Columbia, SC

The historic 1902 Union Station, in downtown Columbia, SC, offers California Dreaming guests a unique opportunity to feel the grandeur of the past within a comfortable, warm setting. Boasting floor to ceiling windows overlooking the rail tracks from the view of the inactive platform to the main terminal, now foyer with distinct bar and table seating. The vibrant atmosphere and expansive kitchen has a dedicated team cooking everything from scratch daily. Open for lunch and dinner daily including online ordering with curbside pickup and USC CarolinaCard accepted. Awarded Best Salad, 21 years running -Free Times reader survey, 2021

California Dreaming has proudly served the Columbia community since 1984 | National Register of Historic Places since 1973

To maintain social distancing, we cannot accommodate parties greater than 6.

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. GF

    • Chicken Strips 10.95

      Fried chicken tenderloins, served with house-made strip sauce

    • Nachos

      House-made chips, cheese sauce and toppings.

      BBQ Chicken12.95
    • Tijuana Chicken Wings 12.95

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

    • She Crab Soup 7.95

      A rich and creamy Charleston classic.

    • Baked Potato Soup 5.95

      Creamy soup topped with scallions, cheese, Hormel® ham and bacon.

    • Fried Crab Claws 14.95

      Served with spicy cocktail sauce. (limited availability)

  • Salads

    • California Dreaming 12.95

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

    • Broiled Salmon

      Mixed greens, bacon, egg, avocado, tomatoes, balsamic vinaigrette. GF (Or Chicken 14.95)

    • Caesar

      Crisp romaine with grated romano cheese and croutons

      Broiled Chicken14.95
      Fried Shrimp14.95
      Fried Oysters16.95
    • California Club 14.95

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

    • Soup + House Salad 12.95

      Baked Potato Soup | Mixed greens, chopped eggs, tomatoes, toasted almonds, Hormel® ham and bacon. GF (She crab soup + $2)

  • Steaks, Chops & Ribs

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

    • Steak + Shrimp* 24.95

      Two 3oz. filet medallions with crispy fried shrimp.

    • Marinated Sirloin* 21.95

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

    • Ribeye* 29.95

      14oz. hand cut. GF

    • Filet Mignon* 35.95

      8oz. barrel cut. GF

    • Pork Chop 21.95

      16oz. double bone, frenched chop. GF

    • Baby Back Ribs

      Danish full-flavored ribs, grilled with a charred exterior, basted with BBQ sauce. GF

      One Rack19.95
      Two Racks26.95
  • Entrees

    add a house or caesar salad +$3.95

    • Chicken Strips Platter 16.95

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

    • Blackened Chicken Pasta 16.95

      Alfredo sauce, scallions, tomatoes, with romano cheese.

    • BBQ Chicken 15.95

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

    • Knob Hill Chicken 16.95

      Topped with ham and monterey jack cheese, with side item. GF

    • Veggie Pasta 13.95

      Roasted veggies, with romano cheese.

    • Fried Seafood Platter 25.95

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

    • Shrimp Tacos 11.95

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

    • 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

      Herb crusted with rosemary and thyme, with side item. GF

    • Carolina Trout 23.95

      Grilled with arugula and lemon.

  • Sandwiches

    served with french fries

    • Spicy Chicken Sandwich 10.95

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

    • Club Sandwich 10.95

      Thinly sliced turkey, Hormel® ham, bacon, cheddar and monterey jack cheeses, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise on toasted sourdough, served with french fries.

    • Chicken Sandwich 10.95

      Broiled, topped with jack cheese, bacon, arugula, tomato and honey mustard, served with french fries.

    • New Orleans Po' Boy 13.95

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

    • American Burger* 10.95

      Lettuce, tomato, red onions, pickles and Duke's mayo, served with french fries.

    • Veggie Burger 12.95

      Beyond Burger, sweet soy, Duke's mayo, monterey jack cheese, lettuce, pickle, tomato and red onions, served with french fries.

    • BBQ Pork Sandwich 11.95

      Pulled pork, pickles, red onion and cole slaw.

    • Steak Sandwich* 16.95

      Two 3oz. filet medallions, lettuce, mayonnaise, tomato, and jack cheese, served with french fries.

  • Sides


    • French Fries

    • Seasonal Veggie

    • Mashed Potatoes

    • Creamy Cole Slaw

    • Baked Potato

      after 4pm

  • Desserts

    • Chocolate Brownie 7.95

      Topped with a Hershey's™ Bar, served with vanilla ice cream

    • Apple Walnut Cobbler 7.95

      Served hot with vanilla ice cream

    • Croissant Bread Pudding 7.95

      Warm croissants, raisins, crème anglaise, with vanilla ice cream and rum sauce

    • Cheesecake 7.95

      Shipped direct from New York

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)

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