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34471 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629 (Dana Point Harbor Drive)
Public transit stops in front of the Harbor of Dana Point.
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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    Very good
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  • 4
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Loved the Ambiance

Small and intimate setting. Very good French inspired food. Enjoyed everything about our four course meal.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Scenic view
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San Juan Capistrano, California
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296 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a Thursday evening in November and every seat in the house was full at 6:45 when we pulled into this Dana Point Harbor restaurant. It's classic French food with a guy in the back who can really make sauces. I had the Greek salad with very tasty bread and a glass of 14 Hands Merlot (excellent). I also... More 

Thank CaTraveler7777
Ontario, California
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Great food! Great French music! Great romantic spot for dinner! Their Cream of Mushroom soup is the best soup EVER and worth the trip to Dana Point for it alone. Sand Dabs are awesome and dessert- lemon tart, creme brulee or chocolate cake can't be beat. Love the ambiance...great french music and art. We love this place!!

Thank kdheim
San Clemente, California
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

The wait staff is very customer oriented and the food is very French in a superb way! The duck liver pate is fantastic, as well as the French onion soup. The steak poivre is superb as well as their fish entrees.

Thank mcmike2k
Southern California
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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Gemmell's is a long standing favorite in the the Dana Point harbor area. It has a nice selection of continental dishes as well as old favorites. We have never been disappointed there. It is a nice break from the many other tourist oriented restaurants in Dana Point

2 Thank JTAnewport
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Small and intimate setting. Very good French inspired food. Enjoyed everything about our four course meal.

Thank Candigirl7
St. Thomas
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We vowed to try every menu item, hence each visit to Gemmell's has been both a surprise & continued delight. Luncheon works best for us, though our neighbors enjoy early supper at Gemmell's then a promenade in Dana Harbor. Be sure to order Gemmell's vin of the day.

Thank jaslosky
New Hope, Pennsylvania
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106 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We ate here on a whim last night 5/3/15, thinking it was a seafood restaurant due to its location. We barely glanced at the menu and when we were finally seated we waited longer for our water and menus. The runner was harried and not at all friendly. When the hostess/ waitress came over we asked about specials. Haddock with... More 

1 Thank Nonnieandpops
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The service and food was beyond our expectations. Would definitely return. It was a little pricey but the food was fresh and very delicious.

Thank Angela S
Dana Point, California
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We like the food but during the week it's empty. I don't know what to suggest, but the restaurant feels tired and old. It needs a lighter, happier feel with a larger bar area and better lighting.

2 Thank Taylor R
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Have dined at Gemmells for years and NEVER had a bad meal, service is very good, excellent when Chantal is the server, menu has been the same for years but supported by many daily specials

Thank Sylvester M

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 34471 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
    (Dana Point Harbor Drive)
  • Public Transportation: Public transit stops in front of the Harbor of Dana Point.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: 949-234-0063

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: French, American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Scenic view


Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?