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California Dreaming

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30500 State Highway 181, Suite 700, Spanish Fort, AL 36527-5809
251.626.9942
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
Description: Voted “Best All Around Restaurant” at Taste of the Eastern Shore and “Best...
Voted “Best All Around Restaurant” at Taste of the Eastern Shore and “Best Place to Eat” by Baldwin County Now. Enjoy giant-sized fare from the California Dreaming kitchen like “fall-off-the-bone” baby back ribs, slow-cooked Prime Rib and the California Dreaming Salad, all prepared fresh daily. The lively setting is complete with an expansive patio overlooking the fountains at Eastern Shore Centre. The restaurant also features happy hour; late night bar bites; live music; large party carry-out, catering and accessibility for groups.
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  • 39
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food

Husband had crab soup that was so good he ordered a second bowl! During that time, I devoured the huge salad that came with our shared dinner, and we shared the warm, honey-drizzled croissant - oh, yeah! Split a fried shrimp dinner which was good, but rather average.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2015
Teri_S1234
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Arlington, Tennessee
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for lunch. I had the hot vegetable salad with house dressing and it was awesome. My wife got the chicken quesadilla and my son the house nachos. Both said they were pretty good. I'll definitely be back here again.

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Thank Patrick H
Berthoud
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139 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

We wanted a nice lunch. We had heard good things, so we decided to try California Dreaming. The restaurant is located in the mall area, so parking is not an issue. The interior is very inviting. It is elegant and very nicely laid out. We were seated right away by a friendly greeter. The service went down after that. It... More 

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Thank Mlbpafan
Florida
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67 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

My husband took his mother over yesterday and requested that I post: Took my 82 year old mother for some Christmas shopping and a prime rib dinner at California Dreaming. I had told her all about their delicious prime rib and she was excited about giving it a try. We placed her order for a “well done” piece and mine... More 

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1 Thank RealtorK
Arlington, Tennessee
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Husband had crab soup that was so good he ordered a second bowl! During that time, I devoured the huge salad that came with our shared dinner, and we shared the warm, honey-drizzled croissant - oh, yeah! Split a fried shrimp dinner which was good, but rather average.

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Thank Teri_S1234
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

The standard of service shows a complete lack of training that borders on disrespect. Our server could not answer one question about either the drink or food menus. Water and glass from a broken Pellegrino sat under my chair through the entire meal. We waited forever for our checks. While a limited menu sometimes shows confidence, in this case it... More 

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1 Thank Kim L
CentraArchy_CRMC, Public Relations Manager at California Dreaming, responded to this review

Hi Kim, It sounds like we missed the mark on several accounts. While we don't claim to be Michelin star, we do strive to provide our guests with the highest level of friendly, responsive service and the highest quality food for the price point. Thank you for visiting. More 

2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

I had a cheeseburger which was cooked to order and very tasty. However, our waitress was poorly trained. We noticed other wait staff made many of the same mistakes. We had to ask for mayo/mustard for the burgers (this seems like a reasonable question to ask when taking an order for burgers). She did not clear any plates, set drinks... More 

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1 Thank Cindy F
CentraArchy_CRMC, Public Relations Manager at California Dreaming, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to bring these issues to our attention. We really appreciate your support and concern for our standards, and we are very sorry that a member of our team didn’t provide the highest level of friendly, responsive service. More 

Milton, Florida
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

My wife and I dined at California Dreaming to celebrate our anniversary, and we really enjoyed it. First of all, it was extremely busy that night, so I expected a long wait; much to my surprise the wait was very short. After being quickly seated, our very attentive waiter came to the table and took our order for drinks and... More 

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Thank Chris H
Pensacla, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

Had lunch at the restraurant based on Trip Advisor ratings. The atmosphere was elegant and the staff attentive. Service was fast and the food came promptly. We had an very enjoyable time and highly recommend it for anyone in the area.

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Thank Robert M
Foley, Alabama
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Our server was informative and helpful. The fried crab claws and shrimp BLT wrap were delicious. We will definitely return soon.

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Thank Briwin86
Kennett, Missouri
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 via mobile

The food was delicious. I had the salmon salad and my husband, the filet w/ linguine. Enjoyed both! Can't do 5 stars because even though we had reservations, they sat us in between two other crowded tables with no room to move. Our server was very sweet, but overall service quite slow. We would definitely go back, however.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 30500 State Highway 181, Suite 700, Spanish Fort, AL 36527-5809
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Spanish Fort
  • Phone Number: 251.626.9942

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children

Description

Voted “Best All Around Restaurant” at Taste of the Eastern Shore and “Best Place to Eat” by Baldwin County Now. Enjoy giant-sized fare from the California Dreaming kitchen like “fall-off-the-bone” baby back ribs, slow-cooked Prime Rib and the California Dreaming Salad, all prepared fresh daily. The lively setting is complete with an expansive patio overlooking the fountains at Eastern Shore Centre. The restaurant also features happy hour; late night bar bites; live music; large party carry-out, catering and accessibility for groups.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?