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California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar

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$$ - $$$American, ,
401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
+1 803-254-6767
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good31%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Bar, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
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Reviewed August 31, 2016

We went to dinner with two other couples, and we all expected great food. We ordered the prime rib and the rib eye steak. We requested they be done medium rare, and they were medium at best! The rib eye was tasty, but a little...More

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CentraArchy-Rest, Public Relations Manager at California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2016

Thank you for letting us know about your experience. We are very sorry that we did not meet your expectations with your steak temperatures, it sounds frustrating. We value your comments and will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that experiences such as this...More

Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

I have dined at California Dreaming for years and they have the best salad in Columbia! I love their dressings and the almonds on the salads! The chicken strips and steaks are also excellent. On this particular visit, I ordered the she crab soup and...More

Thank onlythebest2007
Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

I come here way too much and I have for years. Same order everytime 16 Oz prime rib medium well, small woman with a huge appetite because this steak is the best in town by far. Blah blah Ruth Chris.... we had an amazing experience...More

Thank Angela E
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 Tyler R
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
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Jennifer M
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Response from Lewis N | Reviewed this property |
Good morning, it surely can. I held a party of 50 at the same location. There is an area for private parties. It stays booked so I would do so as soon as possible.
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, Drinks, 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, Families with children, Kids, 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
Awarded Best Salad, 17 years running -Free Times reader survey, 2017 & The State, 2017 and Best Business Lunch -The State, 2017; Best Restaurant to Take a Date and Restaurant to Take your Parents -The Daily Gamecock, 2016. 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 large party catering, online ordering for carry-out, live music and seasonal patio dining. Attn USC students: CarolinaCard accepted! The historic landmark building, Union Station, is located steps away from USC.
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