Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

4.5
6018 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Mon Ami Gabi in Bethesda is now open for indoor and outdoor dining, with new responsible standards of service and distancing are in effect. Your health and safety is our top priority in everything that we do. Steps we are taking include: dine-in services at reduced capacity, masks and gloves on all employees, disposable and digital menus, thorough sanitation procedures and continuous hand washing.

Just a few notes to help make your meal with us an enjoyable experience:

-Reservations are strongly encouraged for the main dining room as distanced dine-in seating is limited. Patio dining is on a first come first served basis.

-Guests are required to wear a mask at all times when inside the restaurant, of course except while dining at your table.

-Please take care to arrive on time and limit your dining experience to 90 min as we would like to welcome back as many guests possible.

We appreciate your understanding, and thank you for your patronage of Mon Ami Gabi!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 6018 people are saying
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vipElizabethS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best French food in the area, especially escargot, onion soup, and steak. Outdoor seating is first-come, first-served so on a weekend I recommend arriving before the noon rush as tables do fill up!

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Stacie
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Warm outdoor, vented tent was great for afternoon lunch.

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vipFatimaG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food was not as good as expected, given that we have been to this restaurant several times over the years. We may not go back before long.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Won’t be back...

Service was great, food was the usual, hate they discontinued
Béarnaise sauce with the steak frites.

Reason I won’t be back, they have a 4% Covid charge. Now charge for everything including the bread and butter. Overheard the manager speaking to another patron and he stated, they have actually done very well this summer, the rent was decreased they have lower staff costs and they’ve been busy. Even clearly stated they are more then profitable. Yet they charge a COVID fee of 4%. This is unforgivable, and I will not be back.

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Chilanga
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner there to celebrate a special birthday; the dinner was lovely and our server was fantastic.

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AllennSD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, another great experience at Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda. Our server, Gregory, was excellent! I will ask for him the next time I’m dining there. The menu has been “streamlined”, however the steak frites are available as well as the French onion soup. One of my favorite items that didn’t make the COVID-19 cut is the Bananas Foster, I hope it comes back once the pandemic is over. The Mussels Mariniere were not as good as usual; they were not hot and that could be due to the serving vessel and the outside environment. Due to COVID-19 precautions the street in front of the restaurant (Woodmont Ave.) is closed to automobiles and is being used for al fresco dining. Wonderful experience, this should be a permanent change. It would be a great pedestrian parkway with restaurant table service. Bon appetit!

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vipRobynLily
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was great. Enjoyed our meal outside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside on a beautiful day with a friendly, efficient waiter!
A 10!

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vipkininc
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience2

Service was great but construction next door was very loud. Salad was average. Decaf way too strong!!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome. Love this place. Our first restaurant experience with both granddaughters. We stop for lunch every time we’re here from South Dakota. Very accommodating and always ready to please.

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vipBuffyF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was outstanding and the food is always consistent which is why we keep coming back!

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vipJudy
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My friend and I had yet another great experience at Mon Ami Gabi in Bethesda, MD. Our server, whose name alas I can’t remember, was the perfect combination of professional, friendly, and informative. I’m a sucker for their delicious and garlicky escargots. We each ordered their truffle butter and brie burger rare and, not only was the burger cooked perfectly but the brioche bun was sturdy and held up to the juicy burger. Dessert was their signature profiteroles (ice cream not pastry cream) for my friend and delicious, creamy chocolate mousse for myself. Mon Ami Gabi has lovely outdoor tables which is great during this pandemic, though I’m not sure how they will winterize them. Inside, the tables were well socially distanced and I appreciated how they took my temperature remotely when I arrived. I have been a regular there for at least the past 15 years and there’s a reason for that. Merci Mon Ami Gabi!! 🥖🥘🍷👍😀

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Learal
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Very disappointed in the service. Bread was too hard, should not have to pay for the bread and butter. Slow as molasses service. Had to get up and get my plate for the mussels, there weren’t many mussels in the shells. Salmon was hot and good.

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JulietH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been going for over 10 years and it is our favorite.

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ChristineT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good social
Distance, kitchen closed at 9.00pm. My first time since March. Will come back

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EmilyB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was great, I personally recommend the Bordelaise Steak and a side of the mashed potatoes. Very well worth it!

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vipFeliciaB
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent. Merci Beaucoup 😊

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and nice to sit out in the warm weather

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vipChrisandLois
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The waiter was hard to find. My med. rare filet mignon was medium. Really you have to pay for the bread and the 4% surcharge for COVID was ridiculous. I have not been to another restaurant who had the surcharge. Good bye Mon Ami Gabi. You used to be my favorite restaurant in Bethesda.

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vipannabanana
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really lovely 30th birthday dinner date for a friend last weekend, taking full advantage of the outdoor seating. Our waiter gave an excellent sparkling rosé recommendation and offered to split our mussels into separate orders so that we wouldn't have to share food, and everything was delicious. The sidewalk ambiance was also lovely! They've done a great job with the transition to expanded outdoor dining and I would 100% go back.

