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What a Dish Cafe & Catering

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24921 Dana Point Harbor Dr Ste B100, In the Back of the Complex, Middle Building, Bottom Left As You Walk Up, Dana Point, CA 92629-2933
+1 949-276-4884
Mon 09:00 - 17:00
Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 17:00
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Houston, Texas
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52 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food quality is worth the good reviews. However, the service was a little slack. We were waiting a while before we were attended to and it wasn't a busy day, only five tables were occupied. But I would go there again for the food.

Thank lovetoraveltheworld
San Marcos, California
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41 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We went there for Brunch on Sunday, It was my first time and I followed my Son-in-Laws lead. The Eggs Benny was the best I have ever had. The poached eggs were perfect along with the Canadian bacon and Hollandaise sauce. The service was quick and very friendly ! I look forward to returning many times.

Thank Wally Z
San Clemente, California
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

We've been here a couple of times and always enjoyed ourselves. This time, however, we found the service lacking. There was a 10-15 minute wait & hostess asked if we'd like something to drink while waiting. We asked for coffee & iced tea. After waiting about 10 minutes we had to remind her. Once we were seated, the server immediately... More 

Thank Bob B
Dana Point, California
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

This restaurant isn't the easiest to find, but it's worth the hunt! It has a lovely patio and ambiance, creatively prepared meals, and an attentive wait staff. It's a great place to have a relaxing lunch with with friends.

Thank jaxgrls
Dana Point, California
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

What a Dish offers a healthy menu for all meals and includes many gluten-free options. They even have meals for dogs! The outdoor patio is lovely. Located just across the street from the Dana Point Harbor.

Thank CaliforniaTeri
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Adorable cafe with awesome food!! The happy hour was so great that we stayed for dinner. Our salad and flatbread was totally fresh and delicious. We loved it so much that we went back the next day for lunch! So Awesome!! What a find!!!

Thank Ann B
Dana Point,
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Have been to many places to eat at the harbor in Dana Point, but this one has excellent food, reasonably price. Try the Blueberry pancakes, or excellent Brioche French Toast. Yummy.

Thank johnsanDanaPoint_
Dana Point, California
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

We frequent this restaurant at least 2-3x per month and we couldn't be happier! Their brunch is delicious; Crab Cake Benedict is outstanding! The eggs poached soft, the crab cake is all crab with very little filler, and the potatoes are savory and delicious as are the pastries, bottomless Mango mimosas and their Bloody Mary slider! It's enormous and tasty... More 

Thank Kugirl808
Laguna Niguel, California
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Chicken Marsala, Not even close to " Marsala " Thin - no Taste. Risotto was NOT Risotto More Like a Pilaf.. The herbs used in the Potatoes are not appealing . $22.00 Really!!! Paper Napkins No Bread.. Great place for coffee, Pastry. I will not have Dinner there again..

Thank recordplant1
St. Thomas
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45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

What a find! B'fast, lunch, dinner -- each offers gourmet "foodie" experiences at a most reasonable price. Brunch, lunch and Happy Hour are our favorites, but a recent evening visit with friends presented our 1st introduction to an array of delightful main course options. Impressed were we! What a Dish also offers outdoor dining -- your well behaved "furry friends"... More 

Thank jaslosky

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$17
American, Cafe
Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
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Open Hours
08:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24921 Dana Point Harbor Dr Ste B100, In the Back of the Complex, Middle Building, Bottom Left As You Walk Up, Dana Point, CA 92629-2933
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: +1 949-276-4884
What A Dish Cafe is a bistro for foodies. We cook with the best ingredients sourced from local and California growers, while seasonally harvesting fresh herbs and vegetables from our own gardens. Our prime meats originate from Myer Natural 100% Angus Montana grazing Ranches and "Mary's Free Range" Chicken - who even grow their own grain for their poultry - while our breads are baked fresh daily by local artisans. We cater to locals and travelers alike who appreciate and demand the quality and flavors of fresh, local fare. The menus are adjusted daily and provide a full range of entrees from Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner through Dessert. Our extensive network of vendors has been carefully picked by What A Dish to reflect our commitment to quality. We also cater fabulous events in private homes and are preferred caters at many Orange county venues.First time diners become regulars and current clients book all of their offsite celebrations with us time and time again. Looking forward to having you be apart of our family.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?