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California Dreaming Restaurant

1 Ashley Pointe Dr., Charleston, SC 29407-7553
843-766-1644
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Ranked #155 of 735 restaurants in Charleston
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Eclectic
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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.
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Asheboro, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Food was great. View was amazing. Service was exceptional. Their prime rib is amazing! Located on the Ashley River with views of a marina and Charleston.

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Rineyville
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

heard of place from a friend and was worth going. The service and food were great as well as awesome views of the marina

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Granville, Ohio, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

We went early evening with a party of ten and no reservation. After waiting all of ten minutes we were being seated at our table. Our waiter Joshua was prompt and very helpful with food and drink selections. I had a steak salad which was very filling. The steak was plentiful, tender and prepared as requested. I don't recall what... More

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Greeneville, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW

mid range pricing, fast seating, great harbor views. Basic american fare. Good for families or couples. Our server was friendly and helpful.

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW

This restaurant cannot be beaten for its view. There is nothing like it on the peninsula. The food is good, not outstanding. Some portions are large, some not so much. Service is typically good. Its also very busy so make sure to reserve a table in advance.

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2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This place has an awesome view but food is awful. The salad they say is "famous" is horrendous and there are not many healthy choices. Basically a below average chain restaurant with all the same food choices in a beautiful location. It is a real shame.

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CA_Centraarchy, Guest Relations Manager at California Dreaming Restaurant, responded to this review

I am sorry that you didn't enjoy our Dreaming Salad, that salad is the winner of the best salad in Charleston for many years! All salads are made from fresh produce delivered daily and made when you order it. They are a hit with our homemade dressings, particularly the house hot bacon honey mustard. Thank you for your opinion. More

Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Since there was a larger group of us (7) and one in a large wheelchair, I called early on to make reservations. When we checked in, the hostess had no such record and just put us on a very busy waiting list. My cousin and her family arrived separately and had to enter towards the back with the ramp. They... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The food was wonderful, the service was excellent and we had a great time. We were there for a rehearsal dinner, there was an open bar, buffet dinner with ribs, chicken, shrimp, mashed potatoes, fruit, spinach dip, all was excellent.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

DAM good food...lunch and dinner. Awesome staff and hospitality....The view was very nice both inside and at the outside bar. Comfort along with smiles and friendliness.

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Sterling
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Been looking forward to dinner at California Dreaming due to all the reviews, and recommendations from others. It took a bit get a large party settled, but once seated we all had a great time. Most got salads, which are huge and filled with tons of toppings; the homemade dressings are wonderful. The barbecue bacon burger was juicy and huge!... More

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