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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 - 10:00 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 55
    Excellent
  • 18
    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
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
Candigirl7
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Scenic view
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San Clemente, California
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

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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Southern California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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 9, 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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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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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 

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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.

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Dana Point, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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.

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Toronto
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3 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

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California Desert, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This review relates to their Groupon special – “Romantic dinner for 4” for about $118, supposedly a $220 value. First off, they have a separate menu for this promotion. It starts with two small appetizers to be shared by the four; very tasty but tiny. Then a choice of soup salad. Their soups are excellent, although we had to wait... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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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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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?