Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.monamigabi.com/
  • Phone: 301-654-1234x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday:
    Lunch 11:30am-4:00pm Dinner 4:00pm-10:00pm

    Friday:
    Lunch 11:30am-4:00pm Dinner 4:00pm-11:00pm

    Saturday
    Brunch 11:30am-4:00pm Dinner 4:00pm-11:00pm

    Sunday
    Brunch 10:00am-3:00pm Dinner 3:00pm-10:00pm

    *Plus, we're happy to provide late-night bar service for one-hour after dining has finished.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, French
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Fleischauer
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our private room is available seven days a week for lunch, dinner and even breakfast meetings. The private room seats 40 guests comfortably and is located off the main dining room through glass paneled French doors, featuring deep mahogany wood, rich leather banquettes, a large wall in which wine is displayed & a mosaic tile floor. The room is audiovisual compatible for program events. Semi-private dining is also available for parties of 10 up to 150 guests. To view our packages and party menus, visit us at monamigabi.com or call (301) 654-1234.
  • Entertainment: Join us at for Live Jazz on Tues. evenings from 6-9 p.m. and Thurs. evenings from 7-10 p.m.! Give yourself a much-deserved break and take in music courtesy of the Greg Harrison Trio while enjoying your menu favorites. Whether it’s date night out – or you’re looking to escape your own kitchen – Mon Ami Gabi’s Live Jazz nights are the perfect way to add some pizzazz to the week.
  • Special Events: Appreciating the flavors and aromas of great wines adds a remarkable new element to your dining experience. That's why Mon Ami Gabi is proud to host a series of wine tastings and dinner events where Executive Chef Andrew Fleischauer combines an enticing menu with exquisite French and local wines. Be sure to visit us online at monamigabi.com to sign up for our e-newsletter and receive information on all of our upcoming events and special offers at Mon Ami Gabi.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wisconsin
  • Public Transit: Mon Ami Gabi is a 10 minute walk from the Bethesda Metro Station.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is $7. Parking also available on surrounding neighborhood streets, parking lots & garages.
A word from Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro and steakhouse. The traditional menu features classics such as the warm Onion Soup Au Gratin, Frisée & Bacon Salad with a soft-poached egg and croutons, Roast Chicken grand-mère style with mushrooms, bacon and pearl onions, as well as the trademark Steak Frites. At lunch, we offer lighter fare including crepes, quiches and seasonal salads. Come in Saturday and Sunday for our weekend brunch, featuring a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar!
To complement the cuisine, an extensive selection of over 80 boutique French wine varietals are served by the glass or bottle from our signature rolling wine cart.
Please Note: Reservations are taken for indoor seating only. Outdoor seating is available on first-come, first-serve bases.
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Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda reviews from OpenTable diners
438 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (217)neighborhood gem (212)special occasion (147)great for lunch (142)great for brunch (124)fit for foodies (113)romantic (97)good for groups (93)notable wine list (88)vibrant bar scene (68)kid-friendly (67)hot spot (54)late-night find (31)scenic view (7)Show More
  • Good food
    paokansasVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We sat outside for lunch, on the side of the restaurant. Sit in front where there is more of a breeze. The warm rolls were delicious and my sandwich was very good. It's an easy place to eat and is in the middle of Bethesda, so walkable and lots to do and see.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Always a fantastic experience -- food was fabulous and Jillian always does a great job taking care of us!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LesTVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food was good. I had a frisee salad and grilled trout. The salad was excellent. The trout could have done with somewhat less salt, otherwise it was fine. We ate outside, but not on the street, which I consider the best seats at the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Had a great night; service was a little slow but food was good; would return again sometime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Food was excellent as usual. Service was a little slow this time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    owilde
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Friendly prompt service; good food; a great place for a quick bite or a leisurely Sunday brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious, enjoyable meal
    Flamingogal
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    As always, we had a delicious meal, superb service at lovely Mon Ami Gabi. Good wine list, offering half bottles of excellent wine. House salad, salmon, trout and the profiteroles were simply divine. We'll be back. It's a great place to go before the movies as our waiter was mindful of our time constraints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Outdoor seating was great. Good service. Inside it seemed loud. Food was good (salads were delicious, taratre was great, dover sole special was overcooked but not inedibly so). Frites were good, but not enough long frites (lots of mostly really short fry pieces). I'd recommend for the location and good food, but it is not exceptional. I'd really wish to rate this as 3.5 stars, not just 3.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for business lunch.
