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California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar

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1 Ashley Point Dr, Charleston, SC 29407-7553
+1 843-766-1644
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had dinner with 9 people the best she-crab soup ever every dish was fabulous highly recommend this restaurant try the Firefly iced tea vodka with lemonade delicious

Thank gale k
Rochester, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had an excellent dinner, service, and view. Our only complaint was that it was the room temperature was freezing!

Thank Katie C
Boonsboro, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Enjoyed dinner here after a long day of sightseeing in Charleston. Had a table with a great view of the sunset. The service was prompt and the waitress friendly. The food was served quickly and accurately. The menu was what you'd expect from a chain-type restaurant. Nice clean restrooms. Only negative was that I had to ask the hostess 3... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I recently visited with a group of 12 business colleagues, some of whom had visited CD many times. I had high hopes for this place but a few things fell short of what I expected. The fish of the day was sablefish (I think). Not being familiar with this fish, I asked the server to describe it. She tried for... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We crossed over the bridge to the other side of the Ashley River to take in a fine dinner at this highly recommended franchise. For some reason I ordered a turkey burger...it was great?!? We watched the sun go down from our waterside table as boats came by to the docks immediately adjacent to this cool restaurant.

Thank gajayhawk
Jacksonville, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband struggles with stairs. The entrance to California Dreaming requires climbing about 25 steps. There is a sign for a wheelchair ramp, but we couldn't find it at all. Once we finally made it to the top, we learned there was about an hour wait for a table. The patio bar is first-come seating, but would have required going... More 

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CentraArchy-Rest, Guest Relations Manager at California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Hi Caryn, I appreciate you taking the time to share your concerns with us. I'm sorry about the recent experience you had with not being able to locate our handicap ramp. For a future visit, it is located adjacent to the handicap parking spot to the left of the building. The deck can also be accessed outside with wider walkways,... More 

Olney, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When in town, we try to visit this restaurant; the croissants are like having your dessert before your meal, they serve wonderful salads of generous proportion, and the San Fancisco shrimp pasta dish is very flavorful. ENJOY

Thank John S
Rockwall, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just coming off of a Adventure Harbor Sunset Tour, we conveniently stopped here for a quick dinner. As you'll see in my photo, I was hungry and ate half of my meal before I remembered to take a photo! The California Dreaming salad was delicious! The croissant practically melted in my mouth. 😋. I was also impressed that they offer... More 

Thank Crystal R
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My sister and I ordered the croissants. They were fantastic!! Had the She Crab Soup with sherry. The Soup had good flavor with a lot of crab but was almost cold and by the time the waitress brought the sherry we were almost done with the Soup. We both had the Shrimp platter. The shrimp were tasty but not fried... More 

Thank bellydiva
CentraArchy-Rest, Guest Relations Manager at California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Dear bellydiva, I am sorry to hear about your negative experience with your Fried Shrimp Platter and will make the staff aware of your comments. During your time with us, however, I highly recommend asking for a manager, as they should be able to solve any problem immediately and help you leave with a smile. Thank you for your feedback! More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went because of the reviews. We were not disappointed. They were very busy and told us it would be a 45 minute wait but we were seated in about 10or 15 minutes. Our server was very friendly and attentive. We both ordered the she crab soup and the California dreaming salad. Both were delicious and the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $25
American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Ashley Point Dr, Charleston, SC 29407-7553
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: +1 843-766-1644
Voted “Best Waterfront Dining” and "Best Salad" 10 years running, by Charleston City Paper and “Best French Fries” by West Ashley Patch; here you’ll enjoy “fall-off-the-bone” baby back ribs, giant chicken dishes, award winning salads and slow-cooked prime rib. The energy-packed atmosphere is complete with an expansive, wrap-around patio and bar overlooking the Ashley River. The restaurant also features late night bar bites; large party carry-out and catering, and accessibility for groups. Adjacent to Ripley Light Marina on the Ashley River.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?