Mon Ami Gabi

4.7
4021 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Good for a Date
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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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: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Sun Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm

Sunday Brunch is served from 10:00am until 2:00pm! The dining room reopens for dinner at 5:00pm.
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Phone number
(773) 348-8886
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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
Nelli Maltezos
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Catering
Mon Ami Gabi's fresh, cozy atmosphere is not only warm and welcoming, but also offers guests scenic outdoor dining during the summer months with a great view of the Lincoln Park Conservatory.
The Private Room seats 30 guests, our semi-private Room seats 50 guests, with the entire restaurant seating groups up to 150 guests. The room is a/vl compatible. To view our packages and party menus, visit us at monamigabi.com or call (773) 348-8886.
Mon Ami Gabi also offers carryout and off-premise catering for groups of all sizes including aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Belden
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Mon Ami Gabi is located at 2300 N Lincoln Park West, in the historic Belden-Stratford Hotel. We are on the corner of Belden and N. Lincoln Park West, one block south of Fullerton and two blocks east of Clark St.

Valet is $14 and parking is also available on surrounding neighborhood streets, parking lots & garages.
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Public transit
CTA 22 bus or 36 bus to Belden/Clark
CTA 151 bus Inner Drive
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Entertainment
Mon Ami Gabi is proud to host a series of cooking classes, wine tastings and dinner events where our Executive Chef Nelli Maltezos 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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Private Dining is available!

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What Insiders Are Saying

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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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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Nice experience and service was very good.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Took my girlfriend here for a date, and we were very impressed with the service and ambiance (we sat outside). We had ordered an appetizer but it never came, and both the waiter and host came to our table and apologized. They brought out the appetizer shortly after bringing our entrees, and comped a round of drinks and individual desserts for each of us to make up for the mistake. This turned out to be about $60 worth of drink/food that was comped. Very impressive service for what I would consider a small mixup.

Would highly recommend for the service, food and ambiance. This was the third time I've dined here, and surely will not be the last.

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Mon Ami Gabi, one of our favorite restaurants, had been consistently good. Last Saturday night it was consistently BAD ! From star to finish, we had problems, mostly with the service. We had to ask once, twice and three times for most everything. The only good service was from the bussing person. We also waited for an hour for our food and, upon complaining, we were told that there was "an accident" in the kitchen. It was supposed to be a special evening with friends visiting from NYC, who had never been to MAG, it was special alright !!! Of course, we'll go back. We love the place! jj.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Unfortunately, the place is extremely noisy and my husband with hearing aids does not want to return.
The food was good and we had a very nice waitress.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We sat at the bar on a Saturday night and enjoyed the food as always and the conversation with the bartender. We have been before and will certainly go again.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Johnny Mathews is outstanding as host. We will be back often.

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Mediocre. A reservation apparently means little. The food is mediocre, it's not really French. The restaurant is tired and seems more interested in serving drinks than food.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Food is always great. Service was off due to computer problems, so the meal was delayed and partly wrong, but the restaurant was very generous in correcting the situation. Nice when a restaurant acknowledges it and doesn't hesitate to make it right. We could have left frustrated but left full and happy.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

We have been there many times and always enjoyed but this time the waiter did not even know how to serve wine! And we had to wait such a long time for my mom’s beer that by the time it came we had already finished our meal.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

I made a reservation for a birthday celebration. Upon arrival we were seated right away and warm bread was delivered shortly after seating down. It took a little time for the waiter to take our order. After ordering a cocktail it took awhile for it to be delivered. The French Onion Soup was delicious. We requested a glass of wine with the meal and it did not arrive in a timely manner. When the wine was poured a comment was made about the birthday celebration and the waiter didn't even acknowledge the information. After the meal was delivered the waiter was not attentive. The wait staff cleared the dishes and asked if we wanted a dessert menu. The table next to us was also celebrating a birthday and she received a complimentary birthday dessert and was asked if they wanted a dessert menu. A complimentary birthday dessert was finally delivered to our table but it seemed more as an after thought then anything else. The food was good but the service we received was very poor.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Fabulous service, excellent food ! The steak just melts in your mouth. If you pass by this restaurant you need to go !

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

I always enjoy this restaurant. The food is good, the service always great, and the outdoor dining is simply beautiful.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent french restaurant. I had Grand Mere Chicken, which was roasted perfectly served in a delicious sauce with pearl onions and wild mushrooms. Wife had a perfect trout. Dining out is never better.

The lighting is subdued. The waitstaff very attentive. For what it's worth, we did eat on the early side, so not a busy time.

Still in all a great choice in Lincoln Park. Walking distance to Lake Michigan, which puts an exclamation point on the experience.

