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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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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 15
    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
Live Music

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
Patrick A
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Outdoor seating
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English first
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Montgomery, Alabama, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

Great place to meet friends for drinks and food. Super service, Casual place.enjoy it. Cold beer, everything is good. Well worth the money

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Spanish Fort, Alabama
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

OK bar and for snacks best of the limited options available. Bar service is good food is average chain restaurant nothing particularly stands out as special

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Spanish Fort, Alabama
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We like to come here pretty often , i like this restaurant a lot the staff is nice and the food is great. The atmosphere is very nice too. There is live music on select nights ,which makes it so much better. Same goes for the bar . If you need a place to go on Saturday night, this is... More 

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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
47 reviews 47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?