California Dreaming - Spanish Fort

4.2
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38 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
California Dreaming is an American restaurant and bar that serves classic American dishes. The food is prepared fresh daily from scratch to maintain and enhance the quality standards. This has resulted in the restaurant earning many laurels such as Best Restaurant and Best Happy Hour in Eastern Shore. California Dreaming has live music entertainment for its diners.

California Dreaming serves a mix of hearty American classics prepared from scratch daily, including notable favorites: California Dreaming salad, fried crab claws and fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs. The family-friendly atmosphere can be enjoyed in the large, open restaurant and patio. The restaurant offers happy hour daily from 4-7PM, live music Tuesday - Thursday as well as online ordering and curbside to-go.

For parties of 8 or greater;, please call (251) 626-9942.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate with California Dreaming this Holiday Season. We are OPEN (from 11AM).

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas. We're closed today and will re-open 12/26.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

What 38 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
3.9
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DS
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places... make a point of partying at California Dreaming!

s
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Reserved table was not available at time slot (1pm). Had to choose between waiting and high chairs.

EP
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful and our server Lance took very good care of us.

OT
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Thanksgiving dinner here. Service was friendly and efficient. The meal was delicious. Huge portions too.

M
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

I couldn’t do half stars or else I would’ve put service as 2.5 stars. We went here for my Grandmothers 60th birthday. I ordered the turkey burger and it was extremely tough. A family member ordered the San Francisco Shrimp and the noodles were dry. We had one waitress for a table of 8. The water was refilled twice throughout the entire dinner. We were asked how the bill was going to be spilt up halfway through dinner which is not the time to do so. They didn’t do anything special such as a free desert or even a percentage off. I would’ve complained but it was a special night and I didn’t want to ruin it. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

OT
Mobile
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was fine . Some of it was cold . The problem was that it was very unorganized. There were several occasions where food was trying to be delivered to us which wasn’t ours . Then when our food was ready it kept coming out two at a time and that was very inconvenient for our large party to wait for everyone to get their food

JS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall experience was excellent. Service and food really good! Was our 2nd visit for California Dreaming. We will return again!

TB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The waitress wouldn't check on us it was other ones checking then he'll show up when he see them at our table. We asked for him to bring out crab claws & crescent rolls before our food comes out another waitress brought the crescent rolls out & said the claws will be out in a few so eventually our food comes out we half way finished eating he comes over my husband tells him we didn't receive our claws he said sorry hold on & he comes back with them & they wasn't good & my husband & daughter wasn't satisfied with their food at all. We never had a problem with the food or waitress that's why we still drive way up there just to eat cause the food usually good & the waitress is sweet & stay checking on u this the first time we ever had a bad experience here & my husband didn't think it was right that he had to pay the whole price for the claws when it took us forever to get them but he said that's ok I'll go ahead & another thing we told waitress to bring salad out with our food we did as a substitute which we asked how much it would be he said $1.50 we get ticket it says $5.00 each he was honest with us but anyways he brought it out at the wrong time

LH
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food.
Love the bread pudding 😍
The service was also wonderful. My floor was wet and they came and wiped it up. Thanks so much!

KW
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

We requested to sit in Jimmie’s section, sat outside and waited for about 10 minutes before they called me and told me that out table was ready. We went in and the manager (I assume) told us it would be a longer wait so we decided to sit in a different section, not even 10 minutes later they sat someone else in his section. We were confused — not to mention frustrated.
The waiter that served us (he didn’t even give us his name, he just came and asked if we knew what we wanted to drink) he acted like he really didn’t wanna be there. He pretty much rushed us to order.
When we got our food, the girl that delivered it seemed to have an attitude. Our food had a completely different taste, I ordered the same thing as I had last time, crab claws and fries, but the crab claws tasted as if they were cooked in old grease, the fries were hard. The best thing about our meal was the crescent rolls and my water.
It’s like we were at a completely different restaurant than when we came the first time. Completely debating if we’ll come back.

