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California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority Seating, Charleston, SC
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California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority Seating

4.3
4.3
2132 Reviews
$30 and under
American
*Please note, we accept Advanced Priority Seating at California Dreaming in Charleston, we do not take reservations. Advanced Priority Seating limits your wait on busy nights and allow us to seat you within a shorter time frame upon arrival of your entire party.

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. Awarded Best Waterfront Dining and Best Salad - City Paper, 2004-2021.

We are unable to accommodate parties of 7 or greater at this time.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 107 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 766-1644

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    West Ashley

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,132 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Great for scenic views

  • South Carolina

    Most Booked

  • Charleston

    Great for scenic views

  • Charleston

    American

  • Charleston

    Most Booked

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  1. LK

    LynneK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Very happy with salads, sides and entree.
  2. RJ

    RobertJ

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Great atmosphere, but the order was messed up. Dinner came before the appetizer, but overall good dinner
  3. DG

    DavidG

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    Dirty table upon arrival at table. Service terrible=slow and mixed-up, or wrong, orders. Out of liquors listed on menu. Green beans over-seasoned with same salty seasoning as spinach nachos. House salad, pork chops and mashed potatoes always good.
  4. GU

    GregoryU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best New York strip in a long time. Perfectly trimmed and cooked. And don’t forget the bread pudding. Our waitress was delightful.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 3 days agoThank you for your 5-star review and positive feedback! We look forward to serving you again soon.

  5. RG

    RobertG

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Salmon was over cooked, string beans were over cooked and cool, they Changed the French Dip sandwich. They took away the cheese and and replaced it some awful aioli sauce. Blackened chicken fettuccini had very little chicken. Handicap ramp access is a joke. Essentially have to walk all around to the back of the building then have to walk to the front entrance to see the hostess who then walks you to the back of the dining room to be seated.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 4 days agoThank you for taking the time to provide feedback.  We need to deliver value from our dining experiences and we obviously missed the mark.  We would like to apologize and invite you back in, as we would love another chance to show you what we can do.   At your convenience, please reach out to us at 843-766-1644 so that we may discuss your experience further and coordinate you joining us again to show that we truly care.   Thank you again for your review and we hope to speak soon.   

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience in the staff is awesome!

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 5 days agoThank you so much for your feedback! We look forward to serving you soon!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dining and service at California Dreaming continues to amaze me. The marinated sirloin steak was delicious and I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion. Great view, great food. Thank you!

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 6 days agoThank you for your 5-star review and positive feedback! We look forward to serving you again soon.

  8. KL

    KLHW

    Atlanta

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Love being by the water. Friendly and attentive service.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 5 days agoThank you for your kind words and 5-star review! We look forward to serving you again soon.

  9. I

    Indianfreak

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    This was the worst meal I have had there It used to be good--I ordered a ribeye all the times I have been there. It gets progressively worst each time I'm there. Could have got the same at Golden Corral, would not have been any different. Very Disappointed--

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 6 days agoThank you for taking the time to provide feedback.  We need to deliver value from our dining experiences and we obviously missed the mark.  We want to apologize and invite you back in. We would love another chance to show you what we can do.   At your convenience, please reach to us at 843-766-1644 so that we can discuss your experience further and coordinate you joining us again. Thank you again for your feedback and we look forward to hearing from you soon.  

  10. KR

    KenyaR

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great experience. We'll definitely do Thanksgiving there again!

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 6 days agoThank you for your 5-star review and positive feedback! We look forward to serving you again soon.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Thanksgiving Dinner

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 6 days agoThank you for your 5-star review! Looking forward to serve you again soon.

  12. WW

    WendyW

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Our server / waitess was PHENOMENAL!! Only concern was the wait, although we had a reservation. Then, again - it was Thanksgiving. Food was awesome, as normal. Just wish baked potato was an option.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 6 days agoThank you for your kind review and positive feedback! We look forward to serving you again soon.

  13. SB

    SueB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location next to scenic waterway with backdrop of the City. We had a window table which offered sweeping views of harbor. Ribeye steak and mashed potatoes were delicious. The honey croissant was heavenly. We went on thanksgiving with non-stop patrons pouring in. In spite of that, Service was still excellent.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 6 days agoThank you for your 5-star review and positive feedback! We look forward to serving you again soon.

