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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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11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Grill, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
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11 - 20 of 819 reviews

Reviewed 8 November 2017

Make sure you come hungry. The portions are large. The resteraunt is very unique. Love the train depot. Very accomadarimg for large groups. The lighting is deem, this took some adjustment for some of my guests, but the food made up for it. Make sure...More

Thank Olivia L
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Met our grandson for a late lunch here. The building and decor are outstanding. Varied menu, reasonable prices, excellent service. We had prime rib and club sandwiches. Lots of meat, great buns and tons of fries. Our server, Anna T, noticed that we were visiting...More

Thank fog49
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

We visited on a Friday night. Make sure to have a reservation as this is a popular spot. I'm always torn between the California Dreaming Salad, potato soup, or the chicken nachos. The ribs are good, one of our party enjoyed the prime rib. We...More

Thank Margi S
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Large Down Town Dining for parties or couples, with variety as large to choose from. Specialty is their salad and dressing with croissant rolls drizzled with a honey makes for a great start to any choice of entree they offer.

Thank beglover1
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

A friend and I stopped in for lunch. Their featured California Dreaming salad was brought out fast and perfect. Our waiter was very pleasant and accommodating. The taste was out of this world. I will definitely make a return visit soon.

Thank S R
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Large menu - everything is excellent. You must try their Callifornia Dreaming Salad. It is beyond awesome.

Thank Vicki F
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Met up here with a group of friends (location was not my choice). The location is in an old train station, and is very neat. It is a very large building, so it was a good location for a larger group. The waiter was friendly...More

Thank todd54220
CentraArchy-Rest, Guest Relations Manager at California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Hi Todd, I’m so sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your meal. While every dish on our menu is fresh, never frozen, we do offer a wide variety of items that suits every budget and taste. We appreciate you giving us a try.

Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

Third visit, but this time we brought our children. We we not seated in the ‘adult’ section we normally enjoy, but the ‘Kids’ section next to the bathrooms. The smell was odoriferous and nauseating. We asked to be moved because of the smell. More families...More

Thank Michele739
CentraArchy-Rest, Guest Relations Manager at California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Hi Michele, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant and for sharing your thoughts. I want you to know that we value the opinions of our guests, and I will be sure to bring these issues to the attention of our staff.

Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

It seemed as though nothing could go correctly last night while dining at California Dreaming. As a young family it is rare that we go out and spend upwards of100$ on dinner. And, when we do we always research and over plan, no one likes...More

Thank Addie E
CentraArchy-Rest, Guest Relations Manager at California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Hi Addie, Thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback regarding your most recent visit. We’re all about the experience, and it is disappointing to hear that your visit did not exemplify those values. We absolutely understand your frustration with your son's meal...More

Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

This was my first visit but NOT my last, for sure! The food was out of this world. LOVED the unique CA Dreaming Salad—so delicious! The potato soup was good as well. The tasty croissants topped our lunch! Our waiter, Nate, was attentive and professional....More

Thank Gracie334
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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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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