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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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  • 269
    Excellent
  • 184
    Very good
  • 103
    Average
  • 47
    Poor
  • 37
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
beautiful views, and great food

Nice location. Good atmosphere and has a mix of food options to satisfy pretty much anyone. Was warm and welcoming from the greeting at the door to the waitresses. Would highly recommend the martinis

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 19, 2015
Metatj
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Princess Anne maryland
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Princess Anne maryland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

Nice location. Good atmosphere and has a mix of food options to satisfy pretty much anyone. Was warm and welcoming from the greeting at the door to the waitresses. Would highly recommend the martinis

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Kingsland, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

It seemed to be the place to go after church. Not impressed with the menu. Service was OK. The eggs in the ranch dressing threw me a little. Nice view of the marina though.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Sometimes you just want to look at boats and water - and this location gives you the chance to do just that. You can get a window seat, but almost every seat in the house has a view. And I love the honey croissants that come with their signature salad (love the salad too!). Food is good and I love... More 

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

They have a fantastic view but only average food except salads which are very good. Service varies. They do take large groups as there are plenty of tables and parking.

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Minnesota
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I realize that this revue comes nearly one year since we've been to Dreaming, but we've both been there several times and I figured it was time to write a review. Of course, thinking about going back there in early May this year got me thinking about how much we enjoy coming here. As stated, we've been to Dreaming several... More 

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Sumter, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This was the highlight of our visit to Charleston! Me and my wife came for our 5 year anniversary and was told about this place from some co workers and was not disappointed at all. We were seated by the window with the Ocean view. The service was very good and the food was great. I had the steak Sandwhich... More 

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Clayton, North Carolina
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94 reviews 94 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This is the second time I have eaten here. The ribs are the best I have had at a restaurant chain. One improvement to the menu would be to add sweet potatoes to their selection of side. Come on this is the South!

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We love it, the food is great, awesome salads (try the taco one) I love the shrimp po boy my wife loves the sirloin with fettuccine Alfredo the location it doesn't get any better the views of the marina are amazing and the building itself so beautiful it looks like a castle not a restaurant, you have to go there.

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Ada, Ohio
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155 reviews 155 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Very few options were available on a Christmas Eve in Charleston but we knew California Dreaming was to be open. It was a rainy night and the place was crowded but we were seated immediately. Not being very hungry, we went with some delicious She Crab soup, baked potatoes and hot croissants covered with honey. We ate lightly because we... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

My family and I (party of 7) went there for our first sit-down at a table together in years. I had been there at the time my mother was in the hospital and stayed at the hotel next door back in April and was not impressed. This was a busy night, and, as a server, I knew it would be... More 

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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, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Outdoor seating, 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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