J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood – Glastonbury

4.8
5340 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 Blue potato chips & chocolate velvet cake. The cozy atmosphere includes fire side dining, rich wood, brick & soft lighting where you can enjoy dinner for two 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 dinner seven days a week, beginning at 4pm Monday through Saturday and 3pm on Sundays. Reservations are highly recommended.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steak, Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:30 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(860) 659-0409
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Erik Blomstrann
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Private party facilities
J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood can accommodate lunch groups of 25 adult or more & can accommodate up to 42 guests.
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Private party contact
Manager: (860) 659-0409
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main
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Special events & promotions
Join us for happy hour Sunday - Friday 4pm - 6:30pm. Appetizers starting at $6.00 & $1 off Beer (draft & bottled) and Well Drinks, House Wine $5 Martinis $6.00.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 5340 People Are Saying
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NG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was quite noisy on this particular night, but the food was outstanding as usual.

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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k
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

this was the worst experience i have ever had at a restaurant. we were seated 30 minutes after our reservation which was supposed to be in the lounge but we were put in the dining room. i had never been there and everyone always raves how great this place was so we decided to celebrate a birthday. there were four of us and we were seated with evan...i ordered a ketel one dirty martini light on the dirty and stressed that initially...the drink came and although it had way too much olive juice i decided to try to drink it. i took three sips and couldn’t do it so i asked for a new one...he came back to the table with s martini glass full of vodka and a side glass of olive juice and told me to do it myself...i mean that was shocking...never..not even at a fridays have i experienced that...i never drank the drink..it sat on the edge of the table the whole night and he didn’t even bother taking it off my 300 bill!!! the food was disgusting...the scallops were over cooked, the spinach was under cooked and the potatoes were so runny they were all over the plate...i didn’t like the steak but there is nothing i could do about that because i did t realize it was wood fired...the man i was with ordered the special which was supposed to come with potatoesbut came with wild mushroom risotto...he does t eat mushrooms but it was never rectified...of the 4 of us only one person ate their meal....evan knew this cause when he came to clear the plates he asked if we wanted boxes and we all said no and he did t ask anything g further...when it came time for the birthday dessert, which he knew at the beginning and made a point to ask who’s birthday so he knew who to give the dessert to. he didn’t deliver it...someone from the kitchen just dropped it on the table and left...from start to finish this was an awful experience and i work in the restaurant industry and have seen worse restaurants give such better service and food...300 wasted...definitely a terrible experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its was our first time there. When I made the reservation, I had stated it was our Anniversary. They had our table ready and set with heart confetti. Every server wished us a Happy Anniversary. The food was amazing. The waiter was so helpful with recommendations. Cant wait to go back.

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LD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent time and the meal was outstanding. Derek our waiter was very professional and new everything and we were very impressed. See you all soon.

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HA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, as usual. They start with quality ingredients, serve with style and offer unique cocktails.

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LH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic! So fortunate to have such a fantastic restaurant like this in town.

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JR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very polite and cheery greeting staff. Our server was not only very knowledgable but friendly and everyone who stipped at our table greeted us with a "Happy Anniversary and how can we make your special day even better?" Defintely would recommend J. Gilberts to everyone looking for a good time with great staff.

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JO
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming to j.gilberts often! Food is amazing as always.

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JR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. This is our birthday celebration restaurant!

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D
New England
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

J Gilberts is one of my favorite places. I was a little disappointed on this visit. Their crab cakes have always been jumbo crab with very little filler just as you can get in places like Rehoboth. However, this visit it was downgraded and had much more filler and not jumbo crab pieces like normal -- big mistake. I also pay extra for the mac and cheese with lobster. Normally, there are a number of large pieces of lobster mixed in. They definitely skimped on this visit -- small shreds. It was a Wednesday so not a particularly busy night and the wait for our meal seemed excessively long. It will be some time before I return.

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FJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great as always and is the reason we keep coming back. Unfortunately we didn’t care much for the waiter. He knew his job and was well informed but was a little bit slower then other waiters we have had in the past. When it came time to order dessert he took my sons order then my wife’s order then walked away, I had to call him back so I could order.. I think he was confused that we wanted to take our dessert home but eat the ice cream portion of our desserts there ?? We have been going there for special dinners for years and this is the second negative experience we have had but the food is always consistently delicious and why we keep coming back!!... wife just informed me her chicken was a little undercooked this trip..but my son and I had a great meal..
Thank you

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JO
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best swordfish dish ever. Onion rings had a great pyramid presentation, but should have been much hotter upon serving.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. Sergio is a fantastic server.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous server who shared with us the specials and suggested menu items that were delicious. He made us feel as though we were the only ones in the restaurant; a fantastic dinner experience!

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes, J. Gilbert is a bit pricey