Gabi

4.6
417 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
(Hours Subject to change during covid) 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 serves many of the classics such as onion soup, steak frites, and country pate. A guest can dine with us for a quick bite and a beer at the bar or join us for a romantic 3 course dinner with 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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Dqwark
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot. Excellent Creme Brulee. Look forward to a return visit.

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Bella
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very happy to have this new restaurant in this area! Excellent service and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve never had a bad experience at Gabi. Always wonderful food, staff and atmosphere.

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KateM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Great service & food.

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ANTHONYH
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food is great and the service was very polite and prompt. I had a mixed whisky drink that was awesome. It was also cool to have some items that I have never had before like escargot and Foie gras.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food with portions in abundance and great service.

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vipFoodie3
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great end of the week. This was my second and will not.be my.last visit. May make it a once of month treat to.look forward to.

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vipJTO1965
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were coordinating our daughter’s wedding and came here for dinner after the meeting. Food was delicious. Service was great. A gem of a restaurant.

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BradW
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fine experience all around. The food was just what a French cafe should be -- a lovely rich cream sauce on the chicken, a not-too-sweet dessert, and seasonal salads and veggies. My friend's fish was spot-on and the ratatouille crackling fresh. Terrific service. I am in a wheelchair, but the place is totally accessible -- a rare delight in that way.

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vipRolandW
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

FIRST COURSE- Artichokes with Fig, Hazelnuts and Lemon Aioli... The artichokes were a bit tough and the fig slice at each center was dried… sweet but not flavorful. I assumed a fresh fig component, which would have been great had the artichokes been tenderer. The best flavor contribution came from the toasted hazelnuts and the lemon dressing. I can imagine that lemon Aioli in a myriad of applications.

ENTREE Steak & Frites... The steak was excellent and I was able to trade out the Frites for Pommes Purée. The mashed were much better in flavor tonight than last time, richer in texture, heftier (not watery) in mouth-feel, and hotter! (They were tepid last time.) The steak (terres major) cooked beautifully and was full of flavor. I ordered "medium rare" and that is how it arrived. The peppercorn cognac sauce was spot-on. I'd have it again.

DESSERT: I had the Caramel Ice Cream & Mango Sorbet. They were tops in flavor, temperature and texture.

WINE/DRINKS: Decent, not great. Both the Merlot and Pinot Noir were a bit too "Sunny," thin and acerbic on the finish. The Vodka Arnold Palmer Iced Tea was a bit too tart and very pale in color, even for a 50/50 Lemonade Ice Tea.

SERVICE: My server was great, allowing me to taste the wines, swap out the frites for mashed and have both sorbet and ice cream. Nice guy, but a bit shy; little eye contact, and seemed to need to walk away while I was still speaking. The front of house fella was a bit presumptuous. I arrived 20 minutes early and asked if it was a problem. (No one was dining yet inside or out at 5:20pm.) He gently asked if I wouldn't mind waiting outside for 30 minutes. Like a fool I thought he was being honest per some Covid issue. I wore a mask. No one was there, so maybe a kitchen problem? It finally dawned on me he was pulling my leg. Really? I'm old enough to be his father and ready to drop $$$. He was polite when I left, thanking me by name. No harm done. 2 of 3 courses were solid!

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JosephRP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Gabi's food is very good– the cognac peppercorn sauce alone is excellent.

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CalliF
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely incredible! Drinks and service were amazing (thanks Alex!). We will definitely be back in the future to try whatever new offerings come up!

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vipDestinyJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

On approach to the restaurant, the atmosphere is very nice and the host seated us quickly and politely. The outdoor dining allowed for a beautiful environment but the noise on broad street was very distracting. There were loud motorists throughout the night which took away from the ambiance. Unfortunately; that was the best part of the experience, and it wasn’t ideal. The food left little to be remembered. The vegetable platter was cold and flavorless. The dip was oily. The bread was not warm, but the butter was good. The trout entree was truly a disappointment. The fish was small and lean with little meat. Additionally, the fish lacked in flavor other than butter. The accompanying sauce also lacked in depth and richness making the dish difficult to enjoy. The worst part about this experience was the encounter with our waitress who initially dismissed our concerns about the lacking taste of the fish. She eventually offered to add sauces, rather than compensate us for the dish. AND she charged for the sauces. The duck dish was flavorful, though a bit tough. The crime brûlée was also a nice end to the night. Overall, disappointed by the customer service and inconsistent flavor of the dishes. The ambiance is nice, but there is room for improvement.

