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Gemmell's

$$$
French, Californian, Seafood
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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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Today
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
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Outdoor seating
Scenic view

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Visitor rating
  • 52
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Angela S
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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95 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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4 restaurant reviews
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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
1 review
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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Greater Palm Springs, California
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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California
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151 reviews 151 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

we ate here this week! It had been some time since I had been here. I had the cream of asparagus and angel hair pasta. Our table was situated in a cozy and private area in the front of the restaurant. The staff was friendly! We will be back!

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Lethbridge, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We had a coupon so chose from a select menu. The soup was delicious and we both had chicken with a sauce that was so complex it was a delight! We took our time in this lovely and comfortable restaurant. Our server was very nice and made good suggestions. It can be expensive but totally worth it. Not just dinner... More 

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San Clemente, CA
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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
1 review
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
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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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, Californian, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, 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?