Gabi

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$30 and under
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French
(Please note hours of operation and menus may vary day to day and week to week during covid times) Gabi Restaurant is an authentic, all-day French café in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. Our goal is simple; to provide fast, affordable and delectable French café cuisine. Gabi will have all of the classics; onion soup and beef tartare, salads Niçoise and Lyonnaise, well as French sandwiches like Pan Bagnat and Croque Madame. A guest can dine with us at lunch for a quick business meal of Coq Au Vin, or come in after a night at the theater to enjoy some Steak Frites and a nice bottle of wine. Located in the Hanover North Broad building, Gabi’s décor, designed by Stokes Architecture, is an homage to the 1930’s French Art Deco period, The dining room is adorned with neon and brass accents and a Man Ray inspired mural, featuring photography by Peggy Woolsey.
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vipoutandabout
Philadelphia
201 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I would recommend Gabby. This was my second time there the first one was two days before the dreaded lockdown. It's a great find a French bistro where the food is very good I think many restaurants because of the space limitations has had to reduce their staff and as a result the menu is slightly smaller than what appears on the website but the choices are good .
The friends was with me is a mashed potatoes aficionado and said it was the best mashed potatoes he's ever had in his life. I love French food and there are not many places in the city that has it.

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viplrcr
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Still miss bistro laMinate,but found Gabi to very much like it :-):-)"Excellent food service,and ambiance.

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Dave
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, space and service was excellent. Best steak frites I've ever had. Philly's best fries, by far! And a nice cheese board. Very reasonable wines.

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Rahul
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good, didn’t take too long to come out. Nice location, and service was great

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Server definitely stole the show. Overall the restaurant is good but just hit missing out on a home run. It could be because of COVID and having to shorten the minute. I will be interested to see how things are after COVID

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very nice waitstaff. Enjoyed our meal.

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BigArmchair
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Can’t wait to come back, seeing the restaurant and staff when they are at full capacity will be the true test (only reason why I didn’t give 5 stars)

Restaurant week offerings were somewhat limiting but the execution was spot on (something that is often iffy during restaurant week). Thanks Chef!!

Thanks Gabi!

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MichaelC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

It was restaurant week during my visit to Gabi. So there was only the Restaurant week menu. Appetizer we order French onion, which was good and cheesy. The pork pate was two different kind of pate which were Ok individual but if you combine the two it tasted better. Entree we order Lemon Scallops with side of Caramelized potatoes and Pork Cassoulet side of Ratatouille. The lemon Scallops were ok not excited. Caramelize potatoes were kind like potatoes boiled with some herbs which kind of missed the seasoning. Pork cassoulet was very unseasoned dish, need some salt and tomatoe paste. The Ratatouille was good.
For dessert we got creme bruleee and summer parfait. Creme bruleee was done very well, not to sweet, just the right amount of creamy texture. Summer parfait was also done very well. Perfect balance of sweet and fruit.

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Gwen
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and very friendly staff! Would definitely recommend!

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vipLidia
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week, amazing food and selection. Kind of upsetting that they ran out of some food and drinks at a point but it is what it is. would definitely recommend.

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Ella
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very knowledgeable, friendly and efficient staff. Food was excellent.

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SalimaB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always get the burger. It’s one of the best in the city

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WooJuK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabi was a perfect choice for our date night dinner. We got the escargot, scallops, and burger, which were all super flavorful without being too heavy or overpowering. The burger had a fried egg which I thought was unusual for dinner but it was nevertheless amazing, with that perfect balance of sweet, salty, and umami. It’s in my top 5 burgers of all time! The scallops were a great dish as well, with the chopped up vegetables balancing out the scallops in saltiness and texture. Highly recommend Gabi to anyone looking for a memorable, solid French dinner experience without breaking the bank.

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vipAmyG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful every time! Nothing that we requested was too much trouble! For Food, we split a house salad which they prepared on 2 plates which was a hearty portion. Both of us ordered the Duck Leg with orange sauce, one with mashed and the other with ragatoulle—both great choices! The caramel ice cream for dessert was a full 12 ounces and added a tasty ending to our meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My boyfriend and I went for dinner to celebrate his work accomplishments. Overall an amazing restaurant! I absolutely would’ve given 5-stars if we’d had gone when there was indoor dining, the restaurant looked so beautiful and romantic inside! Unfortunately, being on Broad in the summer comes with the obnoxious motorcycle brigades. The food was phenomenal and our server was so attentive and friendly, but it was difficult to have a conversation with 5-10 bikes zooming by every few minutes. We will definitely be back once COVID settles down and we can enjoy our meal inside.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! We went for their happy hour. Service was amazing and their outdoor dining is beautiful.

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DianeZ
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiting staff were charming and made my date and I laugh. It began to drizzle halfway through our meal, and the staff was quick to provide us an umbrella and tend to our needs. Food came quickly and was presented beautifully. The bread served + pickles and assorted vegetables were the perfect touch. The value you get here is incredible. Good tasting, good looking food for under $20 a person. Excellent date night. Due to COVID, we could only eat outdoors. I would wait for indoor seating before coming back, as Broad Street has been noisy due to dirt bike riders.

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CatLady
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great experience! It's a nice blend of laid back and good service, especially during these pandemic times. The food is good, even if my steak was overcooked (still amazing though). Nice generous pours for drinks. Just a note that because of location (right on Broad), it can get loud with traffic. It didn't bother me, but may for others.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great service, delicious drinks and food!! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Their outdoor seating set up for COVID regulations is lovely and functional. Keep in mind because of Gabi’s location on Broad st., there is a lot of traffic noise, and subway noise. The meal was absolutely delicious and our server Zoey was very great. Also I highly recommend the blackberry mint cooler.

