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34471 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2906 (Dana Point Harbor Drive)
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Riverside, California
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I made reservations for my timeshare in Capistrano Beach for a girls week-end. We had no destination for dinner in mind but wanted to find something special. We spotted the restaurant while exploring the Dan Point Harbor. The outside is unassuming but when you walk in, you're transported to an elegant and classy interior. We had an early 4-course dinner... More 

Thank Yolanda1946
Irvine, California
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103 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

We had heard of Gemmell's for a long time as he is quite a well-known chef in Orange County. However, what finally got us to his restaurant,very Provençale in décor, was that I learned he had a Prixe Fixe Bastille Day dinner. We were able to get last minute reservations and were delighted with the results. The menu offered other... More 

Thank JoaninFrance
Houston, Texas
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52 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner here! Housed in a charming house-like storefront, Gemmell's is a first-rate French restaurant in beautiful Dana Point. I had the crepes and my husband had the beef bourginon. Both were delicious! They also have an extensive wine list and wonderful desserts. I highly recommend the Harlequin Souffle, which is half chocolate and half Grand Marnier.... More 

Thank mariagloria
Phoenix, Arizona
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130 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

This restaurant does a great job with service and was very accommodating when asked to tailor a dish. Although it looked like a storefront, the location in Dana Point Harbor is upscale. However, I was a bit taken with sticker shock when I saw our tab. The food was very good and everything was cooked perfectly. The best part of... More 

Thank Eva S
austin, tx
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69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

WE thought we wree in the twilight zone when our waiter said that "this chef makes beurre blanc without wine or butter, that it's a cream sauce". So we gave him a quick lesson n French and made a different choice for an entree. We started with the escargot, they were bad. 1 star. I then had lobster bisque and... More 

Thank robg9000
Austin, Texas
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144 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

Gemmell's has been a place we make a point to go when we come to the area. Over the years the food has remained stellar and we enjoy dining here, always for lunch. They offer a lunch plate for $14.95 where you can have chicken, beef, pork or fish as the main protein, all with different options, plus today, rice... More 

Thank BigMac1949
Phoenix, Arizona
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131 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

We came across this unique restaurant while visiting the Harbor Shopping Center. Quant restaurant with extensive menu and good drink selections. They have a businessman's special that had excellent and varied choices. Food delicious and made fresh daily. Portions generous. Service is customer focused. Highly recommend this comfortable old world decor restaurant with continental menu.

Thank Mary R
Riverside, California
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

The food was delicious as was our server. My husband and I had been there before, and we were never disappointed. The ambience is lovely and it is next to the harbor. It was a very pleasant time!

Thank Maria C
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55 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

went with another couple. The eservice was very good. The meal was excellent. We would definitely return again.

Thank happytravelerjohn
San Diego, CA
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134 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

We ate lunch here for the 3rd time in 10 months. The food has never failed to amaze me. The Pate’ de Canard was super smooth and absolutely delicious with the toast points. Just as good was the Spinach Salad tossed with hot bacon dressing and brandy, and lastly the Poached Salmon. Great! Nice wine list to top everything off.... More 

Thank JD1946

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $40
French, American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34471 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2906
    (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

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