Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

4.5
4818 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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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.

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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-10:00pm
Friday: 11:30am-11:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am-11:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-10:00pm

*Lunch is served from 11:30am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday
*Brunch is served from 10:00am-4:00pm on Saturday and from 10:00am-3:00pm on Sunday.
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Phone number
(301) 654-1234
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andrew Fleischauer
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Catering
Our private room is available seven days a week for lunch, dinner and even breakfast meetings. The private room seats 40 guests comfortably and is located off the main dining room through glass paneled French doors, featuring deep mahogany wood, rich leather banquettes, a large wall in which wine is displayed & a mosaic tile floor. The room is audiovisual compatible for program events. Semi-private dining is also available for parties of 10 up to 150 guests. To view our packages and party menus, visit us at monamigabi.com or call (301) 654-1234.
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Cross street
Wisconsin
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Parking details
Valet is $7. Parking also available on surrounding neighborhood streets, parking lots & garages.
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Public transit
Mon Ami Gabi is a 10 minute walk from the Bethesda Metro Station.
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Entertainment
Jazz up your dinner and head to Mon Ami Gabi for a dining experience with an added entertaining twist. Sit back and take in music, courtesy of the Greg Harrison Trio while indulging in your menu favorites and sipping on fine French wine. Whether it’s date night out – or you’re looking to escape your own kitchen – Mon Ami Gabi’s Live Jazz Nights are the perfect way to add some pizzazz to the week.
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Special events & promotions
Mon Ami Gabi is proud to host a series of wine tastings, cooking classes and dinner events where Executive Chef Andrew Fleischauer 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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Mon Ami Gabi is a French Bistro & Steakhouse located on Bethesda Row. We specialize in our Steak Frites as well as a variety of fresh seafood and are excited to be able to host your next special event!

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5.0Dined 16 hours ago

Eating at Mon Ami Gabi is reminiscent of many bistros in Paris. The restaurant aims to please and always does so. The offerings are plentiful and servers really aim to please.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

I love MMG. It's homey, country French. Lots of yummy dishes and fun wines. Power Tip: Get on their text back list and get great free offers. And Free means Free. You could literally get the free item and a water and walk out. They would probably even throw in the complimentary baguette and butter every table receives. this week it was Baked Goat Cheese w/tomato sauce. Delish.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Food is consistently good. We ate dinner during restaurant week but didn’t order from the very limited offerings. Since I live close by, we eat here quite often. Service can be inconsistent but this time it was very good. The server was very pleasant and the support staff was careful when laying the plates on the table. However the server forgot to enter my LEY rewards - not a big deal, but inconvenient.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

As a vegetarian I ordered the pasta and a salad. Very few options for a vegetarian. The salad was delicious; the pasta was boring and and had little taste. The portion was also pretty skimpy. Very disappointing. I have been there numerous times before and never had such a poor meal. The bread they bring however is delicious.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

This was my very first time having lunch at a Mon Ami Gabi restaurant and I decided to give their $19.95 Power Lunch Menu a try since it appeared to be a good deal. The salad was excellent other than that it was too salty, but I still managed to consume all of it without having to let any of it go to waste. Salmon for my main dish was rather small - at most the size of my palm but it was pretty delicious. They had mixed berry sorbet and vanilla ice cream with chocolate fudge for dessert, and I got the latter - it was pretty delicious, especially with melted fudge on top and accompanied by their coffee!

This would have been a 4-star review with my server, Brenden, having lots of nervous energy, delaying couple of my menu items and forgetting to bring my coffee refill in spite of me reminding him more than two times (I was having a late 2 pm lunch so the restaurant was not too busy at all). In spite of the fact that he did not state his name and I saw it on my check after receiving it, he was rather friendly and did his best to be attentive throughout until when I signed my check - he came by and proceeded to grab my check without asking if it was OK, while I am still finishing my dessert with coffee... I guess I have higher level of expectations at their Lettuce Entertain You restaurant groups but this was a first at any of their locations. What a way to ruin an otherwise decent lunch experience.

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

This was my third visit to Mon Ami Gabi, but my first sitting in the dining area instead of the bar. I prefer the bar area as the service is better and the waiters in that area are more personable. More importantly, I’ve never had a good experience at the hostess stand when arriving for my reservation. The first experience included a male (not sure if he was manager at the time or not) telling me that 20 people passed by with coats in the last 30 minutes and he did not notice if one fit the description I gave. I only gave a decscription because he insisted that he had already sat my party. This was confusing being that the reservation was in my name! Details were given to help sort out the situation. Once he figured out that he had not sat my party, he said the reservation had been canceled because no one checked in. Had I been alone, I would have left, but our party of 3, found a table in the bar area and made the most of it. During my most recent visit, I checked in for my reservation and the hostess, without looking up said that my party had been seated, I should walk to towards the back and they were seated on the right, I couldn’t miss them. If you don’t have enough people on staff to escort me to my table appropriately, perhaps you should hire more people. Lastly, the waiter seemed to be overwhelmed, the table next to us had an issue when paying. Our food was mediocre and it was as if someone was hovering over our table to pick up the dish as soon as we finished. My recommendation, sit in the bar area if you must go!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

One of my favorite restaurants and usually consistent, service wasn’t particularly good on this day and I don’t think it’s the waitresses fault. Our plates weren’t cleared quickly or table wasn’t cleaned in between courses, it had crumbs. Our appetizer was delayed and didn’t come until right before our meal, which they noticed the mistake ( perhaps forgot the appetizer) and held the meals back as the temperature of the meals wasn’t hot; and three other tables sat down after us got their meals before us. The food is good, only place where my husband loves to order steak frites and my child eats the mashed peas (and doesn’t realize he’s eating a vegetable). It must of been an off day, bus boys just weren’t helpful to the waitress. This is one of those restaurants you can expect consistent quality and rely on the menu to not change your favorite dishes.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I have been to Mon Ami Gabi many times and never disappointed.

