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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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Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Outdoor seating
Special occasions

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  • 49
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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
wonderful service

Well since we were stuck in traffic we decided to get one last visit to California Dreaming before we had to leave Charleston. I've eaten at this restaurant many times and always had a good meal, in a beautiful location. This time the service was OUTSTANDING! The server actually anticipated our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
Steve J
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Good food, cold beer BUT, even though the Crab Claws were good. Salads were very good and the Fried Oysters were wonderful, it's not a good idea to forget the entree of one person in a party of 6. Rushed a Rib Eye through a really hot fire, but it was still raw inside and not eatable. Sent it back!

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168 reviews 168 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I stopped by for lunch since this place is close to her office. We used to frequent CD quite often but the service has gotten so bad that we cut our visits dramatically, sadly today was further proof that customers are little more than a "bother" at this establishment. We asked to sit by the window but... More 

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

Hi Joe, I;m very sorry that we did not meet your expectations and did not live up to our own high standards. We value your comments and will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that incidences such as this do not happen again in the future. A party as small as 1 is able to sit in a window... More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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159 reviews 159 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

Well since we were stuck in traffic we decided to get one last visit to California Dreaming before we had to leave Charleston. I've eaten at this restaurant many times and always had a good meal, in a beautiful location. This time the service was OUTSTANDING! The server actually anticipated our every need. Really enjoyed our salads and potato soup.... More 

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Beaufort, SC
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52 reviews 52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I love CA Dreaming for their salad and chickens strips. This location is good for it's view of the river and marina. I sat outside this time for the 1st time, was afraid the service would be bad because we sat outside, I was wrong. Service was friendly and efficient. If you can get to it a good place to... More 

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Salisbury, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Lively restaurant on the water. You must try their signature salad. It come with a fresh croissant. We go every time we're in Charleston. Great for families. Deck dining available. Affordable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

It's not the first time we have been to California Dreaming, so we knew what to expect, but the seating was a bit slow for a Monday night. The hostesses were having a bit of difficulty keeping up with things. However once we were seated the service and meal was great. We are in LOVE with the croissants and the... More 

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Deerfield, New Hampshire
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134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

It was a rainy day, and probably not the best time to visit this restaurant, but I'm glad we did. There are windows EVERYWHERE, and views of the water. The crescents are amazing. The blackened chicken pasta was wonderful. Someone at our table ordered the wrong item (it was her fault) and the waitress was gracious enough to get her... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We had a group reservation for 10 on Easter Sunday. We were seated very near our reservation time. Our server was amazing. She was very personable, friendly and attentive. Even when we needed the bill split into 4 separate checks, she handled it with grace and ease. The food was delicious! The salad was amazing and the rolls are heavenly.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I always try to eat at the California Dreaming when I come to Charleston. I love their food and It is so beautiful when eating here in the evening. They have large windows looking over the marina, so as the sun sets you get a beautiful view. I really enjoy their pasta. The salad and rolls are fantastic.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My girlfriend and I have frequented California Dreaming on several occasions and have been mostly satisfied. On this particular evening CD was a little on the busy side which can be understood as it was easter weekend. Even though that was the case on this particular day that should be no excuse for the horrible meal we were served. I... 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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