Mon Ami Gabi

★★★★☆
A Classic French Bistro
  • 2300 N Lincoln Park W

    Chicago, IL 60614

    Cross street: At Belden Ave, Lincoln Park

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  • 773-348-8886

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I live in Lincoln Park and love to stop in for mussels and French rose when I have a unexpected reason to celebrate. I am never disappointed. Love their perfectly executed fish dishes and delicious sauces. Summer nights on the outside

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★★★★★

I live in Lincoln Park and love to stop in for mussels and French rose when I have a unexpected reason to celebrate. I am never disappointed. Love their perfectly executed fish dishes and delicious sauces. Summer nights on the outside

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Serving us was a chore to our waitress. Everything was an effort. Her attitude dampened our whole experience and the food, while some items were very good, were not good enough to offset the poor service. French Onion Soup was bland and lacked any depth. Probably the worst we ever had. Halibut and scallops were cooked well.
Don't think we'll visit this place again.

1
★★☆☆☆

Serving us was a chore to our waitress. Everything was an effort. Her attitude dampened our whole experience and the food, while some items were very good, were not good enough to offset the poor service. French Onion Soup was bland and lacked any depth. Probably the worst we ever had. Halibut and scallops were cooked well.
Don't think we'll visit this place again.

Pros: Ambiance, Bananas Foster, Halibut

Cons: Our Waitress. Disappointing French Onion Soup

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This wasn't our first visit -- and I truly don't know why we returned. I guess we forget -- it's a pretty popular place, so we keep thinking it'll be wonderful. Except it's not. Nice wine list -- but $15 Kir Royales left us feeling cheated. The pommes frites are just plain awful -- the traditional French version are delightful, and these are tiny and hard and disappointing. The pork shank was too much bone and fat, and not enough meat. The creme brulee felt chintzy. Service wasn't terrible, but why did our waiter take each course separately? I wish we had more dramatic complaints -- so maybe we'd definitely remember not to go back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This wasn't our first visit -- and I truly don't know why we returned. I guess we forget -- it's a pretty popular place, so we keep thinking it'll be wonderful. Except it's not. Nice wine list -- but $15 Kir Royales left us feeling cheated. The pommes frites are just plain awful -- the traditional French version are delightful, and these are tiny and hard and disappointing. The pork shank was too much bone and fat, and not enough meat. The creme brulee felt chintzy. Service wasn't terrible, but why did our waiter take each course separately? I wish we had more dramatic complaints -- so maybe we'd definitely remember not to go back.

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This is one of the best places to go in Chicago for affordable, quintessential French food without the heavy price tag, or the snooty staff. Very friendly and personable staff. Neighborhood feel. The onion soup has it's good and iffy days, but always melts in your mouth. My only problem is that the menu is very limited. Mostly meat and some sort of potato, there are some good fish options. Generous portions; I love having great food for lunch the next day. The desserts are yummy too! Great wine list, although most tend to be heavy wines. Small dining room, so make reservations!

2
★★★★☆

This is one of the best places to go in Chicago for affordable, quintessential French food without the heavy price tag, or the snooty staff. Very friendly and personable staff. Neighborhood feel. The onion soup has it's good and iffy days, but always melts in your mouth. My only problem is that the menu is very limited. Mostly meat and some sort of potato, there are some good fish options. Generous portions; I love having great food for lunch the next day. The desserts are yummy too! Great wine list, although most tend to be heavy wines. Small dining room, so make reservations!

Pros: The staff, atmosphere, prices.

Cons: Limited menu.

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For more than 20 years we've gone to Mon Ami Gabi and its predecessor in the same location Un Grand Cafe. Our most recent visit was more than disappointing (i) two steaks ordered were clearly of an inferior cut or grade of beef - were not done as ordered and frankly on the tough and chewy side (ii) coffee delivered with caffeine rather than without (iii) a New York strip, usually highly reliable - was done correctly but the texture and odor suggested that it had either been frozen and thawed more than once or had been left out at room temp far too long. One salad ordered was dressed way too heavily. On the plus side the desserts were as reliable as always and the wine list remains fairly priced. I had the impression that they are crowding more people into the space than was the case a few years ago but that's just a hunch. Service was prompt and efficient. Perhaps just a bad Sunday night - but overall disappointing.

0
★☆☆☆☆

For more than 20 years we've gone to Mon Ami Gabi and its predecessor in the same location Un Grand Cafe. Our most recent visit was more than disappointing (i) two steaks ordered were clearly of an inferior cut or grade of beef - were not done as ordered and frankly on the tough and chewy side (ii) coffee delivered with caffeine rather than without (iii) a New York strip, usually highly reliable - was done correctly but the texture and odor suggested that it had either been frozen and thawed more than once or had been left out at room temp far too long. One salad ordered was dressed way too heavily. On the plus side the desserts were as reliable as always and the wine list remains fairly priced. I had the impression that they are crowding more people into the space than was the case a few years ago but that's just a hunch. Service was prompt and efficient. Perhaps just a bad Sunday night - but overall disappointing.

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IT can be very romantic especailly if you sit in the back room. I went on a friday night and i was plesently suprised that the noise level was down the whole time i was there. The food is delicious as well as the wine. My one problem is that we arrived on time for a 9:30 reservation but waited untill ten to be seated. After that the service was great. It is a little bit of paris in chicago.

2
★★★★☆

IT can be very romantic especailly if you sit in the back room. I went on a friday night and i was plesently suprised that the noise level was down the whole time i was there. The food is delicious as well as the wine. My one problem is that we arrived on time for a 9:30 reservation but waited untill ten to be seated. After that the service was great. It is a little bit of paris in chicago.

