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California Dreaming - Spanish Fort

4.5
89 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Thank you for your continued support. We have missed you and cannot wait to welcome you all back! We have implemented new operational standards to keep everyone safe, including limiting large parties greater than 8. Read more on californiadreaming.rest.

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, Seafood Nachos and fall-off-the-bone Baby Back Ribs. Additional features: large patio, online ordering with curbside pick-up and full-service catering.

Join us for happy hour daily 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.

Support California Dreaming - Spanish Fort during COVID-19

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 89 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

very nice, friendly waiters/waitresses. Food was good as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lunch ever!

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DougP
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here and was outstanding again

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CraigM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Our reservation was for 7:30 but we were not seated until nearly 8. Our meal arrived before the appetizer. 3 of the 5 sides available are potatoes. The loud music made it difficult to hear conversation and interact with the servers. On the bright side, a kind manager did not charge us for the appetizer and also apologized to us with dessert. Other than the hostess at the front, the staff was very friendly and showed they truly cared about our experience there.

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BridgettT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m glad I chose California Dreaming as my choice of restaurant to have my birthday dinner. I have been reluctant about dining in restaurants due to COVID-19, however California Dreaming has taken precautions to keep their staff and customers safe.

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Greg
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was very good. Staff not just sever, attentive with checking in with guests.

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Ronnie
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We had eaten at a California Dreaming in another state on our 10th Anniversary and the food was excellent, so we thought we'd celebrate our 38th Anniversary at this one. The food was good, but not like we remembered. We had the Fried Pork Chops and the Single Baby Back Ribs. The Pork Chops were good, but a little on the salty side and the ribs were very tender. We received excellent service from our server Ayden! I wish they had more vegetable choices, but overall the food and the portion size were good for the value. It was a nice atmosphere and we would visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is amazing! Managers and servers alway exceed our expectations. Very comfortable and always feel welcomed by staff.
David Thomas

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HalC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as usual. We appreciate your efforts to accommodate the public during these times.

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Audge
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas dinner was lovely and well done!

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Sindi
Mobile
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and service!

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SuzeQ
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Food and service is always wonderful!

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Retrain
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Everything was great other than the server, he got allour food wrong didnt attend us well and tried charger double even though he made the mistakes.

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

My parents & I use to love this place. My mom has not been well for awhile & she actually felt up to going out to eat & chose California Dreaming. The blooming onion that she wanted was no longer available. Then the Prime Rib/French Dip sandwich was no longer available. We settled for something else, trying to make the best out of it. We were then told after we ordered our sides that they just sold out of baked potatos. When we finally received our food it was not good. The shrimp was rubbery. The steak did not have any flavor what so ever. As for the covid 19 policy they said they had of not allowing groups greater than 8, that was not the case. We had two tables behind us that belonged to the same group of people & there was more than 16 people. Needless to say, we will not be back.

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vipdpoole15
New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place. Good food. Good atmosphere. Good choice!

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DavidW
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu options from the salads to the ribs. Very nice furnishings, great service.

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Sindi
Mobile
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server did a great job and our food was delicious.

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Audge
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Big booths for 5 or 6 to sit comfortably

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BrittanyW
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We ordered our starters and then food. After our starters came and about 45mins passed we were told that our ticket had been dpped in the kitchen and they found it and had to put us at the end of the order list again. We ordered to go meals as well and they were ready and bagged up before our original meal ever came. They gave us a Brownie on the house, as an apology!! We spent $140 on food and tipped $25, I think we should have been offered more than a brownie for not even receiving food until our appetites were gone from waiting.

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff & service!

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Sindi
Mobile
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aidan was a great server and the food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Staff and Mgr very patron conscious. We highly recommend this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boyfriends birthday

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ShannonP
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably one of my favorite restaurants!! Loved the service.m, food and atmosphere!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a birthday celebration and they didn’t care how we celebrated. They joined in as well

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LoveFood
Des Moines
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of gluten free! I also have onion allergy and they worked very hard to assist with meal selection. They work very hard to assist with allergies or other meal needs.
We arrived on a Sunday evening with few people present we decided to eat inside. Our prior two visits we ate outside for fresh air. They were very accommodating to request of spacing out with COVID concerns.
Staff was very attentive. Atmosphere was calming. Food delicious, obviously, as we live out of state but stop here every time we are in town
Recommend for those with allergies or any eating out concerns. They work to make this the best experience!
I have the house salad, and my son loves the ribs Enjoy the selection !

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LoveFood
Des Moines
16 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been here twice post hurricane. They were busy and over crowded in the dining and bar areas. We requested seating outside which is self seating. Although it was raining it was comfortable under the umbrellas. Workers followed through with mask only 25% wore them with nose and/or mouth exposed.
The first time we sat outside the waitress a accused us of walking to the seat without approval from the entryway. She did this from 40’ away as she yelled at us for being there. The second time we had the outside seating to ourselves
The bun with honey butter is outstanding and I love the house salad. My husband found the choice of food limited. Everything tastes great. If you have concerns for COVID safety I recommend you sit outside.
Great gluten free options. Wish they had bread also

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LaKenyaL
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time. My family and I would most definitely return.

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MarlaM
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Our server Brenden was wonderful!!
Miss the prime rib!😢
Music and noise level to high! Makes it difficult to have conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First date. Got stuck at a booth next to screaming children at the table next to us. Service was acceptable, food was great, but couldn’t hear my date very well, but still enjoyed his company and enjoyed our time.

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Kentucky
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice clean place to eat on a Sunday afternoon with the family.

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JimL
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

This was our first trip and we were not impressed. Even with a reservation we had to wait more than 30 minutes for a table. My wife and I both ordered steaks and they both came undercooked. You know what happens to a steak when you take it back to recook, it comes back really tuff and dry.
Did not meet our expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places for a date night!

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mariaj
Mobile
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood nachos were delicious all wait staff were nice drinks were tasty

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vipBrentH
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT value!! GREAT food! We had she crab soup. Phenomenal. We had ribeyes with green beans and salad. The side salad was enough for a meal by itself. Best home made ranch I’ve had. The steak was incredible. GREAT experience.

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JoannaM
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat inside for intimate ambiance. Service was amazing and we were not rushed to leave.

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vipPaulF
Tallahassee
44 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nothing special

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The sea crap soup was amazingy good !!! You all meed to try it . The chicken wing is a No no for me . Our server was really awesome !! The restaurant is clean , big and kid friendly !

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MelanieH
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We selected a reservation time, but we’re still told it’d be another 20 mins which I found really odd. We just sat at the bar. Our person was nice, but wasn’t very attentive. We received more help from someone else.

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HelenC
Mobile
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant to go for lunch and dinner!

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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 4.5 stars by 89 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.