Mon Ami Gabi

4.8
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$30 and under
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French
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
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice. Will go there again.

MB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service every visit!

HF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service2ambience4

I decided to try this place after seeing other raving reviews, and I had never been to a french bistro/restaurant before!

We went at brunch on a Sunday (12:30pm)
The food was absolutely delightful - I ordered the Creme Brulee french toast and my (now) fiancee ordered the Salmon & eggs Benedict. We had the Mango-Passion fruit sorbet for dessert.
The french toast was HOT on the plate, which was amazing. I don't think I've ever been served actual HOT french toast before! Usually it is lukewarm at best so this was instantly a plus. The toast was crisped perfectly on the exterior and soft inside, and the blackberry glaze and fresh whipped cream on top was incredibly delicious and well-balanced. 10/10
My fiancee's eggs Benedict had pefectly poached eggs, and the salmon portion was seasoned perfectly, cooked perfectly, and there were a generous amount of capers (usually restaurants skimp on those in fear of overpowering the dish), this was perfect. Her only complaint was that there wasn't MORE food. 10/10.

The Mango-Passionfruit sorbet was sweet and tart and light and brilliant. 10/10

Now, it was busy in the place so I don't fault our server for taking a little extra time to check in on us, but she did forget a few items. We both ordered cocktails, and she asked my fiancee if she wanted another - she said yes. It was never brought to our table. I also ordered a side of bacon with my french toast. I had to ask her to bring it out a second time, and didn't get it to my table until i had about 2 bites left of my toast. It happens, I understand.

Overall this place is amazing! They even have a really great deal for $20 off of your first visit of $40 or more if you join their email club. We got 2 entrees, 2 drinks, a side of bacon and dessert -- with the coupon it was less than $35 (pre-tax, of course).

Will definitely return for dinner service in the future! Compliments to the chef and terrific value for the quality.

LK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always wonderful! This has been a favorite for at least twenty years. Solid French fare.

k
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very flavorful and delicious. The perfect portion for an entree. Atmosphere was lovely. Perfect for a date night but can also accommodate a larger group.

SP
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service !!

D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Good food and glad to have found a separate menu for vegan/vegetarian.

d
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have been going to Mon Ami Gabi for 20 years and have always loved the Steak Frites and pretty much everything else they serve. Recently, we decided to switch to a plant-based diet, so we were a little nervous about going back to the restaurant and facing disappointment. While it wasn’t the same experience (different food, obviously), it was still very good. The vegan onion soup with lentils was delicious. I had the Cauliflower Steak Frites— the cauliflower was really nicely roasted and seasoned, and the olive tapenade on top added a nice touch. Our server was wonderful. She was familiar with the vegan/vegetarian menu and made suggestions, which we appreciated. The menu wasn’t extensive — it would be nice to see more items added to that menu, and perhaps a second option for dessert, like something creamy or chocolatey (we had a lovely sorbet, but this was the only choice). Overall a great experience, thank you!

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mon ami Gabi is my favorite restaurant of all time and never disappoints

KW
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

First time to Mon Ami Gabi. Great atmosphere: think French bistro. Dark woods, white tile floor, high ceilings. Very good service, Helpful bartenders, servers, hosts, etc. My disappointment was the food . Specifically my filet. It was well-seasoned and well-prepared, It was just not a good piece of meat. The price was not outrageous, so I don't feel cheated - just disappointed. Very good drinks. Very good pomme puree. Outstanding peppercorn sauce (This ALMOST made up for the poor quality of meat). I like this place. I like the staff. But based on my initial visit here, there are a LOT of better restaurants in Chicago.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food, and lovely overall experience!

BG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and great service. Steaks were not the best in Chicago but one of the best values and overall a great dining experience.

V
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dependably chic, warm, delicious and professional.

FC
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Mon Ami Gabi is wonderful and I am always thankful for the times I spend there. My recent meal was a delight. I enjoyed a steak/frites while my friend was very pleased with the salmon special. Mark was amazing as our wait staff and could not have been more professional. This really is a site I cannot recommend highly enough.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always consistent neighborhood gem

E
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mon Ambi Gabi is my absolute favorite restaurant. My husband and I have been going there for years and it is always consistent - great food, great waiters and love the atmosphere. Favorite dish - Steak Frites

EB
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mon ami Gabi is always a reliable choice: great food, excellent service and generous portions. Their drinks are expertly mixed and never watered down.

HM
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tuesday Night is Burger Night. Always a great dinner option at our favorite restaurant.

MB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always above and beyond!!! Service and food were exceptional!

NY
London
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waitress was wonderful and made the experience even better!

D
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Mon Ami Gabi. Great food, excellent service and lovely ambience. What more could I ask for.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went for Sunday Brunch the food was excellent. It is a true little bistro very busy place. Enjoyed it all except for the loud girl next to us, who talked incessantly to her friend she was with! Heard everything she said! When the tables are close together like in a bistro, show some restraint and keep your voice down. Writing this for who go there, speak softly not ruin the experience for everyone else!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Valentine’s Day - amazing

L
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere. Love this place!! One of our favorites!!

J
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good beverages and steak frites. Service was fine. Busier Weekends and felt a bit cramped. A bit loud. Nice place to dine for almost any occasion to celebrate.

A
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. An institution for traditional French Cuisine in the heart of Lincoln Park. Been going for 20 years and expect to go for 20+ more...

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive waiter, fair prices, and they remembered our anniversary! We’d definitely return.

F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Table was in a crowded and noisy location and we were seated there while there were better and more comfortable tables at which we could have been seated. Service was slow. Drinks were fine, wine suggestion fine, steaks arrived lukewarm and fries arrived cold. Dessert was fine. I am assuming it was a bad night. I will give them one more chance one day.

J
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was terrific and everything else was very good. My only complaint is that the tables are a little close together and it feels a bit cramped. Waitress was a little slow, but overall very good. We had 3 different types of steak - each was excellent. Wine prices seems a little high, but we had an excellent recommendation from our waitress, Highly recommend this restaurant. :-)

H
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was SO YUMMY! Such a great deal, we came for Restaurant Week 2020 and were hit with so much amazing, tasty food. Would definitely suggest everything we ordered time and time again.
We loved our waitress Rebecca - so kind and full of energy. She provided wonderful service that truly made our experience at the restaurant ideal. We look forward to coming back!!

CG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Steaks, the service was overall good but they forgot we ordered bread, it didn't bother us that much since we were full, but that's something they need to check.

KR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great gluten-free options! Very kid-friendly as well. Our whole family enjoyed brunch there.

GP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was D-Lish and the service was friendly and timely

Y
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal, service and ambiance were great! Very pleasant dining experience.

B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very cramped space, felt like I was dining with the parties seated on either side of us, hard not to overhear conversation. The salmon tartare was amazing (10/10 would recommend), the rest of the meal satisfactory for the price, nothing exceptional.

MH
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The environment is always fun and the service is good. The food is tasty, but the steak was very thin.

DD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week— menu was incredible and the service, impeccable. Will be back for sure!

VI
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will be back! Loved the desserts and of course champagne.

MA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and attentive service. Noise level tolerable as restaurant was not full. Noise level somewhat disruptive as the restaurant filled up.

BU
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a great time every time. The food and service are excellent.

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