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California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority Seating, Charleston, SC

California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority Seating

4.5
4.5
2856 Reviews
$30 and under
American
*Please note, we accept Advanced Priority Seating at California Dreaming in Charleston, we do not take reservations. Advanced Priority Seating limits your wait on busy nights and allow us to seat you within a shorter time frame upon arrival of your entire party.

California Dreaming has been serving the Charleston community since 1987. The large, open setting boasts floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Ashley River, providing a perfect backdrop to any event. The panoramic views can also be enjoyed on the wrap-around deck with bar, that is easily accessible by boat; additional restaurant features: online ordering with curbside pick-up. Awarded Best Waterfront Dining and Best Salad - City Paper, 2004-2021.

We are unable to accommodate parties of 7 or greater at this time.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Seafood, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (843) 766-1644
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    West Ashley
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,856 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Great for scenic views

  • South Carolina

    Most Booked

  • Charleston

    Great for brunch

  • Charleston

    Kid-friendly

  • Charleston

    Great for scenic views

  • Charleston

    American

  • Charleston

    Most Booked

2,856 Reviews
  1. LeahB

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our Server was Marie. She was fabulous! The food was excellent. Great value for the price

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  2. PatriciaY

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    SO DARK. slow service. Made reservation, didn't seem to make a difference on when we got our table.
    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 1 day ago
    Dear Patricia Y, We appreciate you for bringing this matter to our attention. I know we can do better, and I would personally like to discuss your visit and see if we can help resolve your experience. If you could, please send me your contact information offline at your convenience to Crittmiller@californiadreaming.rest, I look forward to speaking with you. – Chris Rittmiller, Operating Partner at California Dreaming.

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  3. Hastingsguy

    New York City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated immediately after arriving even though there were many waiting for tables, ssince we had a reservation. My special request to sit in a less noisy place was also honored. The seafood pasta was the best we’ve ever had worldwide. The white sauce is outstanding and full of unique flavors of rosemary and garlic. Service was efficient and neither too fast or slow. Portions large enough that we could have split an order easily. Chardonnay and beer offerings might be impoved. Sorry we live 800 miles away.
    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 1 day ago
    Hi Hastingsguy, We appreciate you taking the time to write about your visit, your input assists us in improving and remaining competitive. Obviously, your continued patronage is not only valued, but our goal. We are grateful that you are a fan of California Dreaming and we look forward to serving you in the future. Chris Rittmiller - Operating Partner

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was really tasty and quick, server was terrific. Noisier than many places. Had a reservation but still took 30 minutes to get seated.
    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 1 day ago
    Thank you so much for taking the time to share this with us. It really means a lot to everyone on our team. I have already taken steps to ensure that lapses in reservations do not happen again. Looking forward to serving you again! Chris Rittmiller - California Dreaming

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  5. Sandy

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal and interesting building on the waterfront. Great views of the water and lots of boats. Next door to the LaQuinta Inn very convenient for us and for friends driving in. They didn’t have to be in downtown looking for parking.
    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 1 day ago
    Hello Sandy, We’re so glad you enjoyed your experience with us, thank you for letting us know. Looking forward to seeing you soon! Chris Rittmiller - Operating Partner

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress was great and very attentive. Entrees came out within a reasonable time and was hot.
    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 1 day ago
    Thank you so much for taking the time to share this with us. It really means a lot to everyone on our team. We look forward to welcoming you again soon! Chris Rittmiller - Operating Partner

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  7. DarshanS

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great view while eating generous portions of fantastic food!

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  8. AndrewT

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent, but we had to wait 30 mins past our reservation time for a table, restaurant was very busy and front desk was very hectic
    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 1 day ago
    Hi Andrew, Thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback regarding your most recent visit. We’re all about the experience, and it is disappointing to hear about your experience at the front desk. I have already taken steps to ensure that lapses such as this do not happen again. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to improve, Chris Rittmiller - Operating Partner

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  9. JohnB

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The wait was little long but was able to get drinks . The service was excellent but the blacken chicken was without a kick of Cajun
    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 1 day ago
    Hi John, We're so grateful for your kind words about our service! I will be sure to bring these issues to the attention of our chef. Thank you for choosing us, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Chris Rittmiller - Operating Partner

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  10. Phelizabeth

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was clean, food was great, our server Ana was awesome and attentive, only complaint is our reservation was at 7:15 and we didn’t sit down at the table until 8. Other than that it was great and would definitely return
    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 1 day ago
    Hi Phelizabeth, I wanted to personally thank you for sharing your dining experience. Please accept our apology for your experience with your reservation. We value your patronage and look forward to serving you again soon. Chris Rittmiller - Operating Partner

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  11. LornaB

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easily made seating request for time for our party. Upon arrival we had to add on two for kiddos we could not get covered. They updated the reservation and we were seated w/in 30 minutes of our requested time. The going wait time was 3 hours at this time on a Saturday evening. All was great, service, refills, etc. However those in our party that got the fried seafood platter felt the breading was pretty thick, and the fish was "fishy". Unsure of what type of fish it was, but it was the least favorite out of all. Otherwise everything else was good.

