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California Dreaming - Spanish Fort

4.4
181 Reviews
$30 and under
American
California Dreaming serves a mix of hearty American classics in a large family-friendly atmosphere. What sets them apart from the rest is that every dish is fresh and prepared from scratch daily, including notable favorites, like the California Dreaming Salad, Nachos and fall-off-the-bone Baby Back Ribs. Additional features: happy hour daily 4-7PM, live music every Tuesday - Thursday on our large ourdoor patio and online ordering with curbside pickup.

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

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 181 people are saying
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Nicole
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious as always! I always have a great experience and our server was sweet!

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vipNicholasH
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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ErickaK
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mobile
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.

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CassandraB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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KarenN
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best baby back ribs ever! Service was great and great atmosphere!

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StephenB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Salads came out before the Starters and the entrees before we could finish the Starters. Very rushed dinner. Food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent.

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MikeR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great!

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OysterSeeker
Mobile
13 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

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BeverlyC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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!

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vipRick
Mobile
23 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great server. Would like more vegetarian and even vegan options on the menu.

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TerryB
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and restaurant were great

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time we sat outside

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TIONNES
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Food was good great atmosphere and the service was A1

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JenniferS
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mobile
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Sam’s a great mgr and Amelia super on service!!
Our regular dining “go to” restaurant👍🏻

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Anthony
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

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JudiG
Mobile
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was good by a young man named Dorian. Cocktails tasty and food was good.

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Javagirl
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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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StephenB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service on the patio. The two nacho options, BBQ and Seafood, and the peel and eat shrimp were excellent.

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AngelaC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

California Dreamers salad was real good. Batter on chicken is extra crispy. Rib eye was very tasty and rolls were great!

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FoodieAsh
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great as usual!! I will definitely be back. The California Dreaming salad (w/ no eggs) is my favorite!!

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ShontellB
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server we had was awesome and she was very nice

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RussS
Mobile
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good variety on food & drink menu.
Had birthday cake delivered earlier in the day, waitress brought dessert plates & served. Very nice indeed👍

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best chicken and pulled pork sandwich!!! Will definitely being going back!

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SonyaP
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service! Food was great! Atmosphere was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food good service

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RyanT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit while staying in Daphne. Took a chance based on reviews. Had the ribeye, crab soup, and crab fingers. One of the best steaks I've ever eaten. Cooked perfectly and seasoned right. Wife had filet. She usually dips her steak in A1. Not this time! We will return next trip through the area.

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BettyP
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Even for a busy day and Father’s Day as well, service and food was excellent!!

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NateN
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for Father’s Day and got us in and out quick. Great crab soup.

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DELM
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food2service4ambience4

I order the country fired pork chops. No where on the menu did it mention it was spicy. I was very displeased about it.

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vipkgpr
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Maybe is was just a bad night, but this was way off normal. Our waiter was completely vacant, the food took forever and was cold when it got to the table, and despite our feedback to the server that the soda was flat (and that the food was cold), there was nothing more than a shrug.

I won't say we will never return, but we certainly won't be back anytime soon.

Really a shame as this used to be one of our go-to options in Spanish Fort.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! We miss the one that closed in Kennesaw,Ga. we were so happy to find this one. We drove 55 min. From Gulf Shores. We were not disappointed.

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AmandaB
Mobile
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

California Dreaming - Spanish Fort has been hit or miss for us in the past but this visit rocked! Our server, Tracy, and the management staff were on top of everything and the service was incredible! My husband loved the fruit-juice marinated sirloin and the rosemary & thyme crusted salmon was to die for. Positively the best visit we have had at this location!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Service was awesome! Food taste like the grill needed to be cleaned. I order the burger and my sister ordered the steak and both of them tasted like a burned grill

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GaryL
Mobile
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab claws excellent
Smokey Pineapple Marg. Excellent
Beer ice cold
New server nervous but friendly and attentive
Entries Fried Pork Chop spectacular
Shrimp San Francisco excellent
Only negative was being in booth next to kitchen, but then again we ask for a booth, wasn't to bad as it was busy and people didn't have time to chat

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

The food was terrible!!! Over priced and the server had attitude.
The salmon was dry and had no flavor. The mashed potatoes in 2 plates was like paste with no flavor very bland. The blackened chicken Alfredo was dry undercooked and salty. Don’t eat the in house homemade ranch dressing! It will ruin lettuce!
Do not eat here! We paid over $100 for food that we had to take home for me to try and correct just so we could eat it!
If you do eat here use a credit card that will refund if your dissatisfied like American Express! You will want your money back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and my food came out hot and fresh and quick

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ChipC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good, large portions and fresh. Service was great.

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You can order delivery directly from California Dreaming - Spanish Fort using the Order Online button. California Dreaming - Spanish Fort also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (251) 626-9942.

California Dreaming - Spanish Fort is rated 4.4 stars by 181 OpenTable diners.

California Dreaming - Spanish Fort does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://centraarchy.com/purchase-gift-cards/?restaurant=california-dreaming.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.