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California Dreaming - Surfside Beach

4.7
393 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 393 people are saying
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4.5
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MarshaB
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal, excellent service and just an enjoyable experience. This restaurant is a MUST when we visit SC!

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BarbaraL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

had reservation seating was prompt, noise level was ok

service was good, food right temperature, good

LM
LoveMyrtleBeach
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, atmosphere and service! We are repeat customers and book our holidays and weekends there!
Highly recommend!

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PaulP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shelly was fantastic!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was outstanding. Overall it was a pleasant experience. We been fans for years…

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Siobhan
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best server award goew to Carla. She was patient, helpful with menu selection.

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Mike1
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Frankly hate to give poor reviews. Had not been there in a few years now I remember why.

Service was great.

Ordered the Danish ribs. They were dry and tasteless, stale actually.

Maybe again in a few years.

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BarbaraB
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a reservation and we were a little early but got seated within 5 mins. Wait staff and food was excellent. I would suggest making a reservation.

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PhilipW
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Steak, shrimp, salad and sides-oh, my! Date night got us reserving a table(recommended) and a prompt text msg got us seated without delay. Beautifully decorated open floor plan with vaulted wood ceilings, bar and soft lighting setting a comfortable ambiance. Drinks came promptly followed by our salads and a warm, sweet croissant that simply melted in your mouth. First salads were a mixup but replacements soon came on chilled plates. My Caesar was a nice mix of crisp romaine with grated romano cheese and croutons. Sizable salad nicely tossed and topped. My aged USDA choice 10oz. sirloin steak came marinated in fruit juices, garlic, soy sauce and spices and grilled to my liking. It was moist, loaded with flavor but a tad stringy in the middle. Add on was succulent broiled shrimp with a tangy cocktail sauce and my side was home style mashed potatoes that were chunky and a variation of flavors. Not your standard mashed potatoes. Service was impeccable and Christine was on her A game, working her southern charm that quickly won us over.

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vipPash
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Poorly cooked steak after returning twice. Eat there frequently and most of the time it is good. Meat is too thick for accurate cooking choices.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful restaurant with wonderful food! Our waitress was fantastic. Personable, hard working (I understand there were 5 waiters who called off) and efficient! We loved our experience.
My only “ room for improvement “ comment was that the hostess was less than welcoming and appeared annoyed when I asked her to repeat something. If you want your guests to have the complete experience, perhaps some hostess training would help.
The food was SO delicious I couldn’t eat dessert, but took home your bread pudding which I’ll eat tonight. Can’t wait!!

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LoveMyrtleBeach
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Beautiful atmosphere. Great service! My favorite place to eat!!!

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JamesM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great greating and service. Food was very good and good portion. Drink was good and not watered down. A little pricy, but matched the service and good food. Environment was very nice.

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JoanS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was very good and plenty of it . Courtney, our server , was excellent. Checked on us to make sure all was ok and was very pleasant and answered all of our questions.

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JaniceC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was necessary to change our number from 6 to 4, and the staff could not have been more understanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

The waitress was excellent. The only problem was the gentleman who brought the food to the table dropped some of my food on the table and didn’t say anything. Kind of disappointed. But overall the food is great.

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HeatherW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The she crab soup was magnificent. Service was great

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner, service and food were excellent

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markP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great. service is great. Not rushed, very pleasant dinner with my family.

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MarshaB
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a problem at this restaurant even though it was New Years Eve. Jeffrey our service was knowledgeable and attentive and checked on us throughout the meal . Plenty of choices on the menu and we will return!

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RobinD
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food wasn't as good as usual. Service was so so but they were very busy for NYE. But we would still go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Server was great. Food was quick. Cooked right and tasted awesome.

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vipdiningoutinjersey
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

If you are dining inside the restaurant don't sit near the front windows. The people parking outside there to pick up food don't turn their headlights off and they are very bright while you are trying to eat. Other than that great place to eat.

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vipShaneR
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our Waiter was amazing.... Kyrese (I maybe messing that name up)

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DonS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated on time according to our reservation. We ordered salsa, which were delicious but didn't have time to finish them before the main course was served. It would have been nice to have had an option for the vegetable instead of just the Brussel sprouts.

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NicholeS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy for Christmas Day but the food was great and service was wonderful!

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JACKD
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We ate at California Dreamin for Thanksgiving and the meal was so good we were looking forward to going back for Christmas dinner. Our waitress was very good as has been our experience before. I hate to say it but the prime rib wasn't good at all. Tough and no flavor. It was very disappointing. The sides were good until we got to the pecan pie. The pie must have been shipped in by a food service frozen and thawed out before serving. Sorry CD, we expected better from you.

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BetsyW
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

My friends and I have eaten at CA Dreaming many times including on Thanksgiving or Christmas and the food was always good. This visit was very disappointing. On the plus side, the sweet potatoes were good and the corn dish (was it corn pudding?) was also tasty. Everything was room temperature except the mashed potatoes and gravy and they were cold, I generally love Brussels sprouts but these were seriously overcooked to the point of mushy, the turkey tasted like it had been cooked days (weeks?) ago, the ham was so tough it was difficult to cut with a knife, and any frozen pecan pie would have been better than what was served. Maybe the traditional Thanksgiving dishes are hard to prepare well ahead of time but this is a well regarded restaurant and it has done way better in the past. If we go again for a holiday meal, I'll order the fried shrimp. P.S. - The waiter was very pleasant. Re: question below, I would recommend CA Dreaming but not for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

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AnnS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious,my friend and I had the prime rib ,my partner the fried shrimp.
We both took half of the prime rib home!
Waitress was very attentive and friendly!!
Will be back again for more delicious dinners!

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RonaldP
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and restaurant were fabulous. We were expecting a special menu but had a regular there menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time will definitely return. Love the ambiance.

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MarieF
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is a great place to eat! the food is phenomenal every time we go! love it

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
67 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, superior service, and great value.

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EdGe
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

David our server was very very good. The mahi that 3 of us got was horrible very salty like cod. We should of sent it back. The 4th party enjoyed his steak and shrimp.

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nellen
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Jazmine was our waitress and she was awesome!!

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vipNMBparttimeresident
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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BrendaK
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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deec6
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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

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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.

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 393 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.