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California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, ,
401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
+1 803-254-6767
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good31%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Bar, Grill, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

California Dreaming has fabulous food, fabulous prices and so-so service. If you want to go our with your family and you all hate each other and don't want to talk or look at each other this is the place for you to enjoy a great...More

Thank NetmetKim
Reviewed 2 days ago

A spur of the moment decision to venture out of the office for lunch. Meal was good; however salad was watery and not as fresh as usual. The California Dreaming salad is their signature salad and I always look forward to a good salad there....More

Thank lindahagins
Reviewed 1 week ago

Note to editor - if you CAN use our server's full name (Caitlyn), I'd be grateful. She really deserves recognition. If you can't - for whatever reason, I understand. In either case, thank you. I reviewed California Dreaming in July 2017. We had some issues...More

1  Thank lofar_dog
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been going to this restaurant for years and it is never a let down. It’s great for families. I had something on the menu for Everyone. We try to get there early because it can very busy on weekends and lunches. I will...More

Thank Laura M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was good although I never got what I ordered. I think the waitress just couldn't hear me. So I just got a salad and a basket of croissants that I didn't ask for and had to pay for them. Why would I order...More

Thank Stacy B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having been several times to Columbia for working reasons during the last few years, I had the chance to eat here on a few occasions, both alone and with colleagues. The restaurant is in an old railway station which has been renewed and transformed for...More

4  Thank Federico D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A few of us went out to celebrate Christmas and Birthday. We waited along time for a seat but it was worth it. We had an excellent waitress and it was actually her first day on the job. We ate a variety of things but...More

1  Thank lg2bizzy4u
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When you choose this restaurant, you have made a great choice. Everything on the menu is top notch. I refer this restaurant to everyone that ask me about a good place to eat.

1  Thank stew4722
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

I go to California Dreaming in Augusta a lot and it's great but the in by USC is by far the best. It was the first one I went to and the location and building is a old rail loading station.

1  Thank Robert O
Reviewed 21 December 2017

We did get a good table to be able to talk and had a terrific waitress but the food is very regular/not exceptional kind of on the order of institutional . So I was disappointed.

Thank Msliz288
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6 December 2016|
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Response from CentraArchy-Rest | Property representative |
Absolutely! It's our house special. Slow-cooked and sliced to order!
Bobbi E
5 December 2016|
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Response from CentraArchy-Rest | Property representative |
Hi Bobbi, I'm sorry to hear our hostess wasn't able to accommodate you! Good news, I have secured your reservation. At your convenience, please email me your contact phone #. Thank you and happy holidays, Amber @ CentraArchy... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 25
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-254-6767
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.
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