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California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar

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401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
+1 803-254-6767
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Lexington, South Carolina
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172 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on a Sunday evening for a soup or salad. I was surprised to see the she crab soup with an option of an added splash of sherry. It was tasty and as good as or even better than one often finds in Charleston...I was surprised that it actually had a good amount of crab maet in it.

Thank poptopEBS
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here because of its affiliation to Carolina Roadhouse in Myrtle Beach SC. I'll drive to MB next time.

Thank bundyomega
Lakeville, Minnesota
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were going out for a special family dinner. The result was mixed - nice atmosphere but service was just so-so and the food was below average.

Thank Steve R
Palmyra, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went for Sunday lunch- waiter was attentive, kept water glasses filled, food was good price reasonable. Ambiance was pleasant except for music which wasn't suitable to eat by.

Thank pjplomari
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

My dad loved eating at California Dreaming! Their Prime rib is fantastic! My best friend also loves their Pina Coladas.

Thank Bryan W
Charlotte, North Carolina
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86 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Stopped by with a principle and we had a great lunch here. The peel and eat shrimp as an appetizer is excellent. Service is very good and the atmosphere well you have to go to believe it. Very nice..... I would recommend this place to anyone in the area. The lunch menu is small but the food was very fresh... More 

Thank SoloNC2016
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

We went here the first time for dinner with a group of 4 girls that had parents come in for Parents Weekend. It was the only place that could accommodate a group of 15 people. The ambience is great. Classy but not too stiff. The waiter took orders separately for each family. I have never seen that done before! The... More 

Thank Andrea B
Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Very close to the Courtyrard Marriott and located next the rail line. Service was excellent and the food also good. My wife had the croissants for starters - great but 5 is way too many, I had the fish soup and was lovely. We both had Flounder which again was great butjust too much!! Good place and great setting.

Thank robtee
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Our server was very quiet and not very conversational, but he was still very nice. Came on Easter and the wait was only 15 minutes since we had called ahead. Food came out quickly and was delicious. Will definitely be ordering the Chipotle Chicken Wrap again!!!!

Thank Emilygray41
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91 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Located in an old train depot. Nice atmosphere, fried crab legs, chicken tenders, and croissants were delicious. Pulled pork sandwich was good. Steak on the steak salad was delicious, but the salad itself was just ok. Service was slightly below average, mainly general inattentiveness. Would eat here again to test whether it was the service or server.

Thank GeauxTiguhs

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$25
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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, Business meetings, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?