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California Dreaming Restaurant

1 Ashley Pointe Dr., Charleston, SC 29407-7553
843-766-1644
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Ranked #158 of 738 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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TN
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I had visited California Dreaming as a child and remembered the great location on the harbor in Charleston. My friend and I chose to have a late dinner there on a Wednesday evening close to closing time. I had the fried shrimp - they were plump and delicious. My friend had the California Dreaming salad and it was huge and... More

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Asheville
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

My family and I drove into Charleston on the evening of July 16, 2014 and California Dreaming was our first stop. Let's get to the point: Seafood batter was RAW, salads were swimming in dressing, med-rare prime rib was med-well at best, shrimp San Francisco was BLAND, and the mixed drinks were watered down. I grew up going to CD... More

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Flanders, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I stopped in for a quick bite to eat. There was eight of us in all.4 adults 4 kids. They sat us quickly and had all of our drinks out with in a few minutes. (which was nice) The service was good and the food as well. I got a Bloody Mary which was fantastic. My wife had a chocolate... More

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Myrtle Beach, SC
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

I called and asked whether they accepted reservations. Answer was "yes". I then asked to make a reservation. Answer was " we are not taking reservations." I then asked about call-ahead seating and the girl said they do. I tried to request same and she said it had to be within 20 or 30 minutes of the time. I waited... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I'm a native of SC, and I really love our resturants. Unfortunately, my mom chose California Dreaming, so I had to go. It has been many, many years since I'd been there and I was quickly reminded why. Reservations were at 115pm (on a Sunday, but hey you know it's busy). It took exactly 1 hour and 20minutes to have... More

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Many people waiting when we arrived but a small table was available and we were immediately seated. A good choice of fish, meat and pasta dishes. We both opted for the blackened chicken pasta. The wait for the meal was acceptable and it was piping hot when it arrived. The food was very good and I thoroughly enjoyed the sauce.... More

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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144 reviews 144 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Great building and setting. Service from hostess and server was very congenial. Atmosphere indoors? Dreary and in a major need of an overhaul. Menu? B-O-R-I-N-G!!! Very late 80's, early 90's ... Kind of like the feel of the restaurant. So disappointed at this point, we decided to start with an appetizer just to test the waters, with hopes of being... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Service was not good food was not good will not be back this is our favorite restaurant but we will not be back again.!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We go to Charleston for our family vacations. Such a lovely city with so much to do!! I love this restaurant because it has a great view of Charleston Harbor, especially at night. The windows are tall and unobstructed. The food is really good and rarely have I had an issue. My husband is very particular about clean silverware and... More

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Colorado City, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The views from our table were spectacular!! Now I see why so many locals we talked to recommended this restaurant. This is a local spot kept under wraps from tourists and I don't blame them a bit. What a gem! From towering nachos to perfectly cooked steak and baked potatoes, this is excellent. Every we visit, Charleston this will be... More

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