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  • Gemmell's

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  • Address:
    34471 The Street of Golden Lantern
    Dana Point, CA 92629
    Dana Point
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French
    Price: $30 and under

Gemmell's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gemmellsrestaurant.com/
  • Email: barbara1218@sbcglobal.net
  • Phone: (949) 234-0063
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, French
  • Executive Chef: Byron Gemmell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering events such as: Sales Meetings, Corporate Events, Group Luncheons, Graduations, Cocktail & Receptions, Weddings, Holiday Parties, Rehearsal Dinners, Anniversaries, Birthday Events, Baby Showers, Business and Social occasions. Call us, no matter what the occasion, our chef has a selection of creative menus or we can customize one for your occasion.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a private banquet room that seats a minimum of 20 to a maximum of 80. The room has it own private facilities, as well as it's own full bar. It has a partial view of the Marina and lots of windows.
  • Private Party Contact: Barbara (949) 234-0063
  • Entertainment: Thursday nights.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dana Point Harbor Drive
  • Public Transit: Public transit stops in front of the Harbor of Dana Point.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot holds anywhere from 50 - 250 cars. It has handicap parking as well. On weekends there is Valet Parking (Friday, Saturday and Holidays) We also have access to Marina Parking (please inquire within).
A word from Gemmell's
An oasis by the sea, where dining is romantic cozy, comfortable, and highlighted with personal service. Like dining out should be - Gemmell’s is a Dana Point Harbor dining destination, an experience for the palate not to be forgotten.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary French
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "the menu was extremely limited for this occasion. probably not worth the stated value but ok for the special price. don't think these deals are suited for this establishment as you can not have there more desirable items from their regular menu. wouldn't buy again."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The wait staff did not make you feel rushed and they went out of their way to make things special.. My guest was having a birthday and they offered a wonderful lemon tart with an outstanding presentation. Happy Birthday was written in chocolate sauce acres the plate around the tart. A very special surprise."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food at Gemmels is consistently wonderful. Nobody does fish and sauces better."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "I called the restaurant prior to purchasing Groupons to try their cuisine. I was told that we could use them, then when we arrived, they said we could not. The hostess tried to embarrass us by waiving the paper groupons around. We eat out often. We don't need a deal, but wanted to try it and that's why we called first to see if it was ok. They could have had satisfied customers, but instead they chose to belittle us and then... ended up honoring the groupons anyway...rediculous!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "It is truly a little gem hidden right in our backyard in Dana Point! The food is always done to perfection. We have never been disappointed and always enjoy a reminder of our lovely dinners in France."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Very sad the place was empty on a friday night. Service and food wewe not up to par because it was sooooo slow there, i guess Lunch there is much better with a nice crowd, service and food"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Definitely coming back!! I already told two of my friends"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Went there Friday night for the first time. There were 6 of us and we were ALL very happy and surprised how great the food was. It was a 10 !!! The salmon was outstanding, the caesar salad crispy, cold and delicious , rolls hot and crusty, and the desert (profiteroles) was great !!! it was all good !!!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Delicious french food with wonderful ambiance and incredibly good service. It felt like our vacation in France. Will definitely be visiting again."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "The service is consistently outstanding and the menu varied and exciting. This is a restaurant that evokes great memories of the restaurants of old, when food and conversation were the stars. With a classical European selection, many of the dishes that have disappeared from most menus are offered here. Be sure to come here for your special occasions as it is a special place on its own.They have a full bar plus an impressive wine selection . To finish off the perfect meal be sure and check out the desserts. I always feel like I can't eat another bite-and then there's the dessert!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Our son & daughter-in-law celebrated their 1st, recommended it and we celebrated our 49th. We were delighted with the food, wine, and ambiance."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We had a great time. The service was excellent! Our food was served timely and was well prepared. We loved every dish. We will definitely eat here again."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "The choice of foods was poor for an $80 meal. I had a spinish salid that was so sweet I could not stand it. Since win is Spinish sweet?"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Gemmells is a gem of a restaurant tucked away between a pizza joint and a liquor store in Dana Point Harbor. We went there Christmas eve. The food was great as was the service and the atmostphere. Good wine list too. If you are in Dana Point this is the place to go."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We always go to Gemmell's whenever we want to celebrate an occasion, and whenever we don't want to drive far...a great neighborhood small French restaurant, that is always consistent, and always friendly. The food is wonderful, and the wine list ,extensive, as well as cost-friendly...there are some very expensive wines, and some not. They have a full bar, and their drinks are well-made. Gemmell's has been there for a long time, and I suspect it will thrive for a much longer time."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "My friends from New York visit me in California every Christmas. They love coming back to Gemmell's not only for the delicious food, and ambiance, but for the personalized service!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We enjoyed the poached salmon in a delicious dill sauce, French Onion Soup and Cesar Salad. The crepes and creme brûlée were fantastic! Loved everything!"
