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 WinnerMost Booked
J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean reviews from OpenTable diners
368 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (196)special occasion (190)great for lunch (134)good for groups (127)fit for foodies (122)romantic (109)great for brunch (84)notable wine list (80)vibrant bar scene (74)kid-friendly (42)hot spot (35)late-night find (14)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • A bit off
    Aloe
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Normally a great evening, waited endlessly for food, seems it got lost in the fog somewhere, eventually after kitchen flurry, brought out by a manager with a few bucks off the bill. As I said normally its a great evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently excellent!
    Patricia
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We have gone to several restaurants in the northern virginia area in search of a good brunch and J. Gilbert's is by far the best around. The selection is amazing, the food is always delicious, and the service is outstanding. The omelet station and fresh seafood are some of our favorites. To top of the experience, don't forget the hot Belgium waffles served to your table. It WILL be the best brunch you've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another very good visit
    Globetrot
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We had another very good visit to J. Gilberts Tuesday Night. Party of 4 with dietary restrictions and special requests...all accommodated well. We go regularly and will continue to do so because for the quality and value its better than any other options in McLean.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Food and service are good, but no place to park and had to shout to be heard.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time at J.Gilbert's for lunch
    Nikky
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Service was only okay, however it could be a bit better. Also the restaurant could think about renovating since the locale shows some wear and tear over the years. In Mclean there are few options for lunch so it could be a good place for more upscale dining.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Bone-in Filet
    CiaoBellaVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Gilberts is a great neighbourhood spot that is always busy. Their wood-fired steaks and seafood are especially good and of high quality. We had the bone-in Filet Mignon, medium rare. It was a 10 oz, I believe, extremely tender and quite delicious. The service was attentive as well. The wedge salad and the Maytag Chips also are worthy of note.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant and Awesome food.
    DCDiner
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    If you are looking for a great Sunday brunch buffet, you should definitely try J. Gilbert's. The service is great. The staff friendly and attentive. The food on the buffet is so good! The usual buffet choices but so much more like the "grilled salmon", "Lobster Mac-n-cheese or "Seared tuna". Awesome buffet for a reasonable price! Try J. Gilbert's brunch - you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Brunch
    Foodiefromarlington
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I have been to this brunch several times. I brought along three friend who had never been before. They were impressed and loved the food choices -- especially the oysters! Food is always amazing and great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ho hum
    irishmomma
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We were looking for someplace really memorable to celebrate our daughter's engagement. The brunch spread was generous, true, but the place was neither intimately dark nor cheerfully bright; it was noisy, and just generally lacked charm. The desserts were very good, but otherwise the food wasn't remarkable. For a routine brunch, it would be fine, but we had been hoping for something special.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty good
    SeanZVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I have eaten here several times and I love the appetizers and sides. However, I'm always left a little disappointed with the steaks. The filet should be super tender, not chewy at all.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD AND THE QUANTITY OF THE SERVINGS WAS EVEN BETTER. THE MEMBERS OF MY GROUP WERE ESPECIALLY PLEASED WITH THE BISCUITS AND SALMON.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gilberts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    As usual the meal and service at Gilberts was wonderful. However, the management needs to bring the sour dough bread.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The place to be
    RMilesVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    If you want to be a part of McLean, you have to go to "gilbert's". The food is really good too. The bartenders are the best and you might get to see Jason Werth or Adam Laroche now and then.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A fare to remember
    claimsteaker359
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Our food was perfectly seasoned. Our fillets were cooked to a perfect medium rare. Their wild mushroom risoto was delightful. The food was great, but the service was better. Our host and waitress made celebrating a birthday special. J. Gilberts is a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service was great but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Room was extremely noisy. Multiple large parties all talking at high volume. It became so loud at dinners end that we had difficulty talking (and hearing) at our table.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • One of the best experiences
    Ridge123VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I dine at J. Gilbert's at least once a month and this is the best experience in a long time. The service was exceptional and the fresh fish, blackened salmon, was excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The neighborhood "Go To Place!"
    toompie58
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I, nor my family, have ever been disappointed. If there ever is a glitch, J. Gilbert's management or staff will correct it on the spot. Everyone we have introduced it to have gone back--even from MD or DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dinner
    empri
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Service was wonderful and the food was delicious. Came here to celebrate my girlfriend's father's birthday. Was not disappointed in the slightest. The waiter was very attentive. Overall a fantastic dining experience. Will definitely be coming back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    It was a very nice resturant my husband and I would go there again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Soho6102
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was my first visit to this restaurant after reading many good reviews here and other sites. I was expecting to have trouble finding parking on a Saturday night but I was able to find a parking spot right in front of the door. Once inside, the décor was nice and I could immediately smell great food. Once seated, hot cheddar biscuits with maple butter came to the table and they were very good. I ordered the blue cheese chips, they were good but lacked the strong blue cheese flavor I love. I went with the pre-fix order wedge salad, filet, potatoes, asparagus and I took home by slice of coconut cake. Everything was very good, perfectly cooked and the service was excellent. I can't wait to go back to this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • When we need a special meal...
    Mike
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    ...this is where we go. We enjoy the ambiance, appreciate the good service, and especially savor the wonderful food. It is a 45 minute drive for us to go to J. Gilbert's; perhaps that suggests how much we enjoy it. It is not inexpensive, but I think one gets good value for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    consistently good. solid menu at reasonable prices. reasonable drink sizes and food portions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Popular Restaurant
    Lu2dineVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had ther occasion to dine with friends and found the dining experience excellent. Our server was very knowledgeable and the food was wonderful-particularly the Creme Brulee. We chose the prixe fixe menu and were impressed with the course selections that option offers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaursnt
    Gastronome
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We were in the area & looking for a great steak place. Reviews were great, so we made a reservation. Not at all disappointed. Waiter was excellent, provided wonderful service. Food superb!! Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    lene
    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.
  • Great
    Sherry
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    OpenTable is user-friendly and efficient; I have used it for years without any issues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
  • My new favorite restaurant
    R1CHTER
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The dinner menu looked a bit over-priced, but perhaps not, since they mainly serve high end steaks. However, I prefer "VALUE". This is my new most favorite restaurant for lunch. I did not order steak, but received full value at lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Good steaks, pretty good scallops/rice dish, great biscuits (free bread)... Service sometimes can be better and the wine selection is weak for a place that specializes in steaks, much weaker than a traditional steakhouse.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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