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California Dreaming-Columbia, Columbia, SC
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California Dreaming-Columbia

4.4
4.4
1283 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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, honey-butter Croissants and fall-off-the-bone Baby Back Ribs. Additional features: online ordering with curbside pick-up.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 147 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (803) 254-6767

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,283 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Great for Lunch

  • Columbia

    Best Value

  • Columbia

    Good for Groups

  • Columbia

    Great for Lunch

  • Columbia

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Columbia

    Special Occasion

  • Columbia

    Most Booked

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  1. JH

    JackieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner reservations. As soon as we walked in the smell was amazing. Our server was excellent. There was a problem with my daughters food (errors happen- it was cooked a little too long) and the server said she would not serve it to her not correct. The manager then came over and apologized and gave us that meal for free. Like I said, errors happened but we were very impressed on how the restaurant handled it.
  2. AM

    AshleyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great! The food was excellent and our table was ready when we got there.
  3. TE

    TERRIP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Filet was outstanding as well as the baked potato. My husband had ribs. Food was hot and cooked perfect.
  4. LC

    LindaC

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had dinner out with some friends on Tuesday night. Food was wonderful, and the wine was great! To our surprise it was half off bottles of wine on Tuesday.
  5. V

    Victoria

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent bartender made a perfect gin martini! Our server was wonderful as well and the food was excellent! Great atmosphere.
  6. w

    wireman

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Atmosphere and good dining room temperature is perfect as usual. Cleanliness of floors and seating areas is great. Menu has great choices for my needs. Ladies room was clean and fresh when used by one in our party. We used a reservation, but one is not required. Great staff. Visit, relax, eat, and enjoy.
  7. RB

    RayB

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    First time. Good food. Server friendly.
  8. KP

    KyleP

    Charlotte

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    The food was over cooked, our steak was well done when we ordered medium and medium well. The service was ok.
  9. PA

    PamA

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I had reservations for a party of 4. I requested a quiet setting. We were seated upon arrival at a table a shirt distance from the entrance. The host assured me that it was one of the quietest areas. And it was. Service was punctual, food very good, & prices were reasonable. We enjoyed a very nice evening. All of the staff we encountered were cordial.
  10. SM

    ShanaMyersForQVC

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Cool, energetic spot. Service was sloooooow, but the server was nice and apologetic. Soup could have been sent hotter. My daughter liked her kid's portion of pasta with an alfredo sauce.
  11. DB

    DianneB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful as usual! Still the fries were hit enough but I like a HOT fry!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the service was stellar!
  13. BG

    BrandonG

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service, awesome atmosphere
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Very slow no service and cold food.
  15. JL

    JohnL

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The fried crab claws were tasty, but too salty. We won't order them again. The food was good, but served too close together. We hadn't finished our appetizer before the salads arrived, and the main course arrived soon thereafter. We felt rushed. The pace of the meal could have been reduced some which would have made it more enjoyable.
  16. US

    USCMom218

    Mississippi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious croissants! Good menu for all. Nice location and ambiance. Best to make a reservation as it is a very popular place!
  17. CL

    ChrissaL

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Didn’t get enough water refills. Otherwise great time!!
  18. P

    Pickles7980

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Would not dine here ever again . Waited for silverware , drinks took forever , food was salty but couldn’t be remade. To go bags took forever
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Pretty good
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    My family and I enjoy the food here. I have tried their new Carolina Trout with Arugula it was outstanding they both really Complimented each other and the servicer was great.
  21. T

    Tommy

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    We had reservations and had to wait 20 minutes beyond our time. Our server was prompt to our table and received our drinks quickly. We seemed to be forgotten after that. After ordering our meal which included a salad, we received our meal and never received our salad. We had to flag down the manager to let her know. Our server never checked to see how our food was, which my steak was not cooked how I ordered. Also, had to ask manager for a refill on my wife's drink. After our issues we were offered a free dessert. Thought they would bring us both a dessert, but only brought one for us to share. With all that being said, we still tipped 20% thinking maybe our server was having an off night. Hopefully next time will be better.
  22. a

    anon

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Got a reservation, but had to wait 30 min still, but food was great and service was great so it made up for it.
  23. NP

