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34471 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
949-234-0063
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Ranked #38 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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93 reviews 93 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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
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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
33 helpful votes 33 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
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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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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 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
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 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
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 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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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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