Columbia, SC

Set in the historic 1902 Union Station, in downtown Columbia, SC, California Dreaming offers guests an opportunity to feel the grandeur of the past within a vibrant, warm setting. With floor to ceiling windows overlooking the rail tracks from the view of the inactive platform to the main terminal, the preserved buildings unique atmosphere combined with a hearty, made from scratch menu are just a few reasons why it’s been an institution since 1984. Open for lunch and dinner daily including online ordering with curbside pickup and USC CarolinaCard accepted.

California Dreaming has proudly served the Columbia community since 1984 and Union Station earned its place on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

We are able to accommodate parties of up to 6 guests.

401 South Main St.
Columbia, SC 29201



Lunch & Dinner Menu

Lunch & Dinner Menu

  • Starters

    • Croissants (5) 6.95

      Topped with honey-butter

    • Steamed Peel & Eat Shrimp (9) 9.95

      Seasoned and served with cocktail sauce

    • BBQ Chicken Nachos 13.95

      Smoky BBQ sauce, red onions, house-made chips, cheese sauce

    • Seafood Nachos 15.95

      Spicy shrimp, salmon, red onions, house-made chips, cheese sauce and lobster cream sauce with dill

    • Chicken Strips 10.95

      Fried chicken tenderloins, served with house-made strip sauce

    • Tijuana Chicken Wings 13.95

      Marinated in hot pepper sauce, fried crispy, with bleu cheese dip

    • She Crab Soup 7.95

      A rich and creamy Charleston classic

    • Baked Potato Soup 6.95

      Creamy soup topped with scallions, cheese, ham and bacon

    • Fried Crab Claws 15.95

      Served with spicy cocktail sauce (Limited availability)

  • Salads

    • California Dreaming 13.95

      Mixed greens, ham and turkey, cheddar and monterey jack cheeses, egg, tomatoes, almonds topped with warm ham and bacon, house dressing

    • Broiled Salmon 15.95

      Mixed greens, bacon, egg, avocado, tomatoes, balsamic vinaigrette

    • Caesar 14.95

      Broiled chicken, crisp romaine with grated romano cheese and croutons

    • California Club 14.95

      Mixed greens, fried chicken strips, avocado, bacon, egg, tomatoes, house-made ranch dressing

    • Broiled Chicken 14.95

      Mixed greens, bacon, egg, avocado, tomatoes, balsamic vinaigrette

    • House Salad 7.95

      Mixed greens, chopped eggs, tomatoes, toasted almonds, ham and bacon

  • Steaks, Chops & Ribs

    Aged USDA Choice | Served with a house or caesar salad and side item

    • Pork Chop 25.95

      16oz. double bone, frenched chop, peach jalapeno jam

    • Steak + Shrimp* 25.95

      Two 3oz. filet medallions with crispy fried shrimp

    • Filet Mignon* 35.95

      8oz. barrel cut

    • Marinated Sirloin* 22.95

      10oz. sirloin steak marinated in fruit juices, garlic, soy sauce and spices

    • Ribeye* 33.95

      14oz. hand cut

    • Baby Back Ribs

      Danish full-flavored ribs, grilled with a charred exterior, basted with BBQ sauce, with side item

      One Rack19.95
      Two Racks27.95
  • Entrees

    Add a house or caesar salad +$4.95

    • Chicken Strips Platter 16.95

      Fried chicken tenderloins, served with house-made strip sauce and french fries

    • Blackened Chicken Pasta 17.95

      Alfredo sauce, scallions, pasta, tomatoes with romano cheese

    • BBQ Chicken 15.95

      Double breast of chicken basted with BBQ sauce, with side item

    • Knob Hill Chicken 17.95

      Topped with ham and monterey jack cheese, with side item

    • Fried Seafood Platter 25.95

      Large shrimp, oysters and flounder, served with french fries and cole slaw

    • Shrimp San Francisco 17.95

      With mushrooms, garlic cream, white wine, served over pasta, topped with romano cheese