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EnockG
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service! I will definitely recommend

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KevinH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabi gets consistently high marks for quality of food, pricing, outstanding service and friendliness. House wines are a good buy (and don’t taste like “the cheap stuff”). Great with folks with dietary restrictions. Will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Unfortunately we had to sit outside along the noisy Broad street because of Covid but the staff were patient and nice . Food was good!! Though the menu seemed a bit limited . I think I'll be giving this place another visit

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vipGGSulli
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb French bistro smack dab in center city with lovely bar and attentive staff. Gabi is not to be missed! The food is outstanding and reasonably priced. Great happy hour specials and the restaurant has excelled at taking every measure necessary during the pandemic. As it is on Broad Street, expect the usual street noise while enjoying the great eats and cocktails.

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Emily
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Gabi made me feel like I was at Happy Hour in 2019! I thought they did a phenomenal job keeping everyone safe while still providing a great ambiance (yes, even along Broad Street at rush hour), experience AND the drinks were great (we loved the summerthyme and watermelon lemonade). Looking forward to going back and planning to stay for dinner - but really I could eat just their whipped butter and house made baguette and be very, very happy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We made a reservation for 8PM. We got there at 7:50 and it looked like they were cleaning up. We asked if they were still open and they said they closed at 8PM and were not seating anymore.

We would have totally understood if they canceled prior to us arriving, but it sucked to make a reservation, go there and be told they were no longer seating (especially since I couldn’t cancel the reservation on my app to book somewhere else). The place looked great and we were really excited to try it!

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vipLisaB
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Food was very good. But, during covid the outside seating was very loud. I would give them another chance once Covid is over and their dining room opens back up.

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vipFrFindsFineFoodFabulous
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food, service and value were great. The confit of duck and the cold yellow tomato soup with shrimp were awesome. Our table of 4 shared a tartine of raclette cheese and Bayonne ham which was marvelous. It was a new menu addition meant to be a main course (came with a side of pomme frites) but it was a perfect appetizer for the table.

The outside dining on Broad St. is very noisy. Having a conversation is very difficult because of the traffic noise. It's a temporary inconvenience due to the times and no fault of the restaurant.

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MarkL
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was OUTSTANDING! We ate outside, so it was hot & noisy, however, it cooled when we had our Watermelon Cocktail, GO. You will be grateful.

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ColtonS
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was great. Their French fries were exceptional. It’s a little noisy on broad street but they adapted to outdoor dining well.

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vipJEFFREYP
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frequent often....great food and service.

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Thomas
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brad and company are just the best. A gem!

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PamS
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to Gabi's and am anxious to go back and try other options. Their cold tomato soup was to die for, i could have eaten just that all night and been happy. Their escargot was also extremely good. The duck was extremely tasty as was the mini ravioli au gratin. Desserts were also excellent - try the lemon cake! It was a bit windy, so our menus kept getting taken for a ride and we are right on Broad, so traffic can be noisy - but do not deter you from going and giving Gabi's a try - service was outstanding too - shout out to Alex and the rest of the crew who took care of us!

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emilya
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, a foie gros which was somehow delicately summery - how did they manage that? We found easy street parking, which is easier than some other Center City proper spots - hope this place survives the covid kick because their menu and concept is delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem in Philly! Loved everything about the place. Concise menu, have a feeling you can’t go wrong here.

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RayB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at Gabi for outdoor seating due to Covid 19, still great experience, attentive staff, excellent food and house baguette!

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vipJEFFREYP
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience on Friday evening and the food was better than ever. We were delighted Gabi persevered during the economic downturn resulting from the pandemic. Chris, the manager & maitre’d, remains absolutely personable, charming and exceptional. We thoroughly enjoyed the al fresco dining experience.....the exception was the revving engines of the muffler-less motorcycles racing by on Broad Street. Would and will frequent this bistro time & again. Highly recommended!

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vipKayC
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The steak was super salty although it was a good cut of meat. The drink was over priced for the small serving. The toast served with the foie gras mousse was dry and tasted old. The mousse itself had a lot of filling and lacked the flavor of foie gras. The presentation of the food was also lacking.

Although the food and presentation wasn't up to par, the service was excellent.

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DavidS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time eating at this restaurant. Wasn't sure what to expect in these Covid-19 times. Had dinner on a Monday afternoon/early evening at 6 pm. Reservations are needed because you will be eating outside instead of inside. For my 6 pm reservation, there was only one other table that was being served. Service was quick, but not to quick to be annoying. Waitstaff gave you time to relax, people watch enjoy your drinks/appetizers before taking your dinner order. Outside of a few cars honking or hearing the train go by, it was a truly enjoyable experience. I will be back.

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BeverleyZ
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have to say Gabi is hands down one of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia for French cuisine. Not only was their food delicious, but their customer service was fantastic. I had the experience of dining with them during the recent opening back of restaurants after the Covid-19 and they also took precautions to help keep everyone safe by placing drinks in sealed packets with a straw and having hand sanitizers available for use at the table. I have not been to Gabi prior to this so I cannot really comment very well on the noise level. Obviously being right off of Broad street, sitting outside can be loud at times, but it did not detract from my enjoying the night. I will definitely be back with my husband.

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Gabi is rated 4.4 stars by 276 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.