Mon Ami Gabi

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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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

only few authentic French bistro left in chicago always consistent

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Mediocre all around. Food was not anything impressive. Cute decor and charming. Uniforms are beyond dated and blah. Menu was basic. Just an uninspiring experience. Not memorable.

g
Miami
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was phenomenal! Respectful did not rush us out . The food superb .
The ambiance perfect for an evening out .
The trout is a must !

M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I thought the food was mediocre ordered trout and skate. The food was ok but the portions were very small. The Caesar salad was good along with the mushroom soup. Very small portions but kind of disappointed. Our service was great and had a very good waiter and bus boys. They were on their game.

JG
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat to dine at this venerable bistro. Best steak frites in town.

NM
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to celebrate a birthday! We will be going again for the Tour de France wine event.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Good ambience and atmosphere.
Food Ok bout not great. Too much salt in use by the chefs.

K
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

RD
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great food and friendly amazing service!

H
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our son and his fiancé Rebecca was just perfect for us. We had a delightful evening with her and will ask for Rebecca the next time.

AR
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mon Ami Gabi is our favorite restaurant in Chicago. It is our go-to place for a wonderful dinner. My favorite entrée is their trout almondine and I order it with a side of frites. I highly recommend their desserts as well, especially their chocolate mousse, crème brûlée, or their salted chocolate caramel yumminess. We just celebrated our wedding anniversary there, and like always, enjoyed our time and left with happy memories.

J
Chicago
174 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Caesar salad is the best! Their wine selection fantastic and their salmon is amazing. The warm French bread and butter also a wonderful welcome.

g
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

the food as usual was outstanding, the classic steak frites and chocolate mouse are my favorites.

r
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience! Food was exquisite; was introduced by staff to a new (local) gin for my G&T. All Chicagoans and visitors should patronize Mon Ami Gabi.

C
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. I don’t have any family here except my husband and daughter. We had friends join us. It’s so nice to have a full traditional holiday meal among others. Mon Ami Gabi does a beautiful job on all the Jewish holiday, such as Passover. They’re always wonderful, just for a good dinner anytime.

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

I was very disappointed in the food at the Rosh Hashanah dinner.
The chopped liver was not chopped but pureed like baby food
The gefilte fish was tasteless
The chicken soup was sweet
The kasha varnishka tasted bad
The tzimes was mushy

The main dishes were good.

The waitress was nice but she asked if we were there for the Rosh.
And when I asked for crackers for the chopped liver, she said they only have 'crackers ' on Passover

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Janet did an outstanding job!

SE
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Celebrated a birthday on a Friday night, so it was busy and loud. Food was very good.

T
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Had gluten free menu, but server brought me NOT gluten free dish by accident, which is scary. what I had read online said they had GF bread, but none was offered. The server was very nice, but communication to the kitchen and to the person that delivered food didn't happen. Near miss on a ruined and sick night.

B
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We feel encouraged to relax and trust the servers care about us having a pleasurable experience. Food is consistently good and prepared with beautiful and fresh ingredients. We are frequent visitors and never disappointed. Try the Scallops Gratinnie, our favorite appetizer. Bon appetite!

AA
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Out of town relative

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Chicago, so we always have to go when we’re in town.

f
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here before several times. Came for a friends bday, that i made mention in the reservation, although it was missed, most likely a one off. The food and service are always consistent, which is definitely why i always return. It says a lot about the restaurant, which is why i also recommend it. Smart dress code and great for any occasion

HM
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took a friend and her husband out for a birthday dinner. It was perfect as always.

OT
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice concept in Lincoln Park area and food is decent but nothing to rave about.

m
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It would be perfect if they lowered the audio system a little. I think that the onion soup is not only the best in town but better than most in Paris. We love coming here.

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 2

I love Mon Ami Gabi and usually visit once per year in the summer, and never have trouble getting a seat outside on the terrace, as I make a reservation for the hour they open. Unfortunately, they told us when we arrived that the terrace would be closed all day as there was a forecast for rain (yet it hadn't rained yet). We were disappointed, but sat at a table inside close to the terrace doors. Mid-meal the doors open and tables were seated outside. I was frustrated and disappointed about the message we received initially, and that we weren't asked if we wanted to be moved outside. It seemed awkward that we weren't approached about this obvious chance/misinformation.

AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service! Kind and welcoming atmosphere from beginning to end. Cheers!

r
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got there early so we sat at the bar. The bartender was friendly and entertaining. It’s a beautiful small place but you don’t feel packed in like some spots. The service was attentive and the food was delicious.

MB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had Cecilia, as our waitress! A lovely, fully experience staff member. It was our 22 year wedding anniversary and so were enjoying at slower pace our favorite neighborhood restaurant. She did not make us feel she wanted to turn the table over

My only regret, was that our most favorite waiter, John does not work Saturdays. I’ll get over my disappointment in not having him share in our celebration

V
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old friends in town who we had not seen for at least 5 years. I picked Mon Ami because of great experiences there before. They did not disappoint on any aspect. An old favorite.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was cold. We sent the fries back because they were too cold. I felt too bad to send the fish back. It was delicious but cold. Inside it was very cold too. We were seated by the kitchen door which was not a good spot. We’d go back although it doesn’t seem like this is a good review. Lol

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife 50th birthday

SH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding

RL
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have always liked Mon Ami Gabi, but had not made a reservation there in a long time. It was nice to return to find that the restaurant is a good as ever. Many of the staff have been there for years, the food and service remain very good and the atmosphere is perfect. We will return more often.

OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The food was mediocre and service was very, very slow. But it was lovely dining outside.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very, very pleasant experience from start to finish. Had an extra person in our party, which the front desk was happy to accommodate. Service was fantastic!! There were five us, so we ordered a number of appetizers to share and all were tasty and very attractively presented. Ditto entries. A little noisy but a very charming space.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were with our baby and they were very accommodating!

CT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite Chicago restaurants. I have never had a bad meal or service here.

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

Service was awesome. Food was fantastic. Great time!

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