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California Dreaming Restaurant

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401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
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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Summerville, South Carolina
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

After a long day of traveling, I opted to walk to a restaurant. This restaurant was in close proximity to my hotels. The service was good, food way okay.

Thank sandkanderson
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have loved going to California Dreaming over the past two decades. The croissants are delicious and their salads are top notch (I recommend getting the chef salad with honey mustard- their honey mustard is heavenly). I even went here to celebrate my engagement with my family! Definitely recommend.

Thank bexxspencer
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been to California Dreaming several times, I always take visitors from out of town there because the food, atmosphere and service are always superb! They do not disappoint!

Thank Jennifer C
Columbia, South Carolina
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41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well, we went to California Dreaming on Sunday evening to celebrate my daughter's friend birthday. The finance reserved it for 4:30 pm for 13 people. We all were there by 4 pm except for her because she thought it was only going to be the finance, her girls and her having Sunday dinner at her favorite restaurant. She was there... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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99 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The restaurant is built/rejunvenated from an old train station. I believe ih has '3' different areas you can dine from, either at the bar, booths/tables surrounding the bard or in the main dining area. It's a little noisy but everyone is having a good time don't be a hater :-). I haven't enjoyed a meal quite this good in a... More 

Thank jeannie2u
Lexington, South Carolina
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I hate franchise restaurants...that being said, CD in Columbia, although limited by the powers that be, is a great night out. The waitstaff and bartenders work hard, knowing their corporate limitations, and do a great job.

Thank TRhasissues
Columbia, South Carolina
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here with my husband and some members of my church on a Sunday , it was very busy , but we didn't have to wait too long for a table, great food and great Customer service

Thank Mandy l
Boston, United States
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had lunch here last Saturday (8/20/16) and arrived around noon. It wasn't yet crowded, there were plenty of tables but the hostess directed that my obviously sight-impaired husband and I be seated in a dark area that required us to negotiate closely packed, occupied tables. The other diners were wonderful about it and moved their chairs (and a table)... More 

Thank Patricia D
Cincinnati, Ohio
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were heading to the zoo and needed a quick lunch. This place was quite the find, great setting and great food. I had the po-boy which was very good but the mashed potato and the salads are the stand out items. A little loud which is fine with me but might put some off. Highly recommend giving it a... More 

Thank Mark D
Panama City, Florida
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great service, wonderful variety of food. I had the California Dreaming Salad and it was a meal in itself. Wine list was good and atmosphere was delightful.

Thank neasep

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene
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: 401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: 803-254-6767
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?