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California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar

401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
+1 803-254-6767
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good31%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
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Reviewed August 23, 2016

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
Reviewed August 23, 2016

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...More

Thank bexxspencer
Reviewed August 23, 2016

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
Reviewed August 23, 2016

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...More

Thank Diana F
Reviewed August 23, 2016

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...More

Thank jeannie2u
Reviewed August 22, 2016

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
Reviewed August 22, 2016 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
Reviewed August 22, 2016

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...More

Thank Patricia D
Reviewed August 21, 2016 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...More

Thank Mark D
Reviewed August 21, 2016

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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December 5, 2016|
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Response from CentraArchy-Rest | Property representative |
Absolutely! It's our house special. Slow-cooked and sliced to order!
Bobbi E
December 4, 2016|
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Response from CentraArchy-Rest | Property representative |
Hi Bobbi, I'm sorry to hear our hostess wasn't able to accommodate you! Good news, I have secured your reservation. At your convenience, please email me your contact phone #. Thank you and happy holidays, Amber @ CentraArchy... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $25
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, 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: 401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-254-6767
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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