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Certificate of Excellence2015, 2017 Winner


US$20 - US$40
French, American
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours

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Sparkling Cremant De Limoux
Bright apple and crisp acidity with well balanced fruit qualities as the zip of bubbles bounce on the plate
Chardonnay, Gerard Bertrand Southern France
Apple and pear with minimal oak influence. Bright acidity adding balance and roundness
Rose Granache, Gerard Bertrand Southern France
Soft flavors of strawberry and cherries with a dry refreshing finish
Pinot Noir Gerard Bertrand
Raspberry and blueberry followed by clove and spice vibrant fruit with velvet tannins and structure
Minervois Syrah, Carignan Blend, Gerard Bertrand
Aromas of black raspberry jam, vanilla fresh milled oa, with pungent spice
Pic St. Loup Syrah Grenache Mourverdre Blend Gerard Bertrand
Jellied black fruit, tar and vanilla tinged oak with brown spice reminiscent of “terroir”
Michel Servin, Brut, France Split
Sparkling Cremant De Limoux, Gerard Bertrand
Chardonnay, Tisdale California
Chardonnay, Rosenblum Cellars, California
Sauvignon Blanc, Rosenblum Cellar, California
Riesling, Covey Run, Washington State
Pinot Grigio, Torre Rosazza, Italy
Chardonnay, Gerard Bernard, South of France
Macon Vinzelles, Cave Des Grands Crus, Burgundy
White Zinfandel, California
Mixed Mushroom Saute
Mixed wild mushrooms sauteed with an herb butter drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.
Light and airy puff pastry pillow finished in a rich herb butter sauce filled with the chef’s selection of the day.
Shrimp Scampi
Gulf shrimp sauteed in a lemon garlic buerre blanc.
Cassolette of Escargot
Farm raised helix snails sauteed with garlic, shallots, mushrooms and ham in a rich burgundy sauce.
House Smoke Wild Salmon
Bryon’s‎ famous slow hickory smoked wild salmon sliced paper thin topped with caper and red onions.
Pate De Canard
The chef’s blend of duck liver and cognac into a airy mousse served with toast points and aspic.
Our chefs daily creation
Traditional Onion Soup with a Gruyere
Cheese Blanket Lobster Bisque
With a touch of sherry wine
Shrimp and Hearts of Palm
Snow crab meat with hearts of palm over a julienne of baby spinach drizzled with a bordeaux vinaigrette.
All entrees include a choice of the chef's daily creation of soup or baby green salad
Baby green salad
Chicken and Mushroom Crepes
Chicken breast and sliced mushroom sauteed then wrapped in a crepe and finished in a rich cream sauce
Baby green salad
Sand Dabs Meuniere
Delicate sand dabs sauteed with white wine, butter, parsley, and lemon
Baby green salad
Cocktail De Cervettes Royal
Large gulf shrimp poached, then chilled served on a bed of julienne greens with a spicy tangy classic cocktail sauce
Baby green salad
Gemmell's Bistro Burger
Lean ground beef charbroiled to perfection and served on a fresh baked bun with all the trimmings French fries and your choice of cheese
Baby green salad
Chicken Marsalla
Chicken breast sauteed with, marsalla sauce
Baby green salad
Grilled New York Steak Sandwich
New york steak grilled to perfection over a toasted french roll topped with roasted onions and served with pommes frite
Baby green salad
Angel Hair with Tomato, Basil, Garlic
Angel hair pasta in a extra virgin olive oil, roma tomatoes, garlic
Baby green salad
Calamari Steak
Tender fresh calamari steak sauteed in a classic almondine sauce
Baby green salad
Pork Loin
Pork‎ tenderloin roasted sliced and served with a madeira wine mushroom demi glace
Filet Mignon
Filet mignon seared to perfection finished with forestierre
Rack of Lamb
Succulent‎ colorado rack of lamb oven roasted in a pool of fresh thyme demi-glace accompanied with roast potatoes
Lake Superior White Fish
Delicate fresh lake superior fish sauteed with mixed herbs, chablis wine lemon and shallots
Prawns Provencale
Large gulf shrimp sauteed with garlic, diced roma tomatoes, basil, parsley, capers and white wine
Gemelli Pasta
Our signature curly pasta tossed with julienne of chicken and broccoli in a sherry wine buerre blanc
Fresh Fish of the Day
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here for a late lunch after whale watching off Dana Point. The restaurant is small but has a cozy feel to it. We were there at a slow time of day but the owner spent a lot time visiting with us & pointing...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank luvtarheelstate
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went with a groupon. Small portions. Steak full of fat. Very unfriendly servers. Needs lots of updating, and bathrooms cleaned.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank T7076KKemilym
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed a late evening meal here. The atmosphere was pleasant though lacking in character. The service was outstanding! The food was very tasty ..well prepared and seasoned. A bit overpriced considering the somewhat sterile ambience.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank J3GP
Reviewed January 6, 2019

Small place with big prices. Would not have minded if they made you feel welcome and provided the service you would expect ...just about anywhere. Most people who came through the door waited endlessly for someone to acknowledge your presence and after being seated the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank MissyBGood
Reviewed December 11, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service. Very nice atmosphere. White linen, crystal goblets. Classy. Sand dabs are outstanding. French rolls are delicious.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Elaine C
Reviewed September 27, 2018

We recently went there to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. When we made the reservation we told them of the event and they treated us wonderfully. Great meal options. Great service. Wonderful atmosphere, whether a formal dinner, or a more casual evening meal after a...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank alexanderg309
Reviewed July 6, 2018

Ordered Jumbo shrimp cocktail,, got 5 tiny less than 1/2 inch shrimp that were mushy and had no flavor at all $12.+ ordered tomato and cucumber salad. It caked with overlapping tomatoes and cucumbers, needless to say everything tasted like a cucumber. So disappointed in...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank bananana66
Reviewed July 1, 2018

Elegant old style French eatery. Quiet and boring. Ate here twice and both times I could taste the salt in the food. Overpriced and service left a lot to be desired.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank wcshepherd2
Reviewed February 26, 2018

Found a Groupon special. Fine food and very pleasant service. Unusual to find French food in SoCal. A nice surprise for a shopping center location.

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank ontheroad29
Reviewed February 23, 2018

Lived in the area for over 20 years and never tried Gemmell's. Maybe the white table cloth tables, fancy (faux-French) interior or the menu kept me from going inside. Being at the harbor I was usually dressed in shorts and tee-shirt - so did not...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank FredD0749
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I highly doubt it. My lunch companion was in jeans ( nice ones) and the whole area is beachy and pretty casual.
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