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34471 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2906 (Dana Point Harbor Drive)
+1 949-234-0063
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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183 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our waiter, Luigi, was engaging and efficient. Wish we could say something good about the food - it was so-so and took forever to be served. We had a Groupon coupon, so at least we didn't pay full price. Regular menu pricing is quite high. We were there on a Friday night and there were only about ten customers in... More 

Thank rayu
Tucson, Arizona
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112 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gemmell's restaurant located at the Dana Point Marina area is a true diamond in the rough. This is one very charming and comfy restaurant with an outstanding menu and above expectation chef. Serious foodies looking for a comfortable atmosphere, attentive service, a serious wine list and wonderfully prepared food pairings will not be disappointed. Unlike the neighboring competition which offer... More 

Thank hgreenleaf2
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

This contemporary French restaurant is in the thick of Seafood restaurants in beautiful Dana Point! Located in the Dana Point Marina area, this fun restaurant offers a fine French bistro decorated atmosphere. The service was wonderful from start to finish, and the food truly well done! We had seafood and duck dishes that with excellent prepared sauces offered incredible taste... More 

Thank Michael P
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

There is such a great atmosphere when you walk in. We were celebrating our 45 th anniversary and this was perfect. The choices were delicious and reasonably priced. We would definitely go there again

Thank Kathleen W
Dana Point, Ca
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The atmosphere especially in the indoor patio was delightful. It is so nice to have tablecloths on the table. There was a lovely yellow fresh rose. My friend had the sand dabs which was smoothed in gravy which was very different since the last time and commented on. My New York Steak sandwich was very full of grizzle. It was... More 

Thank normaredk
Riverside, California
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

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 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 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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55 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 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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147 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 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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70 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
French, American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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: +1 949-234-0063

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