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“The Best Salads You Will ever Have!”

California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #8 of 974 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $25
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 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.
Columbia
1 review
“The Best Salads You Will ever Have!”
Reviewed February 10, 2009

I have been a lover of California Dreaming for a long time and I still love the restaurant!! I do agree the quantity of food has gone down! The yeast rolls with honey on them used to be alot better and the salads were much larger! I think the Prime Rib is the best in any restaurant but once again I think, even with the economy, that the quantity of food for the price needs some improvement.

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Columbia, SC
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Plenty of better options in Columbia”
Reviewed February 4, 2009

Their food is good, especially their salads, but their service could use a lot of improvement. Their prices are already high, so I was really shocked to find that the two extra rolls the server had offered us and we accepted appeared as an extra charge on the check! It gets really loud in there as well, making communication difficult. I don't go there anymore.

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“Great Salads, but cost more than what you get.”
Reviewed February 2, 2009

Great Salads, but cost more than what you get.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“LOVE LOVE LOVE the salad...”
Reviewed February 2, 2009

LOVE LOVE LOVE the salad and all of the appetizers

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“Great soup and salad”
Reviewed January 11, 2009

Great soup and salad

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