This restaurant now offers Takeout

Bring the restaurant to you. Order and pay for food directly on OpenTable.

View Takeout menu

California Dreaming - Surfside Beach

4.7
355 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: patio seating and online ordering with curbside pick-up.

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

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 355 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.8
service
4.5
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Moderate
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
NM
vipNMBparttimeresident
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good service and food. Unfortunately we had a loud group behind us.

BK
BrendaK
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious and the waitress was very friendly and attentive.

d
deec6
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

This was convenient for both our groups. Great service & good menu

e
eatbeef
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice. Have eaten here several times and it was always a very good experience.

SS
ScottS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We actually went fit the Thanksgiving Dinner this trip. We have eaten here many times and it is always a pleasant experience. We decided it wasn’t worth cooking for 2 this Thanksgiving so we chose California Dreaming. Everything was perfect. The food, service, ambiance, and price weee spot on.

JD
JudyD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Thanksgiving pre-fix. Very good. A lot of food. Just very busy and noisy

KH
KimH
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated before our reservation time, server was very friendly and efficient, food was great!

JA
JACKD
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for the Thanksgiving meal they prepared. There was a lot of delicious food for a decent price. It was pretty full, but they kept the people flowing very well. Our waitress was Shelli and she was wonderful. Have also been to the one in Greenville and they are consistent with food and service. Excellent value for the quality of food.

H
Holly
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Overall the Thanksgiving Dinner menu was ok. The turkey could have been a little less processed. The portions were generous otherwise and tasted pretty good. Very noisy atmosphere. Guess I’m cooking for next year but it was fairly priced in general.

GF
GaryF
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got seated promptly. Food and service was very good. Staff was all friendly on a busy thanksgiving day

MC
MickyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We did Thanksgiving dinner there. That was very well done and way better than other restaurants in the area. My review only reflects that as I have never eaten there otherwise.

SH
SharonH
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal here. And the servers are the best!

AH
AngelaH
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Thanksgiving Dinner! Our server was amazing Will go back again!

SG
SalvadorG
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service… great food… cost is what we expected

MM
MikeM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food & service on Thanksgiving Day! Friendly staff & managers on duty serving us. Impressed with their follow up on my reservation!

JM
JackieM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent Thanksgiving dinner and service!!!! More food than we could eat, everything was delious.

MM
MarkM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick service, great food, and our server was excellent!

S
Skins
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We each had the Thanksgiving holiday platter. With some of each holiday special, and ham,and turkey we were all happy with our dinners. Our server, Tiffany, was gracious and accommodating. We will spend Thanksgiving at California Dreaming again.

JS
JimS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful. The reception was a very warm greeting. I was seated immediately. The server Susan was very courteous and professional. My food was served promptly and everything was a perfect temperature and delicious. A very outstanding experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great as usual. Service was great . Good to see the staffed fully.

SM
ShawnM
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always everything was fantastic. We will keep back time after time. Thank you

RS
RobertS
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitperson was pleasant, prompt and attentive. The she crab soup, one of our favorites, was delicious. The croissants were warm and tasty, and the entrees met all expectations.

CD
ChrisD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The waitress was very professional.
she made sure our questions were answered about signing up for Thanksgiving dinner

PM
PatrickM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on Veterans Day. We were seated within a few minutes of our reservation time. Waitress was very attentive to us. Pleasant experience.

VW
VickiW
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The restaurant was somewhat hard to find. It is primarily made up uncomfortable booths with hard wooden seats and back. This is not conducive for extended talk with friends Also due to the open environment, it is disturbing if someone is talking loudly next to you. The food was average restaurant quality, nothing special. We will probably not return.

C
Cheryl
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Good service, wonderful salad and delicious, tender ribs. We'll definitely come back when we return to Surfside.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
65 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently very good food, and fantastic service

DW
DianaW
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love this place! Have eaten many times here. Last nite ordered prime rib. 1/3 of it was fat. We brought home to our dogs. Planning on eating Thanksgiving lunch here. I know it will be great

CW
vipChuckW
Raleigh
35 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good food and service. Would go there again. Loud atmosphere but ok

a
azkolb
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We enjoyed our visit to California Dreaming to celebrate our anniversary. The food was good, as usual. I asked for my house salad dressing on the side but it was brought to me on the salad. The wonderful honey croissants were delicious but a bit cold. We asked for extra butter for our baked potatoes and it was also cold and difficult for the potato to melt. The baked chicken and shrimp tacos were tasty, and the speed and friendliness of the service was excellent.

SK
SiegfriedK
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

baby ribs where where skimpy.reminds me of a commercial years ago when

the lady asks " where is the meat ? "

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok, service was ok, nothing really unique or special.

KC
KCrom
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was wonderful and our waitress, Jasmine, was phenomenal!

YY
YumYum421
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. The food was great!!

J
John
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Would of had 5 star rating in all area’s, but my wife ordered her steak medium rare, it came medium well. They replaced it with the properly cooked steak, which took an additional 15 min to prepare.

P
vipPrepsel
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food is great here. You have to try the house salad.

BL
BarbaraL
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Music so loud unable to talk, heard several complaints about noise

NM
vipNMBparttimeresident
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a 6:00 reservation and ate outside. Very pleasant. Our waiter did a good job keeping our drinks refilled and brought our items in a timely matter. I was afraid he would forget about us outside but he did great!

TR
TonyaR
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service, once we got service. Waiter was very attentive refills, taking up dirty plates, seeing if we needed anything, etc.

MP
MarkP
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Managment is poor and aloof
Meals had to be sent back to the kitchen twice
When spending over $100.00 for meals the Managment should be invested in the customer experience
However, this is not the case at the Surfside , SC location

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from California Dreaming - Surfside Beach using the Order Online button. California Dreaming - Surfside Beach also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 215-5255.

California Dreaming - Surfside Beach is rated 4.7 stars by 355 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.