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California Dreaming Restaurant

1 Ashley Pointe Dr., Charleston, SC 29407-7553
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Ranked #185 of 742 Restaurants in Charleston
Price range: $5 - $10
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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English first
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

The view from this place is spectacular! I went for a late lunch. The food is different and very tasty and well priced. Quite a surprise. Very charming atmosphere and attentive wait staff. I will definitely be back here.

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Ocean Park, Washington
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We needed a lunch spot while driving from Savannah to Myrtle Beach. I wanted local sea food by the water but everything looked to deep fried. I chose this restaurant because of the salad menu and other light fare. Everything we ordered was very good and the view was great also. This was the best meal out I had in... More

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This was the 3rd business dinner of the week for me. This was not in the downtown area but yet the atmosphere was outstanding based upon the water view and being able to watch the boats come and go. I don’t want to be too critical of the staff but they were not really all that friendly. They were not... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This place right on the river is favorite of mine. The salad is very good. my steak was great. For downtown, the prices are good. And the view of the river is always breath-taking!

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This was a fun and delightful lunch. The restaurant has water front on two sides. The quality of food is above what was expected, service was good, presentation was excellent. Truly enjoyable. We will return when back in the area.

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North Wales, PA
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65 reviews 65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Our group of 16 went to this highly recommended restaurant. Everyone of us raved about the food. I had She-crab soup and California Dreaming Salad, which were marvelous. My husband had 4 cheese ravioli in Alfredo sauce. There were 9 large ravioli on the plate. The portions were generous. The desserts were large and delicious. We had a wonderful waitress.... More

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Waldwick, New Jersey
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128 reviews 128 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Dinner at the recommendation of the Residence Inn on Ripley Point Drive for something close and casual. Great for informal atmosphere, nice view, good food, and relaxing environment. Sampled the California Dreaming Salad, Prime Rib, Chicken Sausage Pomodoro, and Salad/Baked Potato Soup option. All reported very good. Shannon S is a professional food server. Do not understand the negative reviews.

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Troy, Michigan
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53 reviews 53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I was looking for a restaurant on the water in Charleston.The design of the building with lots of windows is wonderful with a spectacular view. I was hoping for a sunset but it was rainy and overcast the night I visited. The food was good but not exceptional. Service was quite good. I enjoyed a salad and blackened chicken alfredo.... More

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Florence, South Carolina
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Very busy, got a "Feed 'em and get 'em out" feeling. Food was just OK, nothing special. Service was adequate.

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The restaurant is very spacious with a water view. We had a party of three and tried a variety of appetizers, which were generous enough for a filling lunch. All of us agreed that the fried crabclaws and she-crab soup are absolutely divine, some of the best in the city. We tried this specialty soup in several locations. TIP: she-crab... More

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