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

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

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jgilberts.com/Home.aspx?823
  • Phone: (703) 893-1034
  • 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. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food was OK and "highly" seasoned, lacked presentation, restaurant was noisy, and wait staff was more interested in turning over the table than our dining experience. If that is the way you like to spend your money, go for it; however, there are too many good restaurants for me to spend another dime at this establishment. Not the least bit impressed!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Service is awesome! I called ahead to tell them it was my husband's birthday. When our waitress greeted us she wished him a happy birthday. Good touch! We go there every year at his request. Sit by the fireplace (even if it isn't on) The lobster mac & cheese is awesome. We ate the crab cake appetizer (very good) and a steak. The cheese cake was excellent. This restaurant is should be visited more often than just a birthday."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Our group greatly enjoyed the brunch. We had a roomy comfortable table and enjoyed the wide selection of items on the brunch bar. We did find that items like fruit and selected seafood items ran out quickly but we felt relaxed and not rushed and could easily wait till the item was replenished."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I have been here a couple of times for brunch and dinner. They have a great menu and many selections to choose from. I will say they need to enhance their sirloin and omelette station as it was one person doing both and he even had to go back and get more food when it ran out. The food was good, but it has been better. I'm hoping this was an off day."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Even with restaurant week , the service did not falter. The food was fantastic. Starting with the biscuits served with fresh whipped butter and maple syrup. Then the 6oz filet that just melts in your mouth! The cheesecake was equally delicious with its mix of creamy cheesecake and a small layer of the lightest vanilla cake. Fabulous! Can't wait to go again. (Request Ralph to be your waiter. )"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Excellent spot to take my wife to dinner for her birthday. We all thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the ambiance."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We've gone to J. Gilbert's for years for special occasions -- birthdays, anniversaries, etc. But now we're going more often because we enjoy it so much. The prices, considering the quality, are reasonable, and the food is superb. We're already looking forward to our next visit later this month."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My family went to this restaurant during the DC Restaurant Week. Everything we ordered was PERFECT. We couldn't find anything wrong with our food. Our kids had their favorites, crab cakes and lobster mac and cheese. They both claimed that those were the best they had ever had. My husband and I had steak and frites. The steak was unbelievably juicy and tender. After talking with our waiter, we learned that the steak was wet-aged for 21 days and grilled with mesquite wood. From appetizer to dessert, the portions were VERY generous! This is now our favorite steakhouse in Northern Virginia."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Nice but not particularly memorable. Best was the filet mignon and hamburger. The other dishes. New York strip, crab cakes, scallops were decent but not exceptional."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Fabulous menu- great restaurant- wonderful staff- exceptional service- Seafood was amazing!!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "J.Gilbert's is one of the best restaurant's that I have dined. My experience was absolutely awesome!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We visited during Restaurant Week. Unlike other restaurants we've visited during that promotion, J. Gilbert's did not skimp on the selection or on the size of the entrees. My filet was outstanding. My husband loved his pork chop, which was huge! Our server was attentive without being intrusive. We will go back!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We went for restaurant week and added a couple of extras. The wedge salad was excellent, vegies cooked to perfection and the steak was one of the best I ever had. Will go again and won't wait for Restaurant week.."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food is always good. the new biscuits are a nice touch. some new appetizers would be nice - and a bit more variety in the salads. this is a quiet restaurant - which is very very nice!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I ate lunch there for the first time, as we have always done dinner. It was just as wonderful an experience! Thanks again!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food was excellent and I would have rated the service 5 stars, but sent our steak back twice to get it to medium well (yes - I know you are not supposed to eat good steak that well done and the chef was probably testing our willingness to eat it as he thought we should). The manager comped our meals even though we didn't actually complain or ask and service was really great. In the end the steaks were great as always. The crab cakes have plenty of real crab, not mostly filler. Hearty, flavorful potato soup, delicious bisquits, salads and desserts as well. Great private rooms for larger groups - reserve ahead."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Had a party of six in from work. Typical crowd on a Wednesday. Robust lively food was great ambience was very good. Took 35 minutes to get a dinner order Buy one hour we had our food. Food was great. Service was only good tonight. Was one of those nights the entire party felt as if we needed to"catch the waiter when you can otherwise it will be a long wait"."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I like the place and would eat there again. I am picky but loved the food and the service. We were five in the group and we all loved it"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We have lunch here on a fairly regular basis...always great food. Highly recommend trying!!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "While this was my second trip to J. Gilbert's, it had been about 5 years since my last visit. Menu selection was slightly limited, but this is certainly not a bad sign, as restaurants that specialize in fewer selected entrees are often able to control the quality better. The place was surprisingly busy for a Tuesday night, but it is in an ideal location in the center of McLean. The parking lot was full, but ample free parking was available across the street in a garage. The service was outstanding, and the food quality was certainly in the upper 20% of restaurants I've experienced in this area. The prices are a little high, in my opinion, but, again, this is the middle of affluent McLean. We'll be back for special occasions."