California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar

California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar

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Hours
Sun
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Mon
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tue
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wed
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thu
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fri
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sat
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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Ratings and reviews
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Menu

Apps
Pimento Cheese
House-made crackers, pickles, peach jalapeno jam
US$9.95
Steamed Peel & Eat Shrimp
(9) Old Bay boil, served with cocktail sauce
US$9.95
Traditional Nachos
Chili, cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos, sour cream, house-made chips
US$11.95
BBQ Chicken Nachos
Smoky BBQ sauce, red onions, house-made chips, cheese sauce
US$13.95
Seafood Nachos
Spicy shrimp, salmon, red onions, house-made chips, cheese sauce and lobster cream sauce with dill
US$15.95
Nashville Hot Wings
Marinated in hot pepper sauce, fried crispy, with bleu cheese dip
US$13.95
Our Famous Croissants (5)
Topped with honey-butter
US$6.95
Baked Potato Soup
Creamy soup, scallions, cheese, ham, bacon
US$6.95
Entrees
Add a house or caesar salad +$4.95
Chicken Tenders Platter
Fried chicken tenderloins, served with house-made honey BBQ sauce and french fries
US$16.95
Blackened Chicken Pasta
Alfredo, scallions, tomatoes, with romano cheese
US$17.95
BBQ Chicken
Double breast of chicken basted with BBQ sauce, with side item
US$15.95
Knob Hill Chicken
Topped with ham and monterey jack cheese, with side item
US$17.95
Shrimp Tacos
(2) Jicama slaw, tomatoes, onions, chipotle aioli, queso fresco, with side item
US$12.95

Is this restaurant good for large groups?
About
Sidle up to one of the bar stools overlooking the restaurant or grab a seat by window, the vibrant atmosphere at California Dreaming is inviting for families and date-nights alike. The large, open interior decked with limestone and expansive kitchen has a dedicated team cooking American classics from scratch daily. Don’t leave without ordering a thick-cut broiled steak or honey-butter croissants. Proudly serving the Greenville, SC community since 1991. Open for lunch and dinner daily, featuring patio seating as well as online ordering with curbside pickup.
PRICE RANGE
$7.00 – $34.00
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles449 reviews
Excellent
165
Very good
164
Average
83
Poor
22
Terrible
15
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

