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California Dreaming - Greenville

4.3
479 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
California Dreaming 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: patio seating and online ordering with curbside pick-up.

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place and staff. Food was great and cooked as we wanted. Our waitress was so friendly and nice, definitely recommend this place and will dine again for sure

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TiaA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Our Waitress literally rushed us out of the restaurant, after we waited a while for our meal she gave us the ticket five minutes into eating. She wasn't really attentive to our needs and kept forgetting what we needed.

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ChrisD
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was super patient and kind. Very knowledgeable. Mgr was also nice. Apparently the regional Mgr Karen was
In town. But I think this is their normal. Everyone from the front desk host to the servers were hospitable. And the ribs were AMAZING. FORK ONLY NEEDED.

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vipJohnny
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for lunch. Our server was very prompt and handled everything timely and as ordered. Most, but not all, of the staff were masked -- thank you!

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ToddB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, service and value. Nice atmosphere. Would recommend.

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RussellO
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The accommodations were okay. The quality of food vs. the cost was an imbalance. The variety of food choices was poor.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was their Thanksgiving dinner special. The food, service and atmosphere were wonderful. Highly recommend California Dreaming-we will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

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ElizabethR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We went for Thanksgiving. My expectations were low since it was a holiday. The food was amazing! So good. A few of us ordered the Thanksgiving meal while another ordered the seafood platter and ribs. Service was slow but expected with the amount of people there. Food was good. Recommend the restaurant for special occasions.

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CharlieH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice tradition for thanksgiving while away from home

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Rip925
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Unfortunately, I had hoped my 3.30 reservation would put us in between services. I realize it was Thanksgiving, but I was taken aback by the sheer number of diners. That, of course, affected the dining experience. Our salad was delivered after the main course. Wine was not promptly served. Our server did her best but I believe she was overwhelmed by the number of table tops she had.

Keep in mind, I have eaten here numerous times and have always enjoyed my meal. This review is strictly related to the very busy holiday turnout.

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BonnieT
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great Thanksgiving meal, and the service was wonderful!

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Donnie
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, and the service was great!
Fantastic Thanksgiving meal!

JM
JamieM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food service by LeLe. Food came out quickly. Only waited less than 20 minutes.

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MikeW
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, plenty of quantity and a very reasonable price. Very grateful to find a place like that open on thanksgiving, and I really appreciate the hard work and super attitudes of the servers. Highly recommend!

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MarkL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had the Thanksgiving meal. It was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thanksgiving 2021

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Stayaway
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Thanksgiving set dinner: Server disappeared and avoided eye contact when she did come into sight; no rolls with meal, just dry mini corn muffins; and what’s Thanksgiving pumpkin pie without whipped cream? Restaurant was entirely too dark, and had a weird medieval/rustic/industrial vibe. Wouldn’t return to this chain.

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riggerjan
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very busy and happily we made reservations. We were seated with a couple minutes of or time. They offered a Thanksgiving dinner or had an abbreviated regular menu.
Service was great and the food was excellent, as always.

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DouglasW
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here. Our waiter, Juan was amazing, the food was excellent and plentiful for the price. We will be back.

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null
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I'm 90 yrs.old and know what I prefer in a southern Thanksgiving dinner. This was very close to perfection. I prefer all cornbread stuffing but this was so perfectly seasoned, it rates an "A". All else was excellent.!!

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Suzanne
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Very disappointed in the quality of the Thanksgiving meal. We normally live CD but we will go elsewhere for our Holiday meal in the future. No recommendations from us for Thanksgiving diners.

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Chad
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My wife and I have dairy allergies and are vegetarian… so we come here for the veggie burger. I checked online twice before making reservations to ensure there wouldn’t be a limited menu for Thanksgiving & they mentioned nothing. We arrived for our reservations to find out that the menu was severely limited with no vegetarian or vegan options. The manager came over and apologized that they didn’t mention the restricted menu online. She offered to throw a few almonds on a salad and pull the eggs and bacon (gee thanks).. we let her know we just moved here and we’re currently without a refrigerator- and that we drove 40 minutes for the reservation today… it didn’t matter, they couldn’t adjust their menu for the day.
Personally, I believe what sets a great restaurant apart from a mediocre one is how challenges or mistakes get handled; especially when the mistakes are caused by the restaurant/staff. In this case, California Dreaming of Greenville SC performed as a mediocre restaurant. We left completely unsatisfied and unfed on Thanksgiving Day.