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "For those familiar, J. Gilbert's use to serve a fresh hot loaf of Sour Dough Bread with two kinds of butter. Apparently they had distribution problems and a month ago switched to "cheddar peppercorn biscuits with a maple syrup drizzled whipped butter". If you like the taste a pepper, then you'll like these biscuits. I for one do not like them at all and want the Sour Dough Bread returned! This still continues to be one of our favorite restaurants. :)"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "This was my boyfriends first visit to J Gilberts. He was very impressed with the professionalism of the waiter, the quality of the food and service. He thought it was a very inviting atmosphere. I have been several times and the food is always consistently good. I always get the pri-fix dinner with the 4 oz steak and alternate with the seafood. This time I had the crab cake which was outstanding. The pre-dinner gin and tonics were very good and the carafe of wine was delicious. Of course the dessert wasn't supreme!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "This restaurant is consistently good. It's not adventurous gourmet food, but has a nice variety. I really like the prix fixe option, which allows the diner to adjust the quantity of food desired."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Everything was excellent except they have stopped serving the marvelous bread offered for years -- nay, decades -- at this location and have substituted a restaurant-made cheese and herb biscuit that reminds one of similar offerings found in chain restaurants (that shall remain un-named). The service was excellent, even to the point of explaining the absence of the great bread of yore."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Best scallops, salad, cocoanut cake and ice cream ever. . Never cease to be amazed at both the food and the atmosphere. Small window per that the parking lot always seems full."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Great place to dine. Have only been for lunch and the times have been excellent. I don't like the overhead lighting. Too bright, feels like you are under a very bright spotlight. Parking an issue as well"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "As you may gather from the title, J Gilbert's caters to the business community for weekday lunches. Although a good spot for dinner, it is a somewhat dated establishment. That said it has a subtle ambiance and is conservative in its decor, although a bit bit dark. Perhaps it is appropriate for it's clientele. I can recommend the bread and the "power lunch" for a quick stop. Steaks are a given."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We have been coming to J. Gilberts for many years and even with many new steak restaurants popping up, this is still our favorite. We always come back for the service, good steak and value! This was our daughters choice for her 13th birthday celebration this visit and it was so great even with a free dessert of her choice. Well done!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "This place is a solid choice for American style food. You can healthy or go for the "carbs". Service is professional, menu represents good value. It's good for special occasions or just a night out."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We enjoy the seafood at Gilberts. They always have great salmon dishes and a Fresh Fish of the Day. Cheesy Biscuits are a nice starter. Service was very attentive throughout, but it took forever to get the check."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Excellent food, great service and a place I'll come over and over again."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "the food was ok, the service was outstanding. the noise level was unbearable. couldn't hear across the table."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I had been seeing this restaurant for years and finally tried it out about a year ago. I was impressed. I returned there again this year for brunch and totally agree this restaurant knows how to do brunch and mainly service. David, our server was awesome as before, making suggestions for drinks, teas and food. He has been at J. Gilbert's for close to 30 years so that says a lot about the restaurant itself. From the beverages to the meal to the service - another home run for J. Gilbert's!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We've lived in MD four years now. J Gilbert's is worth crossing the river! Dinner twice and Sunday Brunch in a weeks time this July. We may never go to another Bethesda steak house."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Attended with my family - Wife, mother-in law and 2 teenage children. Very short wait and the food and service was great! We plan on returning for Sunday brunch again."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Always enjoy J. Gilbert's. Service and food are consistently above average. Good variety of entrees that keep us coming back for more!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We were going to a community theater performance and looked on Yelp to find the closest restaurant....J Gilbert's was it. We were 100% satisfied with every single item that came out of the kitchen (lobster mac, filet minion, crab bisque, crab cakes, biscuits, maple butter, creamed spinach, etc. etc.. The steaks had a unique smoky flavor and were cooked perfectly--they melted in your mouth. Their food exceeded all of the other over priced steak chains. Everything was amazing! It's worth taking a trip to check it out."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We enjoyed a lovely three course meal with cocktails - ambience and table location were great, a bit on the noisy side do to some adjacent tables but nothing too much. Table service was swift and efficient - one of the two plates arrived with the wrong sides which was disappointing - but the rest of the food was cooked well with good flavour. The restaurant is on the pricy side - $150 for two inc drinks - and probably just about value for money."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • " often meet people here--easy to find--easy to park--easy to see friends and neighbors. the food is always served well and tastes excellent. This is a great place to go when you just want to sit and talk in an unhurried atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "A friend suggested we meet here. The food was delish! I had the crab cake and filet combo...the crab cake has lots of crab (versus lots of filler) and the filet was cooked perfectly."
    Dined on 7/24/2014