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34471 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
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Ranked #35 of 112 Restaurants in Dana Point
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
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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.
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English first
Portland, Oregon
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40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We walked by Gemmells at noon, the place was packed, we found out that they have a business lunch special. After asking at several local businesses if they thought Gemmells would be great for dinner, and everyone said yes, we made reservations. The decor is old school France. Very fun. The waitress was wonderful. There were four of us, and... More 

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124 reviews 124 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

we ate here this week! It had been some time since I had been here. I had the cream of asparagus and angel hair pasta. Our table was situated in a cozy and private area in the front of the restaurant. The staff was friendly! We will be back!

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Lethbridge, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We had a coupon so chose from a select menu. The soup was delicious and we both had chicken with a sauce that was so complex it was a delight! We took our time in this lovely and comfortable restaurant. Our server was very nice and made good suggestions. It can be expensive but totally worth it. Not just dinner... More 

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San Clemente, CA
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93 reviews 93 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I was hoping this small French restaurant in Dana Point Harbor would be a gem, but we came away disappointed. While the decor and service were fine, the food was simply average, at best. The duck was over-cooked and dry, and the sauce bland. The sea bass was good, but all the sides pretty bland as well -- steamed veggies... More 

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Paris France
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

they were out of my wine selection and they offered a substitute which I accepted . To my surprise it was 10 or 12.dollars more than my own selection when looking at my bill . Surely , I will not ask for a bankruptcy order because of this , but good restaurant with "savoir-faire " would absorb the difference ,... More 

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San Diego, CA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We always enjoy dining here when we stay in Dana Point, CA It is a french restaurant with excellent food, fair prices, and really special decor - truly french.

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san clemente, ca
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Gemmell's is a wonderful little gem of a restaurant with the best sand dabs I've ever tasted. The halibut, when in season, is also delicious. Great food, great drinks and great service--you can't ask for much more than that!

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81 reviews 81 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

My daughter and I visited on Mother's Day and the owners gave all the moms roses. That added to the comfortable atmosphere. The food and service were spot on. Our favorite dish was a special of the day featuring scallops.

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San Clemente, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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!

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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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 

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Additional Information about Gemmell's

Address: 34471 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone Number: 949-234-0063
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
Cuisine: French, Seafood, Californian

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