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California Dreaming-Columbia

4.2
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280 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • 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 280 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.3
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4.0
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Came from Charlotte

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AliciaR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very good as usual! I do wish there was more lighting in the bathrooms though.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Definitely did not live up to previous California Dreaming experiences. Ordered a daiquiri that was served with a paper straw and it tasted like strawberry purée with chunks of ice. The food and service were OK. Everything was served way too quickly. The entrees were served before we started our salad. I would not ever go back to this location. On top of all that I got zero Open Table points.

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Briana
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I use to love going to this restaurant the croissants and the blackened chicken pasta use to be my favorite but this past time I was disappointed in the food even my dessert. The brownie was dry the dressing tasted off, the pasta was cold and the taste was no where what it use to be. My server seemed a little frustrated but we did get everything we ordered. Overall the food didn’t taste like it has in the past.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and company!

Dislikes paper straws.

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ShirleyR
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere and friendly environment. Croissants and salads are greatly.

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RoderiaM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bourbon salmon was great. The mash potatoes is always on point.

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Richard
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service. Servers very friendly and outgoing.

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StephanieB
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was excellent! Very attentive. Made the experience wonderful. Food was excellent, as well.

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Michels
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food came out quickly and was delicious. Our waiter was attentive and answered our questions graciously.

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AngelM
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and will definitely be back!!!!!!

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Chip
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently ate at CD-Columbia which was during the COVID-19 period and mask ordinance in Columbia. The food was wonderful as it always has been. The service was really outstanding. The environment was calm and relatively quiet while we ate early on a Thursday evening. Thank you CD-Columbia for a wonderful family meal.

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RobynandChris
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience as always!

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ColaGirl502
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We made a reservation due to the current circumstances and we still had to wait for 12 mins when there were tables open, if we hadn’t driven 40 mins to get there, perhaps it wouldn’t have been that annoying. It was hot in the bar area, which is funny since you want your patrons to buy a drink but it’s uncomfortable to do so. I also thought it was odd that the servers had to be in long sleeve white button down shirts and slacks with a long apron (very formal) yet there were bartenders in shorts and tank tops - seems a little odd. Either you’re trying to be fine dining and have a dress code that applies to everyone, or you’re not and everyone should be comfortable for the summer. Seems to be favoring bartenders, even though everyone runs around so I’m not sure why they get special treatment. I used to be a server, so I just see that as unfair and also backwards. Other than that, the service was good, the food was good, and my drink was ok (was not really cold, but I had water so I just added ice). Not sure I’ll drive 40 mins again to eat here, but if you’re in the area it’s a nice place, you should go once just to see the architecture - it’s beautiful.

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Elaine
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Rolls are AMAZING!!! Everything was really good. Would recommend to a friend.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, I didn’t like the steak and shrimp though.

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TaraH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It’s not like it use to be it was my bday no brownie and ice cream the food was cold looked different taste a little different I’m not sure what has happened

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WALTERC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress, Kara M. was fantastic! She deserves recognition and a bonus !!! We will ask for her next time for sure!

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sharpy
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to eat.
Menu had changed but wasn’t informed before placing my order..
The food was delicious and the service was great...

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding and our server was very attentive. She recommended some great drinks.

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JohnJ
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service and delicious Food since 1984. A Columbia South Carolina Jewel inside a 1902 Union Atlantic Railroad Station. Architecture extremely uncommon anywhere in the United States.

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ScottC
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go to place. The food is always great and so is the service. Build one in Charlotte, NC please so I can stop my commute.

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GieselaH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic night we had just having a double date night! Food was fantastic and service was good. Definitely will be doing again!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Prime Rib and service. Would definitely go back.

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WyattC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding, very attentive and friendly. This makes the experience worth while.

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DarlineG
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My reservation was at 6pm. We were seated promptly, the service was exceptional and the food that much and more. As this was our first time, we’ll definitely come again.

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AndreC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I ordered the po boy shrimp version. The sandwich was good. The fries were subpar. Overall the experience was ok. the waitress was blah. At times she seemed to be annoyed with us.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and atmosphere for a date night. The food was delicious and the portions were huge! We will definitely be back soon!

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Wayneferd
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed the evening, but it was very noisy and loud!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
25 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food is amazing. Wonderful venue. Somewhat slow, inattentive service but a very worthwhile evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We had reservations for 7 pm.
Were not seated until 7:35.
Took a wile to get our drinks.
Finally received our food around 8:25( only ordered 3 salads and a bowl of soup) soup wasn’t brought out and one of the salads came out wrong... added cheese and friend has severe dairy allergy. New salad came out and still no soup. Finally we got them to bring out soup and it was lukewarm. We were eating and my daughter pulled out a huge hair from her salad after she had eaten half of it. We were all sick after that and couldn’t finish the food. We never got refills on our drinks in all of this time until server brought check.
This was California Nightmare instead of Dreaming.

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ChristineJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation for a reason, these seated us 45 mini to an hour later. Food was mediocre. Service was horrible. Saw the waitress a total of two times.

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RussellR
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst experience ever. Had 6:30 reservations and never got seated. Was told by the hostess to go do self seating at the bar when I asked how much longer it would be. Blamed the other customers in the restaurant. I would not waste my time trying to eat there. We finally got a text telling us our table was ready at 7:30. Met 7 people who had the same reservation time as we did. We left at 7:15 as we had ballet tickets for the 8 pm performance.

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EricW
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 1st coming to California Dreamers and I truly enjoy myself. The food was delicious, customer service was outstanding. I will be back eating again.

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chrish
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very friendly and attentive (but not overly so). The ambience is great and the food was good.

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Krystal
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I like California Dreaming but our experience was not all that great.. Our ticket was lost so we had to wait an hr for our food. When the food came half of the orders were wrong.. The sandwiches we're burned.. So then we had to wait another 30-35 minutes for the food that was returned to be fixed. The waiter we had was great but I have never experienced and experience like this at this restaurant before. I love this restaurant ,maybe this was just a bad night but I hope that the next time.. If there is a next time that my experience will be so much better.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was a very good experience and everyone on staff was professional

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CrystalG
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Their signature salad is delicious! You can never go wrong w/ that.

FAQs

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 280 OpenTable diners.

California Dreaming-Columbia does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://centraarchy.com/purchase-gift-cards/?restaurant=california-dreaming.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.