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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.

*Temporarily unavailable for the dine-in events*

Featuring live music Thursdays from 6:30-9:30pm, curbside to-go, online ordering and full service catering [Catering phone: 803.403.5277].

Attn USC students: CarolinaCard accepted!

401 South Main St.
Columbia, SC 29201




Limited Time Menu
  • Limited Time Menu

    • Appetizers

      • Baked Potato Soup 5.95

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

      • Basket of Croissants 5.95

        Five freshly baked croissants topped with honey-butter

      • Tijuana Chicken Wings 11.95

      • Chicken Strips 9.95

        Fried chicken tenderloins, served with house-made strip sauce

    • Entree Salads

      Served with homemade dressing and a freshly baked honey-butter croissant; Danish Bleu Cheese, Caesar, Ranch, House - (hot bacon and honey mustard), Almost No-fat Balsamic Vinaigrette

      • California Dreaming Salad 12.95

        Mixed greens, ham and turkey, cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses, egg, tomatoes, almonds topped with warm Hormel® ham and bacon

      • Our Special House Salad 6.95

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

      • Special House Salad & Baked Potato Soup 12.95

    • Entrees

      Add a house or caesar salad +$3.95

      • Fried Shrimp Platter 19.95

        Battered to order large shrimp, served with French fries

      • BBQ Chicken 14.95

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

      • Chicken Sandwich 9.95

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

      • American Burger* 9.95

        Lettuce, tomato, red onions, pickles and Duke's mayo; Sub. Turkey Burger

      • Chicken Strips Platter 15.95

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

    • Steaks + Chops

      Our steaks are top USDA choice, aged a minimum of 30 days and seared at 1800°. Served with our special house salad and your choice of side item

      • Marinated Sirloin* 19.95

        10oz. sirloin steak marinated for 48 hours in fruit juices, fresh garlic, soy sauce and spices

      • New York Strip* 27.95

        14oz. center cut

      • Filet Mignon* 29.95

        8oz. barrel cut. Our most popular steak

      • Ribeye* 26.95

        14oz. hand cut

      • Pork Chop 19.95

        16oz. double bone, Frenched chop

    • Baby Back Ribs

      • Baby Back Ribs

        Danish full-flavored ribs, grilled with the classic charred exterior, basted with sweet barbecue sauce

        One Rack19.95
        Two Racks25.95
    • Sides

      • Green Beans

      • Redskin Mashed Potatoes

      • French Fries