Mon Ami Gabi

4.7
4694 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. For those looking to indulge in a unique dish, the Escargots de Bourgogne with garlic-herb butter is literally a sizzling experience. To complement the menu, an extensive selection of more than 80 boutique French wine varietals, handpicked by renowned chef and owner Gabino Sotelino, are served by the glass or bottle from our signature rolling wine cart. Join us for Sunday brunch from 10:00am until 2:00pm! Sip on Mimosas or cozy up with morning coffee while enjoying a variety of delectable dishes such as the Omelette Lorraine or our Crème Brûlée French Toast. Please Note: Reservations are taken for indoor seating only. Outdoor patio seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.
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Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro in an upscale Lincoln Park residential building.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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M
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Foods was good, service great but the place is way too noisy.

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MH
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We consider ourselves regualrs of Mon Ami Gabi. They are very knowledgeable and attentive to our requirements. Whenever we have visitors, we usually take them here.

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e
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always reliable. Good food, especially steaks and a number of good fish options on the regular menu. Great french fries(frites). One of my favorite places for profiteroles. You are always able to hear your table mates. One of my favorite regular places.

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J
Chicago
161 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside. So pretty! Great server. Great wine. Great ceaser salad steak and fries. Wish they had halibut but salmon was still very good! Will be back!

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Incredible food, can't stress enough how great the food was. My boyfriend and I are a younger couple and were sat in a pretty lousy location next to the server station where glass was dropped and shattered right by our feet and where we could hear all server's conversation, which was fine, but frustrating because we were clearly given the seat because of our age. It wasn't until we ordered a bottle of wine and a couple of appetizers that we were treated like valued customers and our waitress realized we were there to spend a good chunk of change.

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JS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love e this place every time we come!

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for Bastille Day celebration with the family. All the outdoor tables were filled by the time we got there for our 6pm reservation. However there was a cute table at the top of the stairs that they added a chair to and it was a fabulous experience! The bread! And butter!! And the lovely carrot salad to start just WOW!
We shared the frisée salad which was so delicious and the salmon tartare-also a fav with my family. We followed up with warm starters-frog leg special that were some of the best I have ever had, as well as the famous escargot.
The 3 of us then shared the bouillabaisse and classic steak frites. The bouillabaisse was so good with a lobster saffron broth and off course the steak & frites were perfect.
No room for dessert but the profiteroles caught my eye-next time! Best way to celebrate our heritage and Bastille Day!

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BJ
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall this restaurant is excellent, especially if you have a special occasion to celebrate. The service is extraordinarily friendly, helpful and attentive without being obsessive.
The food on the whole is very good, although I was a little disappointed by what was supposed to be the French version of gazpacho and fish stew. Neither dish in no way authentic. My guest however loved the trout dish ordered.
Drinks are excellent.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just excellent!

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DB
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, cozy outdoor patio dining on a beautiful, warm summer night in Lincoln Park . . . what's not to like??!!

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BB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service outstanding. Food was very good with the only complaint being the sauce on the eggs benedict was a bit thick and sparse. I will go back.

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JL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place!

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IC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our all-time favorite restaurants. We have been coming to the restaurant for years at least twice of more per year. Always good service, good ambiance, generous servings of wine by the glass, and great food. A true Chicago gem!

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KS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We're never disappointed with a meal at Mon Ami Gabi. Not only is the food always superb (really enjoyed the Bastille Day menu -- frog legs were fabulous), but the wait staff are just the right amount of attentive -- not too intrusive or obsequious, and not indifferent, unresponsive or snobby, but on hand at the perfect time, and with a warm, receptive attitude. And seriously, who can be sad about the cozy interior ambience in winter, or the gorgeous outdoor patio and view in summer? My husband and I travel every year to France, and we love Mon Ami Gabi because the atmosphere, bar options, and staff remind us so much of one of our favorite Paris bistros, Chez Janou. You guys do it right, Mon Ami!

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful meal, per usual. Quarters are close though, I think my wife sat closer to the guy at the next table than me! We will definitely go back.

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JE
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful relaxing evening on your patio and can't wait to return again with friends.

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SR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable time at MAG!
Our server, Justy, turned our 10 out of 10 dining experience into a 20 out of 10 one!
Our group of 4 were there on the Eve of Bastille Day in preparation to celebrate the holiday, and it couldn't have been more fun or tasted any better.
Much thanks to all helped make the evening special

Vive la France!
Vive la Liberté
Vive la Mon ami Gabi!!!

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J
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Steak Tartare an overlooked winner on this menu.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

I thought the chicken was awful. Ate a small amount, mostly garlic and onions. Got an upset stomach as soon as we arrived home. My husband also disliked his chicken. The cauliflower was awful as well. Don’t plan to return

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c
Chicago
296 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I had the duck special and the preparation changed from the half crispy duck. It was a quarter of a duck and sliced breast. Served with potatoes that were very rich. I missed the old crispy duck which was so delicious.

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YC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It's a good restaurant but not sure about the service. The young man working as a host should improve his customer service skills and be more welcoming.

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KH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I used the same day option on open table to make my reservation, that was great.
Food was delicious , however we were not notified of the price of the specials and were a bit surprised at the 35 dollar “Special “ that might have influenced my decision.
Service was nice , but did not automatically change our silverware with each course . Back waiter took away our carrots and half loaf of bread and butter and we were not finished ( wanted to continue to eat with our entrees )
Shrimp cocktail, was nice but not deveined properly.
I tried the house Pinot , didn’t love it ( took two three sips ) waiter made no attempt to ask why I didn’t drink the wine or offer to bring me a different wine .

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RB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice outdoor dining. Good Bistro favorites.

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V
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. Still thinking about that filet!

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love everything about this place. Food, service. Fantastic!

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E
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was here with a cousin who said this was the best steak he had ever had.

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RT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food with great selections. An excellent value given the superb menu items. French bread with butter and amuse was a nice touch. The service was excellent and the wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable regarding menu selections and wine. Would definitely go back to this restaurant. This was our first visit.

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CL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome family dining experience- recommended by a Dallas neighbor. Everyone loved it!

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OM
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Server was friendly and attentive. Good wine list. Had a French blend. Delicious.

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OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My absolute favorite restaurant ever. Every experience I have here is fantastic. The food is incredible, the service is always great, and I love the ambiance. Always a nice evening no matter if you want a casual night or a fine dining experience.

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TH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on 4th of July and they had some wonderful summery specials which made it very on point for the evening! Halibut with corn,grilled peaches was delicious as was the middle eastern inspired lamb. Goat cheese stuff potatoes were some of the best things we’ve ever eaten. Well done Gabi!

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BL
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the specials- the halibut and the lamb. Both entrees were delicious! The service was outstanding. Thank you Mon Ami for a wonderful dinner!

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a
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner on the patio. The lamb rack was amazing. Bread was extra warm and fresh too. Everything was lovely.

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CT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious! Very high quality. We will come back! Great food choices and desert options.

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LF
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous!!! I eat gluten free and they were very knowledgeable and accommodating. Can't wait to go back!!!

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OT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated MAGs 21st anniversary with $21 bottles of bubbly!

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MH
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time as always! Good food, good drinks, great staff

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

I asked for well done and the first bite was red. Sent back and waited too long. When plate was given back so much extra sauce added it was inedible.

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HM
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best! Always great atmosphere, impeccable service and delicious food. Can’t miss.

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JM
Memphis
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveling with the family, and after walking around the city and zoo, it was very nice to cool off and have a wonderful meal.

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