Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

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Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro that embraces a passion for food, wine and culture. Whether you come for the Onion Soup Au Gratin, Steak Frites or decadent Profiteroles, Mon Ami Gabi offers something to satisfy all tastes. To complement the menu, an extensive selection of boutique French wines, handpicked by chef/owner Gabino Sotelino, are served from our signature rolling wine cart. Note: All reservations are confirmed for indoor seating; outdoor dining is first come/first served. Now delivering on UberEATS. Visit ubereats.com or download the app! Free food is just one text away! Text GABIMD to 70717 to get deals on appetizers, desserts and more sent to your phone. [You’ll receive up to 4 msgs/month from an automated system. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel/HELP for help. Consent to text messaging terms not required for purchase. Mobile T&Cs: leye.com/terms-of-use & Privacy Policy: leye.com/privacy-policy]
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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Cold steaks 2x

UB
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We had a business commitment for dinner at another place with others, but wanted some great desserts afterward. I recommended Mon Ami Gabi for its profiteroles and crème brûlée. We arrived and the dining room was packed! It was Saturday night, bien sûr !
Anyway, it was quite slow getting a menu and ordering, but the result was all I hoped for. 2 orders of profiteroles and 1 crème brûlée and “oohs and ahs” all around the table! A little espresso or cappuccino and the evening had a perfect ending.

If you have not tried their profiteroles you MUST! I mean what’s not to love — nice little puff pastries filled with exceptional vanilla ice cream and topped with dark chocolate syrup!
We’ve heard things like this, in a cup, called parfaits, but this IS the perfect dessert, in my humble opinion!

I’ll be back, but for much more of the great menu next time.

Oh, and in terms of ambiance, Bethesda is MUCH better than their Reston location and worth some extra drive time, if that choice applies to you.

A la prochaine, mon ami, Gabi!!!!

LG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Exceptional value for delicious food, ambiance and wines.the back room by the kitchen is quiet compared to the front area.

NW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We went for a 1st anniversary celebration and had a party of 12 - two tables with 6 at each. Our waiter, Ruben, was excellent and had 1 or 2 assistants helping him to keep things moving with our large party. The food was great, the service excellent, and while we didn't rush, we were able to get on to our follow-up celebration across town in Bethesda by 8:30. Great job Ruben!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excelente!

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S
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mon Ami Gabi was the perfect place to take our friends for a delicious and cozy dinner. The food was sumptuous, the ambience inviting and warm, and the service excellent. My rib eye and frites were so good, that is all I am ever ordering there from now on. That and the macaroni gratin, which I chose for my appetizer and which is macaroni and cheese better than you have had before, pure creamy and cheesy goodness. We could have stayed there chatting and enjoying ourselves all evening -- that's how cozy this place was -- but we had to go home and walk the dog!

CM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Thanks! We really enjoyed our evening! Good food!

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Tried this restaurant as it appeared as one of the top 10 in Bethesda. Was disappointed to arrive and find it a themed chain restaurant. The type of place that hosts large parties, one of which we were unfortunately sat beside.

Service was solid. Food lacked depth. Entire experience was bland and unremarkable.

Reliable option but not worth a special trip.

T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is welcoming and festive and the service is excellent!

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Toblerone, Thank you for your review. I'm happy to hear that you find the atmosphere festive and the service excellent. Please join us again soon. Best, Adam Murphy General Manager

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R
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We are regulars, and enjoy the food offerings. They had a salmon Wellington special that was superb. I do miss the seafood towers though!!

LG
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice for a special occasion. Delicious Well prepared food

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded 4 days ago

Dear LindaG, Thank you for celebrating with us! I'm glad that you enjoyed the food. We look forward to taking great care of you again soon. Best, Adam Murphy General Manager

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CK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food in bistro ambience. Great service.

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded 4 days ago

Dear CharK, I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed yourself. We aim to please. Please let me know if I can ever assist you with a reservation. Best, Adam Murphy General Manager

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FB
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server excellent and food excellent.

