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California Dreaming Restaurant

401 South Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
803-254-6767
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Ranked #48 of 828 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Voted “Best Salad” 12 years running, by Free Times and Columbia Metropolitan, “Best Date Spot, Best Overall Restaurant and Best Place to Take your Parents” by USC’s The Daily Gamecock. Enjoy giant-sized fare from the California Dreaming kitchen; start with the Barbecue Chicken Nachos, then slow-cooked Prime Rib or a hearty pasta dish. The restaurant also features late night bar bites; large party carry-out and catering; live music and seasonal patio dining. The historic landmark building, Union Station, is located steps away from USC.
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English first
Columbia, South Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We were part of a wedding rehearsal dinner in the back room on a Friday night . I had to order a drink at the bar because the servers were short handed. I ordered the fresh catch and it was tuna that was cold to the touch upon arrival and had to send it back. The wrong side came with... More

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Columbia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The food was good. We had to sit on the patio, because the wait time was over 90 minutes.. It was a nice evening, but there were NO LIGHTS on the patio dining area!

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Columbia,Sc
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Was invited to this establishment May of this year.Food is good parking is adequate if you arrive on an off day.I was there on a Sunday afternoon,it was a mad house for parking.If i do a return trip it will definitely be during the week.Very little handicap parking,lot is small.When I finally found a spot I was close to the... More

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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60 reviews 60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I love their salads. You get big portions even when it is a To Go order. The California Dreaming Salad with house dressing really can't be beat. The Broiled breast of Chicken salad is also excellent. The only time we had trouble with the wait staff was when it was a large group with 3 small children. The wait staff... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Ecxellent restaurant great seat I really like the decor and feel of the restaurant depending on seating you can view the kitchen, Bar area and selection was impressive and staff was very helpful and friendly. so if your in columbia I highly recommend...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

It is always crowded but it doesn't take long to get seated. We have always had great food and the service we've received has always been good. No complaints whatsoever!

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South Carolina, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

my wife andI had an early supper while we were in Columbia at a conference. Ashley, our server, was super. She kept checking on us and when we requested something she was on the spot and we had it very quick. The food was good however it was so much. Since we did not have a fridge in the room... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I wasn't overly impressed with this place, our server was great - the food came out hot and on time, but it just wasn't all that flavorful or tasty. I had the San Francisco Seafood Pasta..it was dry, with very little sauce. The croissants were supposed to be drizzled in a honey glaze, but that was very little as well.... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Over priced and not as good as all the hype! Crescent rolls with the glaze are very good but pricey in my opinion

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New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

One of usual dining favorites when visiting Columbia, SC. The food, especially the salads are always fresh and filling. The portions are generous and offer a good value for your money. The drinks are good and the service is usually outstanding. I wish we had the chain in the north.

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