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California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar

401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
+1 803-254-6767
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good31%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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 yesterday

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 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After seeing other Trip Advisor reviews, I checked out California Dreaming in Columbia & was impressed. The food was excellent. The side salad was huge & loaded baked potato soup was delicious. I visited again during my business trip. The prime rib was wonderful also.

Thank Cheryl S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my wife here for the first time, but I have dine at the Augusta and Myrtle beach location. Our server was great and the food was decent. The prices are decent for a wide arrange of things to eat. The only problem I...More

Thank jdjoyner83
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staying in Columbia,S.C. if you haven't ever visited, has so many amazing restaurants!!! You have so many choices!! Our selection was, the California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar!! It is Amazing!! They have so many different things to choose from, so my husband selected the Pork...More

Thank Teresa E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has the best chicken strips in America. I’m not traditionally a chicken strip eater but I’ll go out of my way to eat theirs. Order the app and house salad. Plenty of food and makes my day

Thank Rick S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Never disappointed with their wonderful salads and appetizers. Entrees are delicious and generous in portions.

Thank David H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You will not be disappointed with California Dreaming. The California Salad is awesome. It takes 2 people to eat it. I don't care for eggs but the ranch dressing is like no other. The potato soup is the best I have ever tasted from a...More

1  Thank Leasie C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Three colleagues and I dined there for dinner last month. I ordered the salmon salad. It was not well seasoned and also very dry. Another person my party also ordered salmon which was dry and covered with rosemary or some other seasoning, that appeared to...More

Thank shercolette
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everything that I have ever ordered at California Dreaming has been very good. My favorite items are the croissants. Cheesecake, strawberry daiquiris. The salmon salad, chicken strips, fried crab claws, cheeseburgers, fries all are very good.

Thank Michael G
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Questions & Answers
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, 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, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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
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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