    Engineer
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great place for business meetings and very pleasant atmosphere. Cosmopolitan, yet suburban. Makes all guests and clients feel special.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Standby
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We have dined at Mon Ami Gabi numerous times and have not yet been disappointed. The menu is not "inspired" but it is a great option for consistently good food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT BIRTHDAY DINNER!
    stishler
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    On a beautiful Thursday evening, Mon Ami Gabi in Bethesda was the perfect place for my wife and me to celebrate my 77th birthday! As usual, the food was extraordinarily delicious, the outdoor setting was lovely, and the service (provided by our excellent host/server Sean Russell) was simply outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • forgot the soup!
    bettyVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The waiter forgot my husbands soup entirely. They returned his steak and then brought the soup. By the time he finsihed his soup, the rest of the party had finished their meal. The waiter apologized but the timing was all off for our special occasion dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a good choice
    Business101VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Went to Mon Ami Gabi for appetizers and wine before catching a movie. Country pate and smoked salmon were both excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful lunch and service!
    MDfoodie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My son and I went there to celebrate his birthday and it was perfect. Our server (Jillian) was friendly and offered us some great advice on the best dishes of the day. My son had the steak with Roquefort and said it was one of the best he's had in a long time. I had the seared scallops which were cooked to perfection. When we looked at the dessert menu, our server said the kitchen had made their flourless chocolate cake which used to be on the menu but now only occasionally. My son wasn't sure if it would be too heavy and considered the mousse and our server said she'd bring him the cake and if he didn't like it she'd take it back and bring the other. Suffice it to say it was AMAZING. The server & great food made it a special event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • goodcook
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We sat outside so our table was delightfully quiet and we could converse easily. Service was great and the food was good. We ordered the steak frites, but I was happy that they offered to substitute garlic spinach for the French fries.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrible Kitchen - Unaccommodating
    bethesdafood
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My daughter, a vegetarian who is also lactose-intolerant, ordered the Vegetable Farcis w/o the goat cheese. 40 minutes (!!!!!) after we had ordered, our waiter (an extremely nice, attentive man) came to ask if there were any way my daughter could eat the goat cheese. My wife explained her allergies and the waiter went back to the kitchen. A few minutes later, our waiter comes back and says that the chef simply cannot take out the goat cheese from the Vegetable Farcis. (?!!) She ends up ordering the salmon and spinach salad without the salmon. We have now waited over an hour for our dishes and in the bill, they charged $17.95 even though there wasnt any salmon in her salad (despite previous times when they have discounted the price).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch
    Brunch
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    While the food was good, our service was marginal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nawlins
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great variety of menu items for the kids wanting a sandwich to adults wanting a full meal. Happened to be Restaurant Week, so I got an incredible 3 course meal (chicken and mushroom crepe) for $16. Only downside was the noise level - we were 6 at a round table, and I couldn't hear my friend across the table.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Brunch
    BarbJ
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The service was exemplary, the brunch menu was varied and the food was well prepared. This is a perfect place for meeting friends for Sunday Brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid Food, Atmosphere OK
    HungryForFoodVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food here is consistently good, but this is generally not my choice of restaurants. I think the atmosphere is a little stuffy for my taste. They make a solid steak and great appetizers. Part of my family loves this restaurant, thus why I come fairly often. Small gripe: asked to split a soup and they brought us two half orders, charging us 1.5x the amount for the soup. I believe there was less soup in the two half-orders than a single full order, as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great choice
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Always enjoy Mon Ami Gabi! Especially love the 'fish & frites.! The frites come w/ many entrees and are to die for.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little disappointing
    Sandygardener
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I have eaten here before and enjoyed the food. This time, the special--Dover sole--was utterly bland, and came with a glob of tasteless spinach on top. Plus, the cost was quite high, more than $10 over the other seafood dishes. It just wasn't worth it. I was truly disappointed. Others in our party of six were satisfied with their less costly meals. Service was okay considering it was a busy Friday night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent Place for a birthday dinner.
    AndrewjbVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We took the family here for my birthday dinner. The food was good as usual. My son wasn't thrilled with his steak because he said it had pepper. We later learned that the steaks soak in a pepper mixture before cooking.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • special order salad
    robertadcVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    There was a nice sounding appetizer salad of Summer tomatoes, but I wasn't in the food for the heavier entrees My server suggested adding a protein to the salad and I really enjoyed a grilled salmon filet on top of the tomatoes. Great suggestion and very good lunch
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent restaurant
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Excellent food, curtious service. Good bar, good seating, easy vallet parking
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The trout amandine was superb, desserts very good if a little heavy. Mon Ami Gabi is a busy bistro, even early in the evening, but our server was reasonably attentive and the atmosphere pleasant. Definitely worth a return visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mon Ami Gabi Bethesda
    NoelVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Terrific brunch! The food was great, the menu varied, the service was excellent (thanks Tony) and the ambience was nice (a little on the noisy side but not too bad). We love going here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect
    UpperNorthWester20016
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Mon Ami Gabi, never fails. It is always an exquisite date night location. And the surprise restaurant week menu only added to the pleasure. 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Deafening
    Bill
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The noise level destroyed any ambiance. Had to shout to hold a conversation.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Unpleasant Dining in the Bar Area
    NewFanVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were about 45 minutes early for our reservation and could not be seated at any of the empty tables in the dining rooms since they were all committed to 6:30 reservations. It was one of those times, that all the outdoor tables were also taken. After ordering drinks we were able to get a table in the bar area that was vacated. Unlike our previous dining room experiences, it proved to be very unpleasant. The table was really too small for a party of 4, the ceiling fan directly over us could not be turned down. with no table cloths, dishes were clattered onto the tables, the nearby bar was noisy and crowded our table. Skip the bar area if you want to hear your dinner party -- forget about having a relaxing dinner there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid local favorite, great service
    YoungDocInChevyChaseVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is a five minute walk from me on a strip with MANY restaurants. The food is consistently well executed and fairly priced (although a few of the salads are on the "silly small" side). They are usually packed for dinner and as a result the food is always fresh (lots of turnover). The servers are courteous and professional, manager is gracious and genuinely interested in your experience. I have provided constructive criticism once or twice (done with positive attitude) and my issue is always addressed without hesitation. They are great with older people like my mom (patient and courteous). Join their rewards program - worth it! Cocktails are slipping a bit. The only thing that needs tweaking. And bring back duck confit with cherries!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sadly declined from prior visits
    FrequentpatronVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We have enjoyed dining at Mon Ami Gabi for years - however, I dont think we will be returning. One or two slips would merit another chance, but our experience on Friday evening leaves little or no hope. The main courses included their signature Steak Frites and the highly priced and hightly touted Dover Sole. The steak was over-cooked and still managed to be cool. The fries -- also cold. The Dover Sole was almost certainly frozen, not fresh, overcooked and dry; and served under a bed of spinach apparently designed to completely obscure the sorry fish. Service was spotty at best. Sad indeed.
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  • Excellent Steak Frites, etc
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were very pleased with our meals and the service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bethesda French Bistro
    WakeParentVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Mon Ami has always been reliable for a good meal, either as a family celebration spot or an evening out with my husband.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NickVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Had the experience where you ask for medium rare, it comes rare, you ask for a just a little more and it comes back 15 minutes later medium well done. And you know if you try again it will be another 15 minutes with uncertain results so you just eat it, literally and figuratively.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bethesda Restaurant Week Surprise!
    Jdawg
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I made a reservation and requested to be seated outside on such a lovely day! I learned it was Bethesda Restaurant Week (July 29-August 10) so we had a 3-course lunch meal for $16 per person. I ordered the French Onion Soup, the Sandwich du Jour (open faced sandwich with smoked salmon, asparagus, and a side of pomme frites), and dessert option was chocolate mousse. Everything was delicious (but I may have wanted to order the mushroom and chicken crepe instead). Our waiter was also very friendly and attentive. This is such a cute French bistro!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mon Ami Gabi
    ChrisGw52VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    My husband and I joined another couple for a weeknight dinner at Mon Ami Gabi in Bethesda. We sat outside at a sidewalk table which was busy but not too crowded. The food and drinks were good, as was the service. It is one of my regular places in Bethesda.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • omindini@gmail.com
    Magali
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We really liked our server Ben--he was charming, fun and courteous. Ben's interruptions to our table were timely and done carefully, I noticed. However, I didn't like that after making reservations for two and specifying it was a birthday celebration, we were given a table right in front of the bussing/service table where plates and left-over food were being cleared and a lot of noise made--even water fell to the ground and we were asked to lift our feet. Ben really saved the night. The food was nice but not extraordinary.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • poor service
    LEXTer
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    One waiter per room at lunch time not paying attention and completely overwhelmed, to a point of looking angry at us
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  • An Average Joe
    halkVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    White the French Onion Soup was tasty, the seafood crepe was dry and rather tasteless. For some reason they put the seafood on top of the crepe instead of in it and it was cold, rubbery and was missing seasoning. The pancake (crepe) beneath the topping was just folded in quarters and had a cream sauce splattered around it. With the sauce being sparse, the salad garnish overpowered the dish with it's bitterness.
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    • Noise LevelModerate