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What a Dish Cafe & Catering

4.7
108 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Great for Lunch

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About

What a Dish is family owned and operated and like to think of our clients as an extended part of the family. When feeding our family, whether it be ours or yours, we have always placed an importance on sustainable, organic and seasonal foods. With a combination of these ingredients, we believe health and happiness will follow and than each and every one of our customers for their support over the last 20 years.

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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Californian, Breakfast
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Hours of operation
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Sat, Sun 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Brunch
Mon–Fri 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Drinks
Mon–Fri 9:00 am–5:00 pm
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Phone number
(949) 276-4884
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jordan Richey
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Private party facilities
Our location is perfectly suited for private parties of up to 120 people. From bridal showers under the twinkling lights on our patio to intimate rehearsal dinners in our romantic bistro we will create a moment in time for you to cherish.
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Private party contact
Jordan: (949) 276-4884
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Cross street
Golden Lantern & Dana Point Harbor Drive
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Parking details
Open parking lots and valet available on weekend.
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Entertainment
Live music and art shows on the weekend, call for details and hours.
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Special events & promotions
Rustic hardwood floors, brick and crown moulding accents add a homey feel to this urban lounge. Perfect for cocktail parties or intimate family dinners.
The courtyard, anchored with a mature pepper tree, has a feeling of exclusivity and privacy in this very unique setting. It is perfect for rehearsal dinners, weddings, or large gatherings.
The small garden patio, surrounded by lush herbs and French lavender with touches of native succulents. Perfect for baby showers, bridal showers, and birthdays.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.9
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.5
value
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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

I have been to what a dish many times, love the atmosphere and menu.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Lovely place for an order patio meal. The food is delicious and never disappoints.

Their called are great also!

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Great food! Sitting on the patio we were able to bring our dog. They even have dog treats on the menu, how great is that!!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Fresh food, prepared well at fair prices!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine with my hubby

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Found it on line and gave it a try. Overall a good experience. Food, service and setting were all good. Enjoy

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Excellent food! Met my friend a great casual atmosphere and perfect place to bring your small dog!

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Our waiter Stefan was excellent! Their Avocado Toast with a poached egg was fabulous.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Very nice experience for celebrating amy wife’s birthday at breakfast.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Took a girlfriend for brunch. Delicious food and a great atmosphere to relax and catch up. Would recommend it!

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Good place for a tasty sandwich

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3.0Dined on October 8, 2017

We were seated promptly with a reservation. While the food was good as usual, it was very slow arriving. We had been seated for 50 minutes. There were several empy tables as well. The server could have been more attentive.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2017

Always a great meal.

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3.0Dined on July 30, 2017

Skip the crab cakes, not great. Very busy, good for brunch.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2017

We stumble upon this place by accident and have been back 5x. EVERY SINGLE time the experience is fantastic! Great food, nice staff and healthy options for breakfast! Looking forward to having one of their MASSIVE bloody Mary's.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2017

Always consistent. Great food and great service. Our new favorite spot!

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2017

our waiter Stefano was great. the pasta was excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Unexpected surprise. Great find!!!

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2017

The salads were delicious! Wish the serving size of the desserts were larger. A great place for lunch!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Great food, great service, and dog friendly!! Love the ambiance!

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2017

Chose this for its dog friendly patio.
Waitress immediately brought bowl if water for our little dog.
We were meeting our grandaughter for lunch. Very relaxing, did not feel rushed at all. Perfect for us.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

The French dip sandwich was the best I ever had. We both got one and I'm so glad I didn't have to share a single bite with my husband! I had regular fries and he had sweet potato fries. Delicious!

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Went for Mothers Day for 2. Made reservation same day with Open Table manager was surprised that we were able to get a reservation and did not seem to happy about it. Seating was at capacity and he was panicking a bit. We were seated at our time however I have been in the past and the business seemed to be understaffed, service slow (waited approx 15-mins) for waiter to greet us. Food mediocre. Again been a few times in the past and excellent food and service. Will just stay away during "holidays".
Overall a good place for Sunday Brunch!

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Our server Moria was amazing. Make sure to ask for her if you want someone who pays attention to detail.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Everyone there so friendly and helpful. Outstanding bloody Mary's and the food was amazing. Not too much and not to little. Would eat there breakfast lunch and dinner

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

A very nice place to celebrate Mother's Day a day early, enjoyed the musician and table located where noise level was low.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Great food and service. I will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2017

Breakfast date. Went fantastic.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2017

This place never disappoints. The food is consistently great and the staff is always friendly. Love it!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2017

Food has a twist, I ate Eggs Benedict with freshly made crab cakes, wonderful.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2017

Great brunch spot in Dana Point. Awesome Bloody Mason. Great pancakes and service. Make reservations or wait.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2017

The best spot in Dana Point. Upscale delicious food in a super cute casual environment. Our go-to spot for breakfast & lunch. They could charge so much more for their food, but we appreciate that they don't! Hope their dinner hours start again soon.
Tip: terraced parking avail in the back, as the front is always full as they share with two other busy restaurants.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

Mid-week breakfast with family. Excellent omelet and spectacular huevos rancheros. In fact, the huevos rancheros may have been the best I've ever tasted -- beautifully cooked eggs, flavorful black beans, and lovely presentation. Waitress was attentive and kept the hot coffee coming. Altogether a great experience.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2017

We had a large party of 9 and 2 babies in high chairs. The staff was wonderful at rearranging table to accommodate us. The service was exceptional as was the food. Would definitely recommend What a Dish as a local favorite

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2017

Love it. Have been there several times in one month. Staff is incredible, food is too!! See you again soon.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2017

Food was good and they had a nice selection for all kinds of diets. Service was friendly but slow. We waited quite a while for food.

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2017

As always great food, great service, and great ambiance

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2016

Marvelous visit with friends - menu was great. Enjoyed the variety.

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1.0Dined on December 26, 2016

We have been going here for almost a year now and have noticed the food and service going downhill. During our last visit, we waited over an hour for the food, it never came and we finally walked out and left. Worse was the rude attitude of the staff, completely oblivious to the long wait (at the table after ordering-not waiting for a table). And not even a courtesy inquiry "Can we get you a muffin, or a croissant while you wait?". One staff person I spoke with stated "That's the way it goes. We are a busy restaurant". And, they were not that busy. Asked to speak with manager, never showed up. He was "too busy" back in the kitchen to appear for a half hour. So, my guests and I finally left. And we were not the only ones. Many better alternatives with more positive staff can be found in Dana Point!

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