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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 - 11:00 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
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Takeout
Delivery
Late Night
Dessert

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  • 106
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  • 48
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  • 37
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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
Most recent review
Nice view and good service

The food is much like other chain restaurants. I had the crab soup (good but nothing to write home about) and the oyster Po-boy. The sandwich was good and the oysters were fresh because I bit into a piece of shell (no extra charge for the shell). Plus, include the view, fast service and a good... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
Dennis1952
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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654 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

The food is much like other chain restaurants. I had the crab soup (good but nothing to write home about) and the oyster Po-boy. The sandwich was good and the oysters were fresh because I bit into a piece of shell (no extra charge for the shell). Plus, include the view, fast service and a good server. Also it's next... More 

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

Hello, Thanks for taking the time to write a review and for sharing your thoughts. We aim to provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere with great fresh, made from scratch food. We hope that you will dine again with us in the future. More 

glendora, ca
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199 reviews 199 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

our hotel staff recommended this restaurant and we could walk over there (farther than it looked) we had a coupon for a basket of croissants these were like no other they deep fried them and then dipped them in honey too die for wonderful the best part of the place for me and also the crab soup which was wonderful... More 

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

Thank you for leaving your feedback and for your patronage. The croissants are irresistible, we know. They are baked fresh throughout the day and drizzled with honey-butter. Great alone, with a salad, or as dessert with coffee! We hope to see you again in the future. More 

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I was meeting some people in Charleston for a meeting at another venue. Unfortunately, I didn't know it was closed on Monday in the off season. So I looked up what was close by. By surprise, there was a California Dreaming less than 5 minutes away. I've eaten at the one in Myrtle Beach and knew of the fine quality... More 

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Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great food, drinks and Biew of the Charleston harbor activity. Never miss stopping for a great meal when we're in the Charleston area. Hard to say anything negative about California Dreaming. Try it, you'll love it too.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Had some terrific nachos while looking at a playful dolphin right in front of us! I was also here in 1992, and remember this place to be one of the better and fancier restaurants in the Charleston area...but it looks and feels a bit run down nowadays. It would benefit from a facelift. Excellent food nonetheless!

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Crestview Hills, Kentucky, USA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Delicious food and wonderful service. I recommend their She Crab Soup; it's just about the best made in the South.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Excellent dining. The She Crab Soup was outstanding. The rest of dinner was very good also. Good value and worthy of everyone.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

First time visiting ka California Dreaming restaurant. It was very clean and the background music was nice. The wait crew was very good and very helpful.

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Springboro, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Great variety of dishes. Food portions were large. price was fair. Good drink specials and a nice waterfront view.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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60 reviews 60 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This hotel was within walking distance of our hotel. It is located in an old fort and is very charming. We ate there both nights and enjoyed it. Their menu is usual but with some southern twists and very reasonable. Staff is super friendly and the views of Charleston and the Ashley River are great.

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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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