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3.0Dined on August 13, 2018

Very lazy restaurant week menu. And no more seafood platter on the menu. Double disappointed.

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2018

I work in Bethesda and have always enjoyed lunch here. This time it was reserved for a friend's birthday but no one there observed it from my reservation which was disappointing. My other complaint is it took far too long for a waiter to come to our table after being seated. I had Croque Monsieur and French fries. She had French Onion Soup and Steak Frites, all of which were very good, not excellent. Our French martinis and the fresh baguettes made us not notice as much. Under par but still worth a very good French dining experience.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

We went for Bethesda’s Restaurant Week and were impressed with the dishes we ordered. The food was prepared perfectly (including delicious salmon which had crispy edges yet was moist and delicious). The profiterole dessert was sublime. We look forward to returning for a pleasant weekend lunch before catching a movie next door at the Bethesda Row Cinema.

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Fries were cold and very dry. The whole dish was not too hot.

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3.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Five of us had a fun lunch and 3had a tasty lunch. Two of us had the lobster roll that was much more celery than lobster. Not tasty and definitely not worth the price. Only other hitch was confusion over the Lettuce promotion offers that were not given. On the plus side both birthday guest received a tasty desser t.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Five stars! If you could create a room for quiet conversation, it would be five-plus stars!

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2.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Unfortunately after hearing such great things about this restaurant, our party of five was very disappointed with our overall experience. Service was average, food came out lukewarm at best (artichoke appetizer was undercooked, fries were hardly warm, and the macaroni side dish was clearly not reheated to the appropriate temperature), and for the price I’d recommend going elsewhere. The best thing about our evening was my husband’s experience with the handcrafted cocktails. If you insist on visiting, grab a drink at the bar and eat elsewhere.

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1.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Food was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Took my wife for her birthday and it was a delightful experience. Great service, awesome food, and the wine was amazing. Highly recommended for those seeking an authentic French dining experience.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Dining at this neighborhood gem is always a pleasure! Excellent food served by staff who seem to genuinely care about providing a terrific dining experience. Thanks!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Love going to this restaurant - service is always good and the food is presented timely and exceptional in that it taste good! Recommend this again and again. One of my favs in Bethesda.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Our third visit to Mon Ami Bethesda, and exactly the same as our previous evenings, the food, service, and overall experience were terrific. Be sure to order the French Manhattan (or two).

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

I had very nice oysters and the quiet environs lend to good conversation. The server last time was charming. The server I had on Saturday never brought bread, never asked how the food was, didn’t refill water, and didn’t ask if I wanted more wine.

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Unfortunately the service was quite bad. Our waiter was obnoxious and impolite. The meal I ordered, a cheeseburger, tasted nice for a brassiere and it was done as requested. That said the the food itself was not bad at all but service needs improvement.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Always enjoy an evening at Mon Ami! Service was not up to par, but still a very enjoyable dinner.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Loved the jazz trio--excellent clarinetist. Food was delicious and reasonably priced.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

The chef has wavered from the original menu and taste/food preparation. The Caesar salad was awful as was the house salad . Spices were added which took away from the original taste
Which was what made Mon Ami Gabi so famous and appealing.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

We brought our out-of-town friends for dinner and they were wowed. Everybody loved the food and the ambiance. Highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Hostesses were very rude but our waitress was very nice. Food was okay, nothing amazing.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Food was good, as always. Waiter was excellent. Very nice and very knowledgeable.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Our waiter was OK, but he needs to work on his English. I'm glad that he has the opportunity to work here and I respect his hard work, but it was difficult to understand him.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

The restaurant needs a few more umbrellas in the front if they are going to use that great sidewalk space for tables. Two more umbrellas is a small investment to encourage guests to visit. Many people were clearly uncomfortable in the early evening sun.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Mon Ami Gabi never disappoints. The food was delicious as usual, and although the service was a little slow, my family and I had a great time.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Server was super nice and food came fast and it was delicious as usual!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

I love all there , place , music, food , attendant’s 👌🏻

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

One of my go to special event places
Great food
Great service

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Very reliable food and service. A good place for a group of friends to dine

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

This restaurant is much too noisy. We were a party of six and it was impossible to hear the conversation across the table and in some cases what the person next to me was saying. The food was mediocre as was the service. It definitely was not worth the $73 I paid.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Absolutely the worst coffee in any comparable restaurant. I have been eating at Mon Ami Gabi for years. The restaurant accommodates my desire for a special salmon on a bed of spinach. Lovely. But the coffee is awful.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

The server was very helpful. The place is nice. Life band at diner time. Workers look and act professional. They treat you with respect.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Traffic made us about 15 minutes late for our reservation but the host was very forgiving. Unfortunately, this gave us exactly one hour for our lunch before catching a movie. Our server was warm and cordial without being too present. He made sure our lunch flowed on schedule so we could depart in timely fashion. The food was yummy and prices reflected the usual prices for the Washington DC suburbs. We will definitely go back to Mon Ami Gabi.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

this is the 4th Mon ami Gabi that I have very much enjoyed over several years. The service is excellent. The selections of delicious french meals on the menu are exceptional. From the Mussels and Frite to the escargot for an appetizer. The salmon appetizer is also delicious. with the Skate as the main course.
Fresh French bread and the cheese plate. Bon Appetit!!

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