Mon Ami Gabi
Mon Ami Gabi

Mon Ami Gabi

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.monamigabi.com/
  • Phone: (773) 348-8886
  • Hours of Operation:
    DINNER HOURS:

    Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    *Twice a year, Mon Ami Gabi Chicago hosts a special 'Sunday Brunch' for Easter and Mother's Day Celebration!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, French
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Shedden
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Mon Ami Gabi's airy interior sets a fresh, cosy atmosphere. This casual bistro is not only warm and welcoming, but also offers guests scenic outdoor dining during the summer months with a great view of the Lincoln Park Conservatory.
    The Private Room seats 30 guests, our semi-private Room seats 50 guests, with the entire restaurant seating groups up to 150 guests. The room is audio visual compatible for program events. To view our packages and party menus, visit us at monamigabi.com or call (773) 348-8886.
  • Entertainment: 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 cooking classes, wine tastings and dinner events where our Executive Chef 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.
  • 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 cooking classes, wine tastings and dinner events where our Executive Chef 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: Fullerton
  • Public Transit: CTA 22 bus or 36 bus to Belden/Clark
    CTA 151 bus Inner Drive
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Mon Ami Gabi is located at 2300 N Lincoln Park West, in the historic Belden Stratford. We are on the corner of Belden and N. Lincoln Park West, 1 block south of Fullerton and two blocks east of Clark St.

