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Columbia, SC

California Dreaming is located in Union Station, a historic train station in Columbia, SC.

Awarded Best Salad, 19 years running -Free Times reader survey, 2019 & The State, 2017 and Best Business Lunch -The State, 2017; Best Restaurant to Take a Date and Restaurant to Take your Parents -The Daily Gamecock, 2016.

Featuring online ordering with curbside to-go and full service catering [Catering phone: 803.403.5277].

Attn USC students: CarolinaCard accepted!

401 South Main St.
Columbia, SC 29201





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Lunch & Dinner Menu
  • Lunch & Dinner Menu

    • Starters

      • Croissants (5) 5.95

        Topped with honey-butter

      • Steamed Peel & Eat Shrimp (9) 9.95

        Seasoned and served with cocktail sauce. GF

      • Chicken Strips 9.95

        Fried chicken tenderloins, served with house-made strip sauce

      • Nachos

        House-made chips, cheese sauce and toppings.

        BBQ Chicken11.95
      • Tijuana Chicken Wings 11.95

        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.

    • 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. GF

      • Broiled Salmon

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

      • Caesar

        Crisp romaine with grated romano cheese and croutons

        Broiled Chicken12.95
        Fried Shrimp13.95
        Fried Oysters13.95
      • California Club 12.95

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

      • Soup + House Salad 11.95

        Baked Potato Soup | Mixed greens, chopped eggs, tomatoes, toasted almonds, Hormel® ham and bacon. GF

    • Steaks, Chops & Ribs

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

      • Marinated Sirloin* 19.95

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

      • Ribeye* 27.95

        14oz. hand cut. GF

      • New York Strip 29.95

        14oz. center cut. GF

      • Cowboy Steak* 32.95

        18oz. bone-in ribeye. GF

      • Steak + Shrimp* 24.95

        Two 3oz. filet medallions with crispy fried shrimp.

      • Pork Chop 19.95

        16oz. double bone, frenched chop, served with a caesar salad and side item. GF

      • Filet Mignon* 30.95

        8oz. barrel cut. GF

      • Baby Back Ribs

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

        One Rack19.95
        Two Racks25.95
    • 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 14.95

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

      • Knob Hill Chicken 15.95

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

      • Veggie Pasta 12.95

        Roasted veggies, with romano cheese.

      • Fried Seafood Platter 23.95

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

      • Shrimp Tacos 10.95

        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 19.95

        Served with french fries and cole slaw.

      • Roasted Salmon 23.95

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

      • Featured Fish of the Day

        Served with a side item. Ask your server about today's preparation

    • 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, lettuce, 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.

      • 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, a beverage and a scoop of ice cream.

      • Chicken Strips 6.50

      • Cheeseburger 6.95

      • Fried Shrimp 6.95

      • Chicken Wings 6.95

      • Grilled Cheese 5.95

      • Fettuccine Alfredo 5.95

        (no side)