Mon Ami Gabi

4.7
4177 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro that embraces a passion for food, wine and culture. Whether you come for the Onion Soup Au Gratin, Steak Frites or decadent Profiteroles, Mon Ami Gabi offers something to satisfy all tastes. For those looking to indulge in a unique dish, the Escargots de Bourgogne with garlic-herb butter is literally a sizzling experience.

To complement the menu, an extensive selection of more than 80 boutique French wine varietals, handpicked by renowned chef and owner Gabino Sotelino, are served by the glass or bottle from our signature rolling wine cart.

Join us for Sunday brunch from 10:00am until 2:00pm! Sip on Mimosas or cozy up with morning coffee while enjoying a variety of delectable dishes such as the Omelette Lorraine or our Crème Brûlée French Toast.

Please Note: Reservations are taken for indoor seating only. Outdoor patio seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Sun Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm

Sunday Brunch is served from 10:00am until 2:00pm! The dining room reopens for dinner at 5:00pm.
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Phone number
(773) 348-8886
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nelli Maltezos
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Catering
Mon Ami Gabi's fresh, cozy atmosphere is not only warm and welcoming, but also offers guests scenic outdoor dining during the summer months with a great view of the Lincoln Park Conservatory.
The Private Room seats 30 guests, our semi-private Room seats 50 guests, with the entire restaurant seating groups up to 150 guests. The room is a/vl compatible. To view our packages and party menus, visit us at monamigabi.com or call (773) 348-8886.
Mon Ami Gabi also offers carryout and off-premise catering for groups of all sizes including aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Belden
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Mon Ami Gabi is located at 2300 N Lincoln Park West, in the historic Belden-Stratford Hotel. We are on the corner of Belden and N. Lincoln Park West, one block south of Fullerton and two blocks east of Clark St.

Valet is $14 and parking is also available on surrounding neighborhood streets, parking lots & garages.
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Public transit
CTA 22 bus or 36 bus to Belden/Clark
CTA 151 bus Inner Drive
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Entertainment
Mon Ami Gabi is proud to host a series of cooking classes, wine tastings and dinner events where our Executive Chef Nelli Maltezos combines an enticing menu with exquisite French and local wines. Be sure to visit us online at monamigabi.com to sign up for our e-newsletter and receive information on all of our upcoming events and special offers at Mon Ami Gabi.
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Special events & promotions
Check out our website to view our monthly cooking classes, wine dinners, seasonal specials and more!
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

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Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro in an upscale Lincoln Park residential building.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 4177 People Are Saying
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Chicago
20 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. Everything they serve is delicious. Eric was a fabulous waiter too

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LP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Food was not good. Oysters were tiny. Crème Brule was burnt. Very bad experience and will not go back!

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MS
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food...wonderful service! Amanda was our server...she is delightful...super fun and very attentive!

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MA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the ambience, the service, the wine selection, and the fact that they have gluten free options for food. Always enjoy my visits to Mon Ami Gabi!

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k
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a family fave! Love the baguettes and the Skatewing! Perfect Plymouth martini! Kids love the hanger steak + frites. Great french bistro vibe in the heart of Lincoln Park.

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SA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service from bartender and waitress. Didn’t remind me to take my drink to the table but did pour me another when I came back for it. Busboy took bread without asking if finished. Seemed a little funny about ya wanting a box for our steak. Food was excellent except trout didn’t have much flavor and was a little dry. Loved our waitress!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

John was a great waiter

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OT
Orange County
50 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place...We went here for Sunday Brunch and it was lovely. Our server was fabulous. And, even though our orders didn't come out perfectly, they did an amazing job fixing them and handling things professionally. We will be back!

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G
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere. Friendly and knowledgeable server. Steaks were tasty and cooked as ordered. Had not been there for a while but will definitely return!

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JM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is always amazing. Had friends in from out of town. Service and food were fantastic and the restaurant is such a warm and inviting place. Great feel good place to escape to during the Chicago winters.

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b
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been a big fan of MON AMI for years. Food and service is consistently very very good. All the wait staff has been working there for years and it shows! They always make you feel welcome. Ambiance is cozy with an old world Parisian charm.

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JW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! As always, perfect!

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G
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Without even trying to listen in, in the conversation of the table adjoining ours, I heard the words "Socialism", "Oliver Cromwell", and "Teresa May". Classy,....but my daughter thought the mention of Cromwell was a bit of "old news" (17th century to be exact).

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectas always

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DN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything on the menu and daily specials - all are fantastic. We dine here often because of the wonderful food, terrific service and great value. Highly recommended!

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MS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. The service was good. A great local restaurant.

