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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 artisanal American comfort food in a coastal setting.

Lunch Mon.-Sat., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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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. Be warned: The menu's proclamation to "come hungry" is not hyperbole. Start with a plate of calamari served with crispy sage and serrano chile, or opt for the fire-grilled flatbread with pear, black fig jam, arugula, prosciutto and blue cheese. Mains feature beef, poultry and seafood dishes that are generous and balanced, highlighted by herb-roasted chicken with green beans and roast garlic au jus and the spicy Pacific red snapper. 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, while weekend warriors can enjoy brunch dishes like a fried chicken Benedict.


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