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California Dreaming-Charleston

4.1
1300 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 6 or greater at this time.

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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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1300 people are saying
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EmilyR
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Waited hour and a half for food. Quality of food was good.

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Notreallypleased
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

One meal was overcooked. Didn't care for the taste of a different dish. The restaurant did recook the overcooked dish. Asked for a few condiments they went to another table by the time our server came back to check on us I was 1/2 way through the meal. She was however very friendly everyone was. It was earlier in the evening 430ish not really busy so not sure why we had such a struggle with our meal. Total cost of meal was around 165.00 not really a pleasant meal for the service and quality of food we received.

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BillB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was very disappointing. Made my wife’s cocktail wrong. $26 seafood platter was overcooked and overpriced.

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MarianneE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Better than we thought it would be. It’s a large restaurant and they move you in and out quick. They were asking for dessert orders while we were just digging into the main dish. Chicken Caesar Salad, crab dip and broiled chicken were good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice place to go too. Very cool views. Food and service was great. Can do a little better with cleaning the tables and bottom of the window apron and stool. Bit dirty with bbq got some on my clothes and knee. Other than that, it was great!!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of three and we’re seated by the bar in a booth. Made a reservation so we did not have to wait long at all on a busy Sunday. I ordered the California dreaming salad, never disappoints. My brother attempted to order prime rib, but we were informed that it was only prepared well done that day which we found extremely odd. He got a sirloin instead so that he could order Medium Rare. Drinks were great, nothing took too long to come out, service was attentive and fast!

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SherryW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EVERYTHING WAS GREAT(EXCEPT FOR STUFFING MY SELF) MY OUT OF STATE GUESTS FELT THE SAME. THEY DO NOT HAVE A C.D. IN VIRGINIA. THAT IS WHY MY HUSBAND AND I PICKED THE C. D. IN CHARLESTON. WE WERE NOT DISSAPPOINTED. THANKS!!! SHERRY

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, and delicious food.

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RobertF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best views of Charleston Harbor you will find. Food and service were excellent for the price.

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StevenE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Food....Good Fun...Good Atmosphere...Good Views

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was good, but tasted like it was missing something. I had the Charleston seafood pasta. Fiancé loved her food though. She had salmon on a bed of Alfredo noodles.
Noise was still loud from the upbeat music. Seems this place should be more low key and romantic.

I also wish they would bring back the cauliflower bites.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is exceeded our expectations based on the reviews we had read.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was alright. Server was pleasant and attentive. Live music was waaaayyy too loud. Couldn’t carry on a conversation and servers were struggling to hear customers. Could have been better.

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AshH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We had an amazing table with a gorgeous view. Reservations highly recommended. They had live music, which added to the great atmosphere. The server was very nice. She was training someone, who was very patient and eager to learn. All of the food was delicious, especially the croissants and crab dip appetizer. However, they were out of sparkling water and she-crab soup. Also, my main entree order was incorrect and we did not notice until after I had started to eat it. I had ordered the catch of the day, but instead was brought a whole fried fish. The presentation was not appealing at all and I couldn't finish all of my food. Would definitely go back and re-order the catch of the day, ensuring that my order is correct this time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brooke is an excellent manager at this location. She really cares about the complete guest experience……outstanding manager.

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ThomasG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Our service was terrible. Out table was angled towards the kitchen and our salads sat on the pickup counter for at least 45 minutes before they were served. The restaurant was not crowded. We eat here frequently and we were very disappointed.

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BernieC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service impeccable we were treated very kindly and the waiter made sure we had what we wanted just truly an awesome experience. Highly recommend California Dreaming for a fun and enjoyable night out.

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Shameek
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

California dreaming is definitely a restaurant I would revisit when in Charleston it was a beautiful evening the food was superb the waiter was the bomb however we were seated right next to the bar which had a lot of high noise and people walking back and forth that I didn't care for too much I would have preferred to be seated at a booth away from the bar area but nevertheless I enjoyed my visit at California Dreaming and would absolutely refer it and visit again

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dlbill
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite dining spots. Food and service are excellent. I had to follow up with the desk regarding my 4:15 reservation because we were still not seated at 4:35. This is not the first time this happened, otherwise no complaints.

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vipmarieed
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Music too loud. Seating too close which was likely to help the servers but would have preferred a little less dense. Had we known better we would’ve requested a more appropriate table for our preference. Food was good. Salmon was excellent on my salad.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Despite the little mixup we had at check in, our date night was magnificent!
Our waitress Kaitlyn was absolutely amazing. She was so friendly and very helpful!

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JillM
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our service and food were great. We were running late and they accommodated us!

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willandbrandi08
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was incredible. Food was incredible. Definitely recommend this establishment.

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TylerM
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Good service but multiple issues with our food order. Steak was prepared wrong, missing dinner rolls, and a salad that was prepared incorrectly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was good and service was awesome

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MaryR
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my very favorite restaurant in Charleston.
The view of the harbor and peninsula are to die for.
The food is sooooo gooood and very affordable.
The staff is very courteous and aim to please.
This was the best thing to open after what we all went through.

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vipBosley
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Two steaks were overdone. Disappointing

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vipCatherineR
Savannah
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must for anyone in Charleston

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JeffP
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Salmon was over cooked, dry, and not very flavorful. Can’t beat the view!

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Melindah
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful view of the harbor when dining outside. The seafood nachos were amazing!

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MarcDiana
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Enjoyed the blackened chicken pasta!!!!

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TerryM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice dinner… great service, good food and
Reasonable for a tourist area

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WillF
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was refreshing that someone actually read my notes and further more did what my notes safi to do.

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DianeB
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Ribs, prime rib, crab cakes, fried shrimp. The pimento cheese appetizer amazing. Peel and eat shrimp was fresh and delicious.

Cocktails were wonderful especially blue Hawaii.

Marissa was very attentive.

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BrendaC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful time spent with family. Service was great and delivered in a timely manner. Would return again. Definitely would recommend to anyone.

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AllisonS
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic place to take that special someone.

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ScottH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and my experience was what you would expect to have from California Dreaming.

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BarbaraC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

the food was at best very mediocre, I would not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so amazing. We really enjoyed ourselves. Food was delicious and the view was nice.

KG
KimG
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food
Great Service
Great view of the boats and water!!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from California Dreaming-Charleston using the Order Online button. California Dreaming-Charleston also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 766-1644.

California Dreaming-Charleston is rated 4.1 stars by 1300 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.