A truly exceptional experience
A truly exceptional experience once again. I very much enjoy your place. I can't compliment you folks enough for a superb presentation from the moment we sit down to the moment we leave. Thanks for making Gemmel's such a great place to enjoy.
2/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We took my handicapped sister
We took my handicapped sister for lunch this past week. Everything was wonderful. She was very pleased, as was I. The food is especially fresh and well prepared. Gemmell's is a favorite of hers and I was happy to be able to get her there again.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food and service at lunch
The food and service at lunch was outstanding. The menu has several wonderful choices and the business lunch is a great deal.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Loved our waitress Chantal!
Loved our waitress Chantal! The food was good, but the service was better! We stayed 2 1/2 hours but it seemed like 1 hour. They make a good martini. I'll be back!
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is always fabulous
The food is always fabulous and the wait staff is friendly, knowledgeable and fun!
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Birthday dinner at Gemmells
After being away in Texas for the past 3 years we were amazed that the restaurant was just as wonderful as we remembered.
The food is consistently delicious and the souffles were out of this world. Chantell is the best server and so kind.
Can't wait to return on our next visit to California.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unsurpassed servicefor Father's Day
We were extremely pleased with the food and service at this little French gem of a restaurant. We had two small, rather boisterous boys in our large party and we sat on the patio but no one made us feel unwanted or rushed. We stayed for an extended time but again, the wait staff was gracious and very accommodating. It was a lovely place with nice ambience and the food was delicious. It was a nice touch to have fruit, beignets and unlimited champagne as appetizers included for brunch. I loved my sand dabs meunière and cream of mushroom soup. The desserts were delightful and not too sweet. We would not hesitate to go again for a special occasion or even for a quiet dinner sans kids.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food here was absolutely delicious, and the servers were informative and friendly. The fresh fish in particular was cooked perfectly and tasted spectacular! We stumbled upon this place for a date night and are looking forward to returning very soon!
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Once again had a terrific
Once again had a terrific donner. Pate, escargots & sand dabs were outstanding. We'll be back again.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Initially could of turned out to be a bad experience, didn't get water for about 15 or 20 minutes. They explained that they were unstaffed for the day, however she made up for it. She catered to us to the utmost, offering us fresh bread and free dessert. She made the dinning experience well worth coming back. Food was excellent.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Warm welcome. Gracious and elegant decor. Presentation of food pleasing but could have been warmer. A little more cheese and less salt in the onion soup would have been better. Desserts were excellent. Highly recommend.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
a party of four
Enjoyed the food immensely, from the appetizers to the final mousse. The noise level was somewhat elevated and likely added to by our own party. A good time was had by everyone and all were satisfied by the quality of the food and the dining atmosphere. A pleasurable experience which we'll do again.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gemmell's is an outstanding restaurant. The food and the service are outstanding and the ambiance is very pleasant. We recommend it highly.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Reminders of France
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.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb food, service and ambience
Our 2nd time and this was as good as the first time. The food was excellent, the service was excellent and the ambiance of course is excellent. Jeff served us and he was very pleasant, attentive and helpful. We had a wonderful time and are looking forward to our 3rd visit there very soon!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and service
The Caesar salad was exquisite, the pork loin divine topped off by a sumblime dessert! The service (Vicky) was impeccable and professional. A great find!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth the trip
My girlfriend and I were delighted with Gemmell's. The attention to our food and our request for a wine that suited us made our meal even more special.
The food is very good, prepared with care and yummy sauces that are not overdone. The vegetables were the only disappointment, served to cold and not quite as fresh as I like but to be fair, we were there on a quiet Wednesday night.
That is why we were so happy with the food and the service. It is a sweet find all the way around.
Google directions did not get me there well so you might want to call in advance for clarification of the location.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thoroughly enjoyed our first visit
EXCELLENT COOKING! Our highest compliments to the chef! My husband and I were highly satisfied with everything being served, from hot bread, appetizer, first course, main course, and desserts. Good wine selections and ambiance too. The after dinner walk in the neighborhood around the harbour was delightful and romatic. We will return for sure and recommend to our friends.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service are excellent!! It's our favorite brunch.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great French food at the Harbor
Very good French cuisine. Feel is semi formal but comfortable. The service was a bit tepid at times but very professional. I would recommend for a nice romantic dinner. Great wine list as well! Try the 4 course fixe price menu. Surrounding Harbor area is quite nice as well.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took my wife for her 70th birthday. She loves the duck but they were out this night so she went with sand dabs. She was happy.
We always love this place.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Living Social Deal
While the menu was limited, it had enough choices and we enjoyed everything. It was a real bargain for the quality that we had.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I had a wonderful
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.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!)
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was delicious! Thoroughly
Food was delicious! Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner experience!
Thank you for booking.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
As usual the food, and service
As usual the food, and service were great. The price on their 4 course set menu is a great value for the quality received.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been following Chef
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.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gemmell’s is our go to place for birthdays and anniversaries. It is always superb.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great luncheon spot.
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.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
we were very satisfied with
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.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great French food
We enjoyed the poached salmon in a delicious dill sauce, French Onion Soup and Cesar Salad. The crepes and creme brûlée were fantastic!
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM