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California Dreaming - Surfside Beach

4.5
225 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 225 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RhondaS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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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vipBonappetite
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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DanielleY
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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EricH
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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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!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going there for a long while always good food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service.

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vipWoody
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our food was excellent..I had potato soup and club sandwich. My wife had the pulled pork sandwich. Both excellent. Our server was very good. The bar service was terrible....Moscow Muke served in a small glass not a copper mug. Yes, it makes a difference. My wine had been spilled on the glass and the bartender didn't clean it up before serving...stained my new shirt on my first sip as it dripped off the bottom of the glass.

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JessicaW
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yesterday for dinner was the first time we’ve ever been to California dreaming and it was absolutely amazing!! The inside is huge and we loved the palm trees in the middle. Everything was very clean and well kept. Our server (I wish I could remember her name, she had kind of like a Wisconsin accent) was great and very accommodating. She was very knowledgeable, super nice and professional. Loved her!
The food and drinks were absolutely on point, we were blown away, everything was soooo good! Thanks for having us, we will definitely be back!

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ThomasH
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Good food but lack of servers made it longer of a wait than normal

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BrianB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Clean restaurant and attentive service!

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vipScottC
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends and family. Great gathering spot.

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vipCliftonGal
Washington DC
142 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

In town on a golf trip. This is just your everyday run of the mill restaurant. Food OK but nothing spectacular.

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vipBill1
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

food was pretty good, restaurant was nice. The waiter was rude and in a hurry. it was a Tuesday nite, not crowded. The waiter was most upset we did have our mind made up the first tone he came to the table. he got our drinks and salad order wrong. slow down and be nice, you will make note tip money.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

was visiting for Mother’s day and it was simply amazing ! food was great and service was excellent ! I plan on returning for father’s day with more family members.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mother’s Day lunch was great

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IreneM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great mother's day and the waitress was very energetic and friendly. The food was delish. I go almost every week and have never been disappointed with the food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Family was getting together for Mother’s Day. Service was quick and personable. Everyone’s order was perfect. Special care was taken for providing a sling for my sleeping 6 month old grandson.

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SusanH
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a bad experience at California Dreaming. Always great food, drinks, service and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! My new favorite restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. They had an hour and a half wait and line at the door. However our open table reservation got us to the front of the line and we did not wait at all.

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Tom2001
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great service. Beautiful restaurant.

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Bobby
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, everything was as it should be can’t wait to go back again.

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Kimee
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Thanks for the food and drinks. It was a good time. The salad was pretty fresh. Always love the honey butter crescent rolls!

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TwinMama
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I’ve liked another location better. Had a long wait for our salads and they were just so so

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Lucyalli2
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Server was fine. Nothing that stood out compared to other service received in Myrtle. Food was very good. I had BBQ chicken and my company had a shrimp pasta. Very good also. I really thought the croissants used to be free but now you pay for them?! Not sure it’s been many years since we’ve been. Anyway, we’Ll be back. Good experience overall.

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vipSunshine
Sacramento
28 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and freshly prepared. Their scones melt in your mouth.

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LisaC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had a member of our party order a medium well steak and it was charred and over well done. It tasted burned. Everything else was very good

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Mrsdimplesj
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service! Will definitely be going again soon!

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TomR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My previous visit to California Dreaming had been at least ten years ago in Columbia, SC. Following this visit I realized how much I missed CD. The food and service both exceeded my expectations. They were better than I had remembered.

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DuckCommander1
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food and service. Thank you for a great birthday experience

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DarrellS
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guys annual golf trip to Myrtle Beach, everyone enjoyed their food. Our server Shelly was AWESOME and very attentive. We will make California Dreaming a regular stop when in Myrtle Beach!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as usual. Steak was a bit undercooked. But no problem. Went there because food and service is always solid.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I never complain. Ever!!! Our server made multiple mistakes and seemed to want to get rid of us after the first mistake. I ordered a draft beer, got one in a can. Had him take it back. Ordered chili without chives, received chili,by him , with chives. My wife ordered a salad with its house ranch dressing and got blue cheese (already tossed into the salad. It was early and they were not busy so mistakes like this shouldn’t happen.

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Julia
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
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
29 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great no

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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 4.5 stars by 225 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.