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vipLisaW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood favorite - my husband and I usually go alone but we brought our little ones (18 months and 3.5) and the restaurant was great bringing little snacks immediately and their food right away. Doing well with COVID, nice outdoor setting - and steak, as always, was amazing!

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vipBobby
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dining outside on a beautiful day

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SusanM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to go for a steak, salad, and solid French bistro fare. I've never had a bad meal at MAG.

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mrb17
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful service and the food was delicious, as always

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated friend’s birthday. Waiter we very patient as we were

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vipLongtimer
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food at Mon Ami Gabi is consistently good. They are still serving the full menu and have a three course pre fixe luncheon menu. The service was prompt and sitting outside was rather pleasant. We plan to repeat if the days remain warm enough to eat outisde.

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vipReadThisReview
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was a little slow, but friendly and fine. Though, that they charge for bread and add a 4% covid surcharge to your total is what put us off. I get that the government shutting down businesses affects many owners, but the two other local French restaurants (and many others non French ones too) we've visited since March of this year still give free bread and do not add a covid fee.

In fairness, the covid fee is clearly marked on the bill and it states the customer can ask to have it removed. However, who wants to do that in front of their guests, as they are trying to finish what should be presumably a nice meal? If they really want to add a covid fee, MAG should make it an opt-in vs an opt-out.

As for the food, it wasn't great and it wasn't awful. It felt like a Bennigan's for quasi-French food. The Caesar salad (see? Not quite French) was ok, but not impressive, i.e., store bought dressing vice actual Caesar dressing. The steaks were cooked to the right temperature, but very thin. We were comped a dessert, thanks to a coupon. It was vanilla ice cream on some type of puff pastry and topped with chocolate syrup. It was a very appropriate finish to our meal.

So, in the end, I think we visited MAG for our first and only time. The two extra fees and the average food weren't for us. That said, if I were with a friend who loved this restaurant and really wanted to go, I'd still accompany him.

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RedB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This evening was extremely beautiful on a lovely fall evening. Tim, our waiter, was kind, thoughtful in his recommendations, and aware if and when we needed anything. Thank you for a wonderful evening out; even during a pandemic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love that you offer a lot of outdoor seating. Though heat lamps may be in order. I was surprised by how busy the inside of the restaurant seemed when I passed through. The steamed artichoke was delicious and the steak frite was top notch.

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LucyG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Mike was the best.
One comment , I wish MonAmi had a better selection of Sancerre wine and other wine selections were thin.

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XOXO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best burger I've had in years.

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annetted
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a wonderful evening! Everything was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The waitress rushed us and was very unfriendly. I asked for light cheese on my salad and when it was brought out I asked the server about it (because it looked like heavy cheese). His response was, “I don’t know I would have to remake it.” When the waitress brought out the new salad she slammed it down and kept moving. She would hear me calling her for things like dressing and keep walking, to the point I had to just ask the hostess for things. I wouldn’t go back.

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vipRickS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was great, but the number of mussels in the appetizer order was pretty paltry. Pot wasn’t even half full!

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GubbioK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We keep coming back... The set up created by the Streatary on Woodmont allows for large tables with ample distancing, the staff wears masks and gloves, the service is prompt and always super courteous. Our server was always available if we needed anything, without hovering...
Food is delicious. There were three of us, appetizers were escargots (yummy) and mussels. Then I have the steak au poivre with French fries, my husband had the steak bordelaise and our guest the chicken grand-mère. Everything was delicious. We also ordered a side of garlic spinach (my favorite) and one of sautéed mushrooms. We were served quickly yet without feeling pressed. And of course the fresh baguette is a must-have. Fresh, warm and crispy, perfect with all these delicious yet light sauces.
Definitely a winner. We are looking forward to our next visit.
My only regret is the disappearance of the skate wing from the menu. I hope it will be back soon!!

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WorlddinersX2
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We were delighted to finally be eating once again at Mon Ami Gabi. Next time we will look at the menu online before coming. (We can't see the menu very well on our phones and felt rushed by the waiter to make a decision.)
May Mon Ami Gabi be able to continue to serve outside as the weather gets colder. We will return!

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JaneG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a good experience! The food and service were on a high level. The street music was a pleasant surprise.

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vipKennyC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are doing a fantastic job during these crazy times.
The staff is excellent adjusting to everything.

The food is great as usual and feel very comfortable eating there.

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Bethesdafoodie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an outside table along the side of the restaurant which was quiet, not near others and very pleasant. The food was as always good but the menu is much more limited than before Covid 19. Also we greatly miss Happy Hour and its specials. If you are ordering mussels to eat in house or for take out make sure you know if they are bringing you the appetizer portion for $15 or if they bring you an "entree" portion which you then discover costs $30.

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GlutenFreeFoodie
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter Gregory was terrific and helped us select the wonderful cream of mushroom soup for starters. The food is great and it was terrific to eat in the expanded space outdoors

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Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda is rated 4.5 stars by 6018 OpenTable diners.

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