Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

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5433 reviews
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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.

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TD
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time back after moving out of the area. Still has great food and wonderful staff.

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GM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Especially for special occasions. We went to celebrate my daughter's 17th birthday this time. The Steak Frites never miss.

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AH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent prix fixe menu for lunch: great choices and great tasting food in the right portions.

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G
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

All good but wanted July 14 dessert & was brought ordinary dessert. No time to change. Waiter apologized but did not take it off bill . I left it uneaten.

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W
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally French Bistro décor and atmosphere. High quality food, with good size servings.

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S
Washington DC
121 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Sat at bar table, less crowded but service spotty by bartender. Cocktail was great. Fried frog legs were crispy & moist inside but bouillabaisse was rather bland had better. Nothing special about the tri-flavored profiteroles.

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JT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been eating at Mon Ami for many years. The food is always consistently good, the service attentive and prompt, the baquettes warm and crunchy. Summer sitting outside enjoying the neighborhood walking by, winter inside the cozy dining rooms- it never disappoints.

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G
Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was generally good. I ordered a special, the bouillabaisse for $36. It came in a pot and when the waiter opened the top, the pot was literally 1/4 full. I asked the waiter if this was a typical order and he said yes. I never send back food but did this. The manager came over and was very accommodating and brought me something else in 10 minutes.

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DT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Mon Ami Gabi for the first time for our anniversary date night. We couldn’t have been happier with the food, service, ambiance, etc. We had a reservation and were seated as soon as we arrived...the way it should be. The food was delicious and our server, Jordan was amazing!! When asked for recommendations he went through each section of the menu and offer his personal favorite and the most popular dishes. He was great!! I ordered the tomato salad with salmon and my husband ordered the seafood stew, which was phenomenal!! We still can’t believe how tasty the food was. We were certainly impressed!!! We will certainly be returning!!!!

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MS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food, as always was well prepared and presented. One small criticism is that we shared an entree (bouillabaise) and I would have preferred to have the server split the serving rather than leaving it to us (it was a little messy). One a more positive note, we were able to linger over lunch as long a we wanted, which was very nice. Mon Ami Gabi is one of my favorite lunch places.

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GF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants. Love the onion soup. And the bread is the best in town.

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L
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, wine and service is always divine. My favorite girls night spot!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved the service!

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

We always love Mon Ami Gabi. The service and food is always excellent. As is the ambience. But on the night we visited, to celebrate my husband's birthday, there was a trio playing in the bar. We had made a reservation but were put at the only available table (otherwise there would be an hour wait apparently), right next to the bar. Although the music was great, no one at the table could hear anything anyone said. Everyone basically just had to sit an eat in silence. It was really disappointing and not at all the evening we expected for this special occasion.

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RB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a good dependable place to go. Thanks

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r
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Express Lunch was a great value! The service was impeccable and the food tasty. I especially loved the gaspacho.

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G
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding food, ambiance, presentation, wine and usually service. Be forewarned - the price tag is high. Great for a special occasion.

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B
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was a couple date which we’ve been trying to do for a while and this was wonderful! Delicious food and great menu with lots of choices!!

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LS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We like the Mon Ami near Lincoln Park in Chicago way better than this one. The service, food , etc. was fine, but not great.

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LB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our brunch experience - the food choices were perfect - including dessert! - our server was attentive - and the music in the background made the experience fuller.

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RT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great all around.

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LH
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Second time and last time here. Had salmon salad. Salmon was full of sodium, didn’t taste freshly pan grilled as I was told it would be. Slightly over cooked. Soggy greens. Expensive $21 salad.

I can make myself a much better salmon buying same ingredients from Whole Foods.

Very old person’s crowd too, sane as last time. This wasn’t our 1st choice. Passion Fish was closed, saw this place open. Thankfully we sat outside, the only good part of our dining experience.

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DC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Steak au poivre was too thin but sauce was delicious. Wine selection was good and service was outstanding. Decent bistro meal--good for a nice meal out.

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JW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the Mon Ami Gabi experience was supurb. Casual elegance, excellent service, delicious, well prepared and precented meals.

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c
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing service

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This visit was not the best we have experienced but on previous visits we were pleased. This visit our filet was overcooked and bland. Drinks were great and the service was good.

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JS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy dining at Mon Ami Gabi- great ambiance and delicious food.

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AE
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent, waiter was attentive and helpful, however was turned off by the host. We had a reservation for an early brunch and upon arrival there was only a single person seated, so the entire dining room was empty. We were seated at a small table against the wall. When there is that low occupancy, it would be better to ask the diners if they had a preference or even provide a choice.

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AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Sorry to say, I don't think I could recommend the restaurant. I recall it as a restaurant where you got value for money. Now, it's like any other Bethesda restaurant. Few, if any, bottles of wine for under $40.
Most important, when the bill came, we saw that we had ordered two specials at $40 a plate (the halibut). The waiter failed to tell us the price at the outset and we (foolishly) didn't ask. We never would have ordered a $40 plate in a restaurant like Mon Ami Gabi. The bill (with tip) for two adults and two kids came to more than $230!

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F
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

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LB
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It's one of my favorite spots. Wish there were more window tables!

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F
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

As usual, the food and service were great, but the noise level made it virtually impossible to talk and be heard. That spoiled the overall experience. Wouldn’t it help to soundproof the ceiling, at least?. Maybe there are places where you can put carpeting down over the stone floor to help muffle the sound? Step one: Get a good sound engineer in to evaluate your space and make feasible and practical recommendations.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We go every month

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LW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I had the salad dujour. I didn't like the taste of the dressing. The back room isuch quieter than front room
Wait staff didn't rush us.

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m
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My own choice was gazpacho, which was outstanding and has been a favorite of mine here for years. I also ordered small order of mussels which were delicious but which were in a thickish broth that was far too rich for my taste. I was disappointed that on the menu were a lot of complicated dishes, featuring goat cheese or other cheese I did not think appropriate for the dish, and, frankly, I had trouble making my final choice after the gazpacho. Once upon a time, the restaurant had a delicious seafood crepe -- no longer, the two crepes offered are not interesting and again feature cheese. My companions chose a steak and frites platter and a burger, respectively, and they were fully satisfied by their meal. Service was efficient, unobtrusive and friendly. I am having increasing difficulty finding things on the lunch menu for the reason stated above which inhibits my desire to patronize this restaurant.

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DC
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

food nothing to write home about, OK but nothing more than that, service OK but no more , bus boy broke a glass behind me , inexpertly cleaned up, my self and next table consistently calling waiter back to identify more broken glass, I had roast chicken with about a gallon of mashed potato, OK but in a ridiculous oval plate that made it pretty much impossible to eat with a knife and fork

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M
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely. Delicious food as always. Great service. Get the baked goat cheese.

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NO
New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I’ve eaten there several times and consistency is key for them. Food is the same, the pleasant staff is the same, and so is the atmosphere. I would recommend Mon Ami Gabi as a tried and true place to dine. You can’t go wrong.

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TC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for brunch, the cocktails were good, the steak was great, so was the Mac and cheese, but the croque monsieur was VERY DISAPPOINTING! We will go back, but definitely won't get the croque monsieur.

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DK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good....good food, service and ambience. It is always consistent!

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