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded 4 days ago

Dear FeliciaB, Thank you for your comments. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your server and the food. Come back and see us soon. Warm Regards, Adam Murphy General Manager

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Mon Ami is a great, consistent go-to. On this visit, though, found the breakfast items tasty but the breakfast menu limited. Also, more attention needs to be paid to cleanliness. The booth where we were seated had a SIGNIFICANT amount of dust on the ledge behind it and on the decorative molding surrounding it. Not appealing at all. It’s probably time to close it on a Sunday night and overnight through Monday to give it a thorough scrubbing.

Waitstaff is always excellent. Today’s visit was no exception.

K
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food here is ok - Not Fabulous but good. The waitress I had was wonderful - helpful - attentive and very sweet!

t
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good as always.

S
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice restaurant. I took my girlfriend there for Valentine's Day and I was impressed with the atmosphere and the location-- Bethesda Row is really nice at night. We both had steak frites-- I had the roquefort which was incredible and she had the clasique which was also very good. A little tip- when they bring out the carrots, you're supposed to eat them with the baguette. I made a fool of myself eating them with a fork.

m
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Mon Ami Gabi for Valentine's Day with my stepbrother and stepsister, two couples. Even though we arrived at 8:30, there were people starting their meals well after us.

Service was very friendly and accommodating. We tried three different wines before making up our minds, without pressure or being charged. The food was lovely, wonderful "French Kiss" oysters, Beef Bourgignon and Sole Meuniere, along with an excellent Chocolate Caramel Tart. Mon Ami Gabi is a wonderful place for a fine meal on a special occasion!

LG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for Valentine's Day! The wait staff was friendly. Although we had a reservation, we still had to wait about 20 minutes for a table. It's Valentine's Day, though - I understand they're busy. The food portions were good, the food was tasty (both my girlfriend and I got the Classique). Also, at the end each table got a free rose!

H
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mon Ami Gabi had a free, to-go pink rose for every couple on Valentine’s Day. Super classy and it saved my six for not getting my wife any flowers.

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Houston, I'm happy you enjoyed the flower. We'll try to do that again next year. See you soon, Adam Murphy' General Manager

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Was a great experience, but had to get thru the miscue with Maitre d and OpenTable. The Md did not have the reservation in the system. Mind u this is Valentines Day 7pm. I booked it months ago. I showed the Md the reservation on my phone. She wasn’t buying it. My wife even showed her the invitation that I forwarded her weeks ago she on her phone. Yeah, for once I really planned ahead. Manager wanted to call OpenTable. R u kidding? I’m sure they’re waiting eagerly for that. Fortunately, someone walks and cancels in front of us. Problem solved. Next time, I’ll call to confirm the confirmation... “They know how to take the reservation, they just don’t know how to HOLD the reservation” 🙂. I wonder how it would have gone otherwise? ?? Anyway, we won’t let this ruin our years of experience dining at Mon Ami. Love the place.

Funny little extra, my wife has trouble reading the menu in dim light these days. The wait staff brought a box of reading glasses to choose specs from. Awesome!!!

SK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always have a wonderful experience at Mon Ami Gabi. Most frequently at the Las Vegas location, and now at the Bethesda location. We'll be back!

l
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent from the hostess to the server. Our server was attentive without being bothersome. Our drinks were never empty and the food was great. The background music was from the 50s but we happen to like music from that timeframe.

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded on February 16, 2020

Dear Lovegoodfood, Thank you for your nice review. I'm happy to hear that your server was attentive. It's also nice to hear that you enjoyed the food. Come back soon and see us again. Best, Adam Murphy General Manager

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TD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Maybe my expectations were set too high but I cannot recommend this place yet. We may go back one more time to see fi they had an off night. However restaurants should certainly not have off nights on weekends. Steak was extremely thin and was red vice well done, some of the pasta shells were burnt, had to seek out waiter for everything, desserts were a train wreck. Wine selection seems nice however.