  14. CF

    ChsFoodLover

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We enjoyed our dining experience at California Dreaming. The food was excellent and our server was superb! We were a little disappointed our table had a view of the parking lot but were able to enjoy the beautiful views on our way out after our meal. We look forward to visiting again.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 6 days agoThank you for your review and positive feedback! We look forward to serving you again soon.

  15. SS

    SallyS

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fantastic

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 6 days agoThank you for your 5-star review and positive feedback! We look forward to serving you again soon.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    California Dreaming has the perfect "recipe" for Thanksgiving - including the delicious food!

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 5 days agoThank you so much for your kind words and your 5-star review! We look forward to serving you again soon.

  17. C

    Coop

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    My daughter and I were very disappointed with the menu, I called to verify that the California salads would be on the menu I was told they would be, they were not, very disappointing. I don’t think we will be back again next year we went this year because we had the salad last year and was very pleased, Very disappointing.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 6 days agoThank you for your feedback. We apologize our menu did not meet your expectations. We appreciate you joining us on Thanksgiving day and truly hope you'll give us another chance in the near future! If you would like to discuss your experience further, please call 843-766-1644 and ask for a member of management. Thank you!

  18. DL

    DonL

    Charleston

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    California Dreaming has one of those fantastic, on the water experiences. Wonderful food and fantastic service.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded on November 25, 2022Thank you so much for your 5-star review! We look forward to serving you again soon.

  19. NB

    NealB

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great traditional Thanksgiving dinner!

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded on November 25, 2022Thank you so much for your 5-star review! We look forward to serving you again soon.

  20. LI

    LindaInCLT

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The Thanksgiving meal was okay, but not as good as two years ago. I really had a problem with the restaurant tacking on the gratuity in the middle of the bill. A lot of people wouldn’t notice it. We didn’t at first. I probably won’t be back to a Thanksgiving meal. May try it another time.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 4 days agoThank you for taking the time to provide feedback.  We need to deliver value from our dining experiences and we obviously missed the mark.  We would like to apologize and invite you back in, as we would love another chance to show you what we can do.   At your convenience, please reach out to us at 843-766-1644 so that we may discuss your experience further and coordinate you joining us again to show that we truly care.   Thank you again for your review and we hope to speak soon.   

  21. RR

    ReRo

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our 2nd Thanksgiving meal at California Dreaming. It was definitely busier this year, but the food and service were still outstanding. Thank you!

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 6 days agoThank you for your 5-star review and positive feedback! We look forward to serving you again soon.

  22. JG

    JimG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, look forward to going back in the near future.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 6 days agoThank you for your 5-star review and positive feedback! We look forward to serving you again soon.

  23. CS

    CatherineS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Very pleasant and great reminders . Food was excellent . Service…meh🤷‍♀️. Looking out over the water was wonderful.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 6 days agoThank you for your 5-star review and positive feedback! We do apologize that the service didn't meet our standards and hope you'll visit us again soon so we can show what exceptional service truly is. We look forward to serving you again soon.

  24. AG

    AGAIN

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated Thanksgiving with friends - the experience was superb. Wait staff on their game, as it took less than 3 minutes after seating for our waitress to arrive and take our drink order. After returning with our drinks, we placed out food selection. along with a wine request. Shortly after this, she arrived with our wine, along with bread and advised us our orders would be out shortly. About 10 minutes after placing our order, (3) food runners placed out food on the table. For a holiday dining experience, this was excellent.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 6 days agoThank you for your kind, 5-star review and positive feedback! We look forward to serving you again soon.

  25. VM

    VanessaM

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded on November 25, 2022Thank you so much for your 5-star review! We look forward to serving you again soon.

  26. PW

    PamelaW

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I went for Thanksgiving dinner it was very good and enjoyable.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 6 days agoThank you for your 5-star review and positive feedback! We look forward to serving you again soon.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    California dreaming was serving a special Thanksgiving menu. Everything was amazingly good.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 6 days agoThank you for your 5-star review! Looking forward to serve you again soon.

