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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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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Thank STEVE T
Dana Point, California
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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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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Thank NelsonD148
Laguna Beach, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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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Thank Chas B
Laguna Niguel, California
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28 reviews
17 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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Thank Robert O
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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21 reviews
13 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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Thank Stella0015
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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188 reviews
121 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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Thank rayu
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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Thank hgreenleaf2
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 November 2016

This contemporary French restaurant is in the thick of Seafood restaurants in beautiful Dana Point! Located in the Dana Point Marina area, this fun restaurant offers a fine French bistro decorated atmosphere. The service was wonderful from start to finish, and the food truly well done! We had seafood and duck dishes that with excellent prepared sauces offered incredible taste... More 

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Thank Michael P
Riverton
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

There is such a great atmosphere when you walk in. We were celebrating our 45 th anniversary and this was perfect. The choices were delicious and reasonably priced. We would definitely go there again

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Cuisine
French, American, Seafood
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?