Mon Ami Gabi

4.7
4078 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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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Parking details
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.
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Delicious food, friendly helpful staff—one of our favorite restaurants world-wide!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Mon Ami Gabi never disappoints. The food is outstanding but the service tops it all. We were fortunate to have John at our table and he made our meal so much fun. Thank you!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Service was fantastic, but I regret getting the steak au poivre -- it was just bland. Best part of the meal was the bread & wine, and of course the beautiful outdoor seating.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Our server who never gave us his name was trash. didnt bother to ask how our meals were and seemed lazy.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

This was a most enjoyable evening, sitting outside on the patio. The food was terrific and reasonably priced, and everyone was so very friendly. My wife and I enjoyed it very much.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Superb place for good French food. The ambiance is outstanding.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

My daughter has various food allergies and they have them in their database so it’s a seamless process. High quality ingredients. Attentive servers & staff

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Love Mon Ami Gabi. Sitting outside with the view of the park and enjoying excellent food. What more could you ask!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Server Amy was fantastic, great recommendations and fun personality!

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

The restaurant was overbooked with wedding parties the kitchen was backed up. Long wait to get valet to take car.

I have had better experiences at Mon Ami Gabi.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

A French menu without gobs of butter on every dish, but true to the cuisine.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Mon Ami Gabi never lets me down. It's a true Chicago staple that has consistently good food and wine, plus ambiance and that stellar Lettuce Entertain You service.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Nice restaurant. Ate outside on the patio. Food is always good, this is not our first visit here. Would go again.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2018

We loved it as usual. The hostess and especially the manager could be more welcoming and friendly. The manager doesnt even look at you. NO HOSPITALITY but our server,, Amy was excellent!

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Great for Outdoor exploring just walk over to the gardens in front of the zoo

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

The evening started with making a reservation on line.
This was a birthday celebration.
The restaurant was not honoring reservation. Ones you valet parking at $14 for 2 cars. You wait a few minutes. The manager offered drinks at the bar and wait for 30-45 minutes. The manager then said allow him to work on reducing the wait. The manager worked and a 45 minute wait shrunk into 15 minutes.

The got seats and we order just desserts.
We ordered being in a fog from the commotion just trying to keep our reservation .

We have Cream cream Brulé times to apple tart with cinnamon ice cream on the side and the big Lovett profiterole's. The profiterole's were over the top chocolate dripping all over the plate just good eating.

We shall return for a full meal next time, hopefully it won't rain and enforce all the people sitting outside to come inside, take up all the seating.

Shalom

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Got to the restaurant bit early and the requested outdoor seating was not ready. But after ten minutes sipping wine at the bar, the host took us outdoors, right on time. The menu is always appealing, with at least six selections of steak. The special was lamb. One if us had steak au pointe and needed to bring part of it home for lunch the next day. The trout almandine was perfect and the green beans tasted like they were right from the garden. The patio is a beautiful place to watch the neighborhood stroll by. We were just about to share a dessert when it started to rain. The waiter suggested we finish in the hotel lobby, which was a perfect ending to the night.

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3.0Dined on August 10, 2018

The food was lovely, however the service was truly not. We were initially sitting outside with excellent service, but when it started to rain, all of the tables were moved inside. This is not an easy thing for the wait staff, so we were very patient and chill. However, after about 30 mins, we slowly realized that we were truly a forgotten table. We didn't have menus until about 35 mins in, the waiter didn't notice that we did not have utensils, and we had had to ask for a water glass with a bug to be removed and replaced----but the replacement never came until we asked again about 45 mins later. It was almost comical as we observed the waiter warmly engaged with all of the tables around us, but barley checking in on us---and we spent nearly $200 that night. So, while the food was great and the atmosphere very cute, the service was super poor, making for a nice night out not as great as expected. I would certainly go again---our first server was great, so maybe it was just an off night for this guy---but that off night made for our special night out not as nice.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

A never miss at Mon Ami Gabi ...in summer the outdoor terrace is a dream. At all times the service is professional and the food is a delight. Our favorite restaurant.

