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“Columbia, SC Chain” 4 of 5 stars
Review of California Dreaming Restaurant

California Dreaming Restaurant
401 South Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
803-254-6767
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Ranked #32 of 858 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Columbia, SC Chain”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Good food. Seafood and steaks. Menu somewhat limited . Service was good. Went with friends prior to the Masters tournament in a Augusta.

Visited April 2014
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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90 reviews 90 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Atmosphere's amazing, food is uneven”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This restaurant is in a restored train station, and that makes it fabulous! The meal started off very well, with the onion loaf, which was delicious. Unfortunately my entree, the prime rib sandwich, was dry and pretty flavorless. I'd give it another try, but I'm in no rush.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Columbia, SC
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61 reviews 61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Good atmosphere and a great salad!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This restaurant is in the old Columbia train station, back when stations were really grand and ornate. It is a beautiful restaurant, with a separate bar, that is suitable for almost any occasion. Their signature salad is my favorite but I've never had a bad meal there. I only go about once a year but I moved here in 1983 so I would guess I've been there at least 30 times and have never been disappointed. For something different from all of the chains, this is the place -- go and have fun.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Columbia, South Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Over Priced and Over Rated”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

too many people think that this is the APEX and ACME of fine dining in Columbia. It is NOT there is nothing that is served here that cannot be found else where in Columbia at Cheaper Prices with larger service sizes. The only thing that rates the COOL factor is that it used to be in an old train station.

Save your money, go someplace that offers better food cheaper

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Columbia, South Carolina
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“Great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We love to go here to eat. Everything we have ordered over the years has always been great. I especially like the Seafood Nachos.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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