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California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar

401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
+1 803-254-6767
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good32%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Several Red Hatters and I dined at California Dreaming for lunch today. This restaurant is one of my personal favorites. I have eaten here numerous times and have eaten several dishes, all of which were delicious. My favorite is the California Dreaming salad. The young...More

Thank Carol Ann B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The food was great here and unlike anything you normally get! If you are in the mood for something different and don't want to be disappointed, California dreaming is the place to go. Fast friendly service and the best seafood you can get!

Thank JeffIce1104
Reviewed 3 days ago

Met here with a group of 17 ladies. The service was fast and efficient. The food was delicious and warm. Sorry it is so far away.

Thank Monica S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had early supper there on Saturday. It was extremely crowded and very noisy. After a busy day we would have liked a bit more peaceful atmosphere. Our server was prompt and courteous. Our food arrived quickly and was prepared as ordered. Everything was delicious. Our...More

Thank ASH814
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son and I had such a good time at California Dreaming! My son's steak was great and my ribs were delish!! However my baked potatoe tasted old an was not hot...they really redeemed themselves by bringing me one that was hot out of the...More

Thank Shari W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is amazing. There's a lot of room in the restaurant. The staff is nice and caring and just a good atmosphere. They have the best croissants EVER. Just all around a good place.

Thank Eric H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everything is prepared and tastes delicious here. They are well known locally for their freshly baked croissants topped with honey-butter.

Thank Glenda Q
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very limited selection for lifelong vegetarian who eats no meats or seafood. Ordered the fettuinin - which was just basic. Nothing spectacular. Recied my salad that had ham or something all thru it. I asked the waiter if I could please have a salad without...More

Thank amylI7053JY
CentraArchy-Rest, Guest Relations Manager at California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Hi Amy, Thanks for reaching out and for bringing this to our attention. While we don't boast about our vegetarian options, we can certainly modify a salad. I'm unclear why you were told that we couldn't remove the ham & bacon, as each item is...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the food is fresh, done perfectly, and service is great. clean, open areas. dinner salad is my favorite. prime rib is delicious.

Thank Daniel P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I ordered a Cobb salad with chicken for lunch to watch my calories....and then came the warm croissants....oh my! Fantastic, warm, honey drizzled croissants. California Dreaming was a short walk from our hotel in an old station. Atmosphere was great, food was excellent and service...More

Thank gypsymermaid53
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Is prime rib available?
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
I just called to make a reservation for Wednesday Dec. 21 at 4:30 for 12 + a highchair so thst we could eat before going to see v the lights st the zoo. No reservations for large groups in December was the answer!
4 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
Judith R
Early bird specials?
13 April 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, 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
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
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
  • E-mail
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.