DB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an enjoyable Sun lunch for fathers day. Our waitress was very friendly and provided excellent service.

CR
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server Connor was wonderful! The service and cleanliness of restaurant was superb.

OT
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service!

JD
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Seated quickly. Good location. Servers were responsive, helpful, friendly but not too. Food tasty and delivered promptly. Steak marinade a bit sweet, but I would readily order again. Overall very positive experience!

AB
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food is decent but definitely not worth what it costs to eat there...rolls must be purchased as an appetizer, steaks not seasoned, water tasted like salt water, tea was soured, server was overwhelmed...overall, not a pleasurable experience

CC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

It was Mother’s Day so I know things are going to be busy, but we had to wait for our table even though we had a reservation. Our food was okay but they did not bring it all out at the same time. One person was left waiting for her plate while all the others in the party had been served. It was very loud and didn’t seem ready for such a busy day.

VC
Mobile
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was great! We booked our reservation online due to it being a holiday. When we arrived we only had to wait 10 mins for our table. The service was great and the food was very tasty! I can not wait to come back!

OT
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m glad I used Open Table to make reservations today as it was Mother’s Day. The menu has recently changed, but we were pleased with our food. They were very busy but we got great food and service. We will definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and continuity in food preparation

j
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Arrived earlier than our reservation; promptly seated, but by the bar where it was noisy.
Service was good.
Food was good.

JT
New Mexico
52 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this chain. Too bad it does not exist where we live in New Mexico. Very nice experience.

A
Mobile
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The music is too loud. It's hard to have a conversation. Otherwise everything was good, the food was excellent as was the service.

D
Mobile
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food we ordered was absolutely delicious. Just wish it wasn’t so far from where we live. But we will be back.

CS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Food not that good and amount of food stinks. 1 piece of fish on a $30 seafood platter

J
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Volume of background music limited table conversation and was only negative experienced

B
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was not good. Had to ask for refills on drinks. Took food too long to get to table and some of my family had warm/cold food. Not a good dining experience and the food was just ok.

A
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The music is way too loud but otherwise it was a nice experience. Good food.

Having raised booths with hard wood sides is rather hard for short people to get in and out of... especially out.

AM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

California Dreaming is a great place to grab a drink and get some good food without having to go "Into town". A little noisy for my taste, but convenient. I prefer it to "fast" food. Food is always good.

OT
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The waiter was very courteous and professional. The food was of a good quality and served in a timely manor as well as appropriate temperature. The alcoholic drinks were good, not watered down or stale. The waiter was attentive and pleasant.

L
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Food wasn't impressive for the money
Very expensive. Great atmosphere and service though. Food was blahs not much flavor

DA
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Ordered the double bone pork chop (16 oz). Probably one of the best chops I have ever eaten at a restaurant. Tender like a filet mignon, juicy, cooked perfectly. Included a huge loaded baked potato which was awesome, an over-sized Cobb salad (chilled perfectly) served with a large croissant. All for under 20 bucks. Our first time there. Pleasantly surprised. Too full to try dessert.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Da best da da best

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AL
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy eating here. The food and service are great!

BB
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server, Ava, was marvelous! The overall dining experience was outstanding. Even with a minor issue, when a party member requested a more creamy sauce with their pasta dish; it was immediately taken care of. Our server was so attentive to the group's needs. Orders were taken and the delicious entrees were brought to our table in a timely manner. The bartender crafted perfectly balanced drinks. Hospitality by most employees was exceptional. The front door greeters were not the most pleasant ladies to deal with. They were not accommodating nor friendly. However, our group had an enjoyable time and will definitely return to this establishment again.

JM
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Even tho I had a reservation we ended up in the bar area at a high table. It took a while to a waitress. The food was good. The waitress said she would bring water but it never came. At the end we ordered cheesecake and another glass of wine. The cheesecake was not very good and the wine never came.

r
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Food, a little pricey, very noisy will definitely go back

OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything