Gabi

4.6
401 reviews
$31 to $50
French
(Hours Subject to change during covid) Gabi Restaurant is an authentic, all-day French café in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. Our goal is simple; to provide fast, affordable and delectable French café cuisine. Gabi serves many of the classics such as onion soup, steak frites, and country pate. A guest can dine with us for a quick bite and a beer at the bar or join us for a romantic 3 course dinner with wine . Located in the Hanover North Broad building, Gabi’s décor, designed by Stokes Architecture, is an homage to the 1930’s French Art Deco period, The dining room is adorned with neon and brass accents and a Man Ray inspired mural, featuring photography by Peggy Woolsey.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.7
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, awesome staff! Love this place

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vipLewisW
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific food, authentic French Bistro style. Good wines, well priced. We had a great time celebrating a birthday. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The staff was attentive, uber knowledgeable, fast and very friendly. The food was prepared to exacting standards. From the escargot & foie gras to start, through tender, juicy monkfish and the duck cooked to a perfect medium, everything was terrific.
We'll be back again and again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Had a wonderful dinner there about 6 weeks ago. Took 3 guests there last night. After 45 minutes the waiter told us that food was just being played. But food didn’t arrive for another 45 mins. It was lukewarm and overcooked. Service remained poor through the evening.

A good menu but needs to be consistent. And focus on more attentive service. I had to rise twice to get his attention

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vipMargaretD
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

The food was as usual excellent. The chopped salad and pate were superb.
The service wasn’t nearly as good. The server never brought ice or napkins
as we requested. The drinks were cleared before we were finished.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My family and I had an amazing evening here. Everything was outstanding - food, service, table. I would 100% recommend eating here.

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RolandW
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I really liked the idea of a French riff on Insalata Caprese with Chevre replacing Mozzarella. in the TOMATO SALAD. The tomatoes were ripe and lovely in texture, but these heirlooms didn’t have the robust flavor I'd look for in a salad with classically few and very clear ingredients. They had an almost floral delicacy to them, not the red-blooded power of a tomato that would have stood up to the Chevre, which was sharper than I expected, far sharper than the traditional fresh mozzarella. The idea of under-plated basil oil with some torn red basil as a garnish was very good. And the sherry vinegar was balanced with the basil oil. That said, there was an assertiveness in the dressing that challenged the demure flavor of these particular tomatoes. One of the best things of this salad is that it was seasoned perfectly. DUCK BREAST: I know that I never need to order duck to temperature from Chef Kenny; that’s something that always is going to turn out right. The ample portion of duck was flavorful, done to a turn, and brought to glory with the cherry purée. That fruit sauce was also strong enough that it went well with the smokey aspect of the potatoes. Chef told me that he smokes the onions, not the potatoes. The purée was tasty on its own but it also created an added sauce for each bite of the duck with the cherry. After tasting each, I only forked them together for the rest of the plate. The little touches of scattered snap peas added some freshness and lift for both palate and eye. Duck Heaven. Without hyperbole, the GATEAU was the best chocolate dessert I’ve had in years. The chocolate was vivid, made more so by the coffee in the cream. The cake texture was completely tender. The whip was surprisingly light in mouth-feel and eyebrow-raising with its hit of coffee flavor. My terrific server, Mike, said that Chef Ken is also the sweet chef. 3 stars for the salad, 5 stars for the duck and 5 stars for the dessert. Super wines and service too.

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vipATST
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I always feel special at Gabi. Great service and great food.

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vipmanger123
New York Area
294 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place. It is just beautiful inside. Food is always wonderful. Highly recommend it.

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TaylorM
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Lovely place. Love the menus and scope. Staff is excellent. Atmosphere is a little sterile in the daylight. Will definitely be heading back to try the duck!

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vipPhilly4Food
Philadelphia
146 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was worth the short trip to Gabi from west Center City for a delicious French dinner. We drove and there is a parking lot next to the restaurant with a very reasonable flat rate for weekend parking. Our dinners were exceptionally good. Two of us had the escargot and duck confeit with a delicious orange sauce which were very good. The onion soup was declared the best in Philly by one of us, and the cheese tart and hamburger were highly praised, too. We will return.

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Steve
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

Good experience at a good restaurant, and Alex was an excellent waiter, but noisy on North Broad Street. Maybe next time, we eat inside.

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vipV189
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A beautiful setting was a great start to our dining experience. Very pretty outdoor seating. Classic French food done well. The service was great. Delicious cocktails. Elegant wine list. I would recommend that they should make fresh frites.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was great. Service was excellent. Since we were dining outside it got a little loud with all the traffic and construction on Broad St but we expected that.

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JenniferA
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are Gabi regulars and love it. Great food, great atmosphere.

