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“True French Cuisine” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mon Ami Gabi

Mon Ami Gabi
2300 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)
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Ranked #230 of 7,737 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
Cross street: Fullerton
Transit: CTA 22 bus or 36 bus to Belden/Clark CTA 151 bus Inner Drive
Description: Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro and steakhouse. While the favorites are all here in abundance, there is always something new to try from the ever-evolving menu. The traditional menu features classics such as the warm Onion Soup Au Gratin, Frisee & Bacon Salad with a soft-poached egg and croutons, Roast Chicken grand-mere style with mushrooms, bacon and pearl onions, as well as the trademark Steak Frites. To complement the cuisine, an extensive selection of over 80 boutique French wine varietals are served by the glass or bottle from our signature rolling wine cart. Guests will enjoy the airy interior with our large French windows opening out onto the Lincoln Park Conservatory, or in the summer months, the lovely outdoor garden. Please Note: Reservations are taken for indoor seating only. Outdoor patio seating is available on first-come, first-serve bases.
Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“True French Cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

If you like great french cuisine and are willing to drop a few bucks this is for you. If you didn't know better you'd think Julie Child herself was in the kitchen.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Thoroughly enjoyable, excellent food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Seated promptly with a reservation, attentive, discrete service. Food was all that was promised with excellent wine by the glass pairing. Atmosphere and attitude of staff allowed us to relax, splurge a bit, and have a nice experience. Added up to be a bit pricey with multiple courses and dessert wine but with it.
Will return in the future.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
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16 restaurant reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“A real disappointment”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

This is one of those times that you kick yourself and say, "why did you go to a chain, you know better?" A wonderful gem before becoming a chain, but now it's a miss. The service was poor, the food was not up to par (duck confit without crispy skin!), and while the atmosphere is lovely it's not worth it. There are much, much better French Bistrot fair to be had in Chicago.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Good food and good service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

Friday evening dinner. Reservation at 7:30, they seated us at 7:30. Shrimp cocktails very good. Filet merlot was very good, steak frittes very good, Dover sole excellent. Side dishes also excellent. Bananas foster was average. Service very good.
Worth a try.

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Caguas, Puerto Rico
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Highly recommended!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

I visited this restaurant in Las Vegas and when I knew there was one in Chicago too I couldn't resist to try it....and I'm so glad I did! The food, the atmosphere and the service were just as I remembered. I had a Steak Bordelaise which is a steak with caramelized onions and a red wine sauce and it was amazing. My husband had the Burgundy Braised Beef Short Rib and it was great too...very tender and full of flavor. Hope to come back some time!

Visited October 2012
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