    Valet is $14 and parking is also available on surrounding neighborhood streets, parking lots & garages.
A word from Mon Ami Gabi
Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro and steakhouse. While the favorites are all here in abundance, there is always something new to try from the ever-evolving menu. 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.
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. Guests will enjoy the airy interior with our large French windows opening out onto the Lincoln Park Conservatory, or in the summer months, the lovely outdoor garden.
Please Note: Reservations are taken for indoor seating only. Outdoor patio seating is available on first-come, first-serve bases.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Mon Ami Gabi reviews from OpenTable diners
288 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (182)special occasion (146)romantic (123)great for outdoor dining (118)fit for foodies (103)notable wine list (78)scenic view (46)good for groups (41)hot spot (36)kid-friendly (34)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (11)great for lunch (10)great for brunch (8)Show More
  • Consistent and reliable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Mon ami Gaby is always dependable and reliable. Perfect for a birthday celebration or just a dinner with friends starting with heated French bread and delicious "sides". A variety of choices for the main course provide something for everyone. It is always a good decision when I dine there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic As Always!
    JudithofGold
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    My husband & I were at Mon Ami Gabi for our anniversary dinner. We have been dining there since it was "UN Gran Café", and we were just dating! So Mon Ami is where we do a lot of celebrating. We started with the mussels which we love, and cocktails. Then on to beef wellington for my husband and hanger steak for me (with a malbec). Both perfectly prepared. Just had to finish with our favorite profiteroles! Great service with Luis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent choice of dishes, well-prepared
    hikerpainterVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Our waitress and her assistants provided excellent service. We were even seated early when we arrived, before the rest of our party even appeared. Everyone was pleased with their food. Beef Wellington, a special, was very generous in size and delicious as well. Very reasonable pricing. Ambiance and a taste of France in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner with friends/family from out of state
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We had out of state company and after a day at the Field Museum and a walk around we had a wonderful dinner with good food, good wine and good service. We were able to introduce our fiends to some new foods and drinks. Our server and those that assisted were attentive and helpful. We had a great table so were not jostled by those walking to and fro. The steaks, the Dover Sole, venison and scallops were all cooked perfectly and very good. We had a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely recommend.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This restaurant is just around the corner and yet - I had never been there before. For my parents' 40th wedding anniversary, I wanted to take them to some place special, and Mon Ami Gabi seemed like a good choice based on the Yelp reviews. All three of us were very impressed - great food, very good atmosphere, excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfectly cooked food, always a good meal.
    ChicagoDori
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The carrot salad amuse was so good my friend requested more. The bread was warm, crusty and delicious. The cocktail shrimp was cooked right and nice and cold. The wine was light and smooth. The steak grilled over a real Fire and cooked to perfection. Delicious. The cappuccino was amazing and I should have ordered another. Definitely going back soon. A great neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    fashionableVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We don't eat here as often as we could if they were in the gold coast area, but for a good, French dining experience, they rate high praise. Clattering plates, bustling waiters, tile floor, closely packed tables are all required in a French bistro atmosphere. Steak & fries are good, Bernaise terrific as are many of their entrees--not exceptionally great but very satisfying and tasty, desserts are good, particularly the profiteroles and they used to do a great lemon tart that we miss. Wines by the glass offer a good range of choices. Everyone can find something they really love on the pretty broad menu for a bistro concept.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cozy and classic atmosphere
    Dana
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The restaurant has a charming and cozy atmosphere. It is a romantic date night place. Outstanding service and food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rix Reviews
    Rico
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This place is consistently good. We come 350 miles round trip from out of state to enjoy the frisée salad, steak frites, skate wing and the delicious and warm baguette. It truly feels like one is back in Paris.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MonAmi4Moi
    glad2havefoundFound
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Four of us went to Mon Ami Gabi last Tuesday night for dinner and I was pleasantly surprised. It had been years since I've dined there, and the food was every bit as good as I remembered. Two of us ordered one o the specials; Whitefish seared and served with a crisp, warm kale and pine nuts. Excellent. One diner had the skate wing, which he loved, and the other also was pleased with his scallops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something has changed
    Borninnd
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We have enjoyed this restaurant and its predecessor for 30 years or so. Now I have had two lackluster meals in a row. My salad was tired and limp, as though it had been pre-mixed and sitting around in the kitchen instead of being made to order. Host was brusque and unwelcoming. Our server was friendly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chicago's Best Bistro
    foodandwineloverchgoVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Here is a restaurant that maintains it's quality, authenticity and good-value year after year. I really think this is the best and perhaps most authentic French Bistro in Chicago. Everything we had was delicious. And it is quite nicely priced...food and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as usual
    JPJPVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I've been coming here for years and the food was just ok this time. My Filet with Merlot Butter came out more on the cold side with the sauce congealing. I didn't want to make a fuss so I didn't send it back since it was my friend's birthday. They did however send out a nice profiterole for his birthday dessert which i was very happy with.
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  • Consistently Excellent
    WolfieVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    As usual, Mon Ami Gabi provides the BEST in food quality and the TOPS in service, all for a very fair price given its tony location. It does not take much incentive for us (Highland Park) to make the trip to M.A.G.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Improved
    Jean
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    On a previous occasion, I was disappointed. But pleasantly surprised that the food and service improved since then.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GoBlue
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Very good. We dine there on special occasions such as my daughter's birthday party which was the reason for the latest visit.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Love4GreatFood
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Fabulous place, but having to wait an hour (even with reservations), was just irritating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christine Barnowski
    Crissybaby
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Really enjoyed eating outside on the evening of October 25! Service was excellent and the food very good (except for the chocolate mousse). French onion soup, steak frites, escargot -- all the bistro classics were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad we selected Mon Ami Gabi!
    luv2enjoywhereidine
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We were in Chicago for a quick meeting but our hotel was at the airport. We decided we shouldn't pass on an opportunity to dine at Mon Ami Gabi since it had been recommended the last time we visited but couldn't fit it into our schedule. The service was terrific, thank you Denise; the wine list was very good and the food was fantastic. The ambiance was perfect, lively but not too loud. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice space but food is lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    After all these years, this place still maintains its charm and its vibe. This past clvisit the food was surprisingly just so so. The shrimp cocktail was great but the steak with bernaise was tough. The filet would have been a better choice. The accompanying "frites" aren't what you find in any Parisian cafe but instead little potato shards. The side of green beans had no flavor. I've had great meals here but this wasn't one of them. The hostess was charming and the waiter was oerfectly attentive. The service falls short with the bus staff who kept wanting to clear before we were done and then were brusque when they did clear. Still it's a pleasant dining experience in a charming setting and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still great
    QuinnVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I always have a great experience at Mon Ami Gabi. the staff is wonderful. We didn't like the wine that we selected and the waiter opened a new bottle for us at no extra charge. Because I am a frequent diner there, the maitre d sent a special appetizer and dessert. Mon Ami never disappoints and is always top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum
    Diner13
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This restaurant was delicious without being ridiculously expensive. Would definitely return. Best steak!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    JimG
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Non pretentious French Restaurant. Had the Trout Amadine and the Scottish Sea Trout, both were great. The Scallops Gratinnees appetizer were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable neighborhood restaurant
    Travelingfoodi
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    It's the closest thing to reasonably priced fine dining in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The food and service are always consistent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We have dined at Mon Ami Gabi many times. We value the consistently very good food, the good service and the cozy atmosphere. The meal we had Friday night was once again delicious in a warm, inviting atmosphere with a gracious server.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jk22
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The steak classique is my favorite meal to get and it never dissapoints. It's perfect for taragon lovers. Definitely make reservations. It was completely packed even on a Wednesday night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stellar Service
    TeeDubs
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    There was never a moment where the staff did not make us feel welcome and go the extra mile to make our dining experience special. We were greeted with a "Happy Birthday" and received special birthday treatment the moment we sat down. Denise was an absolute delight! Escargot and mousse were noteable; seafood platter had a little less seafood than could fill two people. Recommend as a starter, not as a main entree.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mon Ami Changes
    Jeanette
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I've been a long time customer at Mon Ami and I hate to say this but the quality of food changed dramatically. The bouillabaisse was served on a flat plate and the brooth lacked flavor. So not only get the soup get cold fast but it was not savory. I still love the staff and atmosphere at Mon Ami; Just bring the old chef and menu back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding dining experience!
    SouthCarolina
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I were visiting Chicago during our 25th wedding anniversary. After reading reviews about Mon Ami Gabi online, we decided to give it a try. It was an outstanding dining experience with wonderful service, romantic outdoor dining, a great wine list and delicious food. We were quite surprised to receive a complimentary dessert at the end of our meal because they knew it was our anniversary. We will definitely visit this restaurant again the next time we are in Chicago!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad food timing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Was two bites into soup before entree arrived. Seemed very disorganized last night
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treat you right
    MomSaysVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We went for the special holiday dinner with a large group. we were seated promptly. the menu was appropriate and delicious and best of all we were allowed to also order off the regular menu as we wished.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rosh Hashanah Dinner
    pyrotacky
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I went for the 2014 Rosh Hashanah dinner and was really impressed. I was joined with a guest who has grown up with wonderfully home prepared holiday meals. They were very surprised to find the kitchen at Mon Ami presented the traditional fare in a manner that was up to par with a Jewish Grandmother. Hats off Mon Ami....you made a lover of Gefilte Fish out of me!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sam
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Great vibe and wonderful service! Salmon salad was fab! Scallops just right! Ginger/cranberry martini was very very yummy!!!!! Go again for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service & Atmosphere Great. Food?
    TSTnT
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Maybe we were there on an off night. We had the Tomato Salad which was pulverized with too much salt. My girlfriend had the Classic Steak, which was good. I had the Beef Wellington which was one tough cut of meat. If you're going to pay over $30 for a piece of meat you shouldn't have to saw through it. A good steak should cut in a few strokes. Kind of disappointing. 

