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California Dreaming Restaurant

1 Ashley Pointe Dr., Charleston, SC 29407-7553
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Ranked #189 of 744 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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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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91 reviews 91 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

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
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The atmosphere is what captivates you, but I was not impressed with the food. The only thing I enjoyed where the honey butter croissants. They were hot and delicious, I had 2 orders and a glass of wine.Nothing else was good to me,

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The first time we visited was last summer for dinner. We went back again this year for dinner. The restaurant is in a great location and both times we enjoyed the food. Last night I have the seafood nachos. There were so many more nachos than I could eat and I felt that some of the great seafood topping was... More

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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159 reviews 159 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I was very disappointed in the highly touted restaurant. The Caesar salad had old romaine lettuce with blackened spots and the leaves, with a little browning...certainly was not the heart of the romaine. I had it topped with grilled shrimp...that was good. The other order was a medium rare steak that came out on the well done side. Service was... More

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

Hi Jane, I'm sorry to hear your salad wasn't crisp and fresh. In the future, please seek a manager if you run into any issues, they will assure you leave happy! Thank you again for the comments. More

Jacksonville, Florida
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143 reviews 143 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I really enjoyed the salad with the house dressing and the chicken tenders. The chicken is moist and tender with a fish-type batter. The she-crab soup was excellent as well. Unfortunately our waiter turned our simple lunch into a nearly 3 hour ordeal. We saw so many people come and go while we were there so I believe it was... More

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