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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.
18oz. bone-in ribeye. GF
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.
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.
Other than COVID-19 restrictions things haven’t changed all that much at California Dreaming for a number of years. The food is still pretty good all though prices have increased. And the old railway terminal is still a beautiful place to enjoy a meal. About the only thing that annoyed me on this trip was The restaurant no longer allows you to substitute sides for their signature salad. Even though the side items are listed at 3.95 on the menu and you get two of them with most meals you cannot swap them for the salad without an up charge of 3.95. Doesn’t make sense to me but what are you gonna do?
Great atmosphere!!! She Crab soup was delicious! All enjoyed their food. We will definitely be back!
Food was great. The steak, shrimp, mashed potatoes, salad and croissants were amazing.
We had reservations and were seated right away and our server was great! We ordered a salad and I had to pick out a number of brown, mushy lettuce leaves. When our entrees arrived, the chicken was hot, but the sides of fettuccini and French fries were cold. My husband told the server his were cold and got another side, but I just packaged mine up to go. Very disappointed in the food, but great service!
Very enjoyable meal. Covid precautions were good. Service was good. Only objection was that we ordered dessert then were told that the kitchen was closed. Don’t take late reservations if you are in such a hurry to close.
Selected the Columbia California Dreaming for dinner with a special lady in my life. We were promptly seated and selected a bottle of nice rose for our beverage. We both ordered dinner salads, a grilled salmon salad for her and a chicken ceaser salad for me. Our meals came out perfectly fixed and promptly. Our server was great. We will return.
Great job. Thank you!
Came from Charlotte
Our experience was very nice! Our waiter was not obnoxiously checking in on us every second like most American dining experiences.
The food was excellent and quick.
The service was very quick and friendly.
It was very good as usual! I do wish there was more lighting in the bathrooms though.
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.
it was for my boyfriends birthday so overall with company it was a fun experience .. our waitress could have done a lot better .. very scattered always apologizing .. definitely doesn’t need big parties or busy nights.
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.
Great meal and company!
Dislikes paper straws.
Very nice atmosphere and friendly environment. Croissants and salads are greatly.
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 314 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.