JH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I spent our Valentine's dinner at Mon Ami Gabi. Great choice. The service, food, and ambience were excellent. They often gluten-free items.

OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food. Staff was amazing.

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded on February 16, 2020

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for your email. I'm happy to hear that service and food were both great. It is always nice to hear when we do well. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Thank you, Adam Murphy General Manager

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EB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We have been at Mon Ami Gabi in Chicago several times and my husband has been to the Bethesda location as well and always had an excellent experience. This time not so good. We had a bad server. Who was inattentive and didn’t get our order correctly.
The wine by the glass he recommended was flat, the Caesar salad was tasteless and the tuna special that was supposed to be served rare and was overdone. The escargot and trout with brown sage butter were delicious as usual.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience from beginning to end

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for your kind review. I hope you are able to come and join us again soon. Warm Regards, Adam Murphy General Manager

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good experience.

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded on February 16, 2020

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for the kind words. Come back and see us again soon! Adam

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AR
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The duck was delicious and the service was great. Highly recommend this cozy french restaurant.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Grill wasn’t working so no steak at a steak place. Lunch order took 45 min to arrive.

R
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have a lovely birthday dinner. Many thanks to all.

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded on February 16, 2020

Dear JenniferR, Thank you for the nice review. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the birthday celebration. Please join us in the near future. Best, Adam

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T
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had great steaks and pomme frites and exceptional blueberry sorbet and good service cannot ask for more than that and we got a parking space on the street in downtown Bethesda!!!!

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded on February 12, 2020

Dear Tuffcritic, Thank you for the great review. I, too, love the Blueberry sorbet. I'm happy you found a good parking spot. Come back and see us soon. Warm Regards, Adam Murphy General Manager

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S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate any event. Festive with great food.

M
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a professionally run , first class restaurant managed nearly flawlessly by a caring , elegant manger, Adam .
Service is generally impeccable and was especially so today thanks to the absolutely charming Eric.
All brunch choices from salads to artichokes to pommes frites with bernaise sauce to fresh and delectable trout to quiche Lorraine to superb eggs Benedict with steak- all - were served warm and ready to be devoured.
MonAmiGabi is a massive success and should be visited over and over— but please do not forget to make a reservation!

w
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Mon Ami Gabi is one of the best French restaurants in DC, and it's my number one "go to" place in Bethesda. I particularly love going there in the early evening, when it is relatively uncrowded. Lunchtime (or brunchtime, as it happens) is also appealing, because of the menu and modest prices, but the noice level and confusion can be off-putting. But I certainly recommend it, and am glad that it's doing so well,

EB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We called ahead as we were celebrating a graduation and they accommodated us and allowed us to bring decorations no problem. Our server was fantastic.

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded on February 12, 2020

Dear ElisaB, Thanks for the nice review. I'm happy to hear that Jordan took good care of you. Come and see us again soon! Thank you, Adam Murphy General Manager

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J
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal. Classic Bistro menu, well prepared and presented.

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded on February 12, 2020

Dear John, Thank you for the nice compliment. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed yourselves. Join us again soon. Patio season isn't too far away! Best, Adam Murphy General Manager

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P
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

If you're looking for a late Saturday brunch, you should visit Mon Ami Gabi. The location is great, the food and service are great, and indulge in the drink menu! The French Manhattan is delicious. Enjoy!

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded on February 12, 2020

Dear Paul, Thank you for the review. I'm glad you were able to join us for brunch. I concur with the manhattan remark :) Please join us again soon! Adam Murphy General Manager

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KS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, an amazing experience!!!
We never leave disappointed, and the service is outstanding!!!

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded on February 12, 2020

Dear KarenS, Thank you for the great review! We appreciate it. We also appreciate you choosing to dine with us. Please join us again soon. Warm Regards, Adam Murphy General Manager

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