Every plate achieves that elusive, cuisine-defining balance of sweet, salty, and sour — even dessert.

A hidden gem tucked in a corner close to the beautiful and serene Dana Point Harbor, What A Dish Cafe is a gathering place for a host of regulars who crave the natural goodness of our foods. As guests discover the fresh fusion of organic, sustainable greens and meats or the melding of flavors in our signature soups, the need to experience the breadth of our menu brings them back to our tables on a regular basis.


“Ask not what you can do…
ask what’s for lunch!”
-Orson Welles

We are a close knit family – mom, pop, sons, and daughters – together we run our bakery and bistro as if we were feeding our own. Our guests become part of us and we welcome you with lovingly prepared, farm fresh foods in a relaxing environment, a stones throw from one of the more beautiful harbors in California.

If you have another place in mind, we’ll be there!


“A party without cake is just a meeting.”
-Julia Childs

An award-winning custom cake design studio in the heart of picturesque Dana Point Harbor, serving Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego and the Inland Empire. Family-owned and operated for over 15 years, Diane Richey and her award-winning designers have created a unique environment in which they work with each client on an individual basis, to create one-of-a-kind edible works of art.