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“Very Accommodating to Special Requests”

California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #19 of 1,030 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $25
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed September 24, 2012

My husband and I are vegan and sometimes have problems with restaurants not wanting to or not being able to accommodate our dietary needs. We had lunch at California Dreaming today and ordered the Hot Vegetable Salad. The vegetables are normally sauteed in butter and we asked that they be sauteed in olive oil. And, of course, we asked them to leave off the cheese. Not only was our request taken seriously, but Jim, our server, came and told us it was taking just a little longer than normal because some of the vegetables were touching the butter so they got fresh vegetables out to prepare for us. We were so pleased with their service and attitude! And our salads were sooo delicious! And they were so large, I had to take half of mine home. We will definitely be back!

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Thank Sewgoode
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

Dinner was great. We had wraps, grilled chicken caesar salad, and chicken dinner. The she crab soup and loaded baked potato soup were both winners. Servings were huge. Almost didn't have room for our dinners after we each had a bowl of soup. We were too stuffed for desserts.

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Reviewed September 11, 2012

The restaurant is in a former train station so has some atmosphere. Usually a waiting line but it moves fairly fast. Not a place for intimate conversation as it's crowded but the food is good although a little pricey.

Thank SCTraveller42
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

Excellent restaurant! Have dined here twice in the past 3 months while visiting USC. Seafood nachos are to die for. Great portion sizes at a great price. Have dined here for lunch and dinner and was very pleased both times. Would highly recommend-worth the wait!!

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Thank sunshine1449007
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

The food was good. The service was just okay. We had to get the things we needed from another waiter that was just passing by. As we got up to leave a different waiter came and put the food belonging to another table on our table. We had two to go boxes on our table but he walked away not even questioning his mistake.

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Thank shane S
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