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California Dreaming Restaurant

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1 Ashley Pointe Dr., Charleston, SC 29407-7553
843-766-1644
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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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Voted “Best Waterfront Dining” and "Best Salad" 10 years running, by...
Voted “Best Waterfront Dining” and "Best Salad" 10 years running, by Charleston City Paper and “Best French Fries” by West Ashley Patch; here you’ll enjoy “fall-off-the-bone” baby back ribs, giant chicken dishes, award winning salads and slow-cooked prime rib. The energy-packed atmosphere is complete with an expansive, wrap-around patio and bar overlooking the Ashley River. The restaurant also features late night bar bites; large party carry-out and catering, and accessibility for groups. Adjacent to Ripley Light Marina on the Ashley River.
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Pretty Good

Came here on recommendation. We had lunch on a Sunday afternoon. There was a wait so we sat at the bar. We split the traditional nachos and I ordered she-crab soup. The soup was delicious, nice and creamy, and the nachos were good as well. Very nice view.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Katelyn_10
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
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Charleston
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78 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Several cities now have one of these, but the one in Charleston is right on the water and you can pull your boat up. Love the Dreamin' Salad with Hot Honey Bacon Dressing. Comes with a big, fluffy coissant topped with honey butter icing!

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Lighthouse Point
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I have been here many many times and I just dont know what happened. This is a beautiful restaurant with beautiful views,but I will NEVER come back. We arrived at 7:15 on Friday night and were told 15-30 minute wait. We were seated at 8:30. We ordered our meal (there were 5 of us) and were brought our salads at... More 

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

We really appreciate you taking us seriously enough to express these concerns in writing. We share your concern, and I will be sure the right people know about this. In the restaurant business our reputation and success is built one meal at a time and your continued patronage is very important to us. Thank you for your feedback. More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Came here on recommendation. We had lunch on a Sunday afternoon. There was a wait so we sat at the bar. We split the traditional nachos and I ordered she-crab soup. The soup was delicious, nice and creamy, and the nachos were good as well. Very nice view.

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Williamsburg
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I'd recommend this to anyone with a few days in Charleston. It was just a few minutes drive from all the historical bits downtown. The building is eclectic, big, bright, and virtually all the tables have a water/boats/harbor view. I ate in a booth in the bar area but there was a terrific outside deck that also wraps around the... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We had the blue crab claw appetizers. Ate about ¼ of them before giving up. Over salted, over fried, over battered. Split one bowl of She Crab soup with my daughter. Tasted OK but obviously was off. I live 7 miles away from the restaurant. We didn't make it home before I had to stop for my daughter to throw... More 

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

I'm sorry to hear that you are ill and I hope that you are both feeling better. We take concerns like this very seriously, and I'd like to reassure you that our standards for sanitation as a company are extremely high. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me directly with a private message. Thank you. More 

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4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I went to this restaurant with my husband and the food was not all amazing. First we had to wait 45 minutes before we were actually seated. At one point I saw another group of people that were seated before us which upset me. Next my husband ordered the sirloin steak which wasn't prepared properly, it wasn't cooked well done... More 

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

Hi Jamecia, We sincerely appreciate your business and thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback. We are in high season, so the wait times do fluctuate, the good thing is we do offer reservations. All our steaks are broiled with a charred /caramelized exterior for added flavor, this might have been what you experienced. In the future,... More 

Mt Pleasant
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Plenty...you don't leave hungry...doggy bags for tomorrow's lunch. They don't have an abundance of really healthy options. I wouldn't take a foodie here...but great for families with younger kids. The croissants are amazing...I'm told:)

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Somewhat nice view. Food not so much. Food was too greasy.If I'll visit again will for drinks and the She crab soup.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Food was decent but pricey. Place closed too early 10pm with a bar that's early to us. Service was fine. It was right down from our hotel so we actually went twice once for dinner and once for drinks. Just wish we weren't rushed out the door both nights.

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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We stopped in after a three hour boat/island excursion. The place is large and comfy. There's plenty to choose from on the menu and the food was fantastic. Prices were a little high but a great dining experience overall. Get the honeyed croissants!

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Additional Information about California Dreaming Restaurant

Address: 1 Ashley Pointe Dr., Charleston, SC 29407-7553
Phone Number: 843-766-1644
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
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
Average Prices: USD $5 to $10
Cuisine: American, Eclectic

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Ashley Pointe Dr., Charleston, SC 29407-7553
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: 843-766-1644

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $5 to $10
  • Cuisine: American, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Bar scene

Description

Voted “Best Waterfront Dining” and "Best Salad" 10 years running, by Charleston City Paper and “Best French Fries” by West Ashley Patch; here you’ll enjoy “fall-off-the-bone” baby back ribs, giant chicken dishes, award winning salads and slow-cooked prime rib. The energy-packed atmosphere is complete with an expansive, wrap-around patio and bar overlooking the Ashley River. The restaurant also features late night bar bites; large party carry-out and catering, and accessibility for groups. Adjacent to Ripley Light Marina on the Ashley River.
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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