Pros: Food, Wine

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Mon Ami Gabi has a very special place in my heart by combining the essence of my two favorite cities, Paris and Chicago. After spending 4 months in France, I became accustomed to the typical Parisian bistro fare, and Mon Ami Gabi captures it with complete authenticty and grace. Combine the quality of the food with the quaint bistro decor and the ambiance of Lincoln Park, and you've got a formula for a tasty and euphoric dining experience.

When I lived in Chicago, I sampled nearly everything on the menu and relished it all. The only thing I would veer away from is the Parmesean Crusted Cod as it pails in comparison to all of the other dishes on the menu. Regardless of what you order, be sure to save room for dessert. The profiteroles are the pièce de résistance...

2
★★★★★

Mon Ami Gabi has a very special place in my heart by combining the essence of my two favorite cities, Paris and Chicago. After spending 4 months in France, I became accustomed to the typical Parisian bistro fare, and Mon Ami Gabi captures it with complete authenticty and grace. Combine the quality of the food with the quaint bistro decor and the ambiance of Lincoln Park, and you've got a formula for a tasty and euphoric dining experience.

When I lived in Chicago, I sampled nearly everything on the menu and relished it all. The only thing I would veer away from is the Parmesean Crusted Cod as it pails in comparison to all of the other dishes on the menu. Regardless of what you order, be sure to save room for dessert. The profiteroles are the pièce de résistance...

Pros: Reasonably priced, Authentic Bistro Fare, Good Staff

Cons: Can Get Crowded

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I took my girlfriend here for her b-day. The waitress helped us select a very good bottle of wine, althought the "wine cart" I heard so much about was never used. The escargots and patte were excellent. The lobster bisque was less than exciting for $9 (I've had better at soups and scoops). The steak was good, but nothing that I'd order again. The big suprise was the service. The waitress was fine, but I had to ask twice for my water to be refilled, my glass had lipstick on it, and our table was never properly cleaned throughout the meal (baguette crumbs, ect...), not too mention the wine cart again. Overall the experience was good, but I expected more.

2
★★★★☆

I took my girlfriend here for her b-day. The waitress helped us select a very good bottle of wine, althought the "wine cart" I heard so much about was never used. The escargots and patte were excellent. The lobster bisque was less than exciting for $9 (I've had better at soups and scoops). The steak was good, but nothing that I'd order again. The big suprise was the service. The waitress was fine, but I had to ask twice for my water to be refilled, my glass had lipstick on it, and our table was never properly cleaned throughout the meal (baguette crumbs, ect...), not too mention the wine cart again. Overall the experience was good, but I expected more.

Pros: Escargots, Patte, Wine Recomendation

Cons: , Slightly Cramped

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We went here last night and sat outside. The weather was perfect and it only added to the already great dining experience! The food was excellent, service was very attentive and efficient, and the desserts were incredible! I highly recommend this restaurant!

2
★★★★★

We went here last night and sat outside. The weather was perfect and it only added to the already great dining experience! The food was excellent, service was very attentive and efficient, and the desserts were incredible! I highly recommend this restaurant!

Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Service

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I have been to Mon Ami Gabi three times. Each time I get the same thing, STEAK ROQUEFORT, what a delicious meal. Steak is made to order, with a roquefort butter sauce, that is to die for..... Presentation is wonderful. Stacked with french style fries, mmmmm. A must for steak lovers.....

2
★★★★★

I have been to Mon Ami Gabi three times. Each time I get the same thing, STEAK ROQUEFORT, what a delicious meal. Steak is made to order, with a roquefort butter sauce, that is to die for..... Presentation is wonderful. Stacked with french style fries, mmmmm. A must for steak lovers.....

Pros: good atmosphere, clean

Cons: Bad Parking/Oakbrook

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We showed up early for 8pm reservations, and were ushered to the over-priced bar for what turned out to be a too long wait. The staff was nice, however, and once we were finally seated things went smoothly. The food, while not incredible, was quite good and well worth the wait. We were a bit disappointed to learn Mon Ami Gabi is part of a chain as we were hoping for a Chicago original. Overall, pretty good but not great.

2
★★★★☆

We showed up early for 8pm reservations, and were ushered to the over-priced bar for what turned out to be a too long wait. The staff was nice, however, and once we were finally seated things went smoothly. The food, while not incredible, was quite good and well worth the wait. We were a bit disappointed to learn Mon Ami Gabi is part of a chain as we were hoping for a Chicago original. Overall, pretty good but not great.

Pros: service, ambience, wine list

Cons: The wait, overpriced drinks

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Decent food, but a little overpriced (at least our selections) for what it was. Most of the entrees were in the mid-teens, but we managed to select the items at the high end of price scale.

Very typical bistro menu and wine list. The onion tarts had too much additional sweetness that masked the carmelized onlion flavor. The steaks were good, but not exceptional in any way. Same with dessert. Espresso was quite bitter.

We had a table outside an a perfect night, weatherwise. Based on the crowd inside and the closeness of the tables, I'm sure my impression would have been much more negative had we not been on the patio.

1
★★★☆☆

Decent food, but a little overpriced (at least our selections) for what it was. Most of the entrees were in the mid-teens, but we managed to select the items at the high end of price scale.

Very typical bistro menu and wine list. The onion tarts had too much additional sweetness that masked the carmelized onlion flavor. The steaks were good, but not exceptional in any way. Same with dessert. Espresso was quite bitter.

We had a table outside an a perfect night, weatherwise. Based on the crowd inside and the closeness of the tables, I'm sure my impression would have been much more negative had we not been on the patio.

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Mon Ami Gabi remains a top contender when it comes to bistro dining in Chicago, which is saying something because it's in good company. There's a romantic air about the place, what with the large windows overlooking Lincoln Park and…

 

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