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About 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.

34471 The Street of Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary French, French

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

Cross Street:
Dana Point Harbor Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 234-0063

Website:
http://www.gemmellsrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Thursday nights.

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.

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).

Public Transit:
Public transit stops in front of the Harbor of Dana Point.

Executive Chef:
Byron Gemmell

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Gemmell's Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (560)
Romantic (545)
Neighborhood Gem (522)
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Fit for Foodies (430)
Notable Wine List (214)
Great for Lunch (196)
Good for Groups (116)
Great for Brunch (113)
Great for Outdoor Dining (59)
Late-night Find (25)
Scenic View (20)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Good for a Date (16)
Kid-friendly (15)
Cozy (13)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Authentic (10)
Casual (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Outstanding Value (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Worth the Drive (5)
Business Meals (4)
Fun (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Waterfront (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Fabulous! Thank you to everyone who wrote a review that helped us find this restaurant. The food was excellent. Everything was cooked perfectly and they honored every special request and dietary restriction we had. My favorite was the special of the day sea bass in an herb champagne dressing. It's a beautiful setting so licking the plate wasn't an option but I was tempted to. We were celebrating birthdays and they went out of their way with hospitality. It's not a large restaurant but we didn't feel crowded. There's a cute booth in the back for two and a covered patio in front. The food and service will draw me back.

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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Great salmon and very good service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

The food was very good. The mushroom appetizer was superb; flaky, crusty and outstanding.
The waitstaff was courteous but obviously understaff. We waited an extraordinary time between courses others around us were also complaining.

Tags: Cozy
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food4
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 24, 2017

The ambiance is very good. The place is clean and comfortable. But the food has no flavor

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food2
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 21, 2017

One of the best places in town. Always great food, always quiet. You can actually have a conversation without yelling. You can hear each other. Nice for a change!

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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Food was very good except for mustard sauce on fish way to salty. A table of 6 came in and way to noisey. Service was outstanding!!

Tags: Special Occasion
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food3
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service5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 14, 2017

My wife and I were sooo shocked at how bad the food was. We went for valentine date. We returned both our meals and asked for something different. We had a chicken and veal dish that tasted like it was cooked in the microwave. We are not demanding people and I never write reviews, but I feel like I should let everyone know. This place is a Scam!!!!! Do not eat here!!!!

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food1
ambience2
service1
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 13, 2017

Nothing special ; used a groupon; the food was just satisfactory

Tags: Notable Wine List
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food2
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service4
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 12, 2017

This place has been here for years and could use a face lift. That being said, the food was very good. We had the 4 course meal on a Groupon. We started with the duck pate. A very generous serving for 2 people, nicely plated and delightful. Our entrees were the Pork Tenderloin and the Sea dabs. The pork came with a nice variety of vegetables and some roasted red potatoes . The sand dabs came with the same vegetables and rice. Everything tasted as expected and was very warm. We also tried both the Lobster bisque and the Mushroom soup. I recommend them both. This is a place you come to eat slowly & relax. There was only 1 server for the entire restaurant . We were told someone called in sick. But I have read this same complaint in other reviews. I wonder . . . We have no complaints about the food. It was delicious and for having only one server, the service was actually pretty good. We may come back for lunch in the near future.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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food4
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service3
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Consistently good food and service,
Menu has many selections to please everyone. Business Lunch menu is a great deal.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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food4
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Great French cuisine at Dana Point Harbor! Recommend trying it!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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service4
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 28, 2017

The service, food, ambiance, and staff were amazing. This was our first time here, so I used a Groupon for the 4-course meal - an amazing bargain! Everything was perfect. The staff was very helpful and friendly. I will definitely be back to eat there again. It is very quiet there, as the waiter said they usually get busy a bit earlier than 830pm, and they close at 9pm, which I didn't realize. Either way, I will definitely be back! Thanks again for the great food and overall experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 17, 2017

I've dined here many times, and the food is always delicious and well presented. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Great food and service. The Living Social Deal is the best.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Romantic
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food5
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 10, 2017

We were celebrating a very special birthday. Luigi was excellent in providing service. He was helpful in suggesting French wines and local wines. The menu was totally delicious from Feuillette mushroom asparagus appetizers, onion soup, lobster Bisque, delicate fresh John Dory fish, savory crepes, perfectly prepared rack of lamb to their famous amazing Harlequin Soufflé Dessert. Thank you Gemmell's for a wonderful evening and memorable celebration. We will be coming back.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 7, 2017

It was a pleasant experience. While there were others in the restaurant it was quiet, which is unusual these days for a restaurant. We could actually carry on a conversation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Outstanding Value, Romantic
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 5, 2017

We we enjoyed the French cuisine and thought the dessert souffle was fabulous. The interior of the restaurant is getting shabby and could use an update.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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food4
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service4
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We went for NewYearsEve. 2 great choice of 3 or 4 course meals. Wines are very reasonable. I had duck pâté. Excellent. Lobster bisque was a little bland. Needed sherry. Rack of lamb was excellent. Nice choc soufflé. Friend had tenderloin oscar( crab& asparagus) bernaise . Very good. Onion soup was good. Friend had shrimp & pasta in sauce.
All very good.
They decorated very nicely for the holidays too.
I highly recommend this restaurant.