    NPDW

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Typically, very sound. Yesterday was a different matter. Got a text that my table was ready and then was informed that we would need to wait once we walked in. The waiter had incorrect information on the seasonal vegetable and our wait for food and refills was excessive. Understandable in one sense given the crowd size and wait staff, but getting items took entirely too long.
  24. J

    Jackie

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We’ve seen fans since the 1980s. Most of the food was very good, the nachos were excellent but the Caesar salad was too wet and mushy. The food seemed to come out randomly with dressings and butter forgotten till asked. A $300 meal should’ve been better.
  25. KD

    KathieD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was busy but not frantically so. As was the bar area. The unusual and interesting cocktail menus held many delightful surprises. Be sure and try the Carolina Breeze. The food was perfectly proportioned and cooked to perfection. Our service was friendly, efficient and knowledgeable about the menus. I highly recommend this restaurant!
  26. JF

    JohnF

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Richard and his staff are terrific. High level of service
  27. JC

    JenniferC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    I had such high hopes for this restaurant. The building was interesting and the menu was different from a lot of the burger/fries joints I had been to while on vacation here in Columbia, SC. I ordered the blackened chicken pasta. The noodles were stuck together but I overlooked that because the cream sauce was good. I was enjoying the dish until I bit into a piece of very underdone chicken (still raw in the middle). It completely ruined the meal for me. Now all I can think of is how much of the rest of the chicken was undercooked and could it have contaminated the rest of the dish. The manager did come over and offered to remake my food but by then my appetite was gone. They took the dish off my bill but no attempt was made to offer me any reason to come back and give them another chance. Super disappointing and also anxiety inducing waiting to see if I’m going to be getting sick. I would appreciate hearing from someone higher up than that manager.
  28. LF

    LauraF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Would not recommend. Very loud, my silverware was dirty. Food was disappointing.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! The host got us checked in and we were seated in a good time manner
  30. L

    Lorraine

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food1service5ambience5
    I ordered ribs and both fine they were very dry. They were cooked to long.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The food has just really gone downhill. The “croissants” I remember being so good were basically hot dog buns with honey on them. The bbq chicken nachos had little to no cheese and way too much bbq sauce.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience2
    Silverware was dirty. Wait staff was unorganized. Good food.
  33. SA

    SebastianA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful evening aside from water dripping from the ceiling on my lady & I. They moved us & our guests to a booth & from there the evening went off with a blast. We enjoyed our steaks, our soups, our salads & our drinks! Nothing was terrible even the Crossiants were so delicious, fresh & big. Definitely come here & experience some good stuff.
  34. JW

    JamesW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Thank you for making our Anniversary special. We look forward to our next visit. Also, please bring back the prime rib.
  35. M

    Marcsluv

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    California Dreamin is a historical train station with so much to look at while you dine. They serve comfort food at affordable prices. We ordered the ribs (fantastic and a large order) and the trout (so fresh and delicious). We also ordered a bourbon drink that was divine!
  36. DL

    DanielL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always a great experience and wish i could more! Hope to go again very soon!
  37. BR

    BrandiR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Was served raw shrimp, I applaud the waiter he took them back and had fresh ones cooked
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    I’m always please when I go to any California Dreaming. I wish they had one in Charlotte, NC. The food was amazing like always. I had the marinated steak with a loaded baked potato and a house salad. I love their croissants with the honey butter glaze. The only downside was we was seated by the bar and dishwasher for glasses area. I’m not a fan of sitting by the bar area in restaurants because I feel you don’t get proper service. Our waitress wasn’t the bartender but it just seem like she got missing a lot. Overall, the food was great and I’m pleased as always.
  39. j

    jasons

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and incredible food! Our server was on point and attentive to all of our needs.
  40. KP

    KevinP

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vacation stop! Enjoy the meal, service good! Like the ambiance

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

California Dreaming-Columbia does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. California Dreaming-Columbia also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 254-6767.

California Dreaming-Columbia is rated 4.4 stars by 1283 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 147 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Logo image for ChowNow
Google Map for California Dreaming-Columbia

401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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