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2657 Beaver Run Boulevard, Highway 17 Bypass, Surfside Beach, SC 29575
843.215.5255
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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: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Enjoy giant-sized fare from the California Dreaming kitchen. Start with...
Enjoy giant-sized fare from the California Dreaming kitchen. Start with Barbecue Chicken Nachos to curb your cravings; then slow-cooked Prime Rib, “fall-off-the-bone” baby back Ribs or giant Seafood Platters - served with Shrimp, Oysters, Flounder and Blue Crab Claws. Voted “Best Traditional American Restaurant” by WMBF News and The Sun News “Best of the Beach”. The restaurant features seasonal patio seating; large party carry-out and catering/delivery; Monday night trivia; and late night bar bites.
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Visitor rating
  • 56
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good

Nice restaurant ... good food and pleasant atmosphere. Will visit again when in town. Service was excellent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
Jack V
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

Nice restaurant ... good food and pleasant atmosphere. Will visit again when in town. Service was excellent.

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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216 reviews 216 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

Appetizers, Chicken, Fish, Pasta, Steaks, etc.....something on the menu to keep everyone happy. My wife and I had the Knob Hill Chicken (marinated chicken topped with ham and monterey jack cheese) and you get to pick from a variety of sides. Also, for a few dollars you can add a Special House Salad. Good service and good value.

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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213 reviews 213 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Our last meal here was a really nice Thanskgiving dinner. I had to write about our latest experience. While the food is still excellent and not to pricey we will not return for dinner. Lunch is fine. It was unpleasantly noisy. We arrived at 6:30 and left at 8:00 and the noise level didn't change. We placed our orders, chicken... More 

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

Hi Ann, I'm sorry to hear about your experience. It does sound frustrating with the food timing and not receiving your salad before your entree; I hope you were able to enjoy your salad and croissant, albeit out of order. Thank you for your feedback. More 

Fredericton, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The bar bites menu is incredibly priced. Good food for an incredible deal. If you sit at the bar during happy hour, drinks are significantly reduced.

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Smiths Falls
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

go in for their salmon, and salad, also the greatest crab fish soup, friendly staff, lovely upscale atmosphere

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97 reviews 97 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We find California Dreaming in Surfside a dependable and reliable restaurant. We usually arrived before 6:00pm to enjoy the early dining menu consisting of choice of beverage, salad and an entree (from among 9 or so) including choice of one side. You can check the website for the current menu selections. There is usually a waiting line after 5:15 or... More 

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Malone, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This place is beautiful inside. The food was very good and the service was excellent. I had the shrimp po'boy and it was very good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

First time we have ever heard of this place and wow was I surprised. The atmosphere was wonderful, very large place. Our waiter was always asking if everything was ok and quick to make sure our drinks were full. We ordered filet and ribeye, both were delicious and cooked just right. Would definitely recommend

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Went after golfing for dinner. We arrived before 5 PM and were given a really inexpensive "early bird special" menu. For under $15 per person we had a prime rib dinner. Although the dinner was just average, the rib was a good size and we ordered medium rare, and guess what, it was! In the end, though the meal was... More 

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Fort wayne
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10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I ordered the broiled salmon salad. It was very good. The chocolate brownie dessert with the melted Hershey bar on top and ice cream was fantastic. Our waiter was very nice and had a sense of humor too.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2657 Beaver Run Boulevard, Highway 17 Bypass, Surfside Beach, SC 29575
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Surfside Beach
  • Phone Number: 843.215.5255

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Families with children, Large groups, Bar scene

Description

Enjoy giant-sized fare from the California Dreaming kitchen. Start with Barbecue Chicken Nachos to curb your cravings; then slow-cooked Prime Rib, “fall-off-the-bone” baby back Ribs or giant Seafood Platters - served with Shrimp, Oysters, Flounder and Blue Crab Claws. Voted “Best Traditional American Restaurant” by WMBF News and The Sun News “Best of the Beach”. The restaurant features seasonal patio seating; large party carry-out and catering/delivery; Monday night trivia; and late night bar bites.
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?