    • Fried Shrimp 20.95

      Served with french fries and cole slaw

    • Roasted Salmon 24.95

      Encrusted with rosemary and thyme, with side item

    • Carolina Trout 23.95

      Grilled with arugula and lemon

  • Sandwiches & Burgers

    Served with french fries

    • Spicy Chicken Sandwich 12.95

      Crispy fried chicken, american cheese, jicama slaw, pickles, chipotle mayo

    • Club Sandwich 12.95

      Thinly sliced turkey, ham, bacon, cheddar and monterey jack cheeses, lettuce, tomato and mayo on toasted sourdough

    • Chicken Sandwich 12.95

      Broiled, topped with jack cheese, bacon, arugula, tomato and honey mustard

    • Shrimp Tacos 12.95

      Jicama slaw, tomatoes, onions, chipotle aioli, queso fresco, with side item

    • New Orleans Po' Boy 14.95

      Flounder, Fried Shrimp or Oysters with lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce on french bread

    • American Burger* 12.95

      Lettuce, tomato, red onions, pickles and Duke's® mayo

    • Veggie Burger 13.95

      Beyond Burger®, sweet soy, Duke's® mayo, monterey jack cheese, lettuce, pickle, tomato and red onions

    • Cali-Mex Burger* 14.95

      Avocado, pico de gallo, cilantro aioli, roasted jalapenos, and queso

    • BBQ Pork Sandwich 12.95

      Pulled pork, pickles, red onion and cole slaw

    • Steak Sandwich* 17.95

      Two 3oz. filet medallions, lettuce, mayonnaise, tomato, and jack cheese

  • Sides


    • French Fries

    • Seasonal Veggie

    • Mashed Potatoes

    • Creamy Cole Slaw

    • Baked Potato

      after 4pm

  • Desserts

    • Chocolate Brownie 7.95

    • Apple Walnut Cobbler 8.95

    • Croissant Bread Pudding 7.95

    • Cheesecake 8.95

Kids Menu

  • Kids Menu

    Served with fries and a beverage.

    • Chicken Strips 6.95

    • Cheeseburger 6.95

    • Fried Shrimp 6.95

    • Chicken Wings 6.95

    • Grilled Cheese 6.95

    • Fettuccine Alfredo 6.95

      (no side)


  • Margaritas

    $10.95. Proudly Serving Lunazul Blanco

    • Classic

      Tequila, lime, triple sec

    • Skinny Spicy

      Tequila, lime, agave, jalapeno

    • Blood Orange

      Tequila, blood orange, lime, agave

    • Blackberry Margarita

      Tequila, blackberry puree, triple sec, lime

    • Hibiscus

      Tequila, hibiscus, simple, lime, agave

  • Great Vibes


    • Blue Hawaiian

      Bacardi rum, pineapple, sweet & sour, blue curacao

    • Apple Cider Sour

      Old Forester bourbon, Applejack brandy, cinnamon syrup, sour mix

    • Raspberry Bramble

      Aviation gin, Chambord, raspberry, simple

    • California Sunset

      Tito's vodka, lemon, pineapple

  • Up


    • Key Lime

      Malibu rum, Creme de Cocoa, vanilla, triple sec, agave

    • Strawberry Basil

      Grey Goose vodka, Cointreau, strawberry puree, lemon, simple, basil

    • Spiced Pear

      Grey Goose La Poire vodka, vanilla, spiced syrup, lemon

    • Pineapple Daiquiri

      Bacardi rum, lime, pineapple, simple

  • Barrel-Aged Cocktails

    Aged 14 days in charred oak

    • Old Fashioned 12.95

      Maker's Mark

    • Manhattan 12.95

      Knob Creek Rye

  • Spiked Soda


    • CD Libre

      Mexican coke, lime, rum

    • Cherry Limeade

      Topo chico, lime, simple, cherry, vodka

    • Paloma

      Jarritos, lime, tequila

    • Life Jacket

      Mandarin soda, cognac, lemon, bitter

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