Food aside it is a very nice place to meet up for drinks, maybe appetizers, but based off the meal I had I would not go back for dinner. Outstanding service. Really top notch. Food? Meh.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great Food and wait staff that cares for the people
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic service and meal
    baconNeggsVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our server went above and beyond to assure we were beyond pleased with our experience at this little gem. It helped overlook our error in booking during the "child friendly" hour of 6:30pm.. While the children were distracting, once they left it was absolutely perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointing!
    adventurousdiner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have always enjoyed Mon Ami Gabi but hadn't been there in awhile due to parking challenges. Decided to bring a friend there for a special occasion & was looking forward to it. I ordered Skate fish & a side dish of mushrooms. I am a vegetarian who eats fish so I eat fish often-- this was a first life experience to run across one so poorly cooked that I left more than half on my plate. It was totally unseasoned & browned to a crisp outside with an odd texture inside. The mushrooms were not even warm, seemed as if they had been sitting out awhile. The salad my friend ordered was the best part. Not sure if it was an off-nite for the chef or what but I would not return there again. Terribly disappointing!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Even with our reservation we waited 20 mins to be seated.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mon Ami Gabi
    Knick2KnameVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Host made a point he was doing us a favor by arranging a table for two that may have otherwise been used for four. Our reservation was for a 6pm seating and only a 1/4, if that, of the tables were in use. Wife's fish and hariot vert were overcooked. My ribeye steak was cooked perfectly but had too much gristle. The server, Diane (I think), was excellent.
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  • Enjoyable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We came here for dinner before a show at the Apollo. Service was excellent. Food quite good. Nice wine list. We would recommend it, and will dine there again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate