this wonderful place...as it's sandwiched between antique stores. Look for the pale green wall near the SW corner of 19th at Rutland.

Soups and sauces are yummy! If fried asparagus are on the seasonal menu, you've got to try them! Save room for dessert - my favorite is Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding.

It's on the upscale side of my budget, but well worth it. The food is prepared perfectly, the place is immaculate and the staff cares that you are there.

The only drawback for me: the tables are too close...at the banquettes you may as well be at the same table as your neighbor. Spread the tables out a little bit. But that won't prevent me from going.

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★★★★★

You may pass by and not notice this wonderful place...as it's sandwiched between antique stores. Look for the pale green wall near the SW corner of 19th at Rutland.

Soups and sauces are yummy! If fried asparagus are on the seasonal menu, you've got to try them! Save room for dessert - my favorite is Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding.

It's on the upscale side of my budget, but well worth it. The food is prepared perfectly, the place is immaculate and the staff cares that you are there.

The only drawback for me: the tables are too close...at the banquettes you may as well be at the same table as your neighbor. Spread the tables out a little bit. But that won't prevent me from going.

Pros: everything is fresh, attentive staff, fabulous food

Cons: tables too close, acoustics need help

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Shade's location is wonderful. The 19th Street design invites you in as soon as you see the restaurant. The menu is simple but interesting. Some dishes are better than others. The citrus salad is one of my wife's favorites. The filet is for real, and the red snapper with wasabi (despite a curious, recent change to a "mountain" stacking style) surprises me every time. The bread pudding encircled with caramel is a slam dunk. With port, it hangs on the rim.

The wine list is good with affordable selections. You might even recognize a wine or two from your home. I prefer all my wine - esp. sparkling and white - colder than they serve it. We speculate a refrigerator size issue may be implicated in this. Oh well.

To tie it all together, Shade has a great staff. They've always been friendly and flexible.

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★★★★★

Shade's location is wonderful. The 19th Street design invites you in as soon as you see the restaurant. The menu is simple but interesting. Some dishes are better than others. The citrus salad is one of my wife's favorites. The filet is for real, and the red snapper with wasabi (despite a curious, recent change to a "mountain" stacking style) surprises me every time. The bread pudding encircled with caramel is a slam dunk. With port, it hangs on the rim.

The wine list is good with affordable selections. You might even recognize a wine or two from your home. I prefer all my wine - esp. sparkling and white - colder than they serve it. We speculate a refrigerator size issue may be implicated in this. Oh well.

To tie it all together, Shade has a great staff. They've always been friendly and flexible.

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I have been to Shade 8 times now. The last time was a special one because my boyfriend and I just became engaged and invited his parents and my parents so they could officially meet. I wanted to ensure every single detail was well planned so decided to talk to the Somelier about wine recommendations for dinner. I called Shade to make the reservations and spoke with Jeff. He spent (literally) 20 minutes walking me through the wine list. Once we got there everyone raved not only about the food but what great choices I had made!!! Awesome Experience

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★★★★★

I have been to Shade 8 times now. The last time was a special one because my boyfriend and I just became engaged and invited his parents and my parents so they could officially meet. I wanted to ensure every single detail was well planned so decided to talk to the Somelier about wine recommendations for dinner. I called Shade to make the reservations and spoke with Jeff. He spent (literally) 20 minutes walking me through the wine list. Once we got there everyone raved not only about the food but what great choices I had made!!! Awesome Experience

Pros: Ambiance, Food, Wine List

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Shade is a wonderful retaurant, not to be missed if you enjoy fine cuisine. The atmosphere is calming, the food is delectable. I've been several times and have never been disappointed. If you like lamb, it's a must to order!

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★★★★★

Shade is a wonderful retaurant, not to be missed if you enjoy fine cuisine. The atmosphere is calming, the food is delectable. I've been several times and have never been disappointed. If you like lamb, it's a must to order!

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If you want a to feel like your on vacation...this is the place! Situated in the Heights on 19th Street...the overall atmosphere of the neighborhood and style of the restaurant immediately makes you feel like you're out of the city...Then you experience all the wonderful dishes that are all so skillfully prepared...it's just an overall WOW experience!!!

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★★★★★

If you want a to feel like your on vacation...this is the place! Situated in the Heights on 19th Street...the overall atmosphere of the neighborhood and style of the restaurant immediately makes you feel like you're out of the city...Then you experience all the wonderful dishes that are all so skillfully prepared...it's just an overall WOW experience!!!

Pros: Excellent Menu, Great Service, Wonderful Atmosphere

Cons: parking

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Food was very well prepared, service was very good, ambience inviting. A very good experience overall.

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★★★★☆

Food was very well prepared, service was very good, ambience inviting. A very good experience overall.

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Shade is a fine spot for "upscale casual" dining in The Heights. The food is fresh and flavorful with a few nice twists in the sauces and spicing. I'm not a fan of "Texas Size" portions, but Shade could probably spare a bit more quantity for the price. Decor is well thought out but not much privacy between tables... don't go for the big business deal or a hot date. Once the "club" opens in April you'll be able to join and get a cocktail. But, I hear the BYOB will end then... too bad, I like bringing my own wine now and then.

2
★★★★☆

Shade is a fine spot for "upscale casual" dining in The Heights. The food is fresh and flavorful with a few nice twists in the sauces and spicing. I'm not a fan of "Texas Size" portions, but Shade could probably spare a bit more quantity for the price. Decor is well thought out but not much privacy between tables... don't go for the big business deal or a hot date. Once the "club" opens in April you'll be able to join and get a cocktail. But, I hear the BYOB will end then... too bad, I like bringing my own wine now and then.

Pros: service, food quality

Cons: , food quantity, parking

 

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