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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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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Families with children
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 30
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Burned steak sandwich

The steak sandwich was so burned that my daughter could not bite into it and I could not cut it into pieces. My mom requested a piece of bread with her pasta. Charging $1.30 for a piece of bread was ridiculous especially with the prices. Bread should be brought to the table. Salad was great... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
Glenwar
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Mobile, Alabama
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Outdoor seating
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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78 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Mobile, Alabama
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The steak sandwich was so burned that my daughter could not bite into it and I could not cut it into pieces. My mom requested a piece of bread with her pasta. Charging $1.30 for a piece of bread was ridiculous especially with the prices. Bread should be brought to the table. Salad was great but I will not return.

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CA_Centraarchy, Public Relations Manager at California Dreaming, responded to this review

Hi Glenwar, All our steaks are broiled Pittsburgh-style to produce just the right amount of carmelization. In the future, you can also request your steak without this cookery method. As for the bread, we don't serve it with the entree, so the minor charge was correct. I'm sorry to hear we didn't exceed your expectations. More 

Gulf Shores, AL
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Went twice--once on our way back from Biloxi and another time on our way back from New Orleans. The food is not exotic or overly unique. It is just good. French Dip sandwich with au jus is made with Prime Rib and good crunchy French Bread, Burgers are "manly" in weight and construction. The She Crab soup reminded me of... More 

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Daphne
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

Our favorite 'watering hole' on Fridays. The food is average at best but the burgers are very good. The servers do a great job keeping all the regulars in food and drink. A great place to meet friends.

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Daphne, AL
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This used to be one of my favorite local restaurants . . . . went there about 2-3 times a week. About 6 months ago the quality went down drastically. While the wait staff and management are very good, the food quality has deteriorated. The steak meat is inferior. The food tastes like cardboard now. I am not the only... More 

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Mobile, al
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

As I live in Asia on an assignment with a residence nearby, I always do my yearly Christmas shopping at the Eastern Shore Center and since CDreaming has been there, I make it a mission to have my shopping "break" late lunch there. Always great food and even better service but not so much this time. Sat at the bar... More 

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Spanish Fort, Alabama
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Stopped by after a round of golf. The atmosphere was nice! The bar area is large and open. They had a guy playing music in the corner too! Our service was sub-par & the food just mediocre. All in all a decent place to stop and have a drink.

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Mobile, Alabama
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

It was a very pleasant wait at the bar for our table to become available. Bar staff were friendly and attentive. We were seated and our server was introducing himself quickly. Dinner was delicious. It really made the evening even more special to have such an excellent server. Mark went above and beyond to make our evening relaxing. He was... More 

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Great Falls, Virginia
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Well...we love this chain so much we can't help but stop at one when we are in a town that has one! So we stopped at the one in Spanish Fort Alabama which is a very upscale outdoor mall. The food is so good. We get the stone crab claw appetizer and the hot crossants with honey butter drizzled across... More 

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

WOW!! This was my second visit and I just have to rate this place. In all my travels this is by far the best staff anywhere. All smiles and great service. The food always wows my taste buds but the staff is why I want to go back!! Can't wait to pass through again. My hats off - Great Job... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We were also driving through Mobile to Florida and stopped to spend the night here. We looked for a nice place for dinner and found this restaurant after reading the reviews. We were not disappointed. The atmosphere was great, food delicious and service perfect. Next time we drive by we will go back.

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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, Outdoor seating

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?