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California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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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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103 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed our meal. How can you go wrong with steak bake potato and salad. We enjoyed the view. Services was great. Food was hot. Wish I would have ordered the appetizer of croissants

Thank 214dolphins
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food and atmosphere! Prime Rib was perfect. They make honey drizzled croissants that are to die for. The onion loaf was great. We sat with a great sunset view of Charleston Harbor. Service was outstanding.

Thank Robbie T
Nashua, New Hampshire
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They have the best She Crab soup in the south, I have tried it just about every place that I have visited and serves it and I am here to tell you, CD has the best, hands down! make sure you ask for it with the sherry, you can definitely taste the difference. They also have a house special salad... More 

Thank Gino372k1
Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

California Dreaming will always be one of our favorites. We have been customers for over 20 years and have never had a bad experience. Starters...the barbecue chicken nachos are the best. Salads...can never go wrong with the house salad and house dressing. Entrees...close your eyes and pick. You will not be disappointed.

Thank Chad N
Charleston, South Carolina
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39 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been there in the past, and every dish was excellent, The bowl of chili should have won the award as best chili in Charleston. Another appetizer we had was their onion ring loaf, the best onion rings we have ever had. I had for my entrée their Baby Back Ribs which is made perfectly, and does not get... More 

Thank Larry A
Waxahachie, Texas
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102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Made two visits to CD over the past couple of days. Both visits were exceptional. Our waiter, Mathew was an incredible example of super customer service. He knew his product, knew how to take and submit orders and how to meet the needs of even a 9 year old grand daughter. (No crust on the grilled cheese...LOL). The view during... More 

Thank Kirk P
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you dream of California cuisine this is definitely not the place although the setting is nice and the service was great the food was extremely disappointing. My steak salad had no taste at all however my other guest were somewhat pleased with their plates mostly the ribs. I have dined here previously and experienced the same disappointment maybe you... More 

Thank James K. P
CentraArchy-Rest, Public Relations Manager at California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Hi James, I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your steak salad, which is normally a crowd favorite. We appreciate your feedback and have sent your comments to the restaurant. Despite your most recent experience, we hope you'll give us another try very soon. More 

Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We made reservations for 6pm two days prior, but once we arrived at the restaurant we were not seated until 6:20pm. Outside of that our waitress was outstanding and the food was great.

Thank yjm406
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food is good but the main attraction for me is the lovely view of the marina from all parts of the restaurant. It's a nice place for a relaxed lunch and the parking is also a plus. The food portions are large.

Thank Chris W
Branchville, South Carolina
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159 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had not visited in a few years and asked for a table with a view. It was vey nice. We even saw a dolphin playing in the water when we were eating. The food was very good. We got the onion ring loaf, california dreaming salad and the chipolte blackened chicken ranch wrap. Overall great food and service. We... 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, Pub
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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?