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California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar

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$$ - $$$
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30500 State Highway 181 Ste 700, Spanish Fort, AL 36527-5809
+1 251-626-9942
11:00 - 22:00
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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San Carlos, California, United States
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128 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were just driving through Alabama from New Orleans and stopped for lunch here. Did not know what to expect. We ordered the ribs and they were wonderful. The service was also great. If we are ever in the area again, this is the place for us.

Thank Ines C
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The title speaks for itself. Hands down the croissant rolls are amazing. If I could eat 10 million of them I would. The house salad is really good too paired with the loaded potato soup. I love that they offer "kids eat free" that's always nice when you can save on the kids meals. My little guys love eating here... More 

Thank JessC87
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We loved it! Our waitress was Jayne (hope we spelled it right) and she was wonderful!! She broke down the menu for us since we had never been and gave us excellent recommendations. We enjoyed the croissants and crab claws for appetizers and they were so good! You must try both. My husband got the chicken strips and fries and... More 

Thank kpotter_1990
Streetsboro, Ohio
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

I had the turkey burger and she crab soup. That soup was awesome. The turkey burger I had with cheese and bacon. It was one of the best I ever had in a restaurant. It was not made from a pattie. It was ground turkey.

Thank Joyce O
Stapleton, Alabama
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 10 February 2017

Food was over priced for what you get. Its average in taste. Waiter seemed pre occupied and un interested in serving us. very disappointed.

Thank 525mollysmom
CentraArchy-Rest, Guest Relations Manager at California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant and for sharing your thoughts. I want you to know that we value the opinions of our guests, and I will be sure to bring these issues to the attention of our staff. More 

Mobile, Alabama
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432 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

I can really appreciate the free kids meal and HH prices! We had a coupon/discount from a local football team for a free app ($8 off) so this was awesome. Made it more awesome was food was actually pretty good - except my son did not like his chicken strips - they were tempura deep fried vs. just breaded and... More 

Thank beardogmom
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

Visited California Dreaming with my wife for an early dinner. The service was prompt and the waitress very attentive. The menu is not that diverse but I've always believed it is better to do a few things right than a lot of things wrong. The food was great and the portions were large. With my meal I had a garden... More 

Thank cdickerson
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510 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Once they replaced the awful sweet roll with a normal french stick it tasted wonderful salad was fresh so where the shrimp nice atmosphere too

Thank uli1
Mobile, Alabama
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Our table was couple of rows from kitchen which is divided by a low wall. We were constantly hearing beepers going off in kitchen. To add to or experience we had a waitress that seemed over worked like she had more tables than she could keep up. The wrong food was brought to the table twice and when ours arrived... More 

Thank Randy C
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

I think it's a nice atmosphere and they have really good she crab soup. Just a little too expensive for what they offer in my opinion.

Thank Jason S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$25
American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30500 State Highway 181 Ste 700, Spanish Fort, AL 36527-5809
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Spanish Fort
  • Phone Number: +1 251-626-9942
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?