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California Dreaming-Charleston

4.2
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458 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 458 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SherriA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waiter was awful hostess was rude. Food came out cold or burnt. Overall bad experience this time around. MANAGER did try to make things right but by that time husband had had enough. Kitchen must of been having a bad night . Waiter u guess was new everyone of his tables complaining that night. Didnt keep drinks refilled. Will be awhile before we try again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a filet and it was cooked to perfection. Loved it!!

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KristleH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice and I asked for a window seat and they came through because my parents never been there before

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited when we are in Charleston

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ring ceremony for our son at The Citadel!

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max23
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved my dinner at California Dreaming! Throughout the night it was moderate nose and there was live music! 10/10 for food and entertainment

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adriennes
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always nice, love being on the water and the atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The table were a little close.

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AutumnC
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great location and beautiful atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food is just ok, don’t go if you want the greatest meal ever. The view is unbeatable and it’s a cool place for a quick bite and some drinks.

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RalphH
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. Service was great. We were seated withing 10 mins of our reservation.

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! Meal was awesome!! Reservation was for 5:45 and had to wait until 6:15 but since it was so busy that’s understandable. Waitress was incredible!!!

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KrystalA
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drove 4hrs to eat here!!! Absolute favorite restaurant on the East Coast.

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TyromeR
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me my wife came down to Charleston for our anniversary it was very nice to come and sit down by the water and enjoy a relaxing dinner tks California it was awesome

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JulieK
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the view. Food is great and the servers are friendly,

MR
MarissaR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice view and delicious food

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, food drinks, quick

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KimberlyB
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Sirloin steak was recommended by our server. Three of us ordered it and all three were very tough. Otherwise, we really liked the restaurant and the staff.

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SCinSC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service was impeccable. It was a little chilly in the restaurant, so take a jacket.

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vipWalt
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great chicken dishes

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This was our first time at the restaurant. We had friends from Out of town. The noise level was incredible. We could barely hear each other. The food was just so so. The salad was drowning and dressing, I got the cauliflower appetizer it barely had four pieces in it and was also drowning and sauce. I don’t think will be going back

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CorettaB
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service! Our waiter was friendly and professional.

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ElizabethT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in from out of town and ate here for a birthday dinner. It is such a lovely location along the water and there was even a live band there. Food was great and the atmosphere was awesome.

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DERRICKFRAZIER
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food nice place for a date or anniversary. By the way sitting by the water.

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BobF
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The she crab soup is absolutely to die for!!! I also had the blackened halibut and my whole meal was just fabulous!!! I will definitely be dining there every time I am in Charleston!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Seated near family with very loud children that were not only running around the their table and screaming but the kids repeatedly came to our table. I had hoped a member from the restaurant would have stepped in to say something especially given COVID-19 sensitivities.

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AlexisM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Food was ok. Service was good and ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Could not substitute sides. Not good. 1st time in 20 years had this been changed. Very dissatisfied.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for my birthday! Was greeted and wished happy birthday by the manager as soon as we were sat. Our server was very friendly and attentive! Great food as usual!

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michellem
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant, the waitress was excellent and catered to all our needs in a timely matter

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KristaK
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Our table was lop-sided and wiggled extremely bad. The waitress was a little slow in bringing our drink refills and condiments. Food overall was good.

CM
CaitlynM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was great, the steak was the best my boyfriend said he has ever had. Only downside was we had a reservation and still had to wait 25 minutes to be seated.

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SimonG
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Having made a booking, waiting 20 minutes for a table seemed a bit long.
Service was prompt and welcoming, however, someone was constantly changing the light level which was quite annoying.
Food was excellent and tasty. Large portions.

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RonaldG
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and wonderful location. Will be going back

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Regina
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food , great view. They have changed their menu and no longer have the onion loaf which was disappointing, but what they had was good.

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AllisonW
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining in at California dreaming again. Food is just as good as ever

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DawnD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience1

The waiter gave the perception that he wanted us to leave quickly. Ordered our appetizer and meal at the same time since the restaurant was busy. Appetizer came and within 5 minutes they were delivering our meal. Team member who delivered the meal was less than pleasant when we indicated we just received our appetizer she replied "do you want me to return it and make it again"? in a very snotty attitude voice. For the price, wait, and service quality the food was just ok!

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ScottF
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Excellent service! THE Go-To for our special occasions and waterfront experiences!

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BrookeL
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely loved my experience at California Dreaming! The food was great and the view was even better. I would definitely suggest making reservations though because the wait was 1.5 hours when we arrived on a Saturday night but we were at our table in 15 minutes because we had a reservation. I will definitely be back!

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Jfrazier
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Made reservations and had to wait for a hour , it was my birthday and the food was serve cold

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 458 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.