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California Dreaming-Columbia

4.2
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330 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Thank you for your continued support. We have missed you and cannot wait to welcome you all back! We have implemented new operational standards to keep everyone safe, including limiting large parties greater than 8. Read more on californiadreaming.rest

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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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 330 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Lauren
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I’ve had in a long time! Staff was great. Location is big and beautiful

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Tiffany
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Jamesdean
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

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experienceddiner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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atqb
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great value....definitely will be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Syndey was friendly and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

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.

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RickyT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Continues to be one of my favorites. Noise was at moderate level but there was ample attention to covid safety.

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Angela
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have not been in many years. The whole experience was great!! I do plan on returning soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent server, Ethan! The food was cooked to perfection...I had the Cowboy Steak, medium. We will be back!

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MarthaT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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Kaybae
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Food taste like it was just heated up prepackaged.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job!

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AmandaT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food isn't the same like it use to be !! Service was excellent and very friendly.

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Sonya
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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JoeF
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and great service. Love the croissants and steaks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Poor food. Horrible experience

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damitar
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Birthday dinner

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RochelleB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Love the low lighting during dinner hours. Will return again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 24th year wedding anniversary and my 51st birthday, it was quiet, service and food were great!

JM
vipJayM
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipDiner
Charleston
49 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

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Karotop02
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

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kendallj
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife and I really enjoyed our meal and the service was really great.

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ShGa
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessica was great! Excellent customer service! Food was awesome!

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JeffC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Seated us in a reasonable time. Service was slow...........

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BeverlyS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to eat. Great food great service! Casual or dress up your choice

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zayy
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was hot and staff was nice and quick. I would definitely come back.

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vipCarski22
Western NC
105 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love this restaurant. Service outstanding

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TommyTwoEyes
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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.

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vipKrashtest
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around excellent!!

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Marshall
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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

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PatriceB
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing customer service by Conner! The food was excellent. I haven't eaten here in years,but I'll definitely be returning soon!

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vipJames
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salad is the best in town. Ribs were excellent and the croissant was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to accommodate a time change for the reservation and then an extra guest. Food and service were great!

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vipJamesH
Savannah
15 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We’ve been visiting CD for 30 years. It’s always a pleasure and we look forward to our next visit.

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Eugene
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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AngelA
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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 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.