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Gemmell's

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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.
949-234-0063
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 58
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great upscale food dishes and Sunday Brunch!

This is one of our Family's favorite places to take Mom. We've been going to Gemmell's a long time. Their location in Dana Point Harbor is tough to beat also.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Kent S
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Santa Clarita, California
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Santa Clarita, California
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112 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of our Family's favorite places to take Mom. We've been going to Gemmell's a long time. Their location in Dana Point Harbor is tough to beat also.

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Thank Kent S
San Juan Capistrano, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Gemmells is an upscale French restaurant great for couples (families too). Perfect spot for a romantic dinner. Great atmosphere located in Dana Point Harbor where you can enjoy a pleasant walk before or after dinner. Food is first rate And service is attentive.

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Thank SilverLegend
Laguna Beach, California
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139 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

I have taken friends and family to Gemmell's more times than I can count over the past 10 years, and each time has been not just good, but wonderful! My favorite dishes have been the Lake Superior white fish, poached salmon, roasted duck, chicken Elizabeth and rack of lamb -- all cooked and presented to perfection, with great saucing. I... More 

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Thank James J
nevada
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Went to Gemmell's for Sunday brunch and had a hearty serving of Shrimp Provencale, spouse had Sand Dabs Meuniere. Nice presentation, quick service and bottomless mimosas. Nice atmosphere, beautiful location. After eating here, make sure you take a walk around the harbour. Lots of shops within walking distance.

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Thank NVbeachfan
San Juan Capistrano, California
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200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

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 

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Thank CaTraveler7777
Ontario, California
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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!!

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Thank kdheim
San Clemente, California
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14 reviews
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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.

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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

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

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

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St. Thomas
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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.

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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
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?