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Shades Cafe & Steakhouse

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2119 Cumberland Ave, Middlesboro, KY 40965-2874
+1 606-248-4315
15:00 - 21:00
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Tue 15:00 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 15:00 - 22:00
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Newberg, Oregon
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I recently ate dinner here and we both thought the ribeye steak was delicious and a great value

Thank Carol M
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our first visit to Cumberland Gap and Shades steakhouse on a Thursday night at the recommendation of Trip Advisor. Seated behind the cafe with a very polite young lady named Kaitlin as our server. We ordered coffee, which was good. Steak, shrimp cooked well along with baked sweet potato and yummy Brussels sprouts. Husband had steak, mashed potato and baked... More 

Thank Beverly H
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Had heard many good things about shades. Limited lunch menu. Had a rueben which was average at best.

Thank Roger B
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141 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

We went here dinner based on a local recommendation. We were glad we did. My wife had a steak and I had grilled shrimp. Both were very good. Dinner salad was very good also. Great service.

Thank DavidM678
Bloomington, Indiana
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72 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Don't be confused by the coffee shop look to the entrance. The steakhouse is in the back and there are quite a few tables and rooms behind the coffee shop. We ate at this restaurant twice while in Middlesboro. The menu is simple but offers varying sizes of chicken, steaks, etc. which is very nice when you're traveling and don't... More 

Thank bloomingtongirl2
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

We had their ribeye steak, cooked 'medium'....it was one of the best steaks we've ever had!!! Definitely adding this restaurant to one of our "favorites".

Thank John and Regina H
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

First time in area.....recommended by the staff at local Hotel. Good food and friendly/attentive staff. Very busy on a Friday night. Sat up front in entrance area.....no wait. Steak and food was very good. Layout of restaurant is unique. Would gladly come back.

Thank D C
Artemus, Kentucky
2 reviews
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

After our second trip to Shades, we're sure the first experience was no fluke. The owner is an employee of a major food distribution company, so you can be sure that your food is as fresh as possible each time you visit. And it's clear that he does not go cheap on ingredients. Their steaks are all USDA Prime, and... More 

Thank MattCHampton
Mason, Ohio, USA
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We were referred to this restaurant by our B & B owner. It's a "mom and pop" kind of place. Best brussel sprouts EVER! We sat in a little middle part of the place. There is other seating in the front and rear. The staff was really great. They were very attentive. Food was awesome! I would definitely return.

Thank justsabrinad
Middlesboro, Kentucky
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4 reviews
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Shades Cafe & Steakhouse. Shades Cafe is in the Downtown section of Middlesboro, Kentucky, just blocks from 25E. Shades Cafe is a very very clean place to have a nice lunch or a quiet evening meal. Shades Cafe is now serving alchoholic drinks with food purchase. They have a very nice outside eating area that is open in the summer... More 

Thank samfarmer38

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$30
American, Cafe, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
15:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2119 Cumberland Ave, Middlesboro, KY 40965-2874
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Middlesboro
  • Phone Number: +1 606-248-4315
We are a Cafe' that has soups, salads, sandwiches (paninis) and desserts in the "front" of the house. On Thursdays, Friday's , and Saturdays we also have a steakhouse menu that offers full sit down dinners and table service in the "back" of the house.....where we have three smaller, more private dinning rooms... We offer certified angus beef sirloin and ribeye steaks, salmon, shrimp, center cut pork chops, and grilled chicken. We also offer frapes, lattes, and most all hot and cold espresso based drinks.

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