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California Dreaming Restaurant

401 South Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
803-254-6767
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Ranked #40 of 838 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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

California Dreaming in Columbia, SC is housed in a renovated old train station. The combination of the stone exterior and mahogany interior is amazing. We were quickly seated and received excellent service. I recommend the prime rib. The accompanying California Dreaming House salad with the house dressing (warm honey mustard) is a great start to the meal. Definitely worth a... More

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South Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

California Dreaming is one of my favorite places to eat in Columbia. While I've had many of their entrees, if I go for lunch I always get their salad and she crab soup. Both are wonderful!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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96 reviews 96 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

I had heard good things about this restaurant and was excited when I was invited here for a business dinner. I like the location as the restaurant has it's own parking and I do not need to chase around street parking. Inside is a large kind of dark atmosphere. The dark atmosphere is not a negative. I started with a... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

California Dreaming honored vets with any entree free, and their guests got 25% off their meals. Our meal was great, we ate along side rr tracks, with other vets for most part. Thank you California Dreaming for supporting us.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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94 reviews 94 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Always have loved their salad and bread but not the healthiest option especially considering the bacon and other things on it.But when your there you have to get it.The atmosphere is nice and fast service and keep your ice tea filled without asking.You can linger there with friends or eat and run as well as have brunch after church.

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Clemson, South Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

This has been a family choice for birthdays and holidays for as long as I can remember. We would drive here from out of town specifically for their delicious prime rib. The croissants are amazing, the house salad is always perfect and the food is always what you expect. The fact that this place is as busy it is for... More

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Lexington, South Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

California Dreaming is set near USC and is a beautiful restaurant. Some friends and I went for a beer and a late lunch recently. We had some of their croissants followed with the shaved prime rib sandwich and fries and some nachos. We just kind of shared. They have a small beer selection but not limited to just the big... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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107 reviews 107 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This California Dreaming is in an old train station. I have been here (and to the other locations) countless times, and it has been delicious every time. I think I have had about everything on the menu, and nothing has disappointed. The Columbia location is one of the better atmospheres compared to the other chains. Anything you get will be... More

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Penn Laird, Virginia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Great place to meet friends for reasonable priced meal. The food was great along with the service. The salads are fantastic! The Columbia restaurant is located in the former train station. This added a nice atmosphere touch.

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South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Another old train station has come to life! It's like you are getting ready to leave on a great journey (and you are) when you enter this beautifully restored building. All the food is good. We especially enjoy the California Dreaming Salad with the hot bacon dressing. It is a meal in itself because it contains meat, cheese and eggs.... 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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