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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 - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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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    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 4
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Saturday evening dinner!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Kennett, Missouri
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Kennett, Missouri
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

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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Daphne, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We gave California Dreaming a try for a late lunch last week and and found the food and the service to be very pleasing. The sandwiches were tasty and of good portion. The fries were exceptional and there were tons of 'em. I believe they offer live music on Tuesday and Thursday evenings after 7:00 and we intend to check... More 

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Met friends for the first time at California Dreaming. The restaurant area was steady and the bar area was very slow. We got seated right away. The waitress came over and got our drink orders. She returned shortly with the drinks then took our food order. The food came out in a timely manner. The sliced prime rib sandwich was... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We stopped here on our way to New Orleans. Nice atmosphere. Draft beers for $2 at happy hour. The house salad was spectacular, included a honey butter croissant. The sirloin was aged and marinated and it had a real unique flavor. The brownie dessert had a whole Hershey bar melted on top - delicious. I wish there was one near... More 

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Fairhope, Alabama, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

California Dreaming is in the Eastern Shore Center in Spanish Fort so it's convenient but a little pricey. There are very few upscale restaurants in Spanish Fort and California Dreaming is at the top of that short list. I've had several different items from the menu and have been with people who've had even more. I've always been happy with... More 

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Daphne, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

My girlfriends and I met for dinner at this restaurant. We tried 3 different appetizers. Seafood nachos, fried crab claws , and chicken quesidillas. All three were really tasty especially the seafood nachos which were loaded with shrimp and salmon. They had live music playing and the singer was very good. Service was quick and efficient. Busy place but no... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

My husband and I decided to finally try this restaurant after hearing rave reviews from a friend. We were immediately seated and the service was excellent. Our food came quickly and was very good. The house salad was fresh and tasty with bacon and almonds and was accompanied by a hot butter croissant. The potato soup was delicious. My husband... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Went for the first time and it was pretty great. Loved the atmosphere and the live music. I ordered the hot vegetable salad and it was amazing. I did have a rough bout with my stomach the next day, but I'm thinking maybe it was just a quick stomach bug. Hoping anyway, because I would love to go back.

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Pensacola, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The atmosphere is great for singles, couples or families. The service is always great and the staff friendly. Particularly love the loaded potato soup and house salad. Menu has a good variety of selections. Reasonably priced.

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Benton, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This restaurant was recommended by a co-worker. I'm going to recommend it too. Although it is an outdoor mall, the location is very good. The lighting is a little low, the decor is top notch, the music is unbelievable, and the service is quick. Actually the service was too quick. I ordered my appetizer and dinner at the same time.... More 

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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: 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?