A fancy dinner is a great way to celebrate a major milestone, such as finally graduating to solid foods. You’re all grown up with this Groupon.
$59 for a four-course prix-fixe French dinner for two (up to $114.15 total value)
Choice of shared appetizer (up to an $11.95 value)
- Mixed wild mushrooms sautéed in herb butter
- House-made puff pastry in creamy herb white wine sauce with asparagus
- Duck liver mousse with toast points and aspic
Choice of two soups or salads (up to an $8.95 value each)
- Mixed baby green salad
- Cream of wild mushroom soup
- Classic Caesar salad
- French onion soup
Choice of two entrees (up to a $29.95 value each)
- Chicken Provençale
- Poached salmon
- New York strip steak au poivre
- Vegetable ratatouille
Choice of two desserts (up to an $8.95 value each)
- Crepes in a tangerine Grand Manier butter-caramel sauce
- Vanilla crème brûlée
Choice of two drinks (up to a $3.25 value each)
Rich soups, seafood in butter sauce, filet mignon, creamy desserts—the high points of French cuisine are well-represented at Gemmell's Restaurant. Chef Gemmell uses that tradition as a starting point for a menu that reflects the multicultural techniques you might expect from a chef of his background. Born to a Scottish family living in Guatemala, Chef Gemmell moved to the United States in 1971 and landed a job as a busboy serving famous cartoon characters at the Disneyland Hotel. He soon began working his way up in the kitchen, opening his first eatery by the age of 30.
Today, at his namesake restaurant, Chef Gemmell smokes his own fish, quail, and goose, and devises his own recipes for ice creams and pastries—skills that lead Gayot to write that the chef is a "rather underrated restaurateur in South Orange County." The menu celebrates Pacific Coast seafood, along with the tender meats and vegetables given classic French preparations. Once you enter past the palmettos and white ironwork that guard the restaurant (tucked away near Dana Cove), the ambience is equally Old World. A carved wooden mantel and tall chairs and tables create a setting that imparts an eclectic homeyness without losing a drop of elegance.