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vipRolandW
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Certain things just work there. Again, the smell of newness and cleanliness when walking in is a real plus. For me, the smell of “clean” is the best welcome you can give me. The appetizer of Salmon Tartar with Avocado and Cucumber was beautifully presented and very tasty. Cucumber is an inescapable flavor. Like dill or cilantro, it isn’t there to blend; it’s there to do its own thing. It did here too, but in a balanced way that still let the fish sing while the avocado contributed its buttery mildness. And the cucumber’s crunch was a real asset. The micro-cress afforded a delightful foil. It was textured (young enough) and portioned to enhance, not mask the timbale of fish. PS: The bread and butter is just heavenly.

Trout Grenobloise: A Grenobloise is based in browned butter with capers and lemon supreme sections. The sauce was lovely although without any lemony element or capers either. The Haricots-Verts were a bit too well cooked for "al dente," but they weren't limp. The fish was perfectly cooked and utterly delicious. That said, the balance of the plate was a bit off. The trout was the smallest trout I’ve ever eaten and the dish was dominated by the string beans. I ordered the pommes purée, which was crucial for me; I need a starch. They were elegantly smooth but a bit thin in mouth feel, not watery, but thin. The dessert was delicious. They serve single choices of either home-made Caramel or Vanilla Ice Cream or home-made Mango or Raspberry Sorbet. I asked for a twofer of Vanilla Ice Cream and Raspberry Sorbet and I was accommodated. The Vanilla Ice Cream was about the best I’ve ever tasted and the Raspberry Sorbet was divine, so good that the pairing could have been elevated further with some rosemary honey drizzled on the raspberry or some candied orange zest and a dash of Grand Marnier on the vanilla. Some berries would have been a plus. The wines were terrific. The wait staff is superb. Nancy did a great job as my server.

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Bt23
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great happy hour. drinks were really good and food was great. very nice staff. will definitely come back here

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, awesome staff! Love this place

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vipLewisW
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, authentic French Bistro style. Good wines, well priced. We had a great time celebrating a birthday. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The staff was attentive, uber knowledgeable, fast and very friendly. The food was prepared to exacting standards. From the escargot & foie gras to start, through tender, juicy monkfish and the duck cooked to a perfect medium, everything was terrific.
We'll be back again and again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Had a wonderful dinner there about 6 weeks ago. Took 3 guests there last night. After 45 minutes the waiter told us that food was just being played. But food didn’t arrive for another 45 mins. It was lukewarm and overcooked. Service remained poor through the evening.

A good menu but needs to be consistent. And focus on more attentive service. I had to rise twice to get his attention

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vipMargaretD
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was as usual excellent. The chopped salad and pate were superb.
The service wasn’t nearly as good. The server never brought ice or napkins
as we requested. The drinks were cleared before we were finished.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I had an amazing evening here. Everything was outstanding - food, service, table. I would 100% recommend eating here.

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vipRolandW
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really liked the idea of a French riff on Insalata Caprese with Chevre replacing Mozzarella. in the TOMATO SALAD. The tomatoes were ripe and lovely in texture, but these heirlooms didn’t have the robust flavor I'd look for in a salad with classically few and very clear ingredients. They had an almost floral delicacy to them, not the red-blooded power of a tomato that would have stood up to the Chevre, which was sharper than I expected, far sharper than the traditional fresh mozzarella. The idea of under-plated basil oil with some torn red basil as a garnish was very good. And the sherry vinegar was balanced with the basil oil. That said, there was an assertiveness in the dressing that challenged the demure flavor of these particular tomatoes. One of the best things of this salad is that it was seasoned perfectly. DUCK BREAST: I know that I never need to order duck to temperature from Chef Kenny; that’s something that always is going to turn out right. The ample portion of duck was flavorful, done to a turn, and brought to glory with the cherry purée. That fruit sauce was also strong enough that it went well with the smokey aspect of the potatoes. Chef told me that he smokes the onions, not the potatoes. The purée was tasty on its own but it also created an added sauce for each bite of the duck with the cherry. After tasting each, I only forked them together for the rest of the plate. The little touches of scattered snap peas added some freshness and lift for both palate and eye. Duck Heaven. Without hyperbole, the GATEAU was the best chocolate dessert I’ve had in years. The chocolate was vivid, made more so by the coffee in the cream. The cake texture was completely tender. The whip was surprisingly light in mouth-feel and eyebrow-raising with its hit of coffee flavor. My terrific server, Mike, said that Chef Ken is also the sweet chef. 3 stars for the salad, 5 stars for the duck and 5 stars for the dessert. Super wines and service too.

