California Dreaming

American Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Charleston
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  • Emma D.
    "The most beautiful view of the Charleston harbor!"(15 Tips)
    Adam R.
    "The seafood nachos were incredible."(2 Tips)
    Terrence C.
    "Honey butter croissant!!!!! Everything was great."(6 Tips)
    Ali F.
    "She crab soup is to die for."(2 Tips)
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  • Alicia A.
    Alicia AllenJune 12, 2011
    Deck seating on the water - first come, first served, entry on side. View of the city, with amazing fireworks show on other side of river if the baseball team wins. Cool after sunset on a hot day.
  • Andy O.
    Andy OberdierMay 16, 2013
    Do not use the blue liquid in the bathroom to wash your hands with. If you did not need to be told it's mouthwash than you are smarter than I am. My hands are minty fresh though :)
  • Brent R.
    Brent RegisterFebruary 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    We would like to welcome all of our SEWE guests. Please come in and enjoy some of the best food and views Charleston has to offer. Check with your hotel concierge for a special offer.
  • wando r.
    wando redOctober 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Chicken Palermo - Brand new menu item! sauteed Chicken, chicken sausage and mushrooms finished with marsala alfredo sauce over penne pasta
  • Tim T.
    Tim TuckerMay 9, 2015
    Reservations are possible even on busy weekends if you call several hours in advance. Great food and great service!
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BaatzMarch 5, 2010
    This downtown restaurant on the water is a must! Order the California Dreaming salad with the house dressing and you will be in heaven. Watch dolphins and ships as you leisurely enjoy the food and atm
  • Chris F.
    Chris FabianMarch 21, 2013
    Solid filling menu. Awesome view. And the least appropriate name for a restaurant with Civil War trappings. Check it out!
  • Jean L.
    Jean LachanceMay 14, 2012
    San Francisco Shrimp is fantastic! I don't like seafood, but it was absolutely delicious! The Chicken Parmesan was NOT very good though.
  • Autumn C.
    Autumn CoxeSeptember 3, 2015
    The California dreaming salad with house dressing and croissant is so good.
  • Ali F.
    Ali FarrJuly 1, 2013
    California dreaming salad is big enough for two. She crab soup is to die for. Great service too!
  • Andy O.
    Andy OberdierAugust 2, 2013
    The steak salad is awesome if you like spinach and piles of cholesterol. And if you don't its still awesome.
  • Connie S.
    Connie SparksMarch 11, 2012
    SUPER long wait, but the food and company was awesome. Ask for Mila as your waitress, she's a HOOT!!
  • Amy
    AmyFebruary 23, 2014
    The California Dreaming salad is awesome! Fried oyster Caesar salad is a close 2nd!
  • Suzanne B.
    Suzanne BrawleyJuly 16, 2011
    Order the Balsamic vinaigrette with your salad and the she crab soup after. Your taste buds will thank you!
  • Brandy T.
    Brandy TruloveJuly 2, 2013
    The croissants are amazing. You get a lot of food for the money but the tenders and alfredo were bland.
  • Libby Y.
    Libby YeeMarch 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Good place for happy hour: $2.25 house liquors. It's where all the nursing students hang out on Tuesdays after tests lol.
  • Barbara O.
    Amazing scenic view! Huge, delicious steak salad. Yummy, honey croissants.
  • Emma D.
    Emma Da'LaneySeptember 23, 2012
    The most beautiful view of the Charleston harbor! Not to mention amazing food
  • Abby B.
    Abby BaldwinDecember 23, 2015
    The chicken fingers are amazing and the baked potato soup is the best in Charleston
  • Beau C.
    Beau CephusJanuary 27, 2013
    Great, super, nice, wonderful view.
  • Ab
    AbDecember 30, 2014
    So-so good with solid, friendly service. The best part is the view of the water!
  • LaSandra J.
    LaSandra JenningsJune 20, 2015
    I love the California Dreaming salad with the house dressing! !
  • Mary B.
    Mary BeckettNovember 18, 2013
    Every seat has a great view. Good food and solid service!
  • Lisa O.
    Lisa OwensJune 17, 2012
    Best meal of our trip. Food was good and filling. View was amazing.
  • Marc B.
    Marc BakerNovember 4, 2011
    Best waterfront restaurant in Charleston. Food and service is excellent!
  • Alyssa P.
    Alyssa PotterFebruary 12, 2012
    Best steak ever!! And the croissants with honey are amazing.
  • Aga A.
    Aga ArtkaSeptember 7, 2012
    Built to resemble Fort Sumter. Interesting! Cool hangout spot...away from crowds.
  • Jamie S.
    Jamie SimperNovember 22, 2011
    Great restaurant, but better enjoyed during the day. The lights are kept too low at night.
  • wando r.
    wando redSeptember 18, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Seafood Platter - Best fried seafood in Charleston.
  • Duncan L.
    Duncan LeeJune 15, 2013
    Best Flounder platter for the price.
  • Wyatt D.
    Wyatt DaviesJuly 8, 2012
    Be sure to do call ahead wait. It will save you a ton of time!
  • Adam R.
    Adam RoachJuly 18, 2013
    The seafood nachos were incredible. Good luck eating the entire serving!
  • Joe L.
    Joe LewisNovember 6, 2011
    Mediocre service is the norm here. Non friendly wait staff and poor quality persons seat you. Beautiful area, nice views, decent foo, good value.......poor Mgmt of a good opportunity.
  • Rochel K.
    Rochel KlawsnikNovember 11
    Beautiful on the water. A bit pricey but very nice.They need to paint or clean there ceilings some
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WadeMarch 12, 2013
    Beautiful here. Really good food!!
  • Hilary M.
    Hilary MatthewsJuly 13, 2013
    Good food, server was a jerk and added 20% gratuity
  • George O.
    George OgorekJanuary 23, 2012
    What a view of the water. Gorgeous! Love the food and the service.
  • Lindsay B.
    Lindsay BeardApril 13, 2011
    The CA dreaming salad is as big as your head! It is awesome!
  • wando r.
    wando redFebruary 13, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Ribeye - New steak on the menu
  • Abby B.
    Abby BaldwinDecember 19, 2015
    Steak was great. I was disappointed the ran out of the prime rib.
  • Rick C.
    Rick CooperFebruary 12
    The Danish Bleu Cheese is extraordinary!!
  • Terrence C.
    Terrence CummiskeyApril 24, 2014
    Honey butter croissant!!!!! Everything was great.
  • Brendan M.
    Brendan McPhersonJune 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Now you can RSVP up to 30 minutes away to get In line before you're there
  • Pete S.
    Pete SalzmanSeptember 16, 2012
    Amazing place with amazing food.
  • Regina L.
    Regina LongJanuary 23, 2014
    Shrimp, loaded potato soup, nachos!
  • Devin R.
    Devin R.March 18, 2012
    Just a quick update even though it took an hour the food was great!
  • Devin R.
    Devin R.March 18, 2012
    Got here at 2 it is now 3 and we just got the food... Ordered sandwiches!
  • wando r.
    wando redJanuary 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Sliced Prime Rib Sandwich
  • Becca H.
    Becca Hyatt-HallOctober 21, 2013
    The absolute best salad EVER!! :D
  • chris w.
    chris waltersApril 6, 2011
    Can't go wrong with the Chicken fingers and house salad.
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