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California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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2657 Beaver Run Blvd, Highway 17 Bypass, Surfside Beach, SC 29575
+1 843-215-5255
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went in for a beer to kill some time. ordered a draft beer, Yuengling. Easy enough,thought I'd have another. Time to leave, $ 9.90 plus tax for two drafts. Seriously ! This place used to be known for reasonable prices. Stay away !

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

Hi Joe, I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed. Our premium drafts are $4.95 for a 16oz pint. We've compared our prices, and we're by far the most reasonable in the city. Thank you for feedback. More 

Johnson City, Tennessee
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My mom and I were out shopping and decided to have a nice lunch. We decided to split a large steak. We added a bowl of soup, which arrived cold. We ate it anyway. When our steak arrived, it was scorched. We tried to eat the side, but the spinach tasted as if someone had added nutmeg to it. We... More 

Thank Volfoodie11
CentraArchy-Rest, Guest Relations Manager at California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your lunch experience. We would have been equally disappointed with cold soup, but as for your entrée, our steaks are broiled at 1700 degrees specifically to add char, and our creamed spinach indeed has nutmeg. We appreciate your feedback and hope to serve you again very soon. Happy holidays. More 

South Carolina
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughters birthday went for lunch. Nice atmosphere clean and fresh. Food was just OK she had Chicken Caesar salad and side of fries and soda I had soup and salad side of Nachos with water. No alcohol. Service was less than enthusiastic. $70.00 with tip little high in my book and by the way they do nothing for birthdays

Thank 0413Nancy
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a great prime rib dinner with garlic mashed potatoes, salad, etc prepared just as requested. The service was prompt, VERY polite & efficient. The restaurant's ambiance was charming & relaxing. The menu offered a wide variety of food & drinks.

Thank Gary R
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for dinner and caught the early hour menu. Food was awesome! Had She Crab Soup which was amazing. For dinner the prime rib was excellent and perfect sized portion. Our server Shelley was friendly and attentive. Highly recommend.

Thank Robert K
Surfside Beach, South Carolina
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136 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Looking for a place that was open as the hurricane approached we found this place. I ordered the chicken parmesan and my wife got the prime rib. Both meals were delicious and cooked perfectly to order. The salads were great and came with a flakey roll that was outstanding. After passing this place several times in the past I am... More 

Thank Alan S
Cincinnati, Ohio
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Really good food at reasonable prices. The house salad and house dressing are really good. The baby back ribs are also a favorite.The outside patio is pet friendly and staff are amazing. You can not go wrong with California Dreaming.

Thank Jeff D
Apex, North Carolina
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291 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Loved the baked potato soup as an apetizer. Was a big enough bowl that I could have made a meal of it. Rest of the food was pretty good. Service was good.

Thank Mac D
Akron, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

MY husband and 2 other couples and myself came into California Dreaming Friday September 30th for dinner. We were greeted by with a huge smile and great personality! Our waitress was Jennifer, She was awesome! Very attentive with all of our needs. It's not often you have someone like her that has such a good attitude in that kind of... More 

Thank joanieedwards
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

This was our first time there. We went for the early bird. Glad we did because it is a very pricey place. We didn't like their ranch dressing, it didn't say house made but it sure had a lot of dill in it. The prime rib was chewy but the baked potatoes and croissants were good. We all agreed that... More 

Thank Dolly Z

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$25
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic, Cheap Eats, Groups
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: 2657 Beaver Run Blvd, Highway 17 Bypass, Surfside Beach, SC 29575
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Surfside Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 843-215-5255
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?