J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean
J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean

J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jgilberts.com/Home.aspx?823
  • Phone: 7038931034
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Frank Casper
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Entertainment: Happy hour: Sunday - Friday, 4pm - 7pm bar only.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 123
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet is available Wednesday through Saturday evenings. A private lot is also available any time.
A word from J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean
J. Gilbert's is an "upscale casual" steakhouse serving prime-aged beef cooked over a mesquite wood-fired grill. Guests enjoy various cuts of steak, fresh seafood (including award-winning crab cakes) & other house made favorites like the Maytag Bleu potato chips & Carrot Cake. The cozy atmosphere includes fire side dining, rich wood, brick & soft lighting where you can enjoy a quiet table or host a large party. The extensive martini & wine list offers the perfect compliment to an excellent meal delivered with attentive service. J. Gilbert's is open for weekend lunch, dinner 7 days a week & Sunday Brunch. Reservations are recommended.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean reviews from OpenTable diners
370 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (200)neighborhood gem (192)great for lunch (133)good for groups (122)fit for foodies (120)romantic (106)great for brunch (87)notable wine list (82)vibrant bar scene (76)kid-friendly (40)hot spot (36)late-night find (13)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great Food
    GoodvisitVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We love the food at J Gilberts. While they are known for their steaks, the crab cakes are the best. We were celebrating a birthday, and J Gilberts made the celebration special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Had a wonderful time. Fourth time in restaurant however first time for brunch. Great selection of food and very tasty. Waiter was absolutely wonderful. His name was Ryan and will definitely ask for him next time. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Birthday Celebration Favorite!
    Number1inMcLeanVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Been coming here for years - always our favorite destination to celebrate birthdays and other occasions!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good
    MoeyVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Haven't been in a while but each time the food and service are good. Pre-fix menus are economical and portions are sizable. Nice atmosphere and can still talk to people at the other end of a six top without yelling. The creamed corn with bacon was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good standby
    waltVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This restaurant is close to home and is one of a few sit down restaurants in McLean so we frequent it often. I've always felt while the food is good, it isn't great and is a bit overpriced. Lately it's taken some time for dishes to come out; just long enough for you to wonder 'hey, where's our food'. They've recently switched from sourdough bread to biscuits which are good but a bit too heavy for a pre-dinner nibble and are a bit peppery which can effect your palette before your meal. I wish they'd leave salt & pepper on the tables. It's annoying to have to flag someone down, then wait for them to return as your food gets cold. I'm still very afraid of their soups which made me ill once but overall, I think the food is very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jerry
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Everything excellent. Best Brunch in town. Good selection, especially raw bar. Flowers delivered were a real hit. Service top drawer. They were all interested in us and showed it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Value Prefix Menu Available
    Lenj
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    J. Gilbert's is consistently excellent, and has a prefixed menu that includes salad, entree of salmon or steak, mashed potatoes, green beans and a dessert selection that is a great value at $39. There large booths are comfortable and the lighting creates an ambiance that is nice for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Allways seems to miss the mark
    Food4ThoughtVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    After it took a while for the waiter to warm up to us things seemed to be going ok. As my wife & I had joked about our last miserable experience here after ordering a bottle of Opus and then having a table with two screaming kids seated next to us shortly after the bottle arrived & then having some other issues that seemed to only get worse when we asked to be moved. While it was busy & I understand that as a restaurant you can’t control other people’s children you should help set expectations. After we received our wine a table was sat behind us with a child who was allowed to run around screaming & yelling. What a great experience! While I tried not to make a big issue of it the plastic in my wife's butter on her steak wasn't acceptable.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great dinner again at J Gilbert's. As always, food was great - the specials are always interesting and tasty, service was respectful and efficient, and the atmosphere is always comfortable. We'll be back soon! Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    Vinolovesteak
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I chose J. Gilbert's for our anniversary dinner, and boy were we impressed. The dark lit ambiance was beautiful, the wine was delicious, and the food was absolutely amazing. We both got the steak that was cooked perfectly, tender, and exactly how we ordered it. I got the crab cake, which was all crab and no filler. The lobster mac and cheese was my favorite addition to my meal. By far the best mac and cheese I've ever tasted at a restaurant. I paired this with a lovely Pinot Noir that went perfect with my steak and seafood. My only complaint was our waiter took quite a while to bring out each course. I think he had too many tables, which kept him from giving us the best service he could give. However, we will be returning.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner Spot
    beezNbox
