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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 - 10:00 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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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed November 13, 2014

We were seated where we had a lovely view of the water and marsh. Our waiter was informative and attentive. We enjoyed the She-crab soup and their house salads. Everything was delicious.

Thank LJ C
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

California Dreaming had always been a mainstay for my family over my son's Citadel years! It offered a nice, upscale feel with consistent food and moderate prices! Unfortunately, it seems that all of that has slipped! Gone are the linen table clothes replaced by plastic, utensils are dirty, as well as, glasses and the food is not prepared or presented... More 

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

I'm sorry to hear we didn't exceed your expectations as we have in the past. I have addressed your issues with our staff and dish team. Thank you for your feedback. More 

Wilmington, North Carolina
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed November 7, 2014

This restaurant was close to our Hotel and we decided to try it, although not familiar with this chain. We went to the outside bar as the weather was warm and wanted to see the view. They don't have much to offer in the selection of beer and wine for a Bar. I asked what Label their white wines were... More 

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Clayton, North Carolina
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249 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed November 7, 2014

This restaurant was a cut above the usual chain restaurant. Try the salmon it was savory. Their salads are great and try the house dressing it is tasty.

Thank SoilDoctor
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed November 6, 2014

For a special occasion, we go to this great restaurant on the river, overlooking the yachts in the harbor. The marinated sirloin is one of my favorites. Prime rib is also a big plus. Their salads are to die for. Hard to duplicate at home.

Thank Bob M
Halifax, Massachusetts
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73 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed November 6, 2014

From the outside, this restaurant looks good. But what is inside is what really counts. We were headed to a family event at 5pm and wanted to get together for lunch but really didn’t want to go out. California Dreaming does not do take out, but when we explained our needs, they allowed us to pickup our order. Popular among... More 

Thank suzlib
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed November 4, 2014

Before moving to Charleston California Dreaming was the place where I had to go before leaving the city. Now not so much. I hadn't been in quite some time but I wanted to take my girlfriend out to dinner for her birthday but it was somewhat of a bust. She loved her chicken and sausage pasta but my steak came... More 

Thank Xtasy29115
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2014 via mobile

Party of 16, 15 were served while I waited 10 minutes for my bowl of potato soup. My croissants had cooled off by then and the soup was not hot, potatoes almost cooked but not quite. Some were very happy with their meals, obviously not me, although the soup did taste really good.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2014

We spent a night in Charleston while going cross country this past May. We stayed at the La Quinta Inn Riverview on Ashley Point Drive which I would also recommend - especially if you are bringing your dog along. We asked at the front desk for a good restaurant recommendation for dinner. The desk clerk suggested California Dreaming which was... More 

Thank Jeno58
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2014

We ate here on a week night while vacationing in Charleston and did not have to wait to be seated. The decor and views of the waterfront were beautiful. We had great service and great food. Highly recommend!

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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, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Romantic, Scenic view, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?