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California Dreaming-Charleston

4.2
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503 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Thank you for your continued support. We have missed you and cannot wait to welcome you all back! We have implemented new operational standards to keep everyone safe, including limiting large parties greater than 8. Read more on www.californiadreaming.rest.

California Dreaming has been serving the Charleston community since 1987. The large, open setting boasts floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Ashley River, providing a perfect backdrop to any event. The panoramic views can also be enjoyed on the wrap-around deck with bar, that is easily accessible by boat; additional restaurant features: online ordering with curbside pick-up and family-style catering. Awarded Best Waterfront Dining and Best Salad - City Paper, 2004-2020.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 503 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Nina
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We made reservations for my birthday and were not seated right away. The food was great, the waiter was good, but forgot a couple things which was understandable, because it seemed very busy. Over all it was a good experience & I would recommend to others.

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Jerseyjo2019
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The restaurant has nice views and was clean. There were not many appetizers to chose from. Our waitress was very nice and knowledgeable. I had ordered steak frittes and was disappointed. The pre cut steak was swimming in a pool of garlic butter. I sent it back and it was thankfully removed from check. House salad was good.

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CarrieD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly with excellent service on an extremely busy night. Kudos to the cooks as well!

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Kenneth
Savannah
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience5

If you order a plate that comes with fries and coleslaw you get 90 % fries and they will not let you substitute. Also you only get about 3 teaspoons of the coleslaw. My husband order the seafood platter and the flounder was rolled and flounder is a flat fish so don't know what the deal was with that. We talked to the manager and he was like oh well. Dont know if I would order anything that comes with fries and coleslaw.

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MarcusG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and service was great. The only thing was we had to wait 40 minutes even though we had a reservation. That was the only negative thing about the night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kid friendly. Dinner with a view. Family getaway get-together.
Make a reservation 12+ hours in advance if you can!
Menu is very nice but not too high-end that you can’t find something delicious.
They have salad and soup options for light meals and their entrees are very large portions so be ready for leftovers.
Our waiter Austin at table 410 was in a perfect location and gave great service!
Well-priced options!

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PattyL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is nice, the food and service are great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was outstanding! The food was amazing! All together our date was a success!

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KevinS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner for my Son. Special night and the Restaurant did not disappoint. Excellent service, value and as always phenomenal flavors. We had two steaks cooked to perfection - made the evening special as we wanted!

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DrewL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the seafood nachos to the seasoned sirloin it was all delicious! The steak was thick so the middle of my Medium steak was a little more rare than I prefer, but overall it was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We were visiting from out of town and picked this restaurant just by chance. The food was awesome. Portions were great, food tasted wonderful (definitely get the fried cauliflower!)

It is extremely dark in the restaurant so be prepared with a small light if you need to read the menu or check your bill. Our server seemed a tad scattered and kitchen and bar was a bit slow. I bet this place is nuts on a non-Covid weekend night.

We will definitely come back next time we see one.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Keishon (not sure how he spells it) was awesome! Super attentive and friendly! We come here often because of the great service and food. I will continue to recommend!

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CrystalJ
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! Also the staff was wonderful especially our waitress.

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jeffl
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Started horribly. Seated about 45 minutes late for our reservation. No explanation no apology. Hostesses attitude was clearly if you don’t want to wait leave.

Server made a great effort to get the evening back on track. Food was very good. Wife highly recommends the she crab soup.

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MichelleG
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and we love our food
Beautiful

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Our reservation was at 845...didnt get seated til probably 9 or so. The service was slow. I think we ended up getting our food at 10....our server was really nice tho.

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TenishaJ
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. I’m definitely going back!

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dh0057
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a good time. Food was great!

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NativeCharlestonguy
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time dining here in over a year. Due to Covid 19, prices have gone up but that was to be expected. I thought the portions were smaller also. Overall, a good experience and was glad to dine out again.

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WifeofBath
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent, just as it was 23 years ago when my husband and I ate there during our honeymoon. Was thrilled that California Dreaming was still in operation after 23 years and still just as good. Our server (I forgot her name- petite with long honey blond hair done in french braids) was efficient and observant . She refilled my son's soda multiple times without being asked. Having been a server myself for 25 years I can appreciate truly excellent service.

