Mon Ami Gabi

4.8
4466 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.

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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L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mon Ami Gabi never disappoints. We had two birthdays at our table, and two orders of profiteroles were brought to our table: how lovely is that? And, of course, the food was delicious.

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AG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing staff and phenomenal food. Would come back again. (It was our second time.)

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B
Chicago
164 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Both my husband and I enjoyed our meals. He had the Saturday special of braised short ribs on a bed of celery root. Very good! I had the scallop special of scallops on a leek risotto. Also very good. Both of us also had wines which were paired nicely with our meal.

Our server was attentive without hovering.

A lovely evening.

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r
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! It was for my wifes birthday and they even treated her to a delicious dessert.

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JK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the host to our server, everyone was kind, friendly, and knew their stuff. Our server, Amanda, was probably the best server my wife and I had ever experienced. She was kind, knew the menu, and was able to make recommendations or answer any questions we had. All of this while being positive/good energy. We had gone for our wedding anniversary and she brought out complimentary champagne which was also a nice touch. I would highly recommend going to Mon Ami Gabi for the food/drinks, but you have to ask for Amanda, she will not disappoint!

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RM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, date night is better at Mon Ami. It’s our favorite spot bc the food is good, ambiance is right and it feels inviting.

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LF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Justy was the perfect server. She was friendly, her suggestions were spot on she was always there when we needed her. All four of us were impressed.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting an old friend. Atmosphere was fun and festive . Food was super delicious. Even my drink had the right amount of alcohol. Lately I’ve been going to events where the alcohol watered down.

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I must say that the service is super good! And the food is delicious. We had trout, steak, snails. Snails taste well cooked.

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r
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Mon Ami Gabi for over 20 years and have yet to have less than a great experience. Prices have increased minimally, but quality of service and items on the menu have maintained if not exceeded their former quality. It's a great neighborhood gem, but well worth a trip to dine there. We were there for a birthday celebration a few days ago, and it was wonderful! probably one of the best French bistros in Chicago.

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BT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was disappointing, I have been a customer for 20 years.

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e
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was well timed, server was thoughtful with regard to birthday.

We were @ a quiet table, & not rushed.

Food was good...my friend really enjoyed his chicken...juicy, tender, yet crispy.

Thank you.

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KW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely dining room. Comfortable seating. Delicious food. Courteous and professional staff.

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AW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Good ambience, but super mediocre brunch. Can't speak to other meals, but wouldn't be back for brunch.

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EM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Weekend brunch with the kiddos. Food is always good, atmosphere great. Service was a bit unfriendly today, but other times has been great.

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MF
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

It seemed as though our server rushed us for whatever reason and it made for a disappointing visit. We were a party of 2 but sat at a table for 4 so perhaps that is why the server was attempting to speed up our dinner. The server asked for our order while we were in the middle of enjoying an appetizer. After ordering our dinner, the food came out the quickest I have ever experienced at Mon Ami Gabi.

All and all very surprised at the competence of this server compared to most we have had in the past.

Matt Fonk

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect place to celebrate a birthday. Loved it so much we'd go more often if we were in the neighborhood.

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GS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!!!!
What a very special evening!!!
Merci!!!!

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C
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure. A beautifully run restaurant. Our server David and his busser were hugely kind & attentive. The food was well-prepared and it was clear the kitchen serves with pride. MAG is a terrific neighborhood hang and we always enjoy ourselves.
Thanks,
Cody

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mon Ami Gabi is a wonderful, warm, and enjoyable experience whether for everyday dining or a special occasion.

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t
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Our waitress ignored us for other customers. We were sat by the kitchen.

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s
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Dining at Mon Ami for 30+ years, always delicious food, great ambiance and wonderful servers.

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W
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I used to visit this space when it was Cafe Un Deux Trois. LEYE has not only captured the authenticity of this space but has added a five star menu where every single bite was better than the previous one. One of the best dining evenings in ages and would go back time and time again.

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HM
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Sunday night dinner. Always great!

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CD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mon Ami Gabi is fabulous! Great wines by the glass, daily food specials, Amazing grilled steaks and sumptuous desserts. One of the best spots in Chicago.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Mon Ami Gabi! Great atmosphere and wonderful staff and food. The bread is amazing- hot and fresh. Thank you.

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LM
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time celebrating my husband's birthday at Mon Ami Gabi. The staff was sooo nice and accommodating to our grumpy 4 year old and, I don't know if it was policy, or because we looked stressed, but they took my husband's meal off the bill as a birthday treat. The food was great and we liked the atmosphere as well. My only negative comment would be the lack of parking nearby, you pretty much have to do valet if you drive, but that's a minor criticism.

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G
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This was my first but not my last time. You feel important just walking in. It is more like a New York restaurant. The food was affordable. I ordered the Steak Frite medium rare. It cam closer to Medium well. However, the flavors made up for the doneness. My partner had a hamburger that he is still complimenting. I am looking forward to returning to this wonderful restaurant.

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r
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Chicago. By far. Love walking the 2 blocks.

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I'm from France and I'm always eager to try French food out of France. Mon ami Gabi is a 100% yes !
The food and service are simply perfect ! Snails taste just like home, large selection of wines and alcohol, meat is perfectly cooked and the desserts are excellent !
Negative point though on the sides : too thin grench fries, would have prefered some well cooked vegetables.
And also, though I do understand the point of creating a bistrot atmosphere, I would have prefer a less noisy and more intimate/fancy ambiance (furthemore regarding the price that doesn't match the bistro thing).
But in a nutshell, perfect place for a date and/or good food and drinks ! 9/10 for sure !

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KG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite steaks in the city for 75% the price of other steakhouses. Great wine list. Great service. Great ambiance. Will be coming back.

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JF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and with service to match. Thanks again

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PA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful meal and service. We had the Monk fish and about lost our minds over it! We’ve been talking about it ever since. Just fantastic. The steak was done just right as well. Thank you!

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d
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mon Ami Gabi is our favorite place to go for a fun and delightful dinner. BUT, when John is our waiter we are over the top grateful. John makes the service business look anemic...he is the best of the best at all times. So to him go more than 5 stars at all times!

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a
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and the service over the top! The service was over the top bx of John!

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John, our waiter is ALWAYS a wonderful delight to see! Excellent Service!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El mejor lugar de chicago en su tipo calidad atencion y precio ademas de un ambiente relajado

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m
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great staff and chefs

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LS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

This was possibly the worst dining experience we’ve had at Mon Ami Gabi. It’s was a 70 birthday brunch and the food was terrible. We had two orders of Classic Benedict and the Croque Madam. Needless to say I didn’t eat my Benedict , the frites were limp greasy and ice cold, the Mornay was a a runny mess of translucent white stuff with Dijon mustard ooozing from the sandwich. I have eaten here for many years but never ever had such a horrible food experience. By the way the “poached eggs ” were rock hard and the entire meal was ice cold. We were so disappointed that we couldn’t even address all the issues encountered Sunday at 12:00. Will never go back!!!!

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RJ
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there for brunch and will definitely be coming back.

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