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California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, ,
401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
+1 803-254-6767
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Bar, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
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Reviewed yesterday

It is a great place to take a date, no blaring music, lights nice and dim(if you have poor eyesight, bring your flashlight) At peak time, it can take a little while, but the wait staff has always been super nice. It's also great if...More

Thank gitridofu
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Palatial restaurant with nice ambiance. Wait staff was somewhat slow and confused with apps coming out slowly followed in quick succession by the entrees. Food was a bit bland, nothing special nothing bad. I think they left the tequila out of the Margheritas. You’re paying...More

Thank JSlepsk
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hostess sat us very quickly, the character of the building was nice, the food was okay, and the waitress was really good.

Thank Pennie P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything is good. The waitstaff is superior and the food is excellent. I frequently eat hear. I would recommend to everyone. Try it and you will love it too.

Thank UnhappyHousewife
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had never eaten here but the chain itself had been highly recommended. We were on our way to Charleston but the reviews were not great for the location there. It was my birthday meal so we stopped in Columbia. I am so glad that...More

Thank S_inNC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were coming from out of town to visit family to see the SC / TN night game and this restaurant was suggested for lunch before tailgating. We called ahead and were told that there would be room for lunch but I was skeptical due...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first I ever went to California Dreaming I fell in love with the rolls. The restaurant offers good customer service, good quality food and awesome drives. The rolls will keep you coming back.

Thank Adventure22621914050
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I went to California Dreaming last night. Our waiter came over quickly and took our order. We ordered 2 chicken strips platters with fries and my husband ordered a salad as well. The salad came out quickly and was delicious. Our chicken...More

1  Thank Salgal1933
Reviewed 15 October 2018

The parking is awful, the place is too noisy, you have to yell at your table mates to have any conversation. The wait staff has too many tables to take good care of you. The food is only so so. Do not bother, you will...More

Thank dsrbubba
CentraArchy-Rest, Guest Relations Manager at California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback. Our building is a 100 year old historic railroad station, so we do have limitations, but understand your frustrations. We take great pride in our food and the service we offer and appreciate you taking...More

Reviewed 12 October 2018

The restored train station provides a good atmosphere. Our group of 6 had various items incl steak, chicken, entree salad, soup and appetizers. All were good. Appetizers seemed a bit small, less of a value than entrees. Prices are reasonable for an upscale restaurant. Service...More

Thank John C
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Jennifer M
9 March 2018|
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Response from Lewis N | Reviewed this property |
Good morning, it surely can. I held a party of 50 at the same location. There is an area for private parties. It stays booked so I would do so as soon as possible.
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!
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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups
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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