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California Dreaming - Surfside Beach
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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
Service was great no
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.
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.
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 .
Anniversary, and that was included on our reservation but nothing was said in regard to our 30th anniversary occasion, kind of disappointed
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
Great service- food fair, not worthy of the price.
Great food service and experience. It was great having a reservation!
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.
4/4/2021 visit, service extremely slow.
WE REALLY ENJOYED KYRIESE'S FRIENDLY SERVICE. WE'LL BE BACK SOON.
Kudos to Ally, our server, ALWAYS great service with a smile!
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.
Very good service… We were seated right away… We did not feel crowded… The she crab soup is delicious. Overall great experience
Short wait but wa expected after adding to our reservation last minute. Service and food was great.
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.
Absolutely love coming here. So much we ate here 2 days in a row!
I would definitely eat here again! It was a bit busy, but the food was delicioussssss!!
Our waitress was amazing
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.
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.
Always a great place to have a pre-meeting meal.
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!
Food was okay but not outstanding for the price. The service was wonderful and the staff friendly and helpful.
Great food, reasonably priced
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.
I like this place food is good and I can get a table on short notice using the open table app.
Everything was flavored well but salmon was undercooked. It took a while to get service for it to be reheated.
Once again...a great meal on the run between meetings!
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.
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 ..
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!
It was outstanding and food was so good
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.
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!
Everything was amazing. Social distancing was well respected
Everything Was Exceptional!!! My Husband And I Absolutely Enjoyed Ourselves!!!
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 168 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.