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Linwil2
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner was amazing. Our server was cheerful and very attentive. The meal was hot and everything you’d want for your Thanksgiving meal! No long wait and food delivered in a very timely fashion. Well done California Dreaming!

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MichelinAdvisor
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We have enjoyed Thanksgiving here for the last 4 years. It has always been very good. This year the service was bad and the food barely warm. We had to ask for beverage refills among other things. The pie slices were so small they looked like samples. They raised prices this year quite a lot but everything else has declined.

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DianneW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our thanksgiving day experience was very pleasant we were seated within 5 minutes of our reservation and a server came almost immediately . We ordered cocktails and they arrived promptly - The same with our meal . The food was delicious and our tea was refilled very quickly . We never felt rushed but tried not to linger because we knew it was getting very busy . It was very nice and I appreciate all those who were not with their own families in order to work . I tried to express that to all the folks who waited on us .

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vipKarenM
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Thanksgiving dinner!

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AshleyG
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had Thanksgiving lunch here, food was awesome! Great time, will be going back. Make a reservation!

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Shopper301
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time customer. Have already recommended it to family. Great steaks for a fair price.

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SteveR
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservations were easy online. Waiter was friendly, polite, funny at times, just a pleasant person to deal with. Food was excellent in appearance and taste. Portions were sufficient for price. Even kids enjoyed their meals and ice cream for them just topped off the entire experience.

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KKN92
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Really miss the prime rib on the menu. Salads are much fresher than they used to be, though. Overall, the prices are high for what you get from a chain restaurant. No question that we could've gotten a better value from a locally-owned place, especially where the steaks are concerned. Menu is much more limited than I remember, too, with very little variety. Some more sandwiches or salads or smaller entrees would be welcome additions.

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MacM
Atlanta
48 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Menu seems to have changed a bit (no more onion loaf) probably due to current conditions, but still a wide variety. Salads are always good.

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KateR
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Steak was not cooked to order but everything else was great. Fantastic service.

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DominicM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good atmosphere, service and good food made it for a wonderful experience.

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Jimbo
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The casserole needed more shrimp but the wife's ribs were fantastic as the meat fell off the bones.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noah was the best waiter I’ve ever had there!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We both had steak. Both were over cooked and tough. We're new to the area and we're very disappointed with this place.

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vipPAGirl
Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Horrible service and visit overall. Normally, we enjoy going to California Dreaming. However, on my last visit several things went wrong. I celebrated my twins 4th birthday and dined with 3 children. First, I tried the new Nashville Hot wings. I could only eat one. It was too hot to enjoy. I informed my server and expected it to be taken off my bill. It wasn’t. Smh. Then, my food came before my kids. Why feed the adult and not the kids? If unsure, then ask if I wanted them served first or bring meal together. All items were ordered at the same time. Then, my salad was forgotten and I had to ask for it. It took so long to get that I had to have it boxed to go. When I informed the server that I didn’t ask for ranch dressing but thousand island because I was given a container of ranch, I was told the thousand island dressing was already on the salad. When I got to my destination, I found that no salad dressing was on the salad. Sadly, I have a dairy allergy and could not eat ranch on my salad. Lastly, I informed the staff that the kids were turning 4 and was told that candles would be placed in the ice cream from their kids meal. I had to ask for that to be brought out twice before it was. This was an absolute horrible experience. However, I still have 45% tip (yes 45) because I know African-American are sometimes stereotyped as not likely to tip. I’m hoping that is not why the service was so bad. Then, I was told the tip was split between two people. Sadly, I had 2 servers that couldn’t get it right but I want them both to get the 20% tip.

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MelainaT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very quick to seat us! Polite staff and knowledgeable waiters. The marinated Sirloin is amazing !

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Loretta27
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The birthday cheesecake was to die for.....yummy!!

Loretta Smith

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You can order delivery directly from California Dreaming - Greenville using the Order Online button. California Dreaming - Greenville also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (864) 234-9000.

California Dreaming - Greenville is rated 4.3 stars by 479 OpenTable diners.

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.