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California Dreaming - Surfside Beach

4.7
304 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 304 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.5
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JamesB
Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food always great and service generally fast. All round good menu choices.

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JesseJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed ourselves. Staff was professional and polite; food was excellent. We will be back...thanks

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CharlesS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was really friendly and kept a good environment going for us and our dinner they made everything just right and I proposed and she said yes! They really helped out alot

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food and excellent service and ambiance.

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MaritaM
Wilmington
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was our first trip to a California Dreaming restaurant. The decor of the restaurant was lovely, but extremely noisy, making it hard to carry on conversations. I ordered the Seafood Nachos and loved it. More than enough to eat and very tasty. My husband ordered the fried seafood combination. The food was delicious, but way overpriced for the amount of food and choice of seafood. Our servers were truly excellent. Very friendly and very attentive. Overall, we enjoyed our meals but felt that it was overpriced for what we ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Marinated steak is the best. Drinks are good & reasonably priced. One of our fav places to go when we’re at the beach.

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MarshaB
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delightful dinner with friends and food was delicious! So glad we were able to make reservations through Open Table as many restaurants in Myrtle Beach has long wait lists even during this time of the year. We've visited their other locations and never a disappointment!

DB
vipDaleB
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner with friends we had no seen in several years

JD
JoeD
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although the menu has been shortened, the food continues to be delicious. The salads are always fresh & cold, of course the croissant was warm & delicious, and our steaks were perfectly grilled.
We've been going to California Dreaming for years, (but are very disappointed that their restaurant in Myrtle Beach has been closed permanently), and we are never disappointed in the food or service!

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DebD
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining. Great experience! Chrystal was our server and did an amazing job!

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BigLove
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The filet they could not get to correct temp. Manager went above and beyond to fix situation. Overall, really great. Outstanding service from Shikara. Will ask for her again! And will go there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our outdoor table and the food was tasty and appropriately priced. We will come back.

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Tim1220
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent
Food very good
Enjoyed our dinners

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DonaldK
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars there and have a specific server who is excellent. Best to either make a reservation or get there early, like 4:00.

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RichardC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a larger group and they were very accommodating. Good food good service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kishona was an EXCELLENT server. Thank you for feeding these hungry folks quickly and with a smile. Everything was perfect from the moment we entered the restaurant - we’ll definitely be back!

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LeeC
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The menu lacks creativity, and needs to be revamped.

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Julie
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we come to Myrtle Beach, SC this place is usually our first night dinner! Everything is delicious! The service is spectacular and the prices are fair! Try the croissants off the appetizer menu and the chocolate brownie or cake on the dessert menu, you won’t be disappointed!!

KB
KathiB
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We’ve eaten salads here take out and they were great. But we went in last night and the food was very below par.

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aputerlady
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The four of us used to go here a lot and then when they changed the menu so much we stopped. We ended up here on a whim and so glad we went back. All four of our meals were excellent. The ribs were better than I've had in ages, the sirloin steak was tender and flavorful. The house salad is worth the trip and the service was wonderful.

LE
vipiLiketoEat
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped at California Dreaming for lunch. The food was so good and our sever was really nice. It wasn't too crowded and our food came out in a reasonable amount of time. We're vacationing, but would return!

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chris
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very glad to see had survived pandemic. Took great precautions for safety. We have went to California Dreaming for over 10 years while visiting the beach. Great food and fun.

JK
JaniceK
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick service, great food.

DF
DaleF
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prompt service, attentive waitress, good food as always.

JM
JohnM
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always it's a great dining experience and we are a very large family. All 8 of us were very comfortably set at the round corner table.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

College drop off

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MelindaSW
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was good. The BBQ sandwich was so saturated in sauce that it was inedible. The salad was a bit overdressed as well. But I have to give it to any restaurant that is surviving with the staff shortage.

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vipBSbyTS
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Average dinnng experience; glorified TGIF

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great meal with great service.

LC
LaChelleJ
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience! They service was wonderful, the food was fabulous, and it was very quick. This location was very clean and inviting. We will be returning. Our server, Jeff was a blessing!

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MelissaM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inside was very clean, nicely decorated, quiet but also a good family environment. Ate with my husband and 4 kids. We are always looking for gems since moving here and this definitely made the list. The food was amazing and our waitress was outstanding. On top of our table and drinks super sweet quick and always checking on us. The kids are all their food which is rare lol so speaks to how good it was! They even gave the kids extra coloring stuff on the way out the door. I highly recommend. We will def be back

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THERESAP
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, the atmosphere was relaxed, our server was fantastic, and the prices were reasonable….

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were both great!

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vipDRBBR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great dining experience during our first night of vacation. Food was pretty good (except chicken tenders). Great atmosphere and server, Carla, was great!

AB
AmyB
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Grateful that this location is open since Myrtle Beach location closed

MZ
vipMZ41
Pittsburgh
53 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time visit, we heard very good things, especially the signature salad! We had a mini version with our meal as the house salad. There was plenty for two of us in one serving. Our several, Gwen, was great with recommendations. My wife had the shrimp past dish and I had the Rib Eye steak. Both were so good, we said we look forward to returning in September when we visit the area. Don’t forget the New York Cheesecake which if asked will come with a topping. ( Raspberry sauce).

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was outstanding especially since there was a rush when we arrived. The food was good and the portion sizes were great for the price.

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vipTheresaH
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service snd food.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, ambiance, and value. The service was amazing!

TL
vipTammyL
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our waiter name was Jeff was his first week excellent service. Michelle at the bar is excellent!

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 304 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.