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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, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food, great view, dog friendly

Loved that it was dog friendly, as long as you sit outside, which of course has a beautiful view of the marina - and they even bring a bucket of water for your fur baby.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Lrussday
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Dayton, Ohio
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
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Amherst, New York
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

What a view of the southern harbor area and the city...I am not sure what this sturdy large brick edifice was originally, but they have made the interior space into a really great restaurant, adding out door tables as well. We opted for their signature salad, and wooo, was it nice. Wait staff was attentive, and because in our waitress's... More 

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Goose Creek, South Carolina
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52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

My husband me, my neice and a friend went here for dinner around 7pm and it was so very crowded, but we found a place at the bar to sit and have drinks and an appetizer until our table was called. When we were seated a waiter named Sam served us and did a fantastic job keeping drinks filled and... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Third time around was not disappointing, beautiful building overlooking charleston and wonderful food along with the view. I come every time I'm in charleston sc

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

A good variety of meals. The ribs are delicious with two sides. One in my party had the steak..Very good. One had the seafood and could not stop bragging. Place is packed, and may have a waiting line...but well worth it. Beautiful view of harbor.

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Loved that it was dog friendly, as long as you sit outside, which of course has a beautiful view of the marina - and they even bring a bucket of water for your fur baby.

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Fripp Island, South Carolina
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Food is always good at California Dreaming. The difference is the quality of service, ambience, and in this one the view of the harbor. This store is a little tricky to get to, but more than well worth the effort. We took the grands out for the day and after visiting the SC Aquarium we selected California Dreaming for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Real good food and professional service. Very busy place. Decor is beautiful. You must visit upstairs, if anything the view is beautiful.

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NE Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We used to really enjoy California Dreaming. However, the last 2 trips have been a bit of a disappointment: Last time, they started cleaning the kitchen while were still there. High-pitched whine of power washing equipment sort of made it hard to carry on a conversation at the table. This time, it took over an hour from the time we... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to hear that the staff did not meet your expectations. We pride ourselves in providing excellent service for each guest, so I will be sure pass your comments along to our staff and management. In the future, if you are ever displeased with an experience in our restaurant, please feel free to... More 

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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Friendly staff, beautiful river view. Large, delicious portions. The long island iced tea was the best ive had. She crab soup and california dreaming salad make a more than filling lunch. We always enjoy the house cresents. I cant say enough positive things. Weve been eating here for years and its always great.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We started off with their onion ring loaf, the best onion rings we have ever had. My wife had their " Shrimp San Francisco " pasta, a must, it was that good, and I had their fried shrimp platter. These were large shrimp and it came with french fries. I usually do not order fried food, but this was an... More 

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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, International

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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, International

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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