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“Popular Lincoln Park French joint”
Review of Mon Ami Gabi

Mon Ami Gabi
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Ranked #232 of 9,520 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Popular Lincoln Park French joint”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

Moderately priced French, pleasant environment, great staff. Recommended if you're in the mood for French food.

Visited October 2012
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Chicago
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64 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Effortless Excellence”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

It's worth revisiting certain restaurants periodically. Mon Ami Gabi has been serving French Bistro style food in Lincoln Park for years and remains one of the best of its genre.
You are greeted by professionals at the Maitre d' stand, the bar and in the restaurant, all who do their tasks with grace, efficiency and friendliness. I arrived early and had a drink at their bar and had a nice chat with the bartender, who was simply friendly, interested and efficient as well. You encounter such employees only in establishments that treat their people well and whose people actually enjoy working at the establishment. This restaurant has such attitude in abundance.
The room is among the most authentic French Bistro decors you will ever encounter and it adds greatly to the experience.
The party of four were there for the Tuesday night special of Duck, deliciously prepared and generously portioned. Although it came with potato gallette, we also ordered Pommes Frites, which were outstanding.
Onion soup as a starter was very good, generously packed with onion, crouton and cheese and baked together beautifully. Escargot were garlicky and delicious.
I noted many patrons speaking French throughout the restaurant, and of the people I couldn't hear, it looked like there were several other French looking people, so either the place has a good casting director, or the restaurant attracts French people with its authentically good food and drink. An enthusiastic recommendation to all who enjoy this type of restaurant. You won't find many better.

  • Visited June 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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81 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Such A Delight”
Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful meal at Mon Ami Gabi. Located in a beautiful building in Chicago's Lincoln Park, the atmosphere is fantastic. Our server was outstanding, truly. Knowledgable of the menu (offering spot-on appetizer, entree, dessert, and drink recommendations), attentive, and friendly.

Our meal was amazing - nice red and sparkling rose wines, fresh baked baguette, flavorful French onion soup, crisp ceasar salad with shaved Parmesan, perfectly cooked sea scallops in cream sauce, and tender beef shortrib with buttery mashed potatoes. Desserts are also definitely worth a taste! Simply wonderful rich flavors and perfectly cooked food.

We will be returning to Mon Ami soon!

  • Visited March 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Clearly you cannot have everything in this VERY French restaurant!”
Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I went for our anniversary- we arrived in a downpour, but, que sera! No place to hang wet coats, lobby was cold, waitstaff extremely rude, bartender lousy. HOWEVER, when the food did arrive it was superb! Mussels a delight! So -- French to the core! Rude, unhelpful people, great cuisine!

  • Visited June 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“My favorite French restaurant in Chicago. Good food, good service, good and reasonable wine list.”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

I usually go for birthdays and/or anniversaries. The ambiance is wonderful, and I can usually hear the person across the table.

Visited August 2012
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