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California Dreaming - Spanish Fort
For parties of 8 or greater, please call (251) 626-9942.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
She Crab Soup
A rich and creamy Charleston classic.
Topped with honey-butter
12oz. hand cut. GF
Went there last night. I was totally miserable with the freezing condition of this restaurant. I told the waitress it was cold. She said they were also cold even in the kitchen where there was cooking heat. I wished we had left. The bar was busy and the waitress was called to the bar and we did not get serviced. The mgr brought our food but we did not see the waitress until it was time to go. Do not go here during a cold spell you will freeze. Business is surrounded by glass and stone both poor insulators. Food was fair no better than that. My seafood platter has only3 oysters and 4 shrimp and a large flounder. It was too cold to eat all of the food we left.
Date not with Hubby was sweet! His job has been a little stressful lately, so I wanted to get him out and love on him a bit. This was his first time at the restaurant! He enjoyed it!!
Love this place! One of our favorites in the area. Nice menu selection for myself, wife, and 3 kids. Awesome service and food!
Not the worst food I've ever had. Chicken tasted like something that came frozen out of a bag. Service was very fast and friendly, drinks promptly refilled. Too bad the food sucked or it would be a nice place to go
Dinner with my daughter visiting from out of town, food was great as well as service!!
We were seated very quickly! Great food as always!
After multiple trips, this was far the worst, dont know if covid has anything to do with it but not as we have had in the past. missing items, changed portions, different cooking techniques
Just completely disappointed
Celebrated a friend’s birthday! Hostess was amazing and our server handled us as though we were only customer. She was wonderful!
Food unexpectedly fabulous
The service was excellent. The food was just okay. It could have been better.
The food was delicious. The portions were huge. I wished the food was warmer. Most of the food was room temperature.
My parents heard wonderful things about the Thanksgiving feast California Dreaming offers so this year we skipped the traditional “family gathering” Thanksgiving at any one of our 4 adult children’s family and my husband and I joined my parents for a no fuss no mess delicious Thanksgiving meal at California Dreamin.
Our prompt, friendly waitress Keely was excellent, we couldn’t have asked for better service.
We were fans of California Dreamin before this. Their steaks are cooked to order, you won’t find better chicken tenders anywhere, seafood, pasta and fresh made salads! The real star the warm crescent rolls dripping with honey butter…be still my heart!
Without a doubt, I’ll drive over an hour to eat at California Dreamin any day!
Our family went for Thanksgiving lunch, with the menu set as it was, things were efficient, speedy, and delicious. It was a great experience that we will repeat again on future holidays.
Use to be better
Great restaurant. Much like J Alexander. Good Steaks. Good Bar (large). Great service. Very comfortable. Also has outdoor seating. Everything I've had there is excellent.
My husband and I went out for a midweek dinner. We were seated immediately upon arrival at our reserved time. Wait staff was attentive and timely with refills. My husband ordered the fish of the day and was pleased with his selection. I ordered the San Francisco shrimp dish and found it to be overwhelming with the garlic. We ordered cheesecake for dessert and it was generously portioned and delicious. At some point during our dinner the music was turned up to the point that we could not converse easily. But someone did adjust it after a few songs at that level. Maybe somebody in advertently adjusted the volume too high.. The setting is lovely. My husband did partake of a couple of cocktails from the bar. He found the old-fashioned to be the best.
Always my first stop when I come in town. Good food, good service & good drinks.
UPDATE: Scott, the General Manager, was extremely concerned about our experiences and took great care of us. I plan to give them another try.
I had high hopes for this place but alas they were not fulfilled. Another member of our party and I wanted to split the 8 oz filet. Our server was very accommodating of our request and we added an additional side item so neither of us would leave hungry. We like our beef more towards the well done side of the scale. As soon as the meal arrived, I knew that the cook had given us only HALF of the filet to split between us. There was NO WAY that was 8 oz of beef. Yes, yes, yes I know that it is always "net weight before cooking" but I've eaten several 8 oz filets in my life and that was NO 8 oz filet. Plus, a couple of nights later I ordered an 8 oz filet at another restaurant. Yep, you guessed it -- double the size and I couldn't eat it all. Also, the bottom side was completely charred. By the time we split that sorry little filet and cut off the charred parts, we each barely got 2 oz of meat. I should have said something but we were tired and hungry from our day of traveling and just wanted to eat and get back to our hotel.
