We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


34471 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
Improve this listing
Ranked #30 of 113 restaurants in Dana Point
Reserve with OpenTable
Gemmell's is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Price range: $20 - $40
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: French, Seafood, Californian
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Dana Point Harbor Drive
Transit: Public transit stops in front of the Harbor of Dana Point.
Write a Review

83 reviews from our community

73% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
San Clemente, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This was one of the worst meals I eaten in recent memory. The food was at the level of very poor cafeteria food.The salmon was poached and mealy. The salad was run of the meal. ZERO value.Don't go here, EVER!

Was this review helpful? Yes
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We took the opportunity to use an amazon local deal here. It was $60 for 1 appetizer, 2 salads or soups, 2 entrées and 2 deserts. Sounds good, but they have a separate menu with minimal choices. The paté was very good (but not enough toast points), the lobster bisque was marginal and had no lobster at all, my wife's... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oakland, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Dana Point Marina is an unlikely place for an elegant French restaurant but once inside you'd imagine being in an intimate bistro in Paris. The decor was lovely, the waitress was French, food and service excellent.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Orange County, California
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is a quaint restaurant, a nice surprise among the more predictable choices in the area. The courses, modest in accordance with European fare, were fresh and delicious. Favorites included the lobster bisque, the house salad with perfectly light vinaigrette, and the choice of deserts to top it all off. Service was personable. Love it when you step into a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Fabulous food ,great selection and wonderful ambience . One couldn't ask for better, friendlier service

Was this review helpful? Yes
Alpine, California, United States
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We had a certificate for Gemmell's and were so pleasantly surprised that the food was oh-so-great! We started with lobster bisque for my husband. It had pieces of lobster and creamy wonderful. I had a perfect classic French onion soup with melted Gruyere cheese over a toasted bread round. The bread rolls and sweet butter were also addicting. We had... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Dana Point, Ca.
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We like to take advantage of the many Travelzoo dining vouchers. As a first time diner, it is a great value to try new places.. Our experience started with a very friendly and informative telephone conversation to confirm our Open table reservation. Thank you Chantal! It is a very 'select' menu, but that just helped us to decide quicker. Items... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Scottsdale, Arizona
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Well, we did have a Groupon for this restaurant. But, here we go... It took about 10 minutes to get a table (with reservation). It was packed (due to Groupons). After being seated (setting the table as we set down), it took another 10 minutes to be acknowledged and get some water and menus. The special 4-course dinner was a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dana Point, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Gemmell's is a funny place. It's location should not be a problem as many other restaurants in Marina do quite well. Our experience has always been good. Gemmell is a wonderful chef with an incredible background. The reason I said it is a funny place is that we don't go there often. However, the value is there; the service is... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Floral Park, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I just ate lunch there last wk with 2 other people. My chicken & mushroom crepe was delicious & my cousins pork loin was also very good but my elderly aunt's "steak" sandwich was nothing more than grizzle & fat. We did not expect that! Also the waiter service was very substandard. With only 1 other table occupied at that... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Gemmell's also viewed

Dana Point, Orange County
Dana Point, Orange County
Dana Point, Orange County
Dana Point, Orange County

Been to Gemmell's? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Gemmell's, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing