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California Dreaming - Surfside Beach

4.6
257 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.

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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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 257 people are saying
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4.6
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BethSN
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were good as usual. Seated immediately as we did the reservation of our time slot. Great experience. Highly recommend.

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AdelleE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our salads were delicious and the service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brother and his wife visiting. We were all very pleased with the food and the service,

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Wait staff were to fast . We weren’t half way through our salads & dinners arrived
We understand it short handed that night, but stills meal is to be enjoyed, This is not a McDonald’s drive thru, in & out…
Thanks….

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WillieJ
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have been to this location many times and they never disappoint. Worth the visit each time.

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TeresaD
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, courteous staff. Nice menu selections. Food was good.

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TinaE
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing salads and steaks. Great service. Love the online reservation option.

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OpenTable Diner
West Virginia
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had reservations and were seated immediately upon arrival. Our server, Carla, was exceptional. Very knowledgeable of the menu and extremely attentive to our needs. Ribs were Ok. We will be back but only on the nights that they have Prime Rib.

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OpenTable Diner
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. Food was excellent; they have a wide bar of options. Made a reservation online and were seated promptly. Definitely recommend.

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RobinD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food! Great service and pleasant atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, our server was great too! Made reservations and they sat us right away.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Waited 10 minutes for my family to be acknowledged by the waitress. Had to ask multiple time for drink refills. Sides to my meal didn’t come out until I was already finished with my main course.

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Sandi
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service.

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ElizabethS
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Geeat service.. reservation was within 15 minutes after we arrived.. food order returned promptly. We enjoyed our evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So awesome! Food was great, service was great! I would eat here everytime I visit Myrtle Beach!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good and service was great. Highly recommended. The pork chops are amazing

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MarleneH
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Croissants were delicious. Salads were a very generous portion and delicious. Burgers were fantastic. Will definitely come back.

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Bdavisjr75
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Overall this was no more or less than expected. The side salad was brought out late and was not prepared as requested. The fish of the day was amazing. Drink refills were slow.

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WilliamH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We stopped in for dinner at 8 pm and had originally made a reservation but it wasn’t busy enough to have needed one. Food was excellent and freshly prepared. Will definitely dine here again

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LongIslander
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservation on Open Table and when arrived, immediately seated. Server was super nice and on the ball. Constantly refilled drink glasses without waiting to be asked. Food was good and atmosphere very appealing.

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MelissaG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. The drinks and food were also great!

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Morgan
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having the reservation allowed us to walk right in and be seated. As a party of 6, we were in and out within 45 min. It was excellent!

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MarleneH
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of best restaurants in the myrtle beach area. Always great service and the food is wonderful.

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Tom2001
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere, and service. Only complaint is price and food portions. I wish they'd offer smaller portions at a lower price. Otherwise, great meal!

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CassieG
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Our server was very new but she did her best! We were disappointed with how our steaks came out. 4/5 of them were not prepared as we ordered. Pretty discouraging to leave half of a $20 steak on a plate. The manager was great and helping the server whenever he could.

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MaryandDoug
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always enjoy this place. Don't have one near home, so go every time we're in town. Great food, excellent service. Start with a terrific salad, entree, always delicious fresh veggies as a side. Never misses.

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JoanneC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservations. Went straight to our table. Was met by servers. Drinks immediately. Good to follow

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were promptly seated, hostess was very nice. After being seated for 15 minutes we still had not been waited on…several employees walked by our table, but none offered to even take our drink order. We never was waited on, so we left.

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danapex
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We arrived early for our reservation and they were able to sit us immediately. Our food was delicious, as always, but our server was not pleasant in the least, first time we have ever experienced that on our visits.

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RhondaS
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent! Can’t remember her name, but she is one of the best! We had our 4 year old grandson with us. It was so nice to walk right in to our table. Food was delivered quickly and perfect as ordered. One of our favorite restaurants to visit!

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AngeliqueH
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great (consistently dependable). Best salad in Grand Strand!

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vipBonappetite
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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DanielleY
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

One of our favorites places to eat. Tried the she crab soup for the first time - amazing.

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EricH
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a nice change of pace. The food was all cooked well and the butter croissants were wonderful. Large portions also.

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Goat
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waiter!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food! Great Service!

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Jonzee
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We have eaten at California Dreaming many times and always enjoyed good food and exceptional service. This visit was not up to par. Good points: Ambiance was great. CD Salad and She Crab soup was Fantastic!!
Bad points: Cowboy Steak was ordered medium and arrived charred beyond recognition. Sent it back and second Cowboy steak was charred on the outside and RARE on the inside. By this time everyone else had eaten and I was too hungry to send it back again. Needless to say, I was not impressed with this overpriced bone-in Ribeye.
Lastly, our server was ok, but she could have been a tad more professional. Nothing warranted a talk with management, but her carefree attitude and need to interject her personal opinions made us feel as though we were at Hooters. Although, I will say she hit the nail on the head when she told me “no one ever orders a Cowboy Steak.” Hmmmm... should have listened to her on that one. Overall, we will continue to eat at California Dreamibg because the food really is good and the service is usually top-notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place!!!!!

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 4.6 stars by 257 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.