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Gemmell's

34471 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
949-234-0063
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Ranked #31 of 111 Restaurants in Dana Point
Price range: $20 - $40
Hours:
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
san clemente, ca
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
1 review
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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CA, USA
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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Oakland, California
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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.

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Orange County, California
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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

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la
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 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

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Alpine, California, United States
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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

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Dana Point, Ca.
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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72 reviews 72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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

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