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vipSherz
Philadelphia
122 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great French/casual food; everything we tried on the menu, from escargots to pâté, to trout, to onion soup, to steak-frites, to vegetable tart … was outstanding. Service was perfect. There weren’t many people in the restaurant while we were there; but one incident of a loud child yelling repeatedly, indicated that the restaurant would be uncomfortably noisy if it were full. So, for any further visits we will try to arrange to go at less-popular hours, or reserve table outside if weather permits. But we’ll certainly come back for the food.

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Philguest
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first visit (my original reservation in March 2020 obviously got cancelled): We had brunch and it was outstanding. Service was impeccable - efficient and friendly, with great recommendations regarding the menu. The food was outstanding -- we were particularly impressed with the duck and foie gras scrapple and the house-made ice cream.

We ate outside so I can't comment on the interior, although what I saw through the windows looked lovely. The outdoor eating area is separated enough from the street that traffic, noise, etc. from Broad St. was not a factor. And the tables are nicely spaced out so you have some room and privacy. Highly HIGHLY recommend. We will be back often.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was delicious and the waitstaff were wonderful. Caught up with a dear friend I hadn’t seen in years. He’s used to eating out in NYC, but was very charmed by this bistro.

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vipRobC
Philadelphia
117 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and service were both outstanding - both fish entrees were perfectly cooked & brilliantly seasoned, and service from Alex (also the bartender) was wonderful & attentive.

While somewhat pricey - one of my favorite meals in months.- and will definitely go back!

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vipDani
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The service was so good! Nancy was very attentive and kind. The summer social deals were great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Laid back not very fancy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A true Paris experience on North Broad, what a find. Anyone who delivers perfect duck config will see me again.

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Jayla
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was there during restaurant week, and the menu was perfect

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LanceL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and cocktails in a relaxed but unique atmosphere and the service was spot on. We had the trout and monkfish - both were perfectly cooked and had amazing flavors. Our server doubled as the bartender and made our cocktails to order with his own recipes - really good stuff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great spot. Something off Rittenhouse with equal style, service, and food but without the crowd. Alex, our waiter, was on it, bringing his be Jack Black energy. Highly recommend this place.

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RonH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and menu choices were excellent. Really the duck liver scrapple was so unique and perfectly cooked eggs with French french fries was a memorable meal! Delicious bread and house baked peach cake!!

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BruceL
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Tried GABI for Father's Day as my wife and I enjoy French food very much. The menu is limited, but the food was outstanding. The staff is also very good - attentive to their tables, friendly and accomodating. Outside seating was available (if you like that sort of thing in downtown Philly on Broad St).

We will definitely go back, but call about verifying the menu from the website before we go.

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vipBillS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

Everything was good if you could ignore the god awful music at times - crappy French rap is not the best fit for the vibe of the restaurant.

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Frosteaux
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, wonderful food, low-key ambiance

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Gemseeker777
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Ordered the steak. It was cooked just right with a very tasty sauce on the side. Reasonable prices for French cuisine.

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franmac
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious French food, beautiful dining room, and reasonable prices. Glad to be back.

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NuriaL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Nice food and service, a little noisy being outside.

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vipJack
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service and food were excellent. The ambiance is charming, upbeat, and supportive of table conversation. Highly recommend!

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vipredram
Philadelphia
145 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always good and plentiful. Menu is limited right now but it certainly produces good choices.

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vipNoahW
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved our first visit. Best trout I’ve had in the city. Everything was perfectly prepared and everyone was extremely nice.

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vipSalsaGirl
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

We stayed in Center City and wanted a good restaurant within walking distance of our hotel. Server was excellent and took good care of us. I’m VERY about having a tender steak so I took her word and she was right. Plus it came with a tasty peppercorn brandy sauce. My husband had the chicken in a mushroom sauce, also very good. We also enjoyed the starter salad. Highly recommend.

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NoWineGouging
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful !! Will be coming back !!................

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SuzanneC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent, service was terrific and the price was just right. So happy you are back open for business.

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vipCharlotteH
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

No selection of traditional bistro dishes done very well

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vipPamS
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had been to Gabi's about a year ago and really liked it, so decided it was time to go back. It did not disappoint. Our waiter Alex was the same one we had from a year ago, excellent service, very friendly and prompt and the rest of the staff was also very on top of checking in on their tables, as well as our table. Food was fabulous, if you go for nothing else, go for the escargot simply amazing. Their green beans are so good as well. I had the Spring Tart, could only eat half, as it was so large and filling, but really tasty. My son had the steak and the sauce really added to the overall flavor nicely. Will go back again!

FAQs

Gabi offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 377-9407.

Gabi is rated 4.6 stars by 401 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.