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  12. Penelope

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience. Incredible harbor views brought us to this restaurant and the delicious meal will bring us back again. Our server was attentive and considerate, knowledgeable of the menu and made recommendations that we enjoyed.
    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 1 day ago
    Hi Penelope, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the view and experience. We've worked hard to create a space that is not only comfortable but also unique and inviting for our guests. Your feedback is a confirmation that we are on the right track. Looking forward to hosting you again for another exceptional experience! Chris Rittmiller - Operating Partner

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  13. Lasharoh

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the food to the service overall experience was excellent everything was good !!
    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 1 day ago
    Hi Lasharoh, We're so grateful for your kind words about our service! Providing our guests with a welcoming atmosphere and attentive service is at the heart of what we do. I'll make sure to pass on your compliments to staff members who will be thrilled to know they made your visit special. Thank you for choosing us, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Chris Rittmiller - Operating Partner

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  14. MaryB

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food in a beautiful setting. Pork chop was best I'd ever tasted and seafood was fresh. Great service. Louder than expected, but not horrible.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service and food are always wonderful. There is no such thing as priority seating because when you check in you still wait an hour. I’ve been to 3-4 different California Dreaming restaurants and the Charleston location is the only one with this problem 🤷🏻‍♀️. I have no desire to wait an hour for dinner

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My salmon was kinda weird it was nice tho payed a lot for small portions but that I kinda expect fried crab claws were rlly good

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  17. NewYear

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quite expensive for what you get. Service is excellent and the view is nice, but the price is way too much. If my wife didn’t love the place I would never come back.

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  18. ToddR

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great view. We watched dolphins swimming around from our table. The food was good.
    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 5 days ago
    It is very easy to get caught up in the view, and seeing dolphins while you enjoy a good meal is special. Thank you for the review! We hope to see you again soon!!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place as always for dinner with family and friends
    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 5 days ago
    We really appreciate your loyalty and are very thankful that you enjoy our restaurant with your family and friends. Thank you for the amazing review! We would love to see you again soon!!

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  20. kashmerew

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was beyond nice! Food was great!! They we’re friendly & patient

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  21. ErlindaL

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable evening. Quality and portions good for price.

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  22. RichardR

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our experience with California Dreaming has always been wonderful. The food is very good, the views are great & the service is outstanding. Kendra is one of the nicest people we have ever met. She is so very patient & helpful when we don’t know what we want to eat. Kendra is a great asset to your restaurant & should be recognized for all her hard work. 

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  23. Sonku

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very limited options for vegetarians. Food was okay, not great, however service was wonderful. Probably will not return.

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  24. CindyT

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Table was ready, great server & delicious food served piping not.

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  25. JimH

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and great service in a very unique setting

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The manager Steven is outstanding. He definitely takes care of guests. The food quality is excellent because of the management and Steven plays a big part in the team building process. He is definitely a great leader and he can be seen throughout the restaurant either greeting patrons or serving. The restaurant location is ideal and Steven will make sure that you will want to be a regular guest.

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  27. ShelleyM

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, fabulous view, great food. Always a bit of a wait but worth it! Can’t wait to arrive by boat!!!
    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 5 days ago
    Thank you so much for your fabulous remarks about all aspects of your visit. We are very busy, but the wait is worth it! Our team works very hard to shorten any wait that guests may experience in order to meet all expectations. We do have a dock so guests can arrive by boat!! We hope to see you again soon!!

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  28. operavisit

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Seated more than 40 minutes after our reservation time.

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  29. DennisP

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kendra from California was a fantastic host to us. We enjoyed our conversations throughout the night.

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  30. LauraG

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I had a 6pm Saturday reservation….not seated until 6:40pm. The bar was packed….bartenders totally remiss about taking drink orders & remembering to take order. Requested window seat….did not get one. Had a birthday celebration….no recognition. House salad dressing (bacon mustard)…had no bacon flavoring. It was totally bland dressing. Burgers are unremarkable. Thai Cauliflower was excellent. Croissants good, needs more butter though. Skimping flavors on dressing and sauces.

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  31. KimD

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The food and service are extraordinary. The restaurant is too dark. We could not see our food. Also, this California Dreaming is noisy, unlike two others we have eaten at frequently.
    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded on February 4, 2024
    Kim, thank you for your review and feedback!! Our California Dreaming Family has worked very hard to elevate our food and service experience. Sorry, if the restaurant seems too dark. Our ambience is dim lighting with an amber glow, candle light, and music in the background. We would love to see you again soon!!

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  32. ChsFoodLover

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited to celebrate my father's birthday and had a wonderful time. We were seated quickly, had a wonderful water view, and our meal experience was fantastic. Everyone was pleased with this dining experience and we plan to return.
    California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority SeatingResponded 5 days ago
    Happy birthday to your father and we are so glad that you had a wonderful time. Our family at California Dreaming Charleston is truly thankful for your comments. We hope to see you again soon!!

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  33. MikeF

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Made reservations 4 days in advance at 730 pm. After checking in at the front desk 10 minutes early and then waiting an hour, I went back to the front desk. They told me that “they forgot about me”. On top of that, no one ever apologized for it. How slack can you get?? Needless to say I was not impressed.

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  34. AaliyahR

    Charleston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    We asked for well done steaks and got back burnt crispy steaks that was dry weird flavor, also vegetable choices were horrible only had green beans available bread was cold and we pay for that now the table was sticky and dirty we asked for wipes and were denied the wipes forks were dirty asked for plastic utensils instead plates were dirty as well but overall with the horrible experience with the food out waitress Annalise was amazing!

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  35. NewYear

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service. Great view of the harbor.

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  36. TIFFANYA

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were seated at the reservation time. The food was good and the service was good.

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  37. BradB

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the location, the food and service was amazing!

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  38. VincentG

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service as always!!!!! Will be back for sure!!!!!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Frederick was an attentive, polite, and positive server with excellent professionalism. He went above and beyond. Thank you for making our night! And to California Dreaming for accommodating an extra guest in our party that was able to join us last minute.

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  40. BarbaraB

    Charleston

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal and service. No issues and a pleasant evening.

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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 - Charleston - Priority Seating offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 766-1644.

California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority Seating is rated 4.5 stars by 2856 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 44 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for California Dreaming - Charleston - Priority Seating

1 Ashley Point Dr, Charleston, SC 29407

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    West Ashley
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Seafood, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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