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34471 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2906
+1 949-234-0063
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good20%
  • Average12%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“sand dabs” (17 reviews)
“mushroom soup” (3 reviews)
“pork loin” (2 reviews)
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10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Hours
French, American
34471 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2906
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Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

Love this restaurant! Everything was fresh and perfectly prepared. We got a Groupon for a 4-course dinner for 2 for $59 so my expectations were a little low. I was so pleasantly surprised!! The outside is so-so looking, but the inside is really funky. There...More

Thank jenniferguido
Reviewed January 29, 2017 via mobile

Really warm comfortable restaurant. Had poached salmon, was pretty good. Puff pastry asparagus appetizer was OK. Good ceasar salad. Yummy chocolate mousse cake for dessert. Good Groupon deal. Not sure if would go back for dinner. Great waiter, attentive service.

Thank Stella0015
Reviewed January 14, 2017

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....More

Thank rayu
Reviewed January 6, 2017

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...More

Thank hgreenleaf2
Reviewed November 23, 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...More

1  Thank Michael P
Reviewed October 18, 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
Reviewed October 17, 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...More

Thank normaredk
Reviewed September 13, 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...More

Thank Yolanda1946
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...More

Thank JoaninFrance
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...More

Thank mariagloria
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John M
January 16, 2018|
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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.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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
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