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California Dreaming Restaurant

401 South Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
803-254-6767
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Ranked #46 of 831 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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Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We were in town for a full day at USC campus and needed a place for Sunday night dinner after driving in from Atlanta. Many places are closed on Sunday in Columbia so the hotel recommended this restaurant. I had the house salad and the potato soup and it was very good. My daughter had a burger and finished the... More

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We have visited this restaurant before and had a great experience so we recommended to our friends. Party of 12 and we arrived at restaurant. They seated us within 20 minutes after we arrived on a Tuesday night. Not very busy. Waiter was great but quality of food was aweful. We had such good food before and so disappointed thls... More

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Columbus, Georgia
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The restaurant is in the old train station and it is magnificent. Great watering hole for the after work crowd and great meals for everyone. Right by the USC campus. I always have the steak or prime rib and they do it well. Great service too.

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Good food, good drinks, good service and good atmosphere. What more can you ask for? Best house salad I have had in a long time.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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

I apologize for the mix-up in your order, and hope you understand there is always a reason- however inexcusable. It was Parents Weekend for USC, the restaurant, as you know, was bustling! More

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

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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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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