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w
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've always been very happy with the food -- no change this time. The bread is the best bread of any restaurant. At this visit with family, two from out of town, I requested as private a table as they could provide, and they came thru with a round table in a corner. (This restaurant is small on space, and many tables are right next to others in a line, with maybe 12 inches between tables.)

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HC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have to eat strictly gluten free for medical reasons, and I don't trust very many restaurants to prepare food that is safe for me to eat. I trust Mon Ami Gabi and they are my go-to for special occasions. They have an outstanding gluten free menu and their servers are very well-informed on how to handle a guest with dietary restrictions and food allergies. Their food is outstanding, and I always look forward to the gluten free French onion soup!

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Z
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my go-to places when it gets cooler. It feels like a real French bistro with a great wine list and amazing food. Service is exceptional.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great Food and ambiance!

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CF
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service and suitable for a non-casual outing.. The overall experience was a great one. Waitress was quite friendly and treated me no different from the other people. The only problem, if you are black and looking for other people of color, this isn't where you gonna find it.
Sorry!!

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CT
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our first time here in years, we liked it OK and will return to check it out further ... but it’s not love yet.
The menu selections and the specials are classic French bistro. Our house starter salad was well above general salad quality with a dressing that made it come alive. My trout almandine entree was a “B” but my wife’s mussels were small and not especially tasty and the broth surrounding them was weak. Mussels vary depending on source and season, but these weren’t up to serving.
The waitress and servers were pleasant and efficient, though we had to remind them more than once not to take one entree plate while the other diner was still eating.
The ambiance is wonderful, very older style bistro.

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NA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

“IS THE GOLDEN ERA OF MON AMI GABI GONE?”
My last dinner there was the second time where I was not seated in my preferred table listed in my preferences, despite making an early-seating reservation!
The “host with a trimmed beard” literally “ordered” us to follow him to the side table where we got seated. By the way, there were plent empty round tables available. Furthermore, I confirmed my order with my server twice but did not get exactly what I asked for-needed to change side dish.

Change is usually good but not in my recent experiences with this fine restaurant.

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SE
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the food but wouldn't say it was exceptional. My husband's filet was cooked well, but lacked flavor. My mother's Halibut special was dry - she needed to ask for a sauce. Scallops were delicious as was the trout that I had. Desserts were wonderful! Service was great, but, we still felt rushed since our entrees were brought out while some of us were still having appetizers. This meant the food went back to the warmer resulting in food not right out of the kitchen and soggy fries in one case! This was disappointing since we had told our server that we wanted our courses spaced out. If we had known the food would have been out so quickly, we would not have ordered our entrees when we ordered appetizers. Lesson learned if we come back to Mon Ami Gabi. Probably not our favorite of the Lettuce Entertainment group of restaurants, but we still had an enjoyable evening with our group.

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B
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place - neighborhood gem with great food and wonderful staff.

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G
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Ok experience, service was a bit slow and not very enthusiastic.

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MQ
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening, new for my daughter, many returns for me..

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T
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, great ambiance, professional management and friendly service...have been going there for decades and it is always a five-star experience

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F
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always love visiting Mon Ami. The food is great, service efficient and a nice atmosphere.

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L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent value and service. Lively, fun French Bistrot style cafe. Has great patio facing the park in the summer. Love all the steak-frites options!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best!!!

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BS
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Always a reliable choice. The food might have improved since our last visit.
The service should be better for a restaurant of this quality. We had some timing issues and
a neighboring table had many lapses in their service.
Some of the oval plates are very difficult to eat off of, especially if you are at a small dark table.
You can not put the utensils anywhere-they fall into your food.

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OT
Adelaide / SA
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First rate moderately priced modern French spot. Friday Dover Sole is highlight but quality supine overall

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious food, service and atmosphere. One of our favorites in all of Chicago. Warm french baguettes and escargot are where we start.

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a
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was out 1st visit in about a year, but we quickly remembered how wonderful this restaurant is. It's also one the the very few restaurants that serve the Fish known a Skate. It was as wonderful as I remembered. Well shall return !!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated right away even though we were early. Our server was gracious even though the place was packed. This was my second time here and I love the place.

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ME
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Was a fantastic dinner other then in my reservation asked for a nice table by window and said I would wait to be seated, but instead they put us right at the entrance of the kitchen and bathroom so a lot of traffic and not a lot of space. We had to keep scooting out of way for waitress to get to other table on corner, just not a table you would like to spend a anniversary dinner at.

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SJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and service was great! A must to visit!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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CV
Montreal
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Especially attentive service and a great meal. The sparkling rose toast was a lovely and unexpected touch. Perfect for our birthday celebration.

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