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food5
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 30, 2016

While I understand gratuity is based on the original value it was not appreciated that the waiter automatically added a 20% tip and presented this with the assumption this was what we intended to pay. After several bottoms of wine which brought the bill up considerably. I would prefer having a choice especially for a small party. I would not recommend for this reason.

Tags: Romantic
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2016

We waited 45 min for our reservation. Food so so. Probably won't go back.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Disabled Access
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food3
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2016

I'm not sure what the deal was, but their service was very slow and very inattentive. We went there for Christmas Eve....our once a year special occasion for seven of us and our family. We had to ask for water four times. Our second bottle of wine three times. And then we were told 20 minutes after we ordered, that the cappuccino machine was broken. At that point the waiter came over to tell us it's not broken. The bus boy just didn't want to do it but it's too late now anyway. Sorry. Not to mention the fact that we were sat outside on the patio and there were people standing in line to get their table. Not very peaceful and very disruptive. Not sure I will ever go back.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 23, 2016

We recommend Gemmel's for it excellent menu to anyone who enjoys classical french food prepared very expertly and will certainly go back again soon!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 20, 2016

Way understaffed for the customer level. Only provided one round of drinks, never offer again. Meal sat on our table after for 30 minutes before pick up. Desert was pre- made, ice was melted.
Eaton here many times, this was the worst experience. Others had been good.
Groupon made the value good or I would have complained.

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service2
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 19, 2016

Birthday celebration

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Went with a Groupon, menu had enough choices, food was great

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Excellent food and phenomenal service. I took my mother to celebrate her birthday this weekend and we were in for a delightful suprise. This restaruant exceeded all of my expectations. From start to finish the service was a nice pace... not too rushed. The courses of the meal were timed perfectly and the server we had was friendly and made us feel like we were at home. The decor of the restaurant was very festive and romantic. We sat in the outer area next to the fireplace. It gave a nice touch and put us in the Christmas spirit. My favorite parts of the meal were the fresh, hot french rolls which came right out of the oven, the lamb chops, and the roasted garlic baby red potatoes. All I can say is delicious!!!! We will be back again when the next time we visit Dana Harbor! Great job, Gemmells!

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Outstanding Value
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 1, 2016

Wonderful experience - food excellent - Professional, knowledgeable and attentive wait staff!!

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Great for Brunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 24, 2016

one of our favorite restaurants, and really a great Thanksgiving meal

Tags: Notable Wine List, Outstanding Value, Casual, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 17, 2016

The food and service is consistently very good. A great place to have a nice meal in a quiet atmosphere that allows you to have a conversation.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 12, 2016

So-so in overall, I like that they have white cloth on the tables and my wife liked their duck dish, so we go their couple times a year. This time was OK, but not great

Food was decent. I believe I got wrong glass of wine. Service could be better, they got a party of either friends or regulars and kind of abandoned us.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 6, 2016

Consistently great food and service. The new server Mark, (I think that was his name) was very, very good.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 18, 2016

Great food and service right on the Harbor!! Starting from the bread through all the courses including dessert, it was all great!!

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Cozy, Spicy, People Watching, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 16, 2016

This is a lovely restaurant with great atmosphere. We were recently here to celebrate our 45 anniversary. The soups are wonderful and so are the sand dabs. Also surprise it is reasonable. I would return

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Fun, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 14, 2016

One of the few places you can share a conversation with friends.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 29, 2016

One of the few quiet restaurants left. You can actually hold a conversation without outside noise. Great menu, all fresh and delicious.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 28, 2016

The food was very good. The service was great. If we different have a Groupon coupon for $39 for two dinners it would have been $122.00. It is a bit pricey considering you could go to the Chart House and have a fantastic view of Dana Point Harbor for less.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 17, 2016

This is a favorite "go to place". Always quiet, great service and food. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 4, 2016

Great atmosphere, food and service. Will go back soon!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 28, 2016

Overall good experience except for the fact you were out of the wine that was reasonably priced. We ended spending more and that took us out of the loop for the future.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 16, 2016

Gemmell's does not disappoint, Luigi provide outstanding service and makes a great martini. The food for my daughter's birthday was as before wonderful. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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