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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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
She Crab Soup
A rich and creamy Charleston classic
8oz. coulotte, worcestershire butter, french fries
Soup + House Salad
She crab soup | Mixed greens, chopped eggs, tomatoes, toasted almonds, ham and bacon
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
Had a filet and it was cooked to perfection. Loved it!!
It was nice and I asked for a window seat and they came through because my parents never been there before
We visited when we are in Charleston
Ring ceremony for our son at The Citadel!
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
Always nice, love being on the water and the atmosphere
The table were a little close.
Delicious food, great location and beautiful atmosphere.
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.
The food was fantastic. Service was great. We were seated withing 10 mins of our reservation.
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!!!
Drove 4hrs to eat here!!! Absolute favorite restaurant on the East Coast.
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
Love the view. Food is great and the servers are friendly,
Nice view and delicious food
Great service, food drinks, quick
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.
Food and service was impeccable. It was a little chilly in the restaurant, so take a jacket.
Great chicken dishes
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
Excellent customer service! Our waiter was friendly and professional.
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.
Great food nice place for a date or anniversary. By the way sitting by the water.
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!!!
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.
Food was ok. Service was good and ambience.
Could not substitute sides. Not good. 1st time in 20 years had this been changed. Very dissatisfied.
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!
Nice restaurant, the waitress was excellent and catered to all our needs in a timely matter
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.
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.
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.
Great restaurant and wonderful location. Will be going back
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.
Wonderful dining in at California dreaming again. Food is just as good as ever
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!
Excellent food! Excellent service! THE Go-To for our special occasions and waterfront experiences!
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!
Made reservations and had to wait for a hour , it was my birthday and the food was serve cold
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.