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California Dreaming Restaurant
Family Restaurant$$
Today 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
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401 Main St Columbia, SC 29201
401 Main StreetUSSouth CarolinaColumbia29201
$$Family Restaurant, American Restaurant
Family Restaurant
American Restaurant
Bar & Grill
Today 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Small portions are for supermodels! Whether you’re looking for the taste of a thick, juicy burger, “fall-off-the-bone” baby back ribs or award winning salads, there is something for everyone.
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Relaxed restaurant & bar chain serving steak & seafood, plus signature nachos, sandwiches & pasta.- Google
"Love the fresh blue cheese and the honey butter croissant!"
"My waiter Ryan brought out a Prime Rib dinner."
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Dock Cooper
3 months ago
California Dreaming in the old train station. The building is huge,the food is good and the service is great. Salads were excellent as are the croissants,the potato soup is great and my shrimp dinner contained large size shrimp that were breaded lightly just like I enjoy. Our first visit to California Dreaming and definitely not our last.
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Trina Holmes
3 months ago
I always love my food and the service! Always try to get a reservation before going. Great place!
Rhonda Smith
10 months ago
DARIN is the BESTEST...he has blessed my family for many years with his AMAZING have our hearts!!! XOXOXOXO
Kiesha Lombardo
11 months ago
Me and my husband were recommended to come here by some people he works with. We recently moved here from Pittsburgh. And it was great! Service was good and quick. The mashed potatoes are amazing. He got knob hill chicken and I got the BBQ chicken and both were great. Will definitely be visiting again!
Lisa Mallory
6 months ago
I have been dining at California Dreaming (mostly for special occasions) since they opened in the 1980's. And, I have always loved the food. It has been a year or so since I have been there. Last night I was sorely disappointed. I wouldn't refine too much upon it if it were just one thing, or, if I had been the only one in the party to notice. The quality of the food was just not what it used to be. The salad is definitely missing something in the dressing recipe. The croissant was hard, my baked potato was not hot (though a good size), and the prime rib was not as good as it used to be. I don't usually post any reviews, but my hope is that maybe there are others who have noticed the same things and that management at CD will not let this great food establishment succumb to a mediocre one.
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Ira Salem
a week ago
Very good food and service but they do have their hiccups
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Janet Hopkins
a year ago
My friend and I went this past Sunday early evening for a 'celebration' dinner.....but no go! The wait staff was slow, they seemed to enjoy talking in the kitchen a lot more that taking care of tables. After 45 minutes for 2 salads, our dinner came-and the dressing was wrong on both salads. We opted to try to add the correct dressing on top of what was already mixed in-bad idea-but we didn't feel we wanted to wait that long for 2 more salads. I just took a few bites and gave up-not a good combo. My girlfriend put bleu cheese (what she had ordered) on top of the balsamic that was on it (their mix up, which the waitress admitted.) She mixed it all up, ate some, and couldn't stand the combo. She asked for a new salad but the manager denied, saying she ate too much-mind you, she had not had the bacon on it, and she mixed the cheese and turkey in it, so it did look like a hot mess. She had only eaten a small amount-he was rude and made us feel like we were trying to 'steal' a new salad......I will never go back, nor recommend it to anyone else. Too petty, too slow, and not willing to correct a mistake the waitress admitted to-just not worth it.
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Alexander Galloway
a year ago
I like to imagine California Dreaming like a bad guy from Scooby know, they spend forty five minutes feeling a certain way about the bad guy because of how he appears, then one person gets a "eureka" moment, and then they unmask him to find it was just local sheriff scaring people away? That's California Dreaming in a nutshell: You'll be wowed by the atmosphere. You'll fall in love with the wait staff. You'll enjoy the warm and crisp table bread. Then, after the 45th minute, you'll take a bite into your baby back ribs, burger, or shimp pasta and say aloud "wait a minute, I've had this before..." When you finish the food, you will have unraveled the mystery and discovered that you were actually eating Applebees-style microwaved food the entire time. If dish quality weighs heavily on you, this is a place to avoid; however, if you're merely looking for atmosphere (first date? You sly devil...) then perhaps California Dreaming is worthy of a single visit.
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