RealWelshAle
Monroe107 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 none
I have eaten here a number of times over the years and its usually very good. This time was not a great experience. I ordered the two racks of ribs (~$26) meal but I thought the rack portions were very small and were broken into pieces, and I probably should have said something but decided to complain. I think one rack at Applebees is about the same size. The salad and loaded baked potato were nice (note you have to wait until after 4pm for a baked potato). My wife ordered the Tuna Poke Bowl but was not very impressed. The tuna was fine, but the overall bowl was very much an Americanized version that she would not order again. Probably will not return.
Written September 15, 2021
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Jenette K
Greenville2159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 none
During this time (COVID-19), we have not eaten out but we do use take out. We eat here at least once a year as this restaurant is the anniversary of our first date (many years ago). This year we called in for take out and it was delivered to the car when we arrived. We ordered ribs, grilled salmon, loaded potatoes, house salads with house dressing, and croissants. Everything was perfectly prepared. The ribs are absolutely the best!!! House dressing is so good as are the croissants. Salmon is one of my favorites. Highly recommend.
Written June 13, 2020
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CaptainNaxos
Naxos13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 solo
I have been a customer to California Dreaming in all their stores in SC, because they had very good food is a great environment. Mostly I loved their Prime Rib. My last visit, at their Restaurant in Greenville SC, was a disappointment. It appears that the empty parking lot was the feeling of others as well, and I was wandering why, as I was parking my car, ha! No longer the Prime Rib was in their menu, the waiter said maybe they offer it as Special on the weekends. Their current menu was average, I had some special hamburger that was not all that special. Very disappointed and I will not visit again
Written October 13, 2022
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Bill29607
Greenville10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 none
Two years now my wife and I make it a point to eat here. The food is excellent every time. Since it is local we make the trip to enjoy an excellent meal, veterans' day/mother's day, etc.
Written January 7, 2020
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Yasin Ozturk
McLean1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 family
Just left here. This is just an average American restaurant but I highly recommend to everyone to not order Sirloin at all. Chewing and finishing it is an mission impossible. Finishing half of steak was an absolutely ordeal. And there was no way to finish the other half. In the end of my meal I showed my half of steak in the plate that I couldn’t have finished to waitress than she took a look at the plate and just said “oh sorry” and that was it. No nothing after that. No ma’am I am sorry. I ruined my dinner with this steak. And I am sorry that I have to give one star. Cause you should respect people more than you do with your job and manners.
Written August 5, 2021
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Christopher C
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 none
We made reservations at California Dreaming to treat my wife to a nice dinner on Mothers Day weekend. The food was very good and the service was also good. We went here on our 2nd date 17 years ago and havent been back. Honestly, not much has changed since then. The restaurant was busy, but luckily we had reservations and were seated pretty much on time. We ordered the pimento cheese appetizer, which actually came out late, so the manager took it off our bill without being asked to. The salads that come with the steak entree was very good and came with a large croissant drizzled with honey (similar to Copper River if you are familiar with that). My wife and I both go the sirloin and the flavor with the soy/citrus marinate was REALLY REALLY good. A sirloin isnt the most tender cut of meat, but the flavor was awesome. The potato came out big and hot. Our daughter had the California Salad. Which she enjoyed and was plenty big enough for an entree. If looking for a special dinner I highly recommend you make a reservation and go for it!
Written May 8, 2022
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RDO
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 couples
Overlooking Interstate 85 and a little hard to find but more than worth the trouble. Sat in a booth in the very cosy bar and ordered 2 racks of ribs. What a surprise! Really special baby back ribs! Just a note, be careful to ask if your side items or salads or dressings include their Romono cheese. This cheese is a little strong for the typical American palate.
Written August 9, 2020
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dan p
96 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 family
We were visiting family this past weekend. They suggested this place to eat. We arrived early on a Friday evening and was seated immediately. After an hour we asked waitress where our food was.She said I am so sorry it is coming up now. Not sure what she meant but our food did show up. Some was cold and some was dried out. Our family commented that the food has always been good. But this was not what they were used to. The bread on sandwiches were hard and crusty. Fries were cold. The steak was dried out and tuff.I dont know if order set or was lost. But the couple beside us finished their food an left. A new group was seated and they got their food before us.
Written March 15, 2021
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MJ@lets go 1996
Greenville160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
My grand--daughter and me were hungry after a day of shopping , and as we drove down I-85 we decided California Dreaming would be our best option. I had not been there in awhile and was not sure they were open, to my surprise they were. We had plenty of options for my picky eater and she was very happy with our experience. The server was very sweet and attentive.
Written August 18, 2020
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Tommy B
Finger Lakes568 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 couples
My wife had arranged a lunch with her cousin and his wife as we traveled farther down south. Her cousin chose this place to meet and eat. Good choice! We arrived only a few minutes late due to heavy traffic. But once inside, it was very comfortable. We all ordered salads. They were really quite good. My wife and I also ordered the she crab soup. Very good! Our server was terrific and continuously kept our glass full of either water or tea. All of us were quite full when we finished our lunch. I picked up the bill, and it was quite reasonable. All in all, a very nice experience.
Written February 18, 2020
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Jenette K
Greenville2159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 none
This was where we came on our first date and have been coming back for 22 years, sitting in the same booth. Their food is wonderful and so much of it. We ordered rack of ribs, baked potato, roasted salmon, loaded baked potato, and we both had house salad with house dressing. Everything was wonderful. We will definitely return!
Written June 15, 2021
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Darian J
149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 none
My plane was delayed for several hours and I was starving by the time I arrived in Greenville. We went to California Dreaming hoping that they had not yet closed. To our delight, they were still open. I began with the Melon Basil Mojito that was sweet and amazing. I order the Roasted Salmon Salad, Mixed greens, bacon, egg, avocado, tomatoes, and a combination homemade dressing of hot bacon and honey mustard. Delicious!! Brittany, our server, was very friendly and personable, and we so enjoyed conversing with her before we left.
Written August 15, 2022
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IKE48
Holland735 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 none
Pleasantly surprised with the food and experience. Chris, our server, was AWESOME and even provided excellent recommendations for downtown Greenville restaurants. The salads, shecrab soup and ribs (respectively disagree with previous reviewer's perspective of small portions) were great. Thank you!
Written December 3, 2021
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Bill D
Leland187 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 couples
Walked in to a nice atmosphere in a newly built restaurant and decided to sit in the bar area. Picked our own table and waited awhile...almost walked out l but Kalei came to our rescue. From that point on we received excellent service. We had the rack of ribs and the shrimp tacos...both very good. Kalei kept checking on us to make sure all was well and we enjoyed talking with her throughout our dinner. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.
Written September 24, 2023
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Jenette K
Greenville2159 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 none
We went again on our anniversary and sat in the same booth as we did on our first date. It has been 23 years now! We had never ordered this way but decided to give it a try. My sweetheart ordered a double rack of baby back ribs, loaded potato, and salad with bread. I ordered a loaded potato and salad. I had one rack of his ribs. Everything was excellent. Will be going again and again.
Written June 17, 2022
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