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“Fun Restaurant on a Football Weekend”

California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #6 of 1,013 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$25
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Awarded Best Salad, 17 years running -Free Times reader survey, 2017 & The State, 2017 and Best Business Lunch -The State, 2017; Best Restaurant to Take a Date and Restaurant to Take your Parents -The Daily Gamecock, 2016. 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 large party catering, online ordering for carry-out, live music and seasonal patio dining. Attn USC students: CarolinaCard accepted! The historic landmark building, Union Station, is located steps away from USC.
Reviewed 19 November 2013

This restaurant is located in a renovated train station and is very well done. It is busy, loud and fun. The food is very good and there is a large variety to choose from.

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Thank Debbie A
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Reviewed 11 November 2013 via mobile

We recently ate a meal for the second year at California Dreaming courtesy of their generosity on Veterans Day. Both times the wait staff and management were very nice. The food and atmosphere is always great here. Thanks to the management/ owners for your part in our celebration if vets day.

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Thank Marla65
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

The California Dreaming Salad is large enough to share and the house dressing ( honey mustard and bacon) is a treat. It comes with a croissant which is also good. The sandwich platters are also very good and are served with excellent french fries. The wait staff is wonderful. The main dining room is well decorated and the dark wood bar adds to the ambiance. The staff kept the ice tea glasses re-filled at all times and included fresh to-go cups for us to take away. It is consistently good and friendly.

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Thank Patricia R
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

We had a nice meal there and maybe the problem was that my expectations were too high but I found the food to be a bit ordinary. The most unusual thing we got was the large "crouton" with the salad. It was really a roll and it was excellent. The salad was large, very good but unspectacular. The She crab soup was very good but not great The beer and wine selection was ordinary. All in all a decent meal but not particularly memorable.

Thank chillg8r
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CA_Centraarchy, Public Relations Manager at California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2013

Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear we didn't blow you away, but always happy to hear our croissants live up to their expectations.

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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Last night, I had dinner with a friend at California Dreaming and, as usual, the food and service (not to mention the ambiance) was awesome! We both had the California Dreaming Salad with the house dressing (bacon/honey mustard) and it was yummy! Of course, a delicious croissant comes with the salad but one wasn’t enough, so we had a basket for dessert. Again, yummy! As a matter of fact, I’ve eaten here numerous times and have tried most everything on the menu and all items are yummy and fairly priced as well. I highly recommend California Dreaming when visiting or living in the Columbia, SC area. You won’t be disappointed!

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Thank pmauldi
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