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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 waitress was so nice and accommodating. Food.was excellent and the atmosphere
We had dinner with another couple and had a good time. They enjoyed the menu selection and the food they ordered. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. We always enjoy dining there.
Food was delicious. Always a pleasure to dine here.
Ordered margarita prior to meal. Had to ask again for it after food arrived. Maybe ask if we want dessert before bringing bill. Daughters wanted dessert. Maybe server was really busy??? I enjoyed our lunch. Food was good.
Excellent service, good food, good safety protocols, nice ambience. Great choice!
Server did not remember a couple of special requests, we did mention and he returned with what we asked for. Food is always great!
Awesome salad, rib eye and sides. Scrumptious dessert! Truly an enjoyable evening. Absolutely no issues with the OpenTable Online Reservations.
I was super disappointed in the experience and the food. I made a reservation weeks prior. We were told last Christmas we needed a reservation. We went to our 7 PM reservation and they were taking people without reservations. The Christmas dinner was sold out; the entire reason we made a reservation. We ended up ordering from the rest of the menu because we had no other option. My husband had the filet and I had the seafood platter. The food was terrible. If I knew they were allowing people without reservations and there was a chance we wouldn’t get Christmas dinner, I would have not went to their restaurant.
Very disappointed in the menu that evening. Was a limited menu which was not advertised and then the specials the were out of. Only had choice of Steak or Shrimp or soup and salad. Only 3 options for sides to choose from. We loved the California Dreaming in North Myrtle Beach but does some reason it closed down. Not a good impression of the one at Surside. I don’t know if we will go back and that’s sad when it was one of our favorite restaurants.
After making a 5:30 reservation on line for Christmas we were seated exactly on time. The first thing the waitress who was very good announced was that they were out of the 2 Christmas dinner specials! Verry disappointing!
I had ribs. They were good but had very little meat on them. My wife ordered a filet mignon done medium. When it arrived it was raw in the middle. She sent it back but after quite a while the waitress discovered it had been sent back to the booth next to ours and they accepted it! A $31 filet!
The steak was reordered and after arriving again it too was raw in the middle. A female manager type offered us a free desert for 2 to take home. After eating the perimiter of the steak my wife took it home as well. The following night she wrapped it in foil and heated it in the oven to try to keep it moist. It came out dry and still raw in the middle. Granted it was Christmas and the restaurant was very busy but there were enough things go wrong we won't return. There are too many other good choices in the area. They do have excellent salads, the manager was working quite hard on the food line in the kitchen, the waitress "M" was great, and the female runner / manager? was also great.
We made reservations since we knew with it being Christmas day, the restaurant would be crowded. We made our reservations for 5:15pm. We were seated pretty close to this time even though the restaurant was extremely packed (by the way, no one was social distancing at all!).
Once we got to our table, we noticed that there was just certain items available (my husband had previously that day looked on-line and it looked to him like the full menu was being offered). So instead of what we went there for, we comprised; we both selected a different entree (there were two). Once we did that, our waitress told us that they were already out of the two main (and only) entrees. It was ONLY 5:15pm. Now since the restaurant WAS taking dinner reservations, you would have thought this wouldn't have happened! Someone sure did drop the ball on that! We left at that point! Very disappointed! That was the only activity we had planned that day because of all this COVID non-sense and we couldn't even do that. Now at 5:30pm, and with most restaurants not even being open on Christmas Day, we had to go home and cook our own meal! Wow! Not impressed at all! Sure hope someone got reamed out! I was NOT a happy camper after I went and got all dressed up and made up just to ride around and sit in a restaurant for all of five minutes! My poor husband had to take the brunt of my meltdown after that! Will NEVER visit this restaurant again on ANY of the holidays in the future because obviously someone doesn't know how to plan for them properly!
This is my family’s 3rd Christmas dinner at California Dreaming and the food and service is always excellent.
The steak I had was outstanding. My father enjoyed the holiday dinner however the potatoes tasted off. And there was zero social distancing which is a huge thing right now.
California Dreaming is our favourite dress up place to eat. WE were going to alone on Christmas Day and I surprised my wife when I told her we were going to eat dinner at this restaurant. Our table was reserved for One o'clock. We got there at 12:50 and was asked to stand outside, in the wind and cold,till 1:00. We were some of the first served about ten minutes later, and to our surprise the food, meat, potatoes and the rest were at best room temperature. We did not complain, as the servers were very busy with the 1:00 seating. We ate what we could and took the rest home and reheated it for supper.
This is not there normal way of serving their guests.
Everything was great and it was xmas eve. Price was excellent for quality I read. Cocktail was made perfectly, salad excellent and cheesecake was tasty with the rasburry topping madeit perfect ending. All personnel were courteous and well trained.
I will be back!
The best salad ever! Wonderful service!
California Dreaming continues to be a great place for a quick business meal.
Good food,service,clean,pleasant surroundings. Waitress attentive.
Mashed potatoes not very good a barely warm
Thank you for a great Thanksgiving dinner. Everything was great from the service to the food. Perfect portions and price. I hadn’t been there in a while for no particular reason but I will be back very soon. You did a great job and the manager coming by to check on us was a nice touch!!
The food was excellent and the service was outstanding.
Food was girl kept pushing us to pack up our food and took my husbands drink away before it was finished.
Very mediocre not worth the cost, service was good however.
Food was good and had decent portions, not enough gravy though. good stuffing, the turkey was moist and generous proportion. Food was hot when served. Waitress was a bit overworked, but very helpful and professional. Having worked in restaurant over holidays, they did a very good job. But I have always had good experiences at California Dreaming restaurants. Keep up the good work.
Went here for Thanksgiving Dinner. Meal was very, very good. I even had some leftovers. Generous portions and brought to the table by very personable servers. They did a good job.
For the past several years my mom my sister and myself along with some friends Always eat out at a local restaurant for Thanksgiving. This year's at California dreaming was by far the best in all catagories. Our reservation made for easy no wait in line, wait staff were all happy helpful, food was outstanding best. And we were amazed at the value we usually pay double for less.
Went for Thanksgiving, it was obvious the food was premade and pre plated because it was cold. The food was also bland.
Good food. Good service. Prime rib perfect. Good choices for Thanksgiving.
Great food, good service, pleasant ambience. Have enjoyed CD before many times and look forward to many more visits.
As always consistently great...staff are outstanding.
Always a good place to go to. Never had a problem with anything. A+
Enjoyed our meal and had great service!
Just what we were looking for. Food was tasty and a good value. Service was very good.
Limited menu, a bit noisy, great service, yummy food
One of our favorites! The food is always good and the atmosphere is great.
We are typically there for a business dinner prior to a business meeting. The food, and staff are great...consistently.
Value for money spent is very good. Food ordered was also very good and in substantial portions. We had lunch for friends we hadn't seen for almost 10 years so needless to say our meal took longer than normal as there was a lot of catching up to do. The restaurant is large with volume ceilings but little to no sound absorption material. Having severely damaged hearing due to military service, in the mid '60's it can be a challenge with only one good ear. Hearing aids are useless when there is a lot of background noise, so take then off stick them in your pocket and read lips as best you can. Don't let this stop you from going as the food really is Very Good. Living here we have developed a list of our Favorite places and visit at least one a week and "California Dreaming is on our Favorite list".
Food and service were excellent. I have been dining at California Dreaming for over 20 years and is always superb
Love this restaurant! Husband and I dine here every time we visit Surfside Beach . The food is always delicious and the service is great.
Nice place with lots of room. Food just so so, service was good tho. We found it a little loud for conversation.
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 139 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.