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California Dreaming Restaurant

401 South Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
803-254-6767
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Ranked #45 of 846 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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Columbia, South Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I was excited to eat at California Dreamin' because I have such passion for upcycled architecture. And the building is impressive. A beautiful example of how something old can be made new again and even better than before. That said, the food at California Dreamin' is largely forgettable. There is nothing from their menu that I am just dying to... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

My husband and I recently had lunch at California Dreaming with another couple after not having been there for some time. We have enjoyed coming to this restaurant as it is an impressive historical setting with food that was above the norm. The salad has always been a real treat but has morphed into an ordinary dinner salad. Ok but... More 

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Cayce, South Carolina, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Group of friends met there yesterday for lunch and it was great. The half salad and pototoe soup was devine. Service was great and in and out within an hour. You can never go wrong with any of the entrees or just drinks and finger food.

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Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

They can never get both the service and food right on the same day. One or the other is always off. Add in the fact that the prices are wayyyyyy too high for what you get and all you are left with is a really nice atmosphere.

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

We had just arrived into Columbia on a business trip drive and decided to visit the closest eatery we could find. Menu is average "safe" food creations (i.e. French Dip, Prime Rib, Steaks, assorted seafood and salads) - a few steps above Denny's. Waitstaff was very pleasant and attentive. Prices are a little high versus the quality and portions of... More 

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

California Dreaming has become stale and average fare. What used to be a nice evening out has become just an average restaurant. At one time this was the place to celebrate special events but now it is about the same as any average chain in the Columbia area. The service this evening was average. The food was average. My food... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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147 reviews 147 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We were returning home after a long weekend celebrating Christmas with my family in Atlanta area. We were eating almost non stop so we debated about stopping at California Dreaming. But a traffic back up caused us to stop. We'd been thinking about CA Dreaming all weekend as it's one of my/our favorite restaurants and we'd been talking about it... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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84 reviews 84 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I have been here a few times. A reservation is always a must. Seating is always kind of crowded, so be prepared for sitting close to strangers. The servers have always been pleasant and well trained. The food is average, but hot food is always hot and plentiful for the money. I would go back again.

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Calais
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

Here with friends and family or with a date-doesn't matter because this place is awesome! The food, atmosphere, and overall cozy feeling is superb! The wait staff were incredible too!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We don't go out to eat much, but when we are near this restaurant we go there. Their California Dreaming Salad is outstanding in taste, quantity and price. We usually split the salad, as it is a lot for two older people to eat.The croissants are delicious. Ambiance is a bit noisy because of having to conform to historic registry... More 

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Additional Information about California Dreaming Restaurant

Address: 401 South Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
Phone Number: 803-254-6767
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
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
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: American

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