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California Dreaming - Surfside Beach

4.5
187 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: patio seating, online ordering with curbside pick-up and full-service catering.

Best Place for a Salad -The Sun News reader survey, 2018. Best Traditional American Restaurant -WMBF News.

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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
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 187 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Julia
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The overall experience was good but the food was mediocre. Not awful for the price point but the BBQ chicken nachos were particularly disappointing. I probably would not return. Our server was great but overall, not the best option

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vipRandallD
Greensboro
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great no

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CookieC
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Relaxed atmosphere. I asked about a wine that was not on the menu. Our waiter went out of his way to find a wine close to what I wanted. He was energetic and provided good service. Our food arrived promptly and at a good temperature. My husband had the ribs and loved his meal. I had steak & shrimp, which was very good.

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JasonC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was perfect even though they were shorthanded during spring break our waiter was friendly and very interactive.
The food was excellent. From appetizers to the entrees even the kiddos liked it. He brought our wine out early to let it breathe though he was not asked too. Very nice place especially given the craziness of spring break time.

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BeverlyH
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal, the food was very good.
We had a party of 10 and had to sit in 2 different areas but it was not an issue for us. This is one of our favorite restaurants .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Anniversary, and that was included on our reservation but nothing was said in regard to our 30th anniversary occasion, kind of disappointed

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vipBrianV
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The server we had was very nice and attentive once she was assigned to our table. That unfortunately was over 10 minutes after we were set. The place was steady not packed. It then took an additional 20+ minutes for us to receive our app (croissants) and side salads. My ribeye was overly fatty and flavorless except the outer portions. They also forgot to add cheese to my potatoes. The chicken we ordered was very over cooked and they put sour cream on the baked potato even though we requested just butter. Not worth the price to come here, the food has more of a chain restaurant like chili’s or Applebee’s. Would not recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Great service- food fair, not worthy of the price.

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HeatherS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food service and experience. It was great having a reservation!

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ElizabethT
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Easter dinner was wonderful. We only had to wait around 10 minutes, which was fine considering it was a holiday. We had a reservation but we knew it would still be crazy. We had a booth away from people so almost felt like we were alone. Our waitress was wonderful and the food was awesome. Would definitely go back.

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DaleB
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

4/4/2021 visit, service extremely slow.

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KimberlyH
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

WE REALLY ENJOYED KYRIESE'S FRIENDLY SERVICE. WE'LL BE BACK SOON.

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ValerieP
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kudos to Ally, our server, ALWAYS great service with a smile!

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Buckeye
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Hostess was overwhelmed on Easter Sunday. Had 4pm reservation; wasn't seated until 4:45. Many empty tables. Was told they are "waiting for servers to arrive". Appetizer never arrived. Entree was missing side items. This is a management problem.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service… We were seated right away… We did not feel crowded… The she crab soup is delicious. Overall great experience

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Premierlarry
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Short wait but wa expected after adding to our reservation last minute. Service and food was great.

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DianneH
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab cakes were outstanding but a little pricey. Server was outstanding. I usually come by every couple of weeks. Would love to see crab cakes added to the menu.

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TiaH
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love coming here. So much we ate here 2 days in a row!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely eat here again! It was a bit busy, but the food was delicioussssss!!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing

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MichaelD
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

California Dreaming is identical to the Carolina Roadhouse, but less crowded. The service and food was excellent. A little pricier than other restaurants, but worth it.

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MMYumm
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good every time we vacation in Surfside Beach. Their online menu doesn’t mention that the prime rib is only served Thursday through Sunday. That was a bummer as we went on a Monday. But all of their food is great. Ribs, BBQ chicken, steak and shrimp. Their house salad is amazing and the reason I crave this restaurant on every vacation. The warm vinaigrette salad dressing is a must try. Oh and the honey croissants come with your salad but you may want to order extra for the table! We finished with a huge slice of cheesecake and the Hershey bar brownie. The kids meals come with a scoop of vanilla ice cream that is wonderful. It’s great that we could make a reservation on OpenTable to ensure our party of 6 didn’t have to wait in our cars.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
63 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to have a pre-meeting meal.

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NitaG
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Server was excellent! Very efficient and friendly. Food served promptly and hot. Value good. Ribs excellent! Filet a little overdone and shrimp yummy. Love those salads and croissants!

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Cdaggett0117
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was okay but not outstanding for the price. The service was wonderful and the staff friendly and helpful.

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AceLee
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, reasonably priced

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vipssnsailor
Richmond
70 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservations for seven of us. They were being slammed because Antique Car Show and cheer competition. Immediately we were seated. Great eating establishment, good service.

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vipDonF
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I like this place food is good and I can get a table on short notice using the open table app.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints

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AndraW
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Everything was flavored well but salmon was undercooked. It took a while to get service for it to be reheated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
63 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Once again...a great meal on the run between meetings!

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Melissa
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Staff wearing mask but not covering noses, not enforcing people entering restaurant to put on masks, not seating everyone at every other table. Food was ok, not the best I’ve had from this chain. Service was ok.

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StephanieS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Gave the waitress my order and 3 minutes later she returned and said they just ran out of lobster tails so ok I will just take a marinated steak with loaded mashed potatoes , she came back in 3 minutes and said they just ran out or mashed potatoes would I like a loaded baked potatoe...by that time I done got upset and told her just give it to me .. the staff need to communicate with the waitress so they can be more aware of what can and can’t be ordered ..

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KennethJ
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My wife ordered the Valentine special. Lobster Tail with steak. Unfortunately the plate did not look like the advertised special. On the print the steak was a piece of steak, my wife received two small medallions. The Lobster Tail was shown as an open shell, easy to take out the lobster meat. The shell my wife received was almost closed and had to be pulled off in pieces to get to the Lobster meat.

The broccoli was excellent, the salad, the wine etc. all was very good.

I do say that the plate received should be as advertised!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was outstanding and food was so good

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DebbieF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was only our second time at California Dreaming as we recently moved to SC from MD. Once again, we absolutely LOVED everything about it! The food was absolutely delicious and the service was again excellent. Love the ambience. This is definitely going to be our go to place for ourselves and also to bring out of towners.

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alanw
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, really didn't know what to expect. We thoroughly enjoyed everything! The food, the excellent service from Ashley, and the price wasn't bad for what you got. Highly recommended!

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Curtis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. Social distancing was well respected

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Nett
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything Was Exceptional!!! My Husband And I Absolutely Enjoyed Ourselves!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday amazing

FAQs

California Dreaming - Surfside Beach offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 215-5255.

California Dreaming - Surfside Beach is rated 4.5 stars by 187 OpenTable diners.

California Dreaming - Surfside Beach 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.