Mon Ami Gabi - Reston

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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 has something to satisfy all tastes. To complement the menu, an extensive selection of French wine, handpicked by renowned chef/owner Gabino Sotelino, is served from our rolling wine cart. While the favorites are here in abundance, there's always something new when you're ready to fall in love all over again. Please Note: Reservations are taken for indoor seating only. Outdoor seating is first-come/first-served.
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JG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good menu, well-prepared food, attentive service.

C
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

The food was good but service was horrible. I order wine and it came to the table AFTER the appetizers and only because I asked. For dessert instead of dessert spoons we got table size spoons.
Multiple people around us also struggle to get service and their food

CR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Our waitress paid a lot less attention to our table compared to the attention other servers paid to their tables. People who ordered after us received food before us, no one took our empty plates until I stacked all of them after our dessert (including our bread plates, appetizer plates, and entree plates), and we had to actively seek out assistance in getting more water multiple times. When we asked about the delay in our food (we asked because people who came in after us were already done eating while we hadn't received our food), we were told it is because they had large parties, but our section was not that busy and I watched our waitress for 2 hours as she stood at the bar talking to other employees. The restaurant can stick with that excuse, but the reality is our waitress was checked out and it negatively impacted our experience. The lack of attention significantly detracted from the food, which is comparable to other restaurants in the area, so we really don't have an incentive to return.

P
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Brunch out on the terrace. Beautiful day and great service!

SP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good value for restaurant week, but only found out about the event by chance. We like happy hour there,

PS
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We went during Reston Restaurant Week, which is always a gamble because of the restaurants' need to turn tables quickly to make up revenue. Our experience was very inconsistent. Our waiter was clearly overwhelmed by the number of patrons and forgot a few things, plus brought out my husband's Steak Frites well done instead of medium rare. I suspect this was the waiter's fault because the first disc of butter (classique) was completely melted vs. the new one we received after sending the first steak back--the second one was still a solid disc, thus the first steak must have sat waiting to be delivered a long time and kept cooking under the warming lamp. The steak itself once cooked properly was okay; it had an acidy taste to it--like a vinegar wash? Not my favorite. The wine served with our prix fixe menu was meh, and they did deduct $10 from our bill for it, which we appreciated. On the other hand, my trout amandine was lovely, buttery goodness and the dessert trio was also delicious. Other than that, our waiter checked on us once and no one ever came to clear our plates between courses, only when the next course arrived. It's about what I expected service-wise, and the food was otherwise pretty good. I'd go back. It was nice to sit outside on their veranda, except for this one blowhard who kept driving his grey ferrari up and down our street--no joke, at least 20 times in 90 minutes. Clearly just showing off, revving for the tourists.

RH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner from the Prix Fixe menu (NOVA Restaurant week). Service was attentive which made for a memorable evening.

DK
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our third time having brunch at the restaurant. As usual, everything was perfect from service to the food

KM
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Escargot needs more flavor but it was cooked really well. Trout was salty. Steak and frites was awesome. Raw salmon appetizer was also bomb. Service and atmosphere was A+. Gave us a complementary dessert for our anniversary. Oh yes desserts were also grrrrreat!

KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was top notch. Perfect for a business lunch or an evening out, the service was streamlined, supportive and not intrusive.

V
Raleigh
41 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal recently at the Reston location. Our steak frites were perfection and the tomato salad was the perfect salad. Service was attentive and everyone enjoyed their meal.

JH
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good but our meal seemed to drag after our salad course. Took a long time to get thru the rest of our meal. Not sure if the kitchen was backed up but the restaurant didn’t seem that crowded. Other tables weren’t getting food either ...

VC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We had to repeatedly ask for a new napkin and bread.

We asked for a new loaf of bread because we thought it was chewy and dry. The second loaf was the same. Turns out they changed bakeries and this is what you get. Not s fan of the new bread.

DK
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time having brunch and everything was great. The breakfast was better than expected including the codt.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Inadequately trained wait staff, orders wrong, service progression dodgy.

S
Richmond
38 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The fish specials were delicious, always enjoy the food and service here

H
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I have enjoyed Mon Ami Gabi in Reston for many years. We usually have the steak frites with those wonderful fries (I have my steak with the delicious sauce béarnaise). A few years ago the fries were changed and they were sadly more like fast food fries. Fortunately it appears that they have returned to the original recipe. The cart wines are good..especially the Cote du Rhone. Bon Apetit!