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2.0Dined on July 9, 2018

First time food was not up to par at my favorite Restsurant.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was great! It was a little bit out of our normal price range but it was perfect for a special anniversary dinner!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

First timer and I'll definitely return. Everything was just perfect: food, presentation, service, and outdoor ambiance.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Mon Ami is a classic French Chicago staple, we have been going for years and would highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

I have been wanting to dine at Mon Ami Gabi for over a year, and it was everything I imagined it would be and more. It was such a cozy, french bistro ambiance. My friends and I dined for brunch to celebrate my birthday, and each ordered something a little different from the next. We were highly impressed with not only the quality and uniqueness of dishes we ordered, but also how reasonably priced everything was. I will most definitely be back- next time for dinner! 10/10, highly recommend for a special occasion!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Group of 8. Food was wonderful. Service was great.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed a late dinner at Mon Ami Gabi. The Steak Frite were simple and very enjoyable. We had seats outside and enjoyed the cool lake breeze with our dinner. The wine list provided interesting and affordable French wines

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Good food, good ingredients, very hospitable and professional service.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Anniversary

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1.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Our first course came within 15 min of ordering. We ordered our entrees at same time. After that, we never saw a waiter/waitress or other server for over an hour. I had to get her attention to inquire where our entrees were. She did not admit to whatever had happened (other wait staff took our entrees for another table, or perhaps she forgot to put the order in)..
Even after bringing issue to her attention, it still took another 15-20 min to get our food.
With service this bad, it doesn't matter whether the food was good. The evening was a disappointment.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Always great, even better than expected tonight

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyable evening. Ambience, service and food were terrific! Will return on our next trip to Chicago.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Our waiter was fabulous and the food delicious as always!

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Many great dining experiences here, over the twenty-plus years I've craved (and gotten) authentic bistro food. This meal was less than perfect only because of the service - inadequate is being kind. We had lovely wine, chicken liver mousse pate, and marvelous entrees (halibut and hanger steak). Our waiter checked in with us exactly twice after the initial order, and both times acted like he had someplace better to be. To pay $100 for a meal and have less than stellar service is not okay. We will be back... but not soon, and with reservations.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

This restaurant is a favorite. The first of the Mon Ami Gabi locations, it is in an elegant vintage hotel across the street from Lincoln Park. The service is always great. Knowledgeable, professional waitstaff who are also friendly and informal. This is a comfortable neighborhood spot with consistently great food at reasonable prices. They have a nice selection of wines by the glass that are poured at your table as you would for a guest at your home. Love the ambience.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Always a wonderful dinner in a cozy/romantic environment. Love the Lincoln Park location in the Belsen Stratford Hotel. The chef always prepares delicious meals, find this location far superior to any other Mon Ami Gabi location.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

We ate outside and enjoyed the lovely garden atmosphere. Food is always wonderful with lots of choices.

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2.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Just ok at best. Appetizers were good; pate and baked goat cheese. Steak came out well when I asked for medium. The replacment was medium plus, and for a filet it was not so tender. The fish was average. Then you have to pay $15 for valet.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Second time dining here, and it continues to be excellent. The skate is always wonderful -- perfectly cooked, light, delicate, fresh... not over seasoned. The berry bread pudding and chocolate mouse are great as well... if you have room at the end :-) Do make reservations as it's a small restaurant and quite popular.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Mon Ami Gabi is never disappointing. Once again last week our food was delicious, and being at the restaurant contributed to our enjoyment of each other. The service was a little slower than usual this visit, but we had time....and our server was super-friendly, so it was all good.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Exemplary service...just the right level of attention! Our server was great!

Extensive wine list and FABULOUS FOOD!!! Hands down, the BEST skate wing I've ever had! All side dishes especially yummy...veggies were perfectly cooked and seasoned! Chef is amazing.

Super fun night out...can't wait to return!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

great! as always! Food was excellent - cant say enough about the evening ! Long time fan - so I may be a bit biased in my review ....

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

It was a hot day and the dining room clearly couldn’t be cooled well. Must have an old A/C. It was just sticky but tolerable.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Great Food and Wine list had some reasonably priced options that were very good wines. Service was excellent as well.

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The evening started out badly when the hostess tried to assign us to the worst table despite an early reservation and special occasion. After we objected, a very nice alternative was quickly assigned. The food was good and our server, Dan, was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Tile floor is always super slippery- Been going there for over 5 yrs. curious how many people have wiped out.

Love outside seating but Sat inside because crazy hot that evening

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Great service. Delicious food. Duck confit appetizer did not have crispy skin but the rest was delicious. Steak was cooked perfectly fork tender

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