Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

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French
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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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

R
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice for a special occasion. Delicious Well prepared food

CK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food in bistro ambience. Great service.

FB
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server excellent and food excellent.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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

t
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good as always.

S
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 5 days ago

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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 5 days ago

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

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

Good experience.

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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DE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great French bistro. Delightful ambience and wonderful food.

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded on February 12, 2020

Dear DavidE, Thanks for the great review! We appreciate it. Come back to join us again soon. Best, Adam Murphy General Manager

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RR
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is alway delicious and the service is superb .

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded on February 12, 2020

Dear RobertR, Thank you for taking the time to write a nice review. It's always uplifting to hear about the great experiences our guests have. Join us again soon! Best, Adam Murphy General Manager

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service should have been better. Did not stop once to check on us or refill water.

GB
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and exceptional service.

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded on February 7, 2020

Dear GB123, Thank you for the kind words. Come back and see us soon! Best, Adam Murphy General Manager

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded on February 7, 2020

Dear Anonymous, Happy Birthday! Thanks for celebrating with us. I hope you had a great time. See you again soon! Adam Murphy General Manager

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was very mediocre

EA
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Mon Ami Gabi was fantastic. For starters, we ran late and they were totally accommodating with our reservation. The ambiance is very romantic and their wine list is excellent. They serve a warm baguette the second you sit down with butter and reminded me of France. The presentation of the food was lovely. And all of the food was delicious. We had the baked goat cheese served with baguette and a red sauce that was incredible. Then I had a vegetable soup and my husband had steak frites. The Frites must have been fried 3x they were perfection.

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded on February 7, 2020

Dear EAI10, Thank you for the fabulous review. We work hard to deliver an exceptional dining experience. It NEVER get old hearing that our guests enjoyed themselves. Thank you for taking the time to let us know. For the record, the frites are done twice :) See you soon! Adam Murphy General Manager

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and ambiance were both amazing. French onion soup was soooooo yummy and the steak and frites melted in my mouth. I would prefer to have a bit more space between seating as the gentleman behind my chair was so close he kept bumping me from behind. It was hard to have a nice conversation as it was so busy and packed together. But worth a go for the food.

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda
Responded on February 7, 2020

Dear Liz S., Thank you for your review. I'm happy to hear that the food and ambiance were top notch. I'm sorry about the chair bumping situation. I've discussed with the service team in an effort to space tables and chairs appropriately throughout the dining room. It's truly a game of inches. Thanks again for joining us and I hope you'll join us again soon. Warm Regards, Adam Murphy

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