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“Good for big crowd”

California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #7 of 996 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$25
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed 17 December 2013

We had tried a few times to get into California Dreaming on a football weekend but could never get in. It was sorta worth it. The service was fast and responsive, the food was adequate. It is no foodie paradise but it's a nice setting in a railroad station, good for a nice family outing

Thank Marty E
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Reviewed 14 December 2013

We ate here on the recommendation of some friends who used to live in Columbia and enjoyed this restaurant. We had also eaten at the California Dreaming restaurant in Charleston a few years back. We loved the concept of a "repurposed" train station as a restaurant and found the restaurant itself to be really interesting and fun, but all four of us were not overwhelmed by the food or the service. Neither were bad, but just very average. We had hoped for more.

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Thank kap929
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Reviewed 6 December 2013 via mobile

Went there tonight for the first time. Was really hopeful about the place and hoping this would be our special place since we have not found one here yet.

The food was just okay. Nothing really wrong, but very bland. Not a lot of flavor. No other way to describe it.

The service was so-so. However, they really need to learn how to run a line in the kitchen. We had our salads before the appitizer. Then as they were placing the appitizer on the table a second runner had our food.

Timing is everything and they failed here.

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Thank Matt_TN
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CA_Centraarchy, Public Relations Manager at California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2013

Dear Matt, Thank you for your feedback. To address your issue, you are correct, the appetizers indeed should have come before your salads, I apologize. Please note this is inconsistent with our standard service.

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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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