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Twick
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience5

According to the server the menu was changed twice in a week. They don't have any of the good sides any more. Everything but the salad and crossaints was just basic. The sauce that came on my steak was the best part. To the point where my husband was even dipping his steak in it. Which was fine because my steak was very tough. I even mentioned it to the server. On the plus side, we didn't have to wait for a table. The ribs and shrimp and grits were good. We aren't interested in going back.

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NicoleC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Drinks were good, She Crab soup was a must have, and my husband’s seafood pasta was tasty. My meal, however was not worth it. I only had 4 oysters and 5 shrimp on my plate with a GIANT pc of fish. That would have been ok if they were a decent size, but they were tiny and only about a heaping tablespoon of cole slaw with was warm from sitting under the heat lamp. The only thing that made my meal was the tarter sauce.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Family Vacay and we wanted a fun place near the water. The inside was okay, but the view was pretty. The croissants were the best!!

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EdmondS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I've been to California Dreaming many times but this time it was AWFUL ‼️

Food wasn't fresh... Was served cold... And I actually couldn't eat it.

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SFYunkun
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Seafood platter delicious. Crab soup also very good. Too full for dessert.

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TiondreP
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Food wasn't good at all, they gave my baby chicken tenders from Chinese restaurant.... didn't sing happy birthday or anything. Salad isn't as big as it use to be either. Very Unpleased. You guys have changed a lot!

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MichelleL
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

There were kids running around and they forgot some of my food

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LindaH
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was very welcoming. We had a reservation at 8pm and were seated early. Our server was friendly and our food came out quickly and was delicious. The price was fantastic for the amount of food we ordered. Will definitely be heading back in the future!

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TimothyA
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for wonderful food, service and the view was amazing

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EileenB
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed every bit of it and loved our waitress. She was very friendly and professional.

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DanielM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience5

Reservation for 5 oclock.
At the hostess desk at 5 oclock.
Asked if there were any outside patio tables available, was told I would have to go outside and check myself. I did so, none available. On my way back to hostess desk, received Open Table notification my 5 oclock reservation was cancelled. I’ll spare you the next conversation. Ultimately, the California Dreaming restaurant manager stepped in and resolved everything to my satisfaction.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food1service5ambience5

My cowboy steak came out too oily and very bland. And it replaced with the seafood pasta. My girl marinated fillet was amazing and so was the server.

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TaliaD
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I decided to eat at California Dreaming for my birthday dinner. Overall I would say that my experience was well and I enjoyed my self. The food was great and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone

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Bb10580
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

It's sad when the best thing you have is the salad and croissant. My steak (med rare) was black on the outside and probably med on the inside but was so tough I could not eat it. The loaded potato had such a skimpy amt of
" loaded" that I had to ask server for additional butter and sour cream. For the amount of money spent, it was just not up to par. I hope this was just an off night and not a indication of their quality of food in the future.

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DavidF
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such an amazing place to eat lunch or dinner!!! Since it overlooks the water, you can watch a beautiful sunset or the dolphins playing around. I would recommend this place to everyone. The food was delicious!!! Also, getting a table outside if you can is one of the best experiences!!!

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Carol45
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always stay at the LaQuinta Inn at Ashley Point when we visit Charleston so that we can walk to California Dreamin for dinner. The location is beautiful with a lovely 180 degree view from every table of the River and Charleston, service and food has always been excellent. They also were observing Covid19 precautions with masks and social distancing tables.
Highly recommend.

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BlakeWool
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice place with good views. Made a reservation and asked for a table next to a window. Got it. Food was good as well as service. Will return

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just to note... During our last visit, within the last 60 days, they had the entire bar and the elevated seating area closed off.

This evening however, the entire restaurant was in use.

In the end, we had a delightful time. Our food was delicious, the attentive wait staff was outstanding, and the harbor view can’t we beat!

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TrudiD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great.

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RichardS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views, great service, we had friends down from Wisconsin and they loved the view and the entire experience. Commented (a couple of times) it was a "very nice" place to dine.

FAQs

California Dreaming-Charleston offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 766-1644.

California Dreaming-Charleston is rated 4.2 stars by 503 OpenTable diners.

California Dreaming-Charleston does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://centraarchy.com/purchase-gift-cards/?restaurant=california-dreaming.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.