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California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar

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401 South Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
+1 803-254-6767
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Excellent view over the harbour which was very nice. Large venue however the night we went wasn't too busy. Enjoyed the food.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A sure bet for a great meal , friendly service , reasonable prices. The honey rolls are out of this world. Drinks are mixed properly , not overbearing like some frat party mixers.

Thank Phil M
Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all, potential guests need to know that California Dreaming, Columbia, is located inside an old railroad station. The ceilings are enough, it itself. The management is absolutely top shelf. Richard Hendren goes out of his way to make sure every guest is treated well, and always spends a little time at our table. They are known for their... More 

Thank mdskinllc
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dozens of open tables but a 30 minute wait. Not everyone wants sit at the bar to dine. Not an accommodating restaurant

Thank Pier5660
CentraArchy-Rest, Guest Relations Manager at California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us know about your experience on dining with us as a party of one. We are very sorry that we did not meet your expectations and did not live up to our own high standards. More 

Columbia, South Carolina
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been here for several business and personal events and have enjoyed ourselves each time!! We had Great food and service each time!

Thank jaunew
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have lunch at this restaurant once a month and the food is always good. My favorite is California Dreaming Salad and the She Crab Soup.

Thank Warren W
Chesterfield, SC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went for a late lunch and it was delicious! We were seated quickly and the service was excellent!

Thank shannonp29709
Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I believe California Dreaming has the best Crab soup I have ever tasted. I wanted a second bowl but had already ordered the entree. The entree was also delicious and the interior of the restaurant was comfortable with a southern charm; and not southern California, but Columbia, SC southern charm, if there is such a thing. The service was excellent... More 

Thank CityPolitical
Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went during lunch with coworkers. Food was delicious, nice variety, pleasantly priced. Is somewhat upscale but still comfortable.. I recommend you do not attempt to wear your cut off jeans, t-shirt, and flip flops as they will most likely turn you away.. Save that outfit for Hardees. LOL. Was a little loud as it was crowded for lunch.. Made it... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant is in an older building, maybe a converted bank or something. The food was really good, fairly priced. The house dressing is awesome as are their croissants. Service was on par with the food, however there was a bit of an odd smell in the restaurant, probably sie to the buildings age.

Thank jshike92

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 South Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-254-6767
Voted “Best Salad” 12 years running, by Free Times and Columbia Metropolitan, “Best Date Spot, Best Overall Restaurant and Best Place to Take your Parents” by USC’s The Daily Gamecock. Enjoy giant-sized fare from the California Dreaming kitchen; start with the Barbecue Chicken Nachos, then slow-cooked Prime Rib or a hearty pasta dish. The restaurant also features late night bar bites; large party carry-out and catering; live music and seasonal patio dining. The historic landmark building, Union Station, is located steps away from USC.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?