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34471 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2906 (Dana Point Harbor Drive)
+1 949-234-0063
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Laguna Beach, California
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food is really good. Very tasty and portions are appropriate. Definitely check out this place if you are in mood for good food. The location is right in the Dana point harbor. No fantastics views except for the people you go with. The decor is very European and nice. The service was good not over the top friendly but... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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179 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was there for lunch on a Saturday. I loved the quiet atmosphere in which you could actually hear your dining companions. The food was excellent. I had sand dabs, which you don't find in many restaurants. They are commonly found in cafes in France. The service was professional and the atmosphere was relaxing. The highlight of our meal was... More 

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Thank LSCats
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lived in the area for many years but never tried this restaurant. Saw there was a groupon and decided to give it a try. We arrived to an almost empty room and found out there was a special groupon menu. Made our selections and then some rolls came. Not very interesting just rolls. We had an asparagus in puff pastry... More 

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Dana Point, California
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2017

My wife and I decided to give this restaurant a try after hearing about it from friends. Next thing you know we see a deal on Groupon. This was right on time and we used the Groupon for "Date Night". From making the reservation, to the bread, to the dinner and dessert everything was classy. We definitely recommend checking out... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

This is a great place, something OC sorely needs. Two suggestions: the Ceasar Salad was limp and with too much dressing which made it worse; go for the crunchy green center of the Romaine and lighten up on the dressing. The dinner rolls were, well, just "rolls". Make them more pastry-like to befit such a wonderfully smashing restaurant. Other than... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Really enjoyed this restaurant. We used a Groupon for a 4 course dinner for two for $59. We had duck pate, lobster bisque, mushroom soup, pork tenderloin, sand dabs, crepes suzette and chocolate cake. A very good deal for the price. Everything was very good, but not special. But I must say that I may have never tried duck pate... More 

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Dana Point, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 February 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 is a great ambiance. Will definitely return.

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Thank jenniferguido
Dana Point, California
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 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.

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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198 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 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. We were there on a Friday night and there were only about ten customers in... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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112 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 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 and wonderfully prepared food pairings will not be disappointed. Unlike the neighboring competition which offer... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Cuisine
French, American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?