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California Dreaming-Columbia, Columbia, SC
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California Dreaming-Columbia

4.4
4.4
1464 Reviews
$30 and under
American
California Dreaming is located in Union Station, a historic train station in Columbia, SC.

The restaurant serves a mix of hearty American classics in a large family-friendly atmosphere. What sets them apart from the rest is that every dish is fresh and prepared from scratch daily, including notable favorites, like the California Dreaming Salad, honey-butter Croissants and fall-off-the-bone Baby Back Ribs. Additional features: online ordering with curbside pick-up.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 107 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (803) 254-6767

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,464 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Most Booked

  • Columbia

    Good for groups

  • Columbia

    Most Booked

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  1. JJ

    JandJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server, James, was very attentive without being intrusive. Just what 3 friends who haven't seen each other in a very long time needed.
  2. D

    Doson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and service. Was a plus to have reservations. Friendly staff from entry staff and server.
  3. MR

    MarkR

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    Our first time to South Carolina(Beautiful State) our first restaurant! It’s on the do not return list. Let’s start with the restaurant it’s self. It’s very large and more than enough staff. It is poorly lit. Floors weren’t the cleanest. Now, let’s talk about the food. Our table order the Blackened Chicken Alfredo and 2 chicken strip dinners. One with mashed potatoes and the other with fries. One order of chicken strips was way over done. The other were dripping in oil none of the batter would stay on the chicken. The mashed potatoes were runny due to the sour cream overload. The Blackened Chicken Alfredo wasn’t bad at all. The fries were good as well. The beverage machine needs to calibrate or cleaned. Just not good. We had Sprite and Coke. The kitchen is open for everyone to look in. Why do I look in and NO ONE is wearing hair nets. One female cook in particular with a long blonde wig(which is a very pretty wig) was just hanging over every plate. The glass was dirty. There is enough staff trying to look busy, give them the cleaning supplies. California Dreaming…. California Bad Dream, not nightmare
  4. R

    Ron1212

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    O wow, what an experience. I primality eat at open table.. 146 to be exact .. I have eaten here 20 years ago many times but wanted to reunite with my wife for a date night to remember our 32 year anniversary which we drove from PA for this memory.. o and wow what a night.. we have a new unexperienced waitress.. i had grace but we received our main entrée before we got our salad :( the was told that she would get a manager because she was so sorry, but that never happen.. she came back with the bill reduced but that not what i was looking for.. i just wanted to be served :( with excellence.. sorry but management needs to be restored..
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous!!!!
  6. D

    Donna

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All of the staff were pleasant and provided great service during this visit. They are to be commended! Thank you!
  7. P

    Patriciao

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Thanksgiving dinner platter was barely warm quality very poor. Steak under cooked. Waiter did not seem to care about us. No dessert or bread offered with our thanksgiving meal. Margaritas were just about pure sour mix and they ran out of limes. We appreciate the effort to fit us in. We learned our lesson. Don’t go out to eat on Thanksgiving!
  8. R

    Rkikig

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It exceeded our expectations! I did not miss having Thanksgiving at home or at another’s home AT ALL! What freedom! How lovely and relaxing was the entire experience.
  9. LT

    2LTFisher

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was visiting my son for Thanksgiving and his 25th birthday that fell on Thanksgiving this year. We had a reservation and was seated on time. Very nice staff! Our meals were wonderful. Everything from the soup, salad entrees and deserts were fantastic. I wasn't expecting much, but what a great meal and atmosphere!! Love you guys
  10. RS

    RebeccaS

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My son and I went for Thanksgiving Day dining. First of all, I love the architecture. It's an old, very grand train station. In spite of the peak time, the service and timeliness of the food served was impressive. The food was very good. We loved the baked potato soup, wings, croissants and rib eye.
  11. j

    jodys

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Not for Thanksgiving dinner. The meat and dressing was not good. Kind of overpriced.
  12. EV

    EdnaV

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    T our waiter was very professional, friendly and attentive. Food was served hot, plentiful, and tasty. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
  13. W

    Wrobb

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    Went for Thanksgiving dinner. The food was room temp when it came out and the ham was in small pieces that looked like scraps from other plates. I'm thinking Waffle House might be a better choice for Thanksgiving next year.
  14. LJ

    LindaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was excellent!! Easy seating by reservation time. Throughly enjoyed dining experience
  15. SA

    SANDYP

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lana was a fabulous server! She was busy but still attentive! The Thanksgiving meal was delicious and plentiful!
  16. LB