Then part way thru the meal, the lights dimmed so badly that I thought for sure the power had gone out. I looked at the kitchen area and the lights were on there, but we were in such darkness that I had to use my cell phone flashlight to pay the bill. Ridiculous.
If our travels take us to Spanish Fort again, we will find another place to eat. I feel we were very much ripped off!
great atmosphere, good food. our waiter was very kind and courteous
It was delicious as always! I always have a great experience and our server was sweet!
Party of 12 (split among 2 tables). Great service, friendly staff, and the California Dreamin salad is amazing! You won’t leave hungry! She crab soup was great as well. 8 kids, 4 adults, and drinks were always full / service was prompt even in a very busy restaurant. We were very pleased with the service and food!
It was amazing it made my mom so Happy on her birthday . She is truly happy . Also a huge shout out to the crew they was awesome and fast
Not one of the better experiences I’ve had. The hostess at the wait stand (who was dressed in a mid drift top which I don’t think is the best impression to give customers when they first walk in) was snarky when after checking in and her saying she was checking with the server to see if we could be seated and then never telling us yes or no. She just continues looking at the ipad/computer, acting as if she wanted to be anywhere else. After several minutes I noticed that she was seating people who also had reservations ahead of us. I went up and asked her very nicely why those that were just walking in got seated before we did, and we had a reservation. She said “oh they’ve been here for thirty minutes.” I never saw them sitting outside or in the waiting area. We waited a total of 15 minutes past our reservation time for a table. Her reasoning for the delay was staffing and so many “parties”, but yet there were several open tables and booths that she could have sat us in. When we finally got seated, she had a male assistant sit us at a booth that was directly in front of the kitchen, where all we could hear was the cooks and wait staff singing along to the radio, plates crashing. It didn’t make for a relaxing dining experience. We didn’t even get silverware until we had ordered. The food was good and hot though.
I’ve eaten at CD many times and have NEVER had this level of service. Hopefully the experience will be much better next time.
This restaurant was above and beyond my expectations when my family went to have dinner. From the staff to the food. I believe every item on the menu would be delicious. Everything was made exactly how ordered. We left with full bellies and empty plates. Will definitely be back.
Best baby back ribs ever! Service was great and great atmosphere!
Salads came out before the Starters and the entrees before we could finish the Starters. Very rushed dinner. Food was great.
Food and service was excellent.
Service and food were great!
Great place to eat with a date or with family. It was so busy on the night we went but didn't have to wait at all due to our OpenTable reservation. Food was good although we had to send back a pasta dish that was cold. They cooked a new one and it was excellent. Our server, Brittany, was outstanding and personable. She was on top of everything!
Ribs had very little meat. Steaks are very expensive. We had eight people crammed into a circle area that was just too crowded.
We have always loved eating there but a disappointment this visit. But we’ll be back….I’m sure it will be back to what we’ve always loved about this restaurant!
Great server. Would like more vegetarian and even vegan options on the menu.
Food, service and restaurant were great
Great time we sat outside
Food was good great atmosphere and the service was A1
Our hostess all the way to our waiter was very polite and accommodating for our needs. We enjoyed the atmosphere and did not feel rushed at all encouraged by staff members to take our time. Loved everything about our time at this wonderful establishment. The waiter even complimented us on how well mannered and nice we all were towards home.
Outstanding service. Sam’s a great mgr and Amelia super on service!!
Our regular dining “go to” restaurant👍🏻
Most attentive server in years, at any restaurant. A bit dark, and a bit chaotic at the hostess stand, but they were slammed. Good food, very good cocktails.
Service was good by a young man named Dorian. Cocktails tasty and food was good.
This is a very nice, upscale restaurant with excellent service, and delicious food. Don't miss out on the fried crab claws and bread pudding!
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California Dreaming - Spanish Fort is rated 4.5 stars by 201 OpenTable diners.
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