Mon Ami Gabi

4.7
4751 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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JN
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The Ambiance was unbeatable. It was a great spot for conversation and I felt like I was back in France. The service was also excellent. Our waiter and the bus staff was great. Our bartender was super friendly and very likable. I would come back here in a heartbeat. We had a great time!!! The food was OK...just OK. It was clearly gluten free for my wife and they made us feel very secure with the safety of the food. It was a great experience.
With that being said, the escargot was soooooooo good. Highly recommend!
Coming back next time I’m in town for sure

F
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We arrived towards the end of brunch. I rated the ambience lower than I normally would because there was a fly buzzing around our table.
Our server was excellent! She was very accommodating.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always! Escargot, hanger steak frites, and halibut special.

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

Party for 10 with old friends. Everything was excellent. My guests raved

SM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I always appreciate the hostess skilss of Laura. this time our server, Amanda was great

CM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent and delicious! A favorite restaurant of ours.

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FC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mon Ami Gabi remains one of my all time and most-recommended restaurants. I am most thankful for the ways in which the staff are so accommodating and welcoming when I make special requests, particularly about seating. The food is delightful, the wait staff is always friendly, and it is simply always a delight to dine at Mon Ami. Thank you for the opportunity to share my feedback.

j
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food - scallops were delicious also one of us had mussles great warm and crunchy bread
loved the atmosphere - outside patio with little tree lights

PJ
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

We requested a quiet table to accommodate an elderly man (86) that is very weak in speaking and uses a walker fir his Parkinson’s disease. They wanted to sit us by the kitchen door! There was another quiet room off to the side, but we were seated by s larger table with an obnoxious loud mouth.
Our waitress was fantastic but the whole table situation really disappointed us!!!

JW
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, delicious and fun too!
Since there are so many new restaurants popping up all the time I hadn’t been here in several years. It was better than I remember! Crowded but not crazy trendy.
You could tell that the wait staff were pros.
Very very delicious and delightful!

E
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Yummy French food and authentic bistro decor. My kids beg to go to Mon Ami Gabi for brunch!

RM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Are waitress was extremely inattentive.

KM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always my favorite place to have a nice dinner in Lincoln Park.

j
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful, service was spectacular and the restaurant went above and beyond for my grandmother's 86th birthday by bringing a creme brulee with a lit candle to the table. Thank you for a perfect evening.

B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers are friendly and accommodating. They try to please you and are helpful with food choices. We love Mon Ami Gabi

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside and loved our experience. Bartender, waiter and manager were exceptional!

TP
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never fails. The patio is delightful. Wish it was just a little less expensive so we could go more often!

R
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, wine list and super service even though there was a large crowd. Very reasonable prices!

GP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Mon Ami Gabi as one of the must go places in Chicago! Did not disappoint. Food was delicious, staff super welcoming and the ambiance is unbeatable. Treat yourself here :)

K
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb restaurant, staff, and ambiance. I will gladly call this my goto French bistro

RL
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was great. The wait staff made a very good recommendation for wine when I was eating steak and my boyfriend eating fish. Always enjoy going to Mon Ami Gabi.

F
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

MAG is a wonderful neighborhood gem of a restaurant.

LR
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love Mon Ami for a special occasion. Their food is always excellent and our server was fantastic. I had the escargots, dry riesling, and petite filet. Their fish is also great here- last time I had the fish of the day special and I wish it was a regular menu item!

C
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

I go frequently and asked for a good table. I wanted something away from the bar and near a window. They sat us next to the bar and almost in the kitchen. I asked for my favorite waiter and did not get him. He may have been off that night. The food quality is going down. The fish was less than perky. The mashed potatoes were left over form whenever. If this continues, I will not go back.

A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for my birthday and everything was amazing. We both had the classique steak frites and shared the macaroni gratin. Highly recommend! We will definitely be back.

JK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. The outdoor patio was great on a lovely evening. The food was fantastic as always(chicken, trout, pommes frites, salads). Wine was excellent. Service great. Very consistent. Have gone there many times over the past 20-25 years.

SH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mon Ami has been our favorite restaurant for many years. It never fails to give us a special evening.

b
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic brasserie in a beautiful setting. Wonderful dining experience, type of place you'd expect to be super expensive but was not at all expensive. Perfect for a more quiet date or for a tame celebration dinner.

G
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Service were great.
We are part of LettuceEats and forgot to tell our waitress. Can we still get rewarded?
It would be nice if you could acknowledge the customers upon check payment. Thank you so much!

KN
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, Great service and surprise complimentary birthday dessert for my 17 year old granddaughter!!!

MD
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual, a very pleasant dining experience at the outdoor patio. Food and wine were good, except the kale/frisee salad wasn't as good as before, a bit underdressed and light on lardons.

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Jeremy gave us an outstanding dining experience. We will go back to Mon Abi Gabi for sure for another fantastic dinner and will request to be seated at one of Jeremy's tables.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at this authentic French restaurant. My husband and I loved the food, the service and the ambiance. David was our waiter and he was very attentive, pleasant and had a sense of humor.
Great restaurant. We will definitely go back.😊

H
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious even though a little pricey. Would have preferred draft beer over bottles for the price. Ambience was very nice albeit a little noisy. Look forward to going back.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious from the best onion soup ever to the fish special to the profiteroles! Trey Bien!

JC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent spot for a Wednesday evening. I went with my niece and nephew. We had a reservation and were seated right away outdoors with a view of the park. It was lovely. We started with oysters and ended with profiteroles. My nephew got the hanger steak frites, my niece stayed with a light option of shrimp cocktail, and I opted for the tomato salad with salmon. Delicious! Ingredients were fresh, light, and delicate. Service was impeccable and the crowd lively but not too loud. Overall, a lovely restaurant nestled within a stunning old hotel. 5 stars.

CD
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy dusk on the patio at Mon Ami. The gas heaters took away a chill breeze, and it was lovely. Each of us chose different specials for the night — halibut and duck — and they were delicious as well as plentiful. Our dessert, a chocolate tart, was equally good. We waited a short while for an outside table to be free. The wait was easy sitting in the elegant, old world lobby of the Belsen Stratford, sipping excellent wine. Service was pleasant and efficient and attended to particular requests.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been a couple of times before and staff remembered us and were welcoming and quick with all requests and orders. Burger was spectacular, fries could have been better so overall the food was good. Drink options at a reasonable price are great. If it were just a bit quieter then it would have been a perfect visit.

B
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a beautiful night and we sat on the patio, the wind screens helped screen the street noise and winds. I was hoping the skate wing would be like what I had in France, but must have been a different type. Slightly disappointed with it, but had high expectations. My daughters filet was good, but small. The creme brûlée was good, but would have been even better with fruit on top. It was a beautiful restaurant, very elegant! Hope to return!

PN
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun evening. Steak frites a bit tough

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