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California Dreaming Restaurant

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30500 State Highway 181, Suite 700, Spanish Fort, AL 36527-5809
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Austin, Texas
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there with a large group without reservations on the spur of the moment. 16 people and they made it work after only about a 20 minute wait. Our group ranged from 70+ year old penny pinchers, to teenagers, and included a vegan and several others with food restrictions. Everyone found something that they could be happy with. Nothing... More 

Thank Clint W
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped on our way to the beach. I needed a place to eat that was gluten free friendly. That was a nice surprise. We will be back to it. I got BBQ chicken. It was so good! The fries was also very good.

Thank Tonya0303
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food. A little pricey but good! Melissa took great care of us. Not sure if I would eat here again though. We did like the outdoor patio.

Thank EnolaGay
Farmington, Minnesota
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our food was great. Had the Ribeye, Fried Shrimp, and a Hamburger. Their fries were awesome and my sons shrimp was very lightly breaded and delicious. The wait staff was indifferent but not unpleasant. Was one of our better dinners while on vacation through the gulf coast.

Thank Robert R
Daphne, Alabama
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242 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Very Attractive restaurant! Food is top quality and very well prepared. Nice Happy Hour. Outdoor seating. Great service . The menu provides great variety. From sandwiches to Prime Rib. The salads are awesome and are served with freshly baked croissants! Moderately priced.

Thank twaone
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

We were spending the night in Mobile, was recommended by hotel clerk. The fried shrimp was outstanding, fresh of the boat so lightly battered could hardly tell it there. Clam soup was outstanding.

Thank Tim L
Hurley, Mississippi
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016 via mobile

southwest chicken quesaddilla appetizer was fantastic!! everything was very good and the atmosphere was nice. live music on some nights. the Crescent rolls are so fresh and light and have a honey butter drizzle. will definitely be back

Thank darnie m
Fairhope, Alabama
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164 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

We've dined here several times while shopping and found them to offer very consistently good food and customer service. The menu is diverse and affordable, and they have a good wine list as well. Our favorite is the California Dreaming Cobb Salad, paired with a crisp glass of white wine. They offer a cool, relatively calm oasis in the midst... More 

Thank Jay B
Mobile, Alabama
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

The menu here has food for every kind of pallet. Daughter got hamburger, Grand-daughter got BBQ pork, grandson got, traditional nachos, I got the house salad with the potato soup. We also ordered the onion rings and the couisants for appetizers. All the food was excellent and our server was very good.

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Bellaire, Texas
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399 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

The lady at the motel suggested this place and I am glad that she did. The menu selection was large. The service and food were both good too. Prices are "mid-range". The atmosphere is festive. The place was busy which says something about its popularity. I would come here again.

Thank TomFromBellaire

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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: 12516269942
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?