We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


34471 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2906
+1 949-234-0063
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good20%
  • Average12%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“sand dabs” (18 reviews)
“mushroom soup” (3 reviews)
“pork loin” (2 reviews)
Closed Now
French, American
34471 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2906
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (147)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 146 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

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 William S
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
Reviewed February 1, 2018

Pleasant, different, nothing so exciting you would look forward to a return visit, or would even go back again. You have to take in to consideration that we had a party of about 10.

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank mamiefiere
Reviewed January 29, 2018 via mobile

The food was great.The staff was friendly and attentive.Everything was well prepared and tasted great.We used a groupon deal which saved us $50.

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank John M
Reviewed January 22, 2018

Four course dinner for two for our anniversary. Mushroom appetizer was very good. Hearts of Romaine Salad was very good. Potato Leek soup was very bland with no taste of leeks. Pork Loin entree was great, the portion was large and the leftovers were just...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Joleen F
Nearby HotelsSee all 12 hotels in Dana Point
Dana Point Marina Inn
408 reviews
.09 km away
Dana Point Harbor Inn
111 reviews
.14 km away
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
1,504 reviews
.43 km away
Best Western Plus Marina Shores Hotel
722 reviews
.75 km away
Nearby Restaurants
RJ's Cafe
290 reviews
.17 km away
Jimmy's Famous American Tavern
422 reviews
.17 km away
The Coffee Importers
167 reviews
.13 km away
Harbor Grill Restaurant
489 reviews
.05 km away
Nearby Attractions
Dana Point Harbor
970 reviews
.17 km away
Catalina Express
233 reviews
.38 km away
Baby Beach
135 reviews
.52 km away
Doris Walker Overlook
11 reviews
.32 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
John M
January 16, 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from marjorie v | Reviewed this property |
I highly doubt it. My lunch companion was in jeans ( nice ones) and the whole area is beachy and pretty casual.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing