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

4.1
4.1
1857 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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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

    South Carolina

  • 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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4.1
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  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. j

    josephy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Called ahead still Waited 45 mins. for table. Guess it is hit or miss . Good crowd .

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Our servers were attentive and courteous . Be sure to eat dessert first!

  3. LC

    LoveCharlestondining

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food1service2ambience4

    My husband ordered ribs that were burned, absolutely black I had the chicken sandwich which was served with nearly raw bacon This used to be our favorite spot for the view and the food Have tried it twice since COVID because we hated to give up We surrender Will not return

  4. t

    tonyl

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service1ambience4

    Soup was cold, must have sat for awhile because I had to ask for it twice. The sausage in Shrimp & Grits was burnt and cold and the pale color of the shrimp would indicate to me they were previously cooked . I wonder if the dish was constructed with previously cooked items rather cooked to order.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The view is beautiful here! I loved the service as well. If I’m ever in Charleston again I will make sure to come here. The food was amazing and I loved the Caesar salad. My friend cannot stop talking about it

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    It took a while to be served once we were seated and it was very cold. To the point I couldn’t sit any longer and we had to leave even though we both wanted more drinks.

  7. PW

    PamW

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the food and server

  8. CG

    CraigG

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service1ambience5

    With special friends

  9. MR

    MaryR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Roasted chicken was outstanding. Crispy skin, tender meat, House Salad wonderful. She crab soup wonderful, lots of crab!

  10. K

    Kiersten

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went for my birthday with some friends and had an amazing experience! Great food, great service, and gorgeous views ! Will come back for sure !!

  11. LE

    LetsEatOut

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Average at best. Being a visitor I picked some place that seemed popular. And there seemed to be locals eating there. Seems like a chain restaurant and food was ok. But i probably wouldn’t recommend it to somebody visiting Charleston. Too many other local places to choose.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    The service was dismal. The servers timing was minimal. Long time for water to arrive, salads brought with entrees, and the server was always out of sight and inattentive.

  13. DL

    DonL

    Charleston

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    This was a Father’s Day celebration that was an extra one since we had celebrated with my son a couple of days before. We have eaten here before and it is absolutely one of the more fantastic restaurants in Charleston with beautiful views of the water and tremendous food and service. You don’t want to miss this site

  14. m

    monica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    It was a beautiful view of the harbor. We were seated before our time. The server was very busy but did her best to provide what we asked for.

  15. BC

    BobbyC

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always great food, staff, service and location.

  16. MM

    MMAW

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service. Music was a little bit loud but overall a great experience.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service4ambience2

    Took almost a hour to get food… it arrived cold… very noisy plus they had the AC turned on too cold… my food was awful.. steak was cold and tough… Caesar salad had way too much dressing … restrooms were dirty… could not sit outside because menu was limited

  18. NC

    NewComers

    Charleston

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    Don’t go at 9:00 pm. It is a night club atmosphere. Table was wet, everybody walked by use standing beside the table, finally I stop someone and asked for a towel to dry the table.

  19. DD

    DenenaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Romantic and very nice! First time going and we loved it!

  20. M

    Mjgraham4

    Washington DC

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Our first time. Friendly and casual with fabulous views. Food is pretty good. I had fried seafood platter.

  21. CS

    ChucktownShopper

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    No longer serving crab claws as an appetizer...bummer.

  22. DD

    DavidD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of my favorite places to eat in Charleston. Great food with fantastic views of the harbor.

  23. s

    steves

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    They sat my wife and I in the bar area for lunch. We were not drinking.

  24. CW

    CrisWash

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    California Dreaming was awesome! Great food, outstanding service, and an excellent atmosphere. Thank you Lydia for your great customer service! Best waitress we have had!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Leland was an amazing server! Loved the experience!

  26. C

    Carol

    Charleston

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have always loved California Dreaming! The views of the water are spectacular, the California Dreaming salad with honey drizzled croissant is my favorite! My husband had the ribs and said they were very good. Our waitress was friendly and attentive!

