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464 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary French, French
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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
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Phone number
(949) 234-0063
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Byron Gemmell
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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.
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Private party contact
Barbara: (949) 234-0063
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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.
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Cross street
Dana Point Harbor Drive
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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).
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Public transit
Public transit stops in front of the Harbor of Dana Point.
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Thursday nights.
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
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4.2  based on all time ratings
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipsidekick (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on March 8, 2017

Great salmon and very good service

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  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.

vipdineoutqueen (Orange County)
2.0  Dined on February 24, 2017

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

vipDinedaily7 (Orange County)
5.0  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!

Ruthie (Orange County)
4.0  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!!

Stop (Orange County)
1.0  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!!!!

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2017

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

Groc (Orange County)
4.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

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