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What a Dish Cafe & Catering

24921 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Suite B100, Dana Point, CA
949-276- 4884
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Ranked #22 of 113 restaurants in Dana Point
Price range: $10 - $16
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: 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 through dessert. Our extensive network of vendors has been carefully picked by What A Dish to reflect our commitment to quality.We started the café as research and development facility for our catering menus. The word spread quickly and our reputation grew to the point where we had to start taking reservations for our Thursday evening dining. 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. The new schmooze burger is a perfect example of their creative lunch entrées: Fresh ground organic Mary's chicken with fresh herbs and pink peppercorns, smoked Gouda cheese, arugula, no nitrite bacon and a lemon aioli on a fresh baked brioche bun.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: 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 through dessert. Our extensive network of vendors has been carefully picked by What A Dish to reflect our commitment to quality.We started the café as research and development facility for our catering menus. The word spread quickly and our reputation grew to the point where we had to start taking reservations for our Thursday evening dining. 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. The new schmooze burger is a perfect example of their creative lunch entrées: Fresh ground organic Mary's chicken with fresh herbs and pink peppercorns, smoked Gouda cheese, arugula, no nitrite bacon and a lemon aioli on a fresh baked brioche bun.
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English first
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We ate here for the first time yesterday. We loved our breakfast! The food was outstanding! The service was fantastic! And they even have bottomless Mimosa's for $15! Because it was our first time dining with them, our server brought us a cupcake for free! We've been looking for a new favorite weekend place and this is it!

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Coto De Caza
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174 reviews 174 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

they are not inexpensive but the food is excellent. they showed up on time. cleaned up and set up and kept all the guests in drinks. we chose a Mexican theme and the guac and chips were excellent and the fish, steak and chicken tacos were enjoyed by all the guests. they provided a bar tender and we provided the... More

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Dana Point, California
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19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

What a Dish Café offers just that- excellent food and no waiting. Located in the same center as RJ's, Jimmy's Famous American Tavern, and Mahe, What-a-Dish remains a secret! It shares space with It's All About the Cake- another exceptional place. The weekends is when What a Dish really shines. RJ's is a wonderful place for breakfast but 45+ minute... More

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Houston
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57 reviews 57 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

This is one of the best breakfast dishes I've ever had. I wish I could dine here more often -- but we just spent four days in the Laguna Beach area on vacation and found this place via Yelp reviews. If you like fresh avocado and you like eggs -- order the "Megs Eggs". Hands down the best meal at... More

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Orange County, CA
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68 reviews 68 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

This little cafe is only open Tuesday-Sunday from 9-3. They serve brunch everyday along with lunch. Great menu and well prepared - lovely teas and don't forget the cookies, scones or cake. It also has a bakery called "It's all about the Cake". Friendly staff and good service. Yum.

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California, Maryland
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3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We went on Easter Sunday after a lovely mass at St. Edward's. Yelp had posted a negative comment: "Staff were very nice and food was good. Everything else was a different story." We thought that was funny! We sat outside and had a very enjoyable time trying to come up with negative comments to post on Yelp, as actually everything... More

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Dana Point, California
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95 reviews 95 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I love this place! Most of the ingredients are purchased at our local open air market so it's very fresh and healthy. The atmosphere is great and don't forget the desert case...to die for!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

Could not have had a better experience for lunch today in Dana Point Harbor. My salad was fantastic and my wife enjoyed the crab Benedict. We will be back to try other items on menu!

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Anaheim, CA
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75 reviews 75 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

We picked up the food and brought it to our hotel...rather we had a favorite child do that for us...she brought it to us so we did not have to leave our hotel and the food was delish! I cannot wait to try it again. I had a grilled veg sandwich which came with either soup or salad and I... More

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Dana Point, California
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39 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

I know a lot of people who frequent here and they love it. I prefer RJs in the same center. Totally different atmosphere. What A Dish has a higher end feel to it, but I left still wanting more of something....maybe it was food. The service was ok. The atmosphere is nice and relaxing. I have ordered a cake from... More

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