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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: Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, 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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  • 204
    Very good
  • 116
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  • 50
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  • 38
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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, slow service

Went to eat a late dinner on a Saturday night. We were told there was a 30-45 minute wait whcih ended up being over an hour. Once we were seated the waitress was nice, but clealry in the weeds. We ordered right away and our food took an exceptionally long time as (we were later told) there was a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Theresa L
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
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Glen Allen, VA
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

We chose California Dreaming since we were staying at the nearby Marriott Springhill Suites and it was late on Friday night when we arrived. We figured we couldn't get into any of the downtown Charleston resturants any time soon. The view of the harbor was spectacular and was pretty much available from any of the tables in the restaurant but... More 

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Apache Junction
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71 reviews 71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

After our Adventure Harbor Tour we had lunch at the California Dreaming Restaurant. We sat outside having great water views. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. Our food was excellent. Will definitely go back, especially when we have visiting relatives and friends

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St. Louis, MO
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Really difficult to eat vegetarian here. Salad really the only option. Service was good. Kids loved the onion loaf appetizer. Huge restaurant with lots of seating indoor and out. Great water views. Just wished the menu had more variety.

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Loreauville, Louisiana
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Great location. Walking distance or driving from Residence Inn. Water front view and great food. It was crowded when we arrived due to area graduations. Still worth It.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Went to eat a late dinner on a Saturday night. We were told there was a 30-45 minute wait whcih ended up being over an hour. Once we were seated the waitress was nice, but clealry in the weeds. We ordered right away and our food took an exceptionally long time as (we were later told) there was a party... More 

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Healdsburg, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Since we're from California, we decided we had to try this restaurant, and were so pleasantly surprised. We had a basket of the croissants with honey butter, and they were SO delicious! I'd ordered a steak cooked medium but came well done, and when my waitress saw that it was overcooked she immediately said she'd have another cooked for me-... More 

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East Sandwich, Massachusetts
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108 reviews 108 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

California Dreaming is located across the water from Charleston and is the only restaurant within walking distance of hotels that are adjacent to the marina in this area (Springhill Suites, Residence Inn, La Quinta). The building is a large old brick structure with high ceilings that has water view from every table, as the kitchen is located in the center... More 

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Oakville
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80 reviews 80 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This is such a popular restaurant for large family gatherings that when they say it will be an hour wait they mean it. We ate here 3 nights in a row and 2 of the three nights we were given the wrong food or someone else's food. They are so busy and try to hurry and mistakes are made. Still... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

My boyfriend feels this place is straight out of the 90's, from the menu offerings to the server uniforms. I just found it to be completely bland, but LOVED the view! Great big windows overlooking the water...I just enjoyed sitting and watching the boats go by. My sandwich was actually good...the bread was great! But, it was a blackened flounder... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Good food on a short menu. The salad is great, the steaks were awesome. The apple pie walnut was absolutely great. Dinner waitress was great. Dessert waitress was in a hurry and it was9when we came back after the cruise

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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: 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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