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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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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lunch with a local

My friend lives in the area and we decided to have lunch here .I had not been here in over 10 years, and it did not disappoint. He suggested the house salad with the house dressing(bacon lovers dream) and it was perfect for lunch. It came with a croissant that was light and delicious. Nice views... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
StationChief72
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Pooler, Georgia
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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Appleton, WI
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71 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Absolutely beautiful view of the water except we asked the waitress what the water wasn't she had no idea would be nice inform your staff of your surroundings and what's going on so tourist some people can find out the food was wonderful the restaurant was extremely cold we had to go to the car and get our jackets but... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

If you are looking to eat in a clean, air conditioned space overlooking the water. Go Here. If you are looking for high end food. Maybe try somewhere else. We went here with friends on our most recent visit. It took a while for the food to make it, even when we asked specifically for something for the kids to... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Nice meal at California Dreaming. My daughter who is 31 loves going here. I can take it or leave it. The restaurant is always crowded and the food is pretty good. You can't beat the view. If you don't mind a loud bar-like place this would be for you.

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Wilkesboro, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Ate here in July. It was over an hour to get my food. I ordered the blackened chicken. It got to me as my friends were finishing their meal. And it was not seasoned properly. One of firends had the same thing and it was heavily seasoned with pepper. But my nephew enjoyed his chicken. Ate here again in August... More 

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Pooler, Georgia
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

My friend lives in the area and we decided to have lunch here .I had not been here in over 10 years, and it did not disappoint. He suggested the house salad with the house dressing(bacon lovers dream) and it was perfect for lunch. It came with a croissant that was light and delicious. Nice views of the river and... More 

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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

When we get to Charleston SC we have to go to this restaurant. House salad with house dressing is just plain delicious. One rack of baby back ribs seemed a bit over done, but I Wolfe them down, still delicious. My wife had the marinated sirloin and loved it. They have great garlic mashed potatoes and the honey butter glazed... More 

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Batavia, Ohio
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78 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

First day in Charleston. Had a yummy lunch here. It is on the water with great views of the marina, boats and city. We had the She Crab Soup, which we agreed was the best we have ever had. We know our She Crab. Great menu for food and drinks. Our waitress was awesome. Highly recommend it

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MIAMI, FLORIDA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This restaurant looked so cool from across the river, so we drove across... and it was fine, just don't expect to be wowed by the food (we had burgers, fried shrimp and steak) Enjoy the cool building, the gorgeous view of the Ashley River and the beautiful bridge that crosses it. It's fun, relaxed and noisy. Saw families with children,... More 

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Tavares, Florida
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

OMG!!! This place is amazing! It's right on the water, by the boat marinas. Impressive staircase on the outside (with a ramp on the side for easy access). You can see the dolphins swimming and playing from your table. The food is spectacular!!! From the She-Crab soup and incredible succulent croissants with heavenly glaze, to every single entree we tried-... More 

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Monroeville, Pennsylvania
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

First the BEST - Service was outstanding Now the REST 1) Had called ahead for reservation, but still had to wait even with the place less than 1/2 full 2) Our table of 11 had everything from seafood-prime rib-BBQ ribs, all the food was good, simply not anything particularly outstanding that would justify the drive, wait or prices. Could get... 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, International

Restaurant Characteristics

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