  27. MS

    MadisonS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The She Crab soup and the house salad is the perfect lunch after a day in the harbor

  28. AR

    AudreyR

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    The food was good. Service was not very attentive. The view and atmosphere was great, but our group will probably not revisit, due to wait staff.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    2022 IOP beach trip

  30. SK

    SandyK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5

    We waited 40 minutes for food to be served. When it finally came my guest’s fried were cold and his steak was supposed to be medium well and it was also burnt. My ribs were burnt and had to be returned. They did replace everything. We called a manager over and she did discount the tab by $21. But it ruined the night and we didn't even wind up eating the replaced meals we took them home.

  31. JO

    JOlive

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    We went to CD for our 8th wedding anniversary - reserved a table at 4pm requesting a window. We arrived a few min ahead of time, and only waited a short time - receiving a lovely window view. Our table was left dirty after having just been cleaned (still had crumbs on it) and had to be recleaned. We ordered the cauliflower appetizer, and it was amazing! Our California Dreaming salads were equally so. My husband ordered the Po-boy, and he loved it. I ordered a filet - med rare. I cut it directly in the middle, only to discover it was overcooked. For a $37 steak, I was not going to settle for overcooked. When I requested to have it sent back, our server informed me that "their steaks" were brick red in the center" for med rare. My steak was COMPLETELY well done all around the edges, clearly overcooked - as if it has been hard seared. It was just overdone. I looked at her again, and said "Please have them redo this steak, it is completely overcooked". After my husband had completed his entree, they brought me a new one, which was now almost completely raw. Apparently, this kitchen is unable to find the center point between RARE and MEDIUM. I could not eat it. Our server came back to me and asked me how it was. I told her it was rare. She didn't offer to get a manager. She didn't offer to get me a different entree. She didn't say anything at all. After a few uncomfortable seconds I just looked at her and said "I guess I will take it home and finish cooking it there?" She said "Ok!" and brought me a to-go box. We left a lower than normal tip (12%), as I feel she could have done more in this situation. Unfortunate. There are so many great places to choose. We came here for the amazing croissants and view - we probably should have chosen elsewhere for our anniversary.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded on June 13, 2022

    Thank you for taking time notify our management team regarding your recent visit to our restaurant. We apologize for any inconvenience you experienced and assure you we will be taking preventative measures to ensure similar instances do not reoccur. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to the opportunity to better service you on your next visit to California Dreaming. Joe Crather Operating Partner

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It Was Very Outstanding Service. Our Waitress Was Very Attentive And Very Nice And The Food Was Fast And Tasted Good.

  33. BB

    BillyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a Great experience and the food was great along with the attentive staff, Finally things are getting back to were they were before corvid!!!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    The end cut prime rib and the au jus gravy were cold.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Took my younger sister and her friends for her birthday. Management and my server were very thoughtful and professional. Definitely a great spot.

    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded on June 13, 2022

    Thank you for taking the time to post a pleasant review of our restaurant and staff. We take pride in trying to give every guest the best possible experience here at California Dreaming. It is always our pleasure to hear positive feedback from our patrons. Thank you again. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Joe Crather Operating Partner

  36. GR

    GleysiR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    The wait was way too long even with a reservation.

  37. LL

    LarryL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have been coming since it opened. Love it. thanks, Larry Levinson

  38. C

    Cynthia

    Charleston

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Love this place. The view is amazing.

  39. RR

    RodneyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very Nice, perfect Waitress , and view wonderful!!

  40. CK

    CynthiaK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5

    Restaurant was really great last night. Waitress was very nice and very efficient. Food was real good. Was a little disappointed as to most everything on the menu had been raised by $10. I’ve eaten there since 2009 came back in town and prices jumped that high everywhere you go it’s $1.00 2.00 more but $10 jump was quite a bit.

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

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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 4.1 stars by 1857 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

Online reservations at California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority Seating can only be made directly on their website.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    South Carolina

  • 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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