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My fiance and I went here the other night with her parents. First and foremost the food was outstanding! we both went for the pre-fix menu which was very reasonably priced. My steak was perfectly cooked, as were her scallops. The desserts were delicious. I have nothing but great things to say about J. Gilberts.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome as always
    BETSYVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Thanks for a great meal, good service and saving the requested table. We split several items, the kitchen graciously accommodated us, it's really appreciated when the chefs spoil you like that. Thanks
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Steak and HH
    SImhungry
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I've gone here a few times now, and it never dissapoints. This time, I went on a Wednesday night, for a late dinner (8:30pm). I did not have a hard time reserving a seat. Food was delicious. Server was attentive, wish he spoke a little louder though. After dinner, we stayed and talked and they did not try to push us out, even though we were one of the last few guests left in the dining area, (again, probably because it was a Wednesday night). When leaving there were still a few people in the bar area. I will come back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Lunch Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    J. Gilbert's is a great place for a quick lunch or a drawn out lunch for catching up with colleagues outside of the office or for catching up with a friend - Great ambiance, great and consistent food (love the cheddar biscuits!) and the service is fantastic (from the host stand to your waiter)! One of these days I'll make it here for a dinner, I'm sure it's going to be enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delish!
    Maggie
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Food was excellent and service was great! There were rave reviews at the table about the fried calamari, and the pretzel crusted onion rings. Of course, don't forget the signature martinis! Everyone in the group enjoyed their meals. I can only speak for the steak with ancho chili butter...YUM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    NovaGene
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We went to J. Gilbert's for the first time last night for our anniversary. The food was outstanding and the service exceptional. From the time we walked in we were treated as special guests. I informed them it was our anniversary and the hostess and waiter both wished us a happy anniversary, which may not seem exceptional but was greatly appreciated. They went out of their way to make us feel special. That together with an excellent menu is what you expect from a restaurant of this caliber, and what we experienced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Petrus
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We have been to J. Gilbert's on a number of occasions for lunch or dinner and it has been consistently very good. The food is fresh, well prepared (meat is cooked to order), and nicely presented. The portions are generous and the three course dinner prix fixe menu is a good deal. The service is good; we've always had attentive, helpful, and cheerful servers.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Another great meal at J. Gilberts. Our steaks were great, cooked to the requested temperature.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    TopNotchDining
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food is awesome! Always made right and delicious. One of the best restaurants around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Northern Virginia's best
    Dale
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    From the moment you walk into the door, J Gilbert's shines- always greeted immediately by friendly staff and seated in the restaurant's inviting dining areas. The food, on visit after visit, is excellent and beautifully prepared on the plate- Save room for desserts - the coconut cake is a special treat! The table service is always friendly and attentive. Finally for those looking for great cocktails and wine, it is a great spot for that as well with a vibrant bar scene ! J Gilbert's brings the dining experience to the all star level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place for steak
    Familyof3VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We LOVE J. Gilberts and visit frequently and especially for special occasions. We brought family here this time and they raved about it all weekend. Our waiter, Greg, was amazing! The steak is absolutely perfect as is all of their salads and sides. Never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Count on it
    paokansasVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    J Gilbert's features a lunch combo that is a terrific buy and very good food, also. I've had the chicken tortilla soup several times and it is hearty and excellent, followed by a crab melt sandwich. What a good deal! The waiter was attentive, flexible and knowledgeable. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I always enjoyed lunch at Gilberts but on this occasion I was disappointed. I ordered the Lobster Cobb Salad and it was not to be liking at all. The lobster pieces were rubbery.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grilled vegetable platter
    PeggyMVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    A few months ago, our waiter suggested we split the grilled veggie platter in lieu of a salad. It is fabulous! Couple that with a couple of sliders or a crabcake and wow is that a great lunch! If there is a negative it is that it is very dark in there. The positive is that i always feel like I can have a conversation in there without involving the next table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great as usual!! Good food, good service front and back, good place to meet.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy
    sp11
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The food was very good and the service was quite good although it was occasionally hard to understand the waiter. The noise level was very bad. I understand there are quieter parts to the restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Coconut Cake
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We love this!! We also love scallops, shrimps, and filet. We also like the wedge salad and crab soup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Fave!
    IzzyVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    J.Gilbert's is so perfect for any occasion. The staff is wonderful,efficient and welcoming. The food is simply delicious every time! We frequent this restaurant because it really is a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome lunch
    VisitorVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My friend and I met a J. Gilbert's to catch up over lunch. I love to try new menu items but I keep going back to the salad with grilled salmon because it is such an excellent mix of flavors. My friend has many food allergies and the chef is always willing to make accommodations to give her a flavorful meal without worries of allergic reactions. Also, the biscuits are delicious and I love that the chef shares the recipe. We just love the ambiance and the opportunity to chat without having to yell across the table. J. Gilbert's offers a lovely atmosphere. Check it out; you'll definitely go back for more memorable meals and dining experiences.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for those with allergies!
    Jfm3691
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Had an excellent experience at J. Gilbert's this past weekend. The server was attentive but not overbearing. Also, I found the server to be very understanding of my food allergies, so I felt very comfortable. The food was delicious! Can't wait to come back !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistent
    NickTheBroker
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Always consistent is the best way to describe J. Gilberts. We visit often and we have never been disappointed. The new biscuits are AWESOME and a huge improvement from the sourdough bread. Ali was an excellent waiter and we continue to be happy visiting this McLean gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite
    ArlingtonHatrVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Pretty much everything on the menu is very tasty and not crazy expensive. Pretty decent cocktails too. Can't go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed. . .
    BrianJB
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Took advantage of a coupon . . .overall, not bad but was expecting better. Setting is nice, table was the one nearest to the entrance but still fairly well shielded. Service also pretty good. . .drinks just OK (I make a better G&T). Food also mixed - truffle mushrooms and crab cake were very good, rest just OK (small fillet not cooked particularly well, veal chop pretty decent). For the price, however, would probably stick with one of the larger steakhouse options in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our Favorites
    BocaVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is our local go-to restaurant. The food is consistently good, prepared just the way you ask, and of high quality. The service is always concerned without being overdone.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious steaks
    mcldiner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This place has great service and the food is always wonderful. My husband and I both got Kansas City strips and they cooked them the perfect medium and medium rare as ordered. We also got their very tasty wedge salad and the sides were great, husband loved the lobster mac and cheese.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favs
    brendaVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We often go to J Gilberts for brunch, which is unbelievable! However, we chose to go for a nice dinner, & not only was the food wonderful, but the waiter, Bill, was outrageous!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Judy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A long-time favorite of my husband, friends, and I. Keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Friday night dinner
    Pickyfamily
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our family includes one teenage meat/potatoes guy, one vegetarian and one weight-watcher. J. Gilberts was the perfect choice! We have lived here for 25 years & on a whim finally went on a Friday night. The steak, fresh swordfish, and "sides" chosen by the vegetarian were all exactly what we wanted: Well-prepared, tasty & presented nicely. I loved the creme brûlée. Bill our server was the Very BEST. can't wait to go back. PS we went at 6 pm since we heard it gets busy/noisy later on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice and close to home
    MSantosVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    If you'd rather not trek into the city this is a great local spot for a fantastic quality steak. The service was top notch, the food was great. We did the restaurant week menu and enjoyed the blue cheese dressed wedge, the 6 oz fillet and the creme brûlée. Although the dessert was very generous they could take two ramekins worth or dessert and have enough for three. In fact at the end of dinner, my thought was why in the works would they serve portions so large that very few could finish? They're throwing away a lot of money as the dessert was expensive to make, cream, egg yolks, butter, sugar, real vanilla beans! So I'm left with I can easily order one creme brûlée to share next time. Mostly older population dined on the night we did.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    J. Gilbert's is that rare gem that consistently has extraordinary food *and* extraordinary service. I've eaten there three times, and each time is as wonderful an experience as the last. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate