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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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups, Scenic view, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children
Description: Voted “Best Waterfront Dining” and "Best Salad" 10 years running,...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent location, very good food

Had dinner here during our visit to Charleston. Now the staff was a bit "inexperienced", i.e. taking drink glasses before asking if we were finished - minor detail, but as an older traveler, was instantly noticed. Also, we had an excellent table overlooking the water. However, apparently a family... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Greg C
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Parkersburg, West Virginia
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Sevierville, TN
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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went here on visit with friends. Big open restaurant with great harbor views. Had the she-crab soup, excellent. Good salad, but the deep fried crab claws were a disappointment, very tiny and not much meat. Everyone of our party enjoyed their food, so all and all a good place to eat.

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Thank valleylass03
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Best she-crab soup in Charleston. It's not a seafood restaurant but the flounder and shrimp meals tasted great. Service was good. Always a great place to eat at reasonable costs.

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Thank Gerald E
Greenville, South Carolina
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245 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Met some friends here at 6 pm for dinner on a SAT. Over 45 minute wait for a table - they were quite busy/crowded. Service so-so. Food was mediocre - except the she crab soup was commendable. It baffles me why this place is rated so high when there are so many good/great restaurants in Charleston area. They had a... More 

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Thank Ron T
CentraArchy-Rest, Public Relations Manager at California Dreaming Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for getting in touch with us. I am sorry to hear that we did not exceed your expectations in every respect. We pride ourselves in providing excellent service and food for each guest, I will be sure pass your comments along to management. More 

Parkersburg, West Virginia
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had dinner here during our visit to Charleston. Now the staff was a bit "inexperienced", i.e. taking drink glasses before asking if we were finished - minor detail, but as an older traveler, was instantly noticed. Also, we had an excellent table overlooking the water. However, apparently a family with children sat there prior to our arrival and the glass... More 

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Thank Greg C
Lantana, Florida
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44 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even for bar food this is not so inspiring. Tasteless, and bland come to mind. Fast food has some advantages to these offerings. If, you need to drink and watch tv, then maybe this is the place for you.

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Thank Steven R
CentraArchy-Rest, Public Relations Manager at California Dreaming Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Steven, Thank you for letting us know about your experience. I'm not sure what you ordered since we don't have a bar menu, nonetheless, we are very sorry that we did not meet your expectations and did not live up to our own high standards. More 

Port Arthur, Texas
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73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Homemade house salad dressing was yummy! I was playing with granddaughter, and keeping her occupied so others could eat, and expected a soggy salad. NO, it was very good! I had a filet, and it was perfectly cooked.

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Thank Jule J
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everything that we ordered was tasty. The salads were cold, crisp and refreshing. They came with honey-glazed croissants that were phenomenal. Even the sweet tea was better than most. Very good service as well.

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Thank Josh R
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food was good and came quickly, but the wait was long and crowds were large. No call ahead ability and they wouldn't give me an estimate over the phone on the wait. Not looking for a specific time, but are we talking 10 minutes or 60? We did get a table after a 35 minute wait, and food was good.... More 

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Thank NLLTraveler
CentraArchy-Rest, Public Relations Manager at California Dreaming Restaurant, responded to this review

We strive every day to ensure our guests have an incredible meal and an enjoyable time at our restaurant and it is extremely encouraging for someone to tell us. We also appreciate your feedback on quoting more accurate wait time. Thank you so much for taking the time to share. More 

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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was big and beautiful sitting on the waterfront. Which normally would make me question it. I usually look for small hole in the wall local places but this place had such good reviews and for good reason. Atmosphere, drinks, food and service Excellent!

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Thank Robin Y
Nashville, Tennessee
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When in Charleston, eat at California Dreaming. The food is delicious. I recommend the baked potato soup. The view of the bay is beautiful. No bad place to sit.

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Thank Marian Y

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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 - 10
  • Cuisine: American, International

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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