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vipATST
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always feel special at Gabi. Great service and great food.

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vipmanger123
New York Area
294 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. It is just beautiful inside. Food is always wonderful. Highly recommend it.

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TaylorM
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lovely place. Love the menus and scope. Staff is excellent. Atmosphere is a little sterile in the daylight. Will definitely be heading back to try the duck!

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vipPhilly4Food
Philadelphia
151 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was worth the short trip to Gabi from west Center City for a delicious French dinner. We drove and there is a parking lot next to the restaurant with a very reasonable flat rate for weekend parking. Our dinners were exceptionally good. Two of us had the escargot and duck confeit with a delicious orange sauce which were very good. The onion soup was declared the best in Philly by one of us, and the cheese tart and hamburger were highly praised, too. We will return.

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SteveR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Good experience at a good restaurant, and Alex was an excellent waiter, but noisy on North Broad Street. Maybe next time, we eat inside.

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vipV189
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful setting was a great start to our dining experience. Very pretty outdoor seating. Classic French food done well. The service was great. Delicious cocktails. Elegant wine list. I would recommend that they should make fresh frites.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Service was excellent. Since we were dining outside it got a little loud with all the traffic and construction on Broad St but we expected that.

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JenniferA
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are Gabi regulars and love it. Great food, great atmosphere.

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vipSherz
Philadelphia
122 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great French/casual food; everything we tried on the menu, from escargots to pâté, to trout, to onion soup, to steak-frites, to vegetable tart … was outstanding. Service was perfect. There weren’t many people in the restaurant while we were there; but one incident of a loud child yelling repeatedly, indicated that the restaurant would be uncomfortably noisy if it were full. So, for any further visits we will try to arrange to go at less-popular hours, or reserve table outside if weather permits. But we’ll certainly come back for the food.

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Philguest
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit (my original reservation in March 2020 obviously got cancelled): We had brunch and it was outstanding. Service was impeccable - efficient and friendly, with great recommendations regarding the menu. The food was outstanding -- we were particularly impressed with the duck and foie gras scrapple and the house-made ice cream.

We ate outside so I can't comment on the interior, although what I saw through the windows looked lovely. The outdoor eating area is separated enough from the street that traffic, noise, etc. from Broad St. was not a factor. And the tables are nicely spaced out so you have some room and privacy. Highly HIGHLY recommend. We will be back often.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the waitstaff were wonderful. Caught up with a dear friend I hadn’t seen in years. He’s used to eating out in NYC, but was very charmed by this bistro.

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vipRobC
Philadelphia
120 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were both outstanding - both fish entrees were perfectly cooked & brilliantly seasoned, and service from Alex (also the bartender) was wonderful & attentive.

While somewhat pricey - one of my favorite meals in months.- and will definitely go back!

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vipDani
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was so good! Nancy was very attentive and kind. The summer social deals were great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Laid back not very fancy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A true Paris experience on North Broad, what a find. Anyone who delivers perfect duck config will see me again.

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Jayla
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there during restaurant week, and the menu was perfect

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LanceL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and cocktails in a relaxed but unique atmosphere and the service was spot on. We had the trout and monkfish - both were perfectly cooked and had amazing flavors. Our server doubled as the bartender and made our cocktails to order with his own recipes - really good stuff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot. Something off Rittenhouse with equal style, service, and food but without the crowd. Alex, our waiter, was on it, bringing his be Jack Black energy. Highly recommend this place.

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Gabi offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 377-9407.

Gabi is rated 4.6 stars by 417 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.