DB
Wilmington
20 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had another outstanding meal! The pork special on Monday is fantastic, and the efforts of the new chef are evident in each dish, he's really making a positive difference in the dishes - everything we've tried since he arrived has improved. We love the hospitality and the friendly service. Thanks so much for a beautiful visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious French food with very good service in a nice ambience for an almost too high price.

n
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was friendly and attentive. The food was tasty. We’ve never had a disappointing visit, but this visit was particularly enjoyable.

F
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The dinner menu was a bit disappointing with limited choices especially for appetizers. The menu lacks vegetarian options. The fries that came with the steak were over fried to the point they tasted stale. This was probably the last time I ate at this restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice first visit to mom ami Gabi. The steak classique was not quite what I expected (thinner in cut) but was felicious. The baguette was wonderful and the service was wonderful. I would come back again.

T
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant waiter, a little odd with the comments (for example, "have you finished enjoying your salad?", a strange phrasing) but very attentive and made it worth the trip. Incredibly small portion of gazpacho, however - 1/2 cup in a large soup plate, typically filled to the obvious 'soup line" on the plate. However, a pleasant meal and attentive waiter.

NF
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Side of asparagus limp and hardly edible with tough stems - yuck hangar steaks were very good and gazpacho terrific so make up for the limp side. Would also recommend putting some type of small shade or coating on outside lights that run around the fence as they are LED and very bright and obtrusive. We have to cover them with a napkin or menu every time we sit outside to avoid being blinded.

BW
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a treat! Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. The French onion soup and arugula salad were just to die for - really delicious! My husband's fish entree, the special plat du jour - a sole in butter sauce just melted in the mouth. Not too crazy about my pasta and pea entree, ok but wouldn't order again. The wine was nice and not unreasonable in price. A little loud. Remarkable evening in an upscale, fine-dining restaurant!

BE
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent steak and frites. Celebrating our anniversary; treated very well. Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Love coming here when I can ❤️

LF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

While I enjoyed my meal, my companions found their meals to be lacking in flavor.

s
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a gorgeous day, so we headed to Mon Ami Gabi for their outdoor seating! I don't think we've ever eaten inside. Their Omelet with carmelized onion was DELICIOUS!

T
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening with excellent steaks and wine. Noise level was a little loud but not bad enough to hear.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

For the price we expected the food to be much better.

D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always visit Mon Ami Gabi. It’s our favorite restaurant in the Reston town center. The food is always great vas the service superb. Ask for Herman! He’s the best server! Very attentive and professional.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three weeks ago now and MAG is still remembered as one of the best dining experiences we've had in a decade or more. From start to finish, it was top shelf. A lovely hostess sat us at a wonderful table, our waiter got our drinks quickly, knew the menu, and made great recommendations for dinner, wine, and dessert.

After paying, the generous but well-deserved tip I gave was reported to the manager who met us at the door with two gift cards for a future visit any time.

Awesome! We'll be back!

DB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

Made reservation. Was sat next to the door. :( Other tables nearby were open.
When made reservation with OpenTable, I noted it was for a birthday. Never acknowledged that.
Clyde's went out of their way for us when we marked our OpenTable reservation as an anniversary.
Wine recommendation was excellent.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Fries were cold. Steak was overdone and just for the money was not great food....green beans had no flavor

The bread was delicious and goat cheese appetizer also.

The service was fabulous- very friendly and attentive

I might try again but food was not worth the money in our opinion...we had a large party

S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating 34th anniversary of our first date

MG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was okay, but not the quality of previous visits.

ZM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We enjoy dining at Mon Ami Reston as a family. We decided to take our friends Saturday evening. I made a reservation, but due to a thunderstorm that knocked out traffic lights, we were exactly 10 minutes late. Despite having a reservation, we were seated about 15 minutes after our arrival. The server did not look interested in doing her job, she was not friendly nor attentive. We ordered steaks cooked medium but they were well done. It was not a great experience with friends to say the least.

TS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Eventhough we reserved and put request, our waiter really wasn't enthusiastic . We have been there before. We have to ask for things that normally comes with service like bread, spoon, source , plate and etc... I asked for red wine with my main meal, I have to ask another server to find my waiter to bring my win and by than I almost done with my food!!
It's just one case we had better waiter before.

G
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and bustling atmosphere of good food and people enjoy the experience. Escargot is amazing and the baguettes are delicious. Mussels a little over cooked, but great flavor. The service is attentive but not intrusive. Our server was patient and professional, as they always are. Can’t wait to go back.

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