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“More restaurant than French bistro, but good” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mon Ami Gabi - Reston

Mon Ami Gabi - Reston
11950 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA 20190-5692
703-707-0233
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Ranked #4 of 130 restaurants in Reston
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Library Street
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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162 reviews 162 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
“More restaurant than French bistro, but good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

This is a great hot spot in Reston, but unless you thrive on noise and a crowded restaurant/bar scene, be sure to eat outside on the patio where it's quieter since this is a large place.

Our waiter was solicitous and excellent with advice--which really made the experience a special occasion for 3 of us. He spent a lot of time explaining things and brought several wines to taste before we settled on individual glasses instead of a bottle. They have a good selection and glasses range from about $7-20, but the bottles start at $34. For appetizers, we had: oysters, grilled scallops (Coquilles Saint Jacques with a French onion "twist"), and Escargots in butter/garlic. The scallops were the best. For entrees, the menu emphasizes the French-style bistro steak frites with various sauces. They're good, but if you like your steak rare, then this isn't for you. The rib eye only comes in 22 oz so 2 of us split it, which was great since it cost $39. But I still vote for Ruth's Chris Steak House for the best rib eye around. The hazelnut souffle was to die for--large, rich and creamy.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Delicious food, nice atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

From the tasty French onion soup to the seared salmon and then the amazingly delicious profiteroles for dessert, a dinner to be remembered!

Visited May 2013
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Reading, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“delicious steak frites”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

great restaurant in the Reston Town Center. Very nice atmosphere, a great menu. I had the steak frites and loved it.

Visited March 2013
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Boulder, Colorado
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“excellent dining experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

My husband, adult son and I were referred here by the great tea shop around the corner. We didn't have a huge amount of time as we were needing to get to Dulles Airport. Our server was kind and attentive to our timing. We were so happy to discover that this is a restaurant that goes out of its way to respect gluten-free as well as dairy-free diners. In fact, the GF bread (accompanied by a variety of warm olives) was probably the best we've had. My husband and I decided to share a salad and a chicken with asparagus entree, and both were divided up for us. Our son had a salad with steak and thin potatoes. All of it was delicious. At the end of the meal our son realized we'd been to their Las Vegas restaurant, which we all remembered as being quite good as well as cost-effective for LV.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reston
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Happy hour...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

One of the best happy hour locals for price and social life...Their menu is tasteful and the atmosphere is always pleasent...I like to meet friends here and also get to know others in this friendly establishment. The staff is always very attentive to your needs and requests and have a refreshing aura about them which is catching. I like their rewards program that they have in place and love the lighting.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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