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California Dreaming - Spanish Fort

4.5
192 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.

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 192 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The service was excellent. The food was just okay. It could have been better.

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mikeb
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious. The portions were huge. I wished the food was warmer. Most of the food was room temperature.

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BrendaG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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PamM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving meal

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vipMichael
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Decent
Use to be better

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vipdpoole15
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipRank
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

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.

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vipMichelleL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always my first stop when I come in town. Good food, good service & good drinks.

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VickiS
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

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!

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hueym
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

great atmosphere, good food. our waiter was very kind and courteous

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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
11 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
12 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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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 192 OpenTable diners.

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.