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Jimmy's Famous American Tavern

25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr. (Golden Lantern St.) Send to Phone
949-388-8900 | Menu
David Wilhelm returns to Orange County to serve up artisanal American comfort food in a coastal setting.
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Lunch Mon.-Sat., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sun.

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Dining room at Jimmy's Famous American Tavern, Dana Point, CA

Jimmy's Famous American Tavern Restaurant Review

: After spending a few years in San Diego, restaurateur David Wilhelm returned to Orange County, where he built a devoted following spanning more than two decades. However, those familiar with Wilhelm’s past endeavors will see his softer side at this venue ensconced in the Dana Point harbor. The spacious restaurant juxtaposes floor-to-ceiling windows with warm woods and a vibrant living wall that fills the room with a lodge-like vibe. The resulting ambience works keenly with the nice list of libations, as well as the kitchen’s take on American comfort food. Start with a plate of the enormous beer-battered onion rings accompanied by house-made chipotle ketchup, or opt for the fire-grilled flatbread featuring pear, black fig jam, arugula, prosciutto and Gorgonzola. Mains feature beef, poultry and seafood dishes that are generous and smartly balanced, highlighted by the buttermilk fried chicken with chive mashed potatoes and the braised short ribs paired with a heap of pappardelle in a Dijon-horseradish cream. The compact dessert menu lists creative endings such as banana, vanilla and brown butter “Bananageddon.” The lunch crowd can come in from the docks to choose from a bevy of big burgers, sandwiches and salads.

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