  28. W

    Wareagle

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food! Great server too. Wish I could remember her name.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 6 days agoThank you for your 5-star review and positive feedback! We look forward to serving you again soon.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving meal. It was good.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 6 days agoThank you for your 5-star review and positive feedback! We look forward to serving you again soon.

  30. MW

    MarkW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    I think if you go thru the week you are getting trainees. I know its a learning process that must be done. All the food kind of came all at once.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded on November 25, 2022Hi Mark. We apologize our service did not meet our standards! We do hope you'll come back and give us another chance to really show you what we can do here. Thank you for your feedback!

  31. HO

    HeatherO

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Brandon D did an amazing job! The food was amazing as always

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 6 days agoThank you for your 5-star review and your positive feedback! Looking forward to serve you again soon.

  32. MA

    MADELEINEB

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Table wasn't set with silverware or napkins. Waitress was very friendly and attentive.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded on November 22, 2022Hello! We sincerely apologize that we did not exceed your expectations. We would love to hear more about your experience to further prevent these kinds of issues! Please reach out to us at 843-766-1644 and ask for a member of management. Thank you for your feedback!

  33. DW

    DestinyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our reservation was at 6 pm for 2. We were seated at 6:30. Prior to being seated, we were able to get a couple of drinks from the bar. It was our second time there so we already knew what to expect. Our waiter was a young male, totally forgot his name but he said it was his 3rd night, but first Saturday night. Lol. The food was great & it came out very quickly, the honey butter croissants were flaky & fresh. My steak & baked potato was awesome! This place never disappoint. Definitely will be returning for a 3rd time!!

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded on November 22, 2022Thank you so much for your kind words and 5-star review! We look forward to serving you again soon!

  34. W

    Wjh1952

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    We ordered French fried shrimp. The French fries were over cooked. The shrimp was ok, but very small shrimps. Wouldn’t return.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded on November 21, 2022Good morning! We apologize that we did not exceed your expectations on your most recent visit. We hope you will return and give us another chance. We would love to hear more about your experience so we can prevent future issues like this! If you would like to discuss further, please give us a call at 843-766-1644 and ask to speak with someone on our management team. Thank you for your input!

  35. RR

    RonR

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Excellent and friendly service. Beautiful view of Charleston and the harbor.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded on November 17, 2022Thank you so much for your kind review, Ron! We look forward to serving you again soon!

  36. SF

    StellaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The prices are very reasonable. Very nice place with kitchen view where you can see the cooks. Amazing view of the water. Croissants were to die for! Outstanding Service

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded on November 16, 2022Thank you so much for your kind review, Stella! We look forward to serving you again soon!

  37. DA

    DanA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were seated promptly, and the evening was great. I needed gluten-free food and except for the roll they placed on my salad, they did a good job. Service was excellent and our meal was very good. No complaints at all!

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded on November 16, 2022Thank you for your review, Dana! We sincerely apologize for the croissant on the salad but are pleased you were happy with the rest of your meal and experience!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best experience I've ever had at California Dreaming. Couldn't asked for better service and the meal was excellent.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded on November 21, 2022Thank you so much for your kind review! We look forward to serving you again soon.

  39. M

    Mike

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice atmosphere overlooking the river and marinas. Food was very good as was service. Would say outstanding except there were mistakes made in delivering the right dishes to our table but the mistakes were quickly corrected to our satisfaction. Prices were in line with our experience at other restaurants in the area. I would return to this restaurant.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded on November 16, 2022Thank you for your kind and honest review, Mike! We apologize for the mix ups during our delivery but are very pleased we were able to reconcile to your satisfaction! Hope to serve you again soon.

  40. SC

    SatisfiedCustomerEK

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience as always. Thank you!

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded on November 13, 2022Thank you so much for your kind review! See you again soon.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority Seating does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority Seating also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 766-1644.

California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority Seating is rated 4.3 stars by 2132 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 107 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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Google Map for California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority Seating

1 Ashley Point Dr, Charleston, SC 29407

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    West Ashley

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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