Open late Fri.-Sat.
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Shades Restaurant Review: Shades is a modern hotel restaurant with a cozy main dining room and an umbrella-filled outdoor patio with striking ocean views. Chef Ben LaFleche sources the majority of his ingredients locally at farmers markets and has his own herb garden on property. Start with such appetizers as a flavorful baba ghanouj, a crab cocktail or oyster shooters. The cheese, charcuterie and pâté plates are also a good choice, especially with a glass of wine recommended by the always-on-hand sommelier. We also suggest the Mediterranean-influenced tapas menu, with such winners as goat cheese-stuffed piquillo peppers, spicy lamb skewers and Kobe sliders with smoked mozzarella. For mains, try the barbecue-rubbed salmon, shrimp skewers, Prime hanger steak or one of the robust nightly signature dishes, such as veal osso buco milanese or a short rib pot roast. The dessert menu, available upon request, has a number of solid options, led by the baked hot chocolate and churros combo. The wine list has some good selections of mostly California, French and South African varietals. On Sundays, Shades has one of the best brunches in OC.