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34471 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
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Ranked #23 of 113 restaurants in Dana Point
Price range: $20 - $40
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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75% Recommend
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English first
Oakland, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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
36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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.
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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Dana Point, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Gemmell's is a funny place. It's location should not be a problem as many other restaurants in Marina do quite well. Our experience has always been good. Gemmell is a wonderful chef with an incredible background. The reason I said it is a funny place is that we don't go there often. However, the value is there; the service is... More

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Floral Park, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I just ate lunch there last wk with 2 other people. My chicken & mushroom crepe was delicious & my cousins pork loin was also very good but my elderly aunt's "steak" sandwich was nothing more than grizzle & fat. We did not expect that! Also the waiter service was very substandard. With only 1 other table occupied at that... More

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Dana Point, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Lovely tables with fresh linen and flower. Lunch menu is extensive, and very budget oriented. Serving salad or soup, and full plate lunch. Very tasty and enjoyable.

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Southern Cal
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125 reviews 125 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Pseudo upscale French food in the worst location in the harbor. Overpriced and under sized servings with rich sauces is the quick description. There are much better restaurants in the area. One good thing? You'll never have to wait in line.

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