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California Dreaming is located in Union Station, a historic train station in Columbia, SC.
The restaurant serves a mix of hearty American classics in a large family-friendly atmosphere. What sets them apart from the rest is that every dish is fresh and prepared from scratch daily, including notable favorites, like the California Dreaming Salad, Seafood Nachos and fall-off-the-bone Baby Back Ribs. Additional features: patio seating, online ordering with curbside pick-up and full-service catering.
- 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.
Best food I’ve had in a long time! Staff was great. Location is big and beautiful
This was my first experience at California dreaming and it was a great first experience. The food was great and there was no wait at all.
Seated on time. Our waitress was right there to take drink orders and I didn't have to repeat a specific request for things like salt and pepper.
The ambiance is always great at California Dreaming and the noise level was quiet compared to what is was before. The service was great, we had a great server who checked on us regularly. The food presentation and taste was great and even my wife's steak was cooked perfectly.
Excellent food, great value....definitely will be back!!
Syndey was friendly and attentive.
The food was average, but overall it's was a good experience. Very nice restaurant, with attentive wait staff. I would try again & order a different dish.
Continues to be one of my favorites. Noise was at moderate level but there was ample attention to covid safety.
I have not been in many years. The whole experience was great!! I do plan on returning soon.
We had an excellent server, Ethan! The food was cooked to perfection...I had the Cowboy Steak, medium. We will be back!
We had a lovely dinner September 27, 2020. Great waiter Evan who went to great pains to check the differences in the Chardonnays. She crab soup was delicious as was my husband’s steak.
Food taste like it was just heated up prepackaged.
Food isn't the same like it use to be !! Service was excellent and very friendly.
The ambiance was nice as per usual.The noise level was at a minimum, especially with it being lunch time. The food was excellent & came out timely. The waitress was extremely attentive and friendly.
Awesome food and great service. Love the croissants and steaks.
Poor food. Horrible experience
Everything was great. Love the low lighting during dinner hours. Will return again soon.
We were celebrating our 24th year wedding anniversary and my 51st birthday, it was quiet, service and food were great!
I have been going to California Dreaming since it opened in 1984 and have always enjoyed it. We started out with the She Crab soup and weren't sure how it would be, but it was delicious and filled with crab. We would definitely order it again. The California Dreaming salad was also delicious and huge. It has never disappointed in 36 years. The croissant is always tender and sweet and delicious. If you don't order the salad, order them as an appetizer. Needless to say, the mai tai and the painkiller, which were both delicious, didn't hurt.
Pretty good experience given current circumstances. However we were near the path to the restroom and the vast majority of those going in and out didn’t think they had to wear a mask. IF we go back before the COVID-19 thing is over (Big IF) we will be more careful about where we sit.
We were sat at the time of our reservation, which was nice. The server greeted us quickly and took drink orders, although she didn’t know very much at all about the beers offered on the menu. The food and drinks were timed appropriately. The nachos were very greasy but not terribly unsatisfying. Salads we quite good, as they have always been. The server misrang my entree, but it was rectified quickly and ran out by a manager (also nice). The fried oysters were terribly salty though. I ended up boxing them and someone at the house ate them later. The ramekin of ice cream used to celebrate the birthday was brought out and that was that. At the end of the day it was painfully average...nothing to write home about.
My wife and I really enjoyed our meal and the service was really great.
Jessica was great! Excellent customer service! Food was awesome!
Seated us in a reasonable time. Service was slow...........
Excellent place to eat. Great food great service! Casual or dress up your choice
Food was hot and staff was nice and quick. I would definitely come back.
This was our second time in a week.Always try to dine here when traveling. My favorite is the California Dreaming Salad. It was delicious as always! Great food, nice waitress, and appreciate your Covid precautions.
Love this restaurant. Service outstanding
The restaurant was loud and hot. Wait staff was cold and unenthused. No shift leader/manager checked on us. My Catfish Po' Boy wasn't fresh. 3 out 5. You guys can do better.
All around excellent!!
I thought the food was ok my issue was paying extra for a side item listed on the menu a different price. I even brought to the attention of the server who technically forgot my side item from the beginning so really aint no telling if she was being truthful but hey overall it is what it is and with that being said I would of rather spent my $70 elsewhere
Amazing customer service by Conner! The food was excellent. I haven't eaten here in years,but I'll definitely be returning soon!
Salad is the best in town. Ribs were excellent and the croissant was delicious.
Great to accommodate a time change for the reservation and then an extra guest. Food and service were great!
We’ve been visiting CD for 30 years. It’s always a pleasure and we look forward to our next visit.
had a wonderful evening with great food and wonderful service. The train station is such a beautiful historic building and a fantastic setting for dinner or lunch.
California Dreaming always delivers, doesn’t matter which location we choose. Service was great, food was as expected and they managed to accommodate us, even though we showed up ahead of our reservation.
California Dreaming-Columbia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 254-6767.
California Dreaming-Columbia is rated 4.2 stars by 330 OpenTable diners.
California Dreaming-Columbia 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.