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
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Rushed us out of there. Steak wasn’t good. Waitress was great.

LC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great! Very warming and welcoming. Perfect to celebrate our anniversary!

DG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about it. definitely going back!!

Went there for a special occasion and was treated like a queen. Highly recommend.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

B
Chicago
174 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely table, great food and great service. Salads, entrees and dessert very tasty and appealingly presented. Large wine selection. A wonderful evening out with my husband.

CB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

This was a fun experience for us all, and especially my eleven year old son. However, as someone with a lot of experience eating in actual French bistros, I could not have been more disappointed with the food.

The soup tasted as if it were from a can. Most of the dishes were sugared, like you would find with fast food. The boeuf bourguignon was obviously thickened with corn starch, and was flavored with liquid smoke or a similar artificial flavor.

This was not surprising when I realized that Mon Ami Gabi is a restaurant with at least a half dozen locations, and that it is owned by a company with something like 50 different restaurants and chains. It was easy to imagine the food came from a Disneyland "Paris bistro experience" fast food theme park attraction. What Mon Ami Gabi is NOT is a classic french bistro.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was super fantastic.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy as always. A favorite restaurant. Food and service is outstanding. But it is a tad on the noisy side

MB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our all time favorite Chicago restaurant. We were looking forward to the dinner getting together with long time friends from Chicago. The wait staff and the menu did not disappoint. Food and the service was excellent...which has been our experience every time we ever went to Mon Ami Gabe. We have been coming here since the days of "Un Grand Cafe" and enjoying the whole time.

c
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb and casually refined service with food quality a solid B+ and reasonably priced

LK
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my all-time favorites in Chicago since it opened in '98. Always consistently perfect.

JG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the one in Vegas and this one was great as well. Totally different site but perfect for Sunday Brunch in Chicago!

F
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you enjoy French food, this is the place! Wonderful experience that reminded me of our days in France.

EB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was incredible. I will definitely come back and recommend to others.

J
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and ambiance

EH
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love this place. It's completely consistent in lovely service and delicious food. The bar is charming, the cocktails yummy and classic, and there's always someone interesting to talk to! Our seating requests with reservations have always been honored. What more can we say? Mon Ami Gabi is our date/birthday/anniversary place of choice.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent. Our go-to for great French food.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great wines and food.

NY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite brunch places in the city! Classic, elegant, lively, fun, delicious, and reasonable - an excellent choice, always.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Janet is the best!
We went for my friends birthday and she is always so warm and welcoming. Food was outstanding (as always). Meat always cooked to perfection and the wait staff doesn’t miss a beat ❤️

HM
Indiana
23 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely evening. Good table, excellent server and good food.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

JJ
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were incredible! Would highly recommend!

k
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the best French onion soup ever! It just got better as the meal continued. Our waitress was very helpful with selections. The escargots, the arugula salad and steak fritte with bordelaise sauce was great. The finale was the profiterole!! We want to return to sample some more menu options but it’s hard to not want more of the same. Such a great evening.

HL
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

My husband and I visited Mon Ami Gabi to celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. We were greeted and seated immediately. In fact, we were given a lovely table in a corner. Our server soon brought us two complimentary glass of sparkling white wine, which we appreciated, and we ordered a bottle of sparkling rosé to follow. Our server seemed unimpressed that we ordered one of the least expensive bottles. He also seemed miffed when I told him that we had a coupon. Often servers prefer knowing that we have coupons at the beginning of our service rather than at the end of our meal. The next tragedy that seemed to color our server's attitude was the fact that I knocked over my champagne flute and a glass of water while trying to break the baguette. I was terribly embarrassed and quite upset that I lost a glass of wine and that I ruined our anniversary dinner. Our server and another gentleman cleaned up my mess and moved us to another table, something that made me additionally sad because I had loved our corner table so much! From that point on, the service was so-so. I think our server had just had enough of us. I felt a little better about my low-class moves when I observed another diner drinking directly out of his soup crock and when I heard another diner loudly and inappropriately talk about race issues. However, I felt the service was lackluster because of our (perceived) class and my clumsiness. I have a Ph.D. Clumsiness comes with the territory. I'm sure our server was even more pleased when, after the coupon was applied to our bill, we applied a gift card, placing the balance on a Disney credit card. As much as I loved the food and the ambiance, I'm just not sure how I feel about the overall experience. I'm sad that our anniversary wasn't more spectacular, but I keep thinking about the wonderful escargot, oysters, soups, salads, and mussels.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Fantastic food and service

R
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I was there for brunch and everything was good except the scrambled eggs which were barely warm and partially hidden under the excellent hash brown potatoes. My fault bc I shouldn’t have ordered scrambled eggs; they are usually cooked earlier and kept in a warming pan. But I thought Mon Ami Gabi is too classy to do that. I was disappointed. Everything else was up to your high standards.

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food! Came out fast (maybe a little too fast).

AC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!

DW
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mon Ami is one of my favorite places. The waiter was great and accommodated me and grill scallops with cauliflower and broccoli with very little added oil. The scallops were delicious. I did ask for a side salad instead of creamy polenta and wasn’t informed that I would be charged extra and noticed when I was home already.

MS
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS fabulous...the yummiest victuals, fabulous French wines...and consistently the very best service! It is our go-to "happy place" for celebrations...and just for a great night out!

A big thank you to the entire staff for always making us feel special!

S
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak and salad!

BM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the most sensational experience I’ve had in Chicago. Thank you!

Y
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly outstanding meal! Caesar was excellent. Scallops were cooked to perfection. Purées cauliflower was decadent. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

only few authentic French bistro left in chicago always consistent

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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 on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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
25 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

NM
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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