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California Dreaming - Surfside Beach

4.5
139 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Thank you for your continued support. We have missed you and cannot wait to welcome you all back! We have implemented new operational standards to keep everyone safe, including limiting large parties greater than 8. Read more on californiadreaming.rest

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.

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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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 139 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was so nice and accommodating. Food.was excellent and the atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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HowardC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Always a pleasure to dine here.

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DanaE
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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.

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MelB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, good food, good safety protocols, nice ambience. Great choice!

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ValerieP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Server did not remember a couple of special requests, we did mention and he returned with what we asked for. Food is always great!

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RonaldA
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome salad, rib eye and sides. Scrumptious dessert! Truly an enjoyable evening. Absolutely no issues with the OpenTable Online Reservations.

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Keahi
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

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.

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RhondaC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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.

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AndyD
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

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.

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Born2Shop
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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!

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ShannonB
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my family’s 3rd Christmas dinner at California Dreaming and the food and service is always excellent.

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MelissaC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

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.

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Brocky
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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.

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Rich
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipallgames7
London
44 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best salad ever! Wonderful service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
58 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

California Dreaming continues to be a great place for a quick business meal.

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nickh
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food,service,clean,pleasant surroundings. Waitress attentive.

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DaleB
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mashed potatoes not very good a barely warm

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KennyL
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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PaulH
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was outstanding.

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KarenB
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food was girl kept pushing us to pack up our food and took my husbands drink away before it was finished.

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MakiahS
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Very mediocre not worth the cost, service was good however.

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DwightJ
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

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Leen
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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LauraB
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.
Thank you

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Lucy
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Went for Thanksgiving, it was obvious the food was premade and pre plated because it was cold. The food was also bland.

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BettyC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Good service. Prime rib perfect. Good choices for Thanksgiving.

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MicheleS
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service, pleasant ambience. Have enjoyed CD before many times and look forward to many more visits.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
59 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always consistently great...staff are outstanding.

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KennethJ
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good place to go to. Never had a problem with anything. A+

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vipDean
Baltimore
81 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our meal and had great service!

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JulieB
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just what we were looking for. Food was tasty and a good value. Service was very good.

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vipNashvegas
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Limited menu, a bit noisy, great service, yummy food

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ChristyE
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites! The food is always good and the atmosphere is great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
59 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are typically there for a business dinner prior to a business meeting. The food, and staff are great...consistently.

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Crabdaddy
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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".

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frankiep
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. I have been dining at California Dreaming for over 20 years and is always superb

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Kate
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Husband and I dine here every time we visit Surfside Beach . The food is always delicious and the service is great.

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LoriB
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Nice place with lots of room. Food just so so, service was good tho. We found it a little loud for conversation.

FAQs

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.