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California Dreaming - Spanish Fort, Spanish Fort, AL

California Dreaming - Spanish Fort

4.5
4.5
362 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: happy hour daily 4-7PM, live music every Tuesday - Thursday on our large ourdoor patio and online ordering with curbside pickup.

For parties of 8 or greater, please call (251) 626-9942.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Steak, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (251) 626-9942
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Our full service catering, with delivery, setup and staff assistance, is available for parties of 6+. We also offer quick service pick-up and same-day catering.
  • Neighborhood
    Fairhope
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 362 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Mobile

    Best Value

  • Mobile

    Great for brunch

  • Mobile

    Good for groups

  • Mobile

    Hot spot

  • Mobile

    Neighborhood gem

  • Mobile

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Mobile

    Lively

  • Mobile

    Best Ambiance

  • Mobile

    Best Value

  • Mobile

    Good for groups

  • Mobile

    Hot spot

  • Mobile

    Neighborhood gem

  • Mobile

    Romantic

  • Mobile

    Lively

362 Reviews
  1. LisaC

    Oklahoma City

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food & service was good, 3 of us ordered different items, no complaints from anyone on food! Noise level was to loud for us & seated in front of the doors which made cold air hit us, other than that its worth giving business to

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  2. WilliamE

    Mobile

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Made a reservation. Table wasn't ready for over 30 minutes past said reservation time. Server was very good, but steak was overcooked and baked potato was undercooked and dry. I would give it another chance, because the overall value and menu options were very good.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there. It was Valentine’s Day, and everyone seemed very relaxed. We had a little bit of a wait, but that was to be expected. The food was worth the wait and very good!
    California Dreaming - Spanish FortResponded on February 21, 2024
    I am glad you enjoyed your Valentine's Day with us! Thank you for the kind review I apologize about the wait. I hope to have you back soon! Sam Weiman Service Manager

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  4. TerryB

    Alabama

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Valentines special was not explained well to the customers or waiters. One chicken dinner was cooked to a charred crisp. Order was confused and one salad arrived 45 minutes after ordering. Very disappointed and unlike several other meals at this restaurant.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For this to be my first time, I am quite upset that I didn’t go earlier. I have been told to go to this place multiple times, but I just put it off . the portion of food they give you for the price is amazing and the customer service is quite amazing as well.
    California Dreaming - Spanish FortResponded on February 14, 2024
    I am glad you enjoyed your first visit with us! We love hearing when we did a good job. We hope to have you back soon! Thank you, Sam Weiman Service Manager

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  6. KIII

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our evening out at California Dreaming. Great place and prices are reasonable for what you get.
    California Dreaming - Spanish FortResponded on February 13, 2024
    I wanted to personally thank you for sharing your dining experience. We value your patronage and look forward to serving you again soon! Sam Weiman Service Manager

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  7. MillieJudy

    Mobile

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I had such a lovely evening with California Dreaming! It was lovely to catch up with Sam and Michelle who gave us excellent, professional and warmly accommodating service. We know we can always count on California Dreaming for consistently great food and drinks, service, and a lively atmosphere. We could drink the ranch in gallons and love their spicy and broiled chicken sandwiches. Thank you all for a great night and we are looking forward to next time!
    California Dreaming - Spanish FortResponded on February 8, 2024
    Thank you so much for the kind words, it is always a pleasure to have you and your husband in the restaurant.

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  8. ByronJ

    Mobile

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been to California Dreaming for just over 3 years and every experience I have had was absolutely amazing.The severs are knowledgeable and helpful which makes selection very easy.And the food is beyond delicious and served in a timely manner.

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  9. LisaB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We found this place about a month ago. We have been a few times now and LOVE it!!! Never disappoints!!!

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  10. MiguelU

    Mobile

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    No respetaron el horario de nuestra reserva y la cómida demoro más de 1 hora y la verdad no estaba buena !

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  11. RicM

    Mobile

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and Service couldn’t have been better!!!! It was New years Eve, but service was still great!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy dinning or eating lunch at California Dreaming!

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  13. GordonC

    Dallas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Not what we have come to expect of California Dreaming. This establishment did not meet our expectations. While the service was good, the quality of the food was well below par. Even after bringing this to the attention of our server, the message back to us was " the kitchen has been going down all day; and trying to remake your order is probably not going to result in anything better".... Really? So my food is bad, confirmed by the server, and that's just the way it is? We accepted the offer to take the meal off our bill, paid for the rest of the meal (that was also sub-standard), and we left this establishment with a promise to never return. So sad this place has come to this.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good prompt service. Young lady was very nice!

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  15. DavidR

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Ambience,service and value were about average for California Dreaming. Food was off. Rolls were somewhat hard. Quesadilla was good if you like canned chicken and very little cheese. Salads were drenched with dressing and the blue cheese dressing that was " The best in the world" according to the waitress didn't taste like any blue cheese I had ever eaten. Wife said her potato soup was good and she didn't comment about her salad. The next question in the survey ask if I would recommend eating here. Don't like yes or no so maybe.