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1.0Dined on August 7, 2018

We are there at least twice a month. Their power was out when we arrived. They claimed they had no phone lines. They all have cell phones. They could’ve each called the patrons and told him not to come. It cost us cab fare to and from. Very irresponsible on the management part.

We obviously love this restaurant we are there all the time. And have been for nearly 2 decades. But this was inexcusable. It was stormy and we got wet for no reason. Complete waste of an evening.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Always a nice experience here. John the manager is fantastic and makes guests feel welcome. Our server was also excellent. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Perfect place for celebrating with friends. The ambiance, food and service were a perfect complement to spending a wonderful evening with good friends.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Our food took awhile. When my eggs Benedict was cold. Cold ham cold egg. My bfs quiche was also cold. Manager took it back and brought us hot food. Was very dmgoif the second time ! Manager was very polite and gave a generous discount. Our waiter was blasé about the whole thing. Nice decor. Variety Of menu choices. Based on managers professionalism I would definitely go back :(

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Always superb.... food, cocktails, service and ambiance. 👍🏻👍🏻

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Loved food , delisious cocktails and bread. Hostess can be more friendly .

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great service and excellent steak tartare and escargot.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Reception staff were rude. Had to wait well after our reservation time. Far from the level of courtesy you should expect when paying this much

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

There were six of us and we were celebrating my mother's birthday. Typically LEYE restaurants are great value, service, and ambiance. I didn't find this to be the case tonight - more it felt obvious to all of us that the server was primarily interested in upselling. This was evidenced by how she didn't take our entree order until after the appetizers were served but continually asked if we'd like another drink. It felt very deliberate as the MO on a Saturday night. After spending more than $400, that's pretty annoying.

Furthermore, it was frustrating that the busboys filled our water glasses up every five minutes but didn't make any effort to help clean the table. By the end of the night, the paper on the table was filthy. Side note: I find it offensive when restaurants have $25+ entrees and they put a piece of paper on a white table cloth - it's evidence that they're only interested in turning the table.

All in all, I will give LEYE another try (hard to avoid) but will likely never return to MAG. It's sad because my wife hosted our wedding shower there and it's a restaurant where our parents first met while we were still dating.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

My favorite restaurant for everyday AND special occasions. Great service, food and ambiance.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

It was delightful

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3.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Been here many times. Never noticed how dark it is in the restaurant. Really can’t see what you are eating. Only order Caesar Salad if you want a ton of tasteless cheese drowning the fish. Steak tartare was Ok. My companions loved their salmon and trout.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

I've loved this place for more than 30 years. We've celebrated birthday's anniversaries, long time friends coming into town, the birth of our son, everyday events....and the list goes on. The location is lovely as is the authentic French ambiance inside (year round) and out (in the summer). The food is consistently delicious whether coming for the same thing each time or to try something new. We will come back again, and again, and again....

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Go to restaurant when visiting Chicago. Very consistent. Great meals.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

I absolutely love Mon Ami Gabi!!!
Awesome brunch!
Romantic dinners!
Perfect food, ambiance and super service!!!
Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

It wasn't my first experience with Mon Ami Gabi ... which is always great on my many visits. But this visit made special, memorable and so much better by the friendliness and charm of Jake, tending the bar, and our waiter for Sunday brunch. Find Jake ... ask for him !!!

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Lovely spot located in lincoln park across from the zoo. Lots of locals and tourists, it is situated in the stratford hotel. We brought our kiddos ages 3-6 and they loved it. Kids menu is well priced and generous portions, we ordered mac and cheese as we planned on sharing the 22oz bonein ribeye. My 3 yo couldn't get enough of the steak, juicy and tender. Mussels were okay, just steamed in butter and garlic no broth. Kale salad, duck confit were good, but will prob order something else on our next visit.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We loved Gabi. Tenderloin medallions and filet were nicely done. Sea salt caramel chocolate dessert was to DIE for!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Excelente experience! The food, the ambiance, the service, we loved everything! It’s definitely worth a visit. This is a cozy, charming piece place.

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Our server did not have a clue. Loved the restaurant service was bad but the food was great

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Don, 304, our server, was not attentive to our table; he would help others and would not even look our way — had to call him a few times or ask someone else to get him for us. Also, the ambiance was quite loud he had trouble hearing us.

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