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "My friend and I took a new neighbor there for lunch. Everyone's lunch choice was great. A bonus was our new neighbor is French and the lady that waited on our table could speak French fluently. I have been there many times before and always enjoyed the food and the ambience especially at Christmas time when the restaurant is decorated so nicely with Nutcrackers of all sizes. Just Lovely."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "I we were very satisfied with the overall experience but disappointed to be told by the receptionist on arrival that they would have to clear a table although we had confirmed reservations. I pointed to an empty corner table that suited my party and they sat us there. The salmon was superb, the steak was mindful of what you might find at a chain restaurant but the veggies were excellent. The apple tart dessert did not have the homemade taste you might expect at this venue. Good wine list--expansive selections including price."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Gemmell’s is our go to place for birthdays and anniversaries. It is always superb."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "As usual the food, and service were great. The price on their 4 course set menu is a great value for the quality received."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "We have been following Chef Gemmell for years because the quality of the food he prepares is outstanding. This was our fifth dining experience at the Dana Point restaurant and it was most enjoyable. The food was delicious as always, but the last couple of outings we have noticed the service has slipped a bit....little annoyances like having to ask for things more than once and having to return food because a food allergy issue wasn't understood; this is not up to the impeccable experience we have come to know with this establishment. Still, dining here is a treat because of the quaint ambience and the wonderful food. One just has to have a little more patience than in the past."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "We both ordered the steak and my wife took one bite into a piece of fat and that was it for her. My steak was just as fatty which i never finished. They never even came back by our table to ask us if our meals were satisfactory. i had to call the waiter back several times just for simple things like pepper, water etc. This restuarant is definitly off my "do not go back to" list."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Food was delicious! Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner experience! Thank you for booking."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "I spent my birthday dinner at Gemmell's & it was delicious. My mom is french & I've lived in France, so I know good french food. The service allows you to truly enjoy your food & not rush. They were very sweet & surprised me with a birthday dessert (including candle!)"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "My wife and I had a wonderful time at this fine restaurant for her 50th birthday. From the excellent wine to the Caesar salads onto the fabulous entree's, it could not have been any better. We topped it off with coffee and crapes for desert that were out of this world. The waiter was attentive and addressed all of our needs. I highly recommend Gemmell's."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Everything about Gemmell's was top-flight. Each of our party of four enjoyed what they ate. The champignons were to die for, and the steaks were cooked perfectly medium rare."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "We love French Bistro Food! This did not hit the mark. Meuniere was not prepared as properly discribed on the menu. No lemon, no parsley, no brown butter, just some sort of lobster bisque type sauce that the waitress described as Grande Marnier Sauce?? Sorry but the website presentation did not live up to the real thing."
    Dined on 8/28/2013
  • "We have searched for an OC restaurant with a french feel to it with good food and service...Gemmells provided that to us. Unfortunately its 25 miles from our home via PCH or we would be frequent diners. We had duck and sand dabs for dinner which were very good. The restaurant was quiet but were the first diners on a Saturday so we cannot judge the noise level during a later dinning experience."
    Dined on 8/24/2013