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“One of my favorites!”

California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #6 of 1,013 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $25
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, 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 July 31, 2013 via mobile

This place is a great place for a spur of the moment romantic evening or a night with family n friends.
The food is great and the croissants are to die for!!!!
Great value and great food.
Returned with friends, had an awesome time!!
Thanks to management for making sure we were well take care of!

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Thank Miajack22
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Renovated train station near USC and downtown. The house salad with croissant is a staple. Diverse menu sure to please all. Great bar area.

Thank Lisam5555
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The architecture of this restaurant is stunning. It is a very popular and busy place. We had the advantage of being part of a rather large group that had been booked, so we didn't have to wait to be seated. From the time we placed our order until the food was served was very quick, much quicker than I expected for a place so busy. The portions are rather large, but the flavor is excellent.

Thank homeschoolmom43
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

My husband and I have wanted to go to California Dreaming in Columbia, SC for quite some time. The first time we were planning to go, we couldn't find parking. We found out that's a common theme with this restaurant next to the tracks.

We finally took advantage of the opportunity to go and decided to battle the frustration of finding parking. As soon as we walked into this converted train depot, I immediately felt at home. The high ceilings, hardwood floors, and attention to detail all made for an experience worthy of praise. The servers dressed in black, the white table clothes, and the dimmed lighting made for a wonderful pre-birthday celebratory dinner.

The house salad is fantastic, with plenty of substance to satisfy any appetite. It's even served with a warm croissant deliciously drizzled with honey butter. Our server was polite and more than willing to help us navigate the menu. Outside of all of the positives about this restaurant, it was pleasantly relaxing, without our server rushing us through our meal or trying to push us out the door by presenting us with the bill before we were ready. It was obvious to us that the clientele is first and a foremost priority.

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1  Thank Sally Z
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Stopped by for a late night quick bite after a local soccer game. Had the BBQ Chicken Nachos for appetizer and split the Dreaming salad. The nachos are a meal themselves, and the salad can feed four people easily. Service was prompt and really enjoyed the food. Next time, I will get the specialty, prime rib.

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Thank Philip196672
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