    LawsonB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Not for Thanksgiving meal. Other times it’s been great!
  17. G

    Great

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for the Thanksgiving special meal. The food was just perfect. The service was excellent as well. If ever you are in need of a Thanksgiving solution I recommend California Dreaming
  18. RR

    RonaldR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    California Dreaming is a 5 Star Establishment. Great ambience; great food, and our server was terrific. The prices are reasonable for what you get in return. Check it out!
  19. C

    Customer8

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Food was cold, restaurant and seats dirty. Expected more
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Our family went to California Dreaming to celebrate Thanksgiving. The food was awful…It was served cafeteria style all piled on a plate and the turkey was not sliced but shredded in pieces - there was nothing good about any of the food that was served. It was very expensive and incredibly disappointing.
  21. BF

    BobF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and fast service. Waitor gave great attention to us. Price was a value. This was the Thanksgiving meal.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Thanksgiving feast was delicious. Our reserved table was ready upon arrival. Looking forward to our next visit.
  23. TB

    TracyB

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Thanksgiving day meal was very good. Our server was upbeat and focused on our requests resulting in service perfection. They were so busy, but he couldn't have given us a better experience. This was our third year having our Thanksgiving dinner at California Dreaming in Columbia, SC. We plan to come back again next year.
  24. CS

    CharlesS

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Our table of four had very dim lighting. Actually the whole level did. We had to get out our Iphone and use the lights to read the menu. Couldn't really tell if the food was properly cooked - although it was good. Kind of put a damper on the evening. Sure expected more. But the staff were very polite and professional. Would I recommend? Mixed.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    Restaurant is DIRTY
  26. W

    Welkerfan

    Oklahoma City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a fantastic place to celebrate my wife's birthday. We will definitely be back many more times in the future.
  27. MM

    MichaelM

    Charleston

    20 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Our table area is as so dark we all had to use our phone light to see menus
  28. CT

    CrystalT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food1service1ambience4
    My sandwich was burnt and it took so long to get a replacement I didn’t eat anything. No refills on tea it was too much.
  29. GC

    GayleC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Had a nice time! Menu is a little small and not many healthy or GF options. It got to be a little noisy and it was hard to hear our company across the table. We will definitely go back and try it again.
  30. n

    notachoice

    Columbus

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Our server was nice and the food was very good. Beautiful old train depot. Nice place to chat and enjoy good food.
  31. AG

    AaronG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Meat was burnt and sides were cold. Took 20 mins to correct and was told manager would come over and speak with us. We waited for a long time to speak to her until he finally asked our waitress if she was coming. Our waitress told us that she had already spoken with us which was not true so so either guy came over to us and said the same exact thing about her stating she had already spoken to us. We then asked that guy to do something about our bill because it was full price which was unfair considering our experience and food was not with the money. Blew my mind how bad it was.
  32. NC

    NCDAD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Gameday between SoCar and TN, so noise level was higher than normal I would imagine. The restaurant and ambience is great, service was fantastic, but ultimately you go there for the food. We both had steaks, my filet was cooked to perfection, my friend's ribeye was closer to medium than med-rare. However, the sear was more on the burnt side and my filet was ok, not great. A compound butter would've helped for sure. For the price I would probably not recommend the steak, but other tables had different dishes that looked quite good.
  33. DM

    DMooreBlack

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebrations. Food was great, waitress was awesome!!! Very helpful and accommodating
  34. DB

    DB110

    Charlotte

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Nice atmosphere and neat building. Service & food was good.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food.. awesome waitress.. beautiful view! Doesn’t get any better!
  37. CM

    CarolM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was the best salmon I have had at a casual dining restaurant in a very long time. My husband's trout was delicious as well. I love the apple walnut cobbler that I had for dessert. My husband's brownie was dry and the melted Hershey bar on top was not really melted. Overall- an excellent dining experience.
  38. AS

    AlexandraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The vibes were great and the food was delicious. One of the pretties places in Columbia and will definitely have to go back when visiting.
  39. TS

    TinaS

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints. Service is excellent and a great place to celebrate birthdays, etc. They treat you special. Food is fabulous, although somewhat limited there is still a good selection of items to choose from.
  40. RD

    RichD

    Charleston

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic waitstaff. Our waiter was great and made our evening. The Filet and Shrimp were outstanding. Great evening overall.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

California Dreaming-Columbia does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. California Dreaming-Columbia also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 254-6767.

California Dreaming-Columbia is rated 4.4 stars by 1464 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 107 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Logo image for ChowNow
Google Map for California Dreaming-Columbia

401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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