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“Pleasant atmosphere, ok food, service needs improvement.”
Review of Gemmell's

Gemmell's
Ranked #36 of 146 Restaurants in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: French, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Dana Point Harbor Drive
Transit: Public transit stops in front of the Harbor of Dana Point.
Reviewed August 4, 2012

Gemmells is a nice little "french restaurant" in Dana Point Harbour. The ambiance is cozy....white linen table cloths, red rose on every table, fireplace. Although located in the harbour, there is only a view of the parking lot. Food was Ok not spectacular. For being a "french" restaurant, I was surprised that a cheap, sweet sparking wine was served as "champagne". Not good. Our server was very nice, but went MIA a couple of times. We waited a long time for our appetizer plates to be cleared and for the entree to be served. The restaurant was not even busy while we were there. We were considering Sunday brunch one day, but, based on this experience, I don't think so.

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Reviewed July 27, 2012

unless your bag is a comicly bad Lounge Singer, there is no reason to eat hear. Food is B-/C+ at best and the service was so bad that one guy got tired of waiting and went to the bar to make his own drink, twice! My bill was wrong so I sent it back and they lost my C card for a bit. 2 1/2 hours for dinner is a bit much folks!

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Reviewed June 28, 2012

Great Food, Great service and great ambiance.One of the best in Orange County.

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Reviewed May 31, 2012

Seeing this place from the outside you won't think it's anything special. This is why we should not judge a book by it's cover. Inside awaits a cozy setting. My husband and I enjoy the food very much. We always start with the shrimp feuilliete. Love the flakiness of the pastry and the sauce is very tasty. We' ve tried various things in the menu and have never been disappointed. The pork medallions are exceptional, the steak tender and flavorful and all the fish dishes were divine. Even the Gemmell pasta was very good. We were told the place is chef-owned. On several occasions that we were there the chef has come out to check on the diners. He makes really excellent sauces and they all go well with the meal. The best part is dessert. The souffle is to die for. It's like a slice of heaven in my mouth. We've never had problem with service even when we are using a discount coupon. Yes the place is pricey but well worth it.

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Thank qhunnyb
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

We had a wonderful dinner and then on another occasion, a great brunch. The service is spectacular and the wine list is superb. Many French restaurants don't have St. Emilion wine and this place DOES! They have great lunch specials too even on weekends so check out their menus, specials and entrees on line. We didn't reserve in advance but got in as they have one or two tables and they have a steady clientelle. The chef came out to greet us which was a special treat. The sauces are so delicious and everything is fresh. Afterwards, we walked alongside the marina and it was very relaxing and beatiful.

For the delicious and high quality meal, we felt the price was reasonable as it's comparable to other French cuisine for which the price is doubled. As such it is a great little find for us. It's no inexpensive, don't get me wrong, but there are specials and special hours you can go if you want to spend a little less.

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Thank travelpnut
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