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California Dreaming

30500 State Highway 181, Suite 700, Spanish Fort, AL 36527-5809
251.626.9942
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Ranked #4 of 42 restaurants in Spanish Fort
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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Spanish Fort, Alabama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Nice place for dinner. Wish the menu would change up a little (also be nice if it was larger) but what they do, they do well. Service is usually good although sometimes it gets a little crazy in the summer. This place has a very good bar that is sometimes more crowded than the restaurant section.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Our family had a wonderful time together sharing a really good meal with service that was 2nd to none. The place was packed but the only waiting we had to do was for a table. Once seated the service was spot on. Never wanted for anything yet we were not interrupted nor ignored. California Dreaming was once a favorite but... More

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Athens, Alabama
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

When we were seated immediately at this restaurant we should have taken that as a bad sign. We had driven all day and were just looking for a good meal, good atmosphere and air conditioning. We got everything but a good server. He brought our sweet teas and as we were waiting for our food he was standing near our... More

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Kenner, Louisiana
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72 reviews 72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Hilary was our server and everything was perfect. The food was great and we liked everything. We would eat here again if we are in the area.

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Mobile, Alabama
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We met some friends there for a late dinner and drinks. Had a guy in the corner playing the guitar. Had a good time listening to the music and hanging with our friends.

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Mobile, Alabama
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43 reviews 43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Visited California Dreaming for dinner with friends. Great service, good food, and great atmosphere. Good family atmosphere. Prime rib sandwich was wonderful!

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Florence
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8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

This restaurant accommodated our party of 15 with ease!! Our waitress was amazing! The food was very good and very filling. The portions were worth the price! We will go back if we are in the area!

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knoxville
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35 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Always enjoy this place. We were excited to see it as we were on our vacation driving from LA. To FL. I had the dreaming salad and it was quite good. Hubby got e ribs and said they were very good. We always enjoy the light flaky bread that comes with the meal. Sadly our waitress paid no attention to... More

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Mobile, Alabama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

California Dreaming was the only one among the " classy restaurants" where I could get a table for Valentines day ( Booked a week before )! We absolutely did not regret the visit. Though we made our reservations, the place was full and we had to wait till 8:15 Pm for a 7.30 Reservation. But was expected during V day.... More

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Daphne, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Took my wife there for lunch today. Both of us had baby back ribs, one rack apiece, and they were the best! The accompanying salad was very tasty, with a variety of veggies, lettuce, almond slivers, and even some boiled egg. I'm not much for salads, but I ate every bit of it. Ribs were spiced just right, and our... More

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