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  16. JohnH

    Mobile

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great service ok but they were very busy

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All good, Juan the mgr attentive as always👍🏻 Food great and prepared as desired!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and the service was very good

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This time around was so much better. Our waitress was very attentive as well as all the staff. We were well taken care of and I enjoyed my date with my husband last night.
    California Dreaming - Spanish FortResponded on December 7, 2023
    We are so glad you enjoyed your experience! While I am sad to hear you have had a not so great experience in the past, I am pleased that you gave us another try and we were able to WOW you! Thank you very much for the great review.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, food was great! Juan and Sam great mgrs. Anna our server did a great job.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The server was top notch. He should be promoted to management. It was very very noisy in there. My cousin thought the lettuce should have been a better one than iceberg. Two of us asked for avocado on our veggie burgers, and if we got it it was invisible. The floors (a humid and partly rainy day) were dangerously slippery.
    California Dreaming - Spanish FortResponded on December 7, 2023
    I want to thank you for visiting our restaurant. I also, want to offer my sincerest apologies that we missed the mark with you and your guests. This is not the standard that we hold our restaurant to and I would love the opportunity to have another chance to show you how AMAZING California Dreaming really is!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took an old friend that I haven’t seen in years! She loved it. Everything was great.

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  23. UshabenH

    Mobile

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a thanksgiving dinner. The service was excellent and the so was the food

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  24. JimJ

    Naples

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    California Dreamin Restaurant is one of my favorite places. Great people, great food and great prices. Overall Excellent!

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  25. IowaFamily

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a fantastic experience! We made a last minute reservation for Thanksgiving as we were out of state travelling. We didn't know what to expect but we're blown away by the service, the food and hospitality. The special meal was superb and our young son got the opportunity to thank the chef for the meal. The turkey and ham were cooked perfectly and the sweet potatoes were amazing. Our other son finished them first and asked for more. They were also accommodating in allowing us to have an extra piece of pie as our youngest shared a meal with an adult. This was an affordable special occasion restaurant with better service than another chain restaurant down the road!

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  26. TheodoreS

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family and I have been to CD for Thanksgiving dinner for the last two years. We all live in different states, so we don't want to cook, but still want to have the Thanksgiving experience. California Dreaming is perfect...great food, excellent and prompt service and great family time. If you don't want to cook for Thanksgiving, but still have a great meal, this is your place! Thanks to all involved in the service!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic Thanksgiving meal! Everything was delicious…

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  28. LynnM

    Mobile

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our second year dining at CA Dreaming for Thanksgiving and it was wonderful! I highly recommend this event. The staff is friendly and the food is outstanding.

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  29. DawnW

    Mobile

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing! We will be back next year! Service was fabulous! Thanks for making us feel like family!

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  30. flengo

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the second year in a row that we have eaten at California dreaming for Thanksgiving dinner. We always make reservations and they're always available upon arrival. The portion is perfect and the food was fantastic.

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  31. GingerE

    Mobile

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was fabulous-very attentive! Thanksgiving plate was generous & yummy. Took food home😋 Music was too loud-hard to converse with partner. Our first visit- might return to try steak.

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  32. AlanC

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Thankgiving dinner was fantastic. Portion size was just right. The flavor of everything was outstanding.

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  33. LindaS

    Mobile

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We love spending Thanksgiving at California Dreaming. This is our 2nd year and we’ll be back next year too! Food is great and the service is excellent. My only critique would be the music was a bit too loud for our tastes… Hard to have a conversation.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great server, Juan the mgr very attentive. Food very good and portions excellent.

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  35. GeorgeE

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good visit! Our young server, Yarima (sp), was pleasant and efficient. Made good suggestions and asked all the right questions. Our 2nd visit to this restaurant and very pleased. May request seating next visit away from the kitchen, as it was quite noisy!
    California Dreaming - Spanish FortResponded on November 15, 2023
    Thank you so much for visiting California Dreaming! We will absolutely be happy accommodate your request to sit away from the kitchen. We appreciate the compliments on Yarnya and will sharing it with the staff today. We look forward to having you as our guest again soon!

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  36. Rick

    Mobile

    37 reviews

    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the veggie burger and the roasted carrots/chick peas. Please add more!

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  37. Audge

    Houston

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great selection of meals and great service. Top notch dining.
    California Dreaming - Spanish FortResponded on November 10, 2023
    We are so glad you enjoyed your visit! We look forward to having you as our guests again!

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  38. TerryB

    Alabama

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great selections and very good & fast service. Always our favorite restaurant.

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  39. KIII

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a party of 6. The staff was exceptional!! Very kind and great service!! We go here quite often for lunch . This time was for dinner. Food was wonderful as usual and we will go back again.

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  40. TchenaviaS

    Mobile

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had great experience husband birthday was amazing

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

California Dreaming - Spanish Fort offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (251) 626-9942.

California Dreaming - Spanish Fort is rated 4.5 stars by 362 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for California Dreaming - Spanish Fort

30500 State Hwy 181, Spanish Fort, AL 36527-5803

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Fairhope
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Steak, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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