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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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Soup + House Salad
Baked Potato Soup | Mixed greens, chopped eggs, tomatoes, toasted almonds, Hormel® ham and bacon. GF (She crab soup + $2)
Topped with honey-butter
She Crab Soup
A rich and creamy Charleston classic.
Great food and drinks. Great service. Can't wait to come back.
Able to accommodate food allergies in our party. Very nice server. Food took a loooooog time to arrive. Overall good experience.
Overall a great experience for my first time. My wife and I felt it was too dark though and we struggled to read the menu. Apparently this was a general consensus throughout the restaurant because most were using their phones to read the menu. Service was great, food quality was great. I would definitely eat here again.
Food came out of kitchen incorrectly. We must have been given someone else’s order that was similar, but not ours. We could not get anyone’s attention and finally after 10 minutes were at least able to get silverware and napkins. I know things are crazy with Covid, but this was really not great. I would not go back.
Repeat customer and equally enjoyed the food and service. Will come back again!
Food was very mediocre and it took forever to get our meals even though they weren't crowded. Chicken sandwich on hard bread and chicken was so over cooked it was hard to eat. Shrimp tacos way too spicy and had feta cheese on them that wasn't advertised on menu. Who puts feta cheese on a shrimp taco? 3-4 tiny shrimp per taco the rest was filler. Fries were good and waiter pleasant.
Was our 25th wedding anniversary. Place wasn't special at all. Asked for mash potatoes and got a baked potato. Drink tasted like Pinesol n dish detergent. Ordered two 18 oz steaks and the were definitely not 18 oz. Probably 12oz. Wasn't what we expected. Should have went to Halls Chophouse instead. 😒
Food was tasty and drink were well prepared. Friendly staff and atmosphere relaxing.
Food and beverage service and food quality were excellent. The noise level was the same as always, a moderately loud conversational buzz. Another very good dining experience.
It was my 1st time visiting this restaurant and our service was terrible. At some point during our meal my husband had to go retrieve our drinks from bar himself because our server had forgotten.
As an appetizer we had the bbq chicken nachos and the chicken was in large chunks. We think it would have been better if it was shredded. All three of us had the soup and salad and it was great.
It’s amazing!!!! It is definitely worth it and we will be back soon!
Nice restaurant with great food. Service slow as they seem to be under staffed.
As always, the food was great. I enjoyed the sweet Bellini drink with the crispy chicken tenders dinner.
Great food as always…love the California Dreaming salad. Service was excellent . Restaurant was clean and appreciate Covid protocols.
Always love to eat here on on travels.
No open dining available that is why I made reservations. I asked the hostess about other seating no one was working that area.California Dreaming menu was not for evening dining but more for lunch. I came to restaurant to celebrate my classmate and friend 62 nd birthday. I wasted my money and time
Steak was tough; had to ask waiter for another steak. It was a little better but not flavorful. The steaks have a burnt charcoal flavor. Will not return to this restaurant. Not worth the money.
My waiter was very nice do not remember his name. Although I order that expensive fried shrimp plate with fries to be $20 the fries were under cooked and hard!
Great food and atmosphere! Definitely recommend try this restaurant
We enjoyed our dinner, the service was great and the whole experience was excellent.
Service and food was great it is one of my favorite places
Our server was subpar and failed to return to get our check, I ended up having to call an assistant manager for that and refills. We will not be back.
Servers were great - food was good
The environment was great! The server was very good. However, I was disappointed with the appearance and quality of the fish, chicken tenders, and shrimp. The appearance reminded me of food at a Mom and Pop restaurant. As for taste, the Mom and Pop restaurant probably tastes better too.
It has been several years since I have eaten at California Dreaming in Columbia. I did not expect the food to be below average (appearance and taste).
Salad was excellent and the entrees were good……ribs a little dry.
My experience was absolutely wonderful. I appreciated how they went above and beyond in seating my party. The service met the standards of 5 stars. I will be back.
I had the fried shrimp and it was excellent! The noise level was high. I'm sure that is due to the fact that the building was built to be a train station instead of a restaurant. There is nothing to deaden the noise. That said, I love an old train station.
Service and food were excellent. We did not appreciate servers not wearing masks when the pandemic is raging.
This restaurant has everything: delicious, unique food, rich ambiance, special history, and quality service. This is my go-to destination each time I visit Columbia.
Server was good, got seated immediately with reservations, food was pretty good, not the best but i’d go back.
Really good food And ambiance
Nice dinner after a long drive from PA. Seated quickly and our server was very friendly and attentive. Wonderful atmosphere. BBQ chicken nachos were tasty but portion was a little small. Dinner entries were all good. Our daughter enjoyed the salmon and the Knob Hill chicken is a good size. Our son stated the surf and turf was very good. Will likely return
Excellent good, service and atmosphere. Cheesecake was the perfect finish!
Great food, fabulous service, and such a beautiful building. Love this restaurant.
I did not have an enjoyable experience. We ordered the crab claws and they were fishy. They took ravioli off the menu, which was disappointing for my husband. I usually get the she crab soup and salad. In fact, I come for the soup. They were out of the soup. I ordered an entree salad and it did not taste good. Basically it was very disappointing and we will not be going back until we forget what happened on this visit.
Not good. My salad arrived only when my wife finished her steak. Service is really bad, I would never be back and wouldn't recommend.
Service was excellent. 2nd location we have dined at, it’s always way too dark and the menu seems limited. We enjoy the environment and ease of reservations.
Overall experience was fine it just took over an hour for our food to come out. It’s was a little upsetting because other tables that came in after us got their food before us which was annoying.
You can order delivery directly from California Dreaming-Columbia using the Order Online button. California Dreaming-Columbia also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 254-6767.
California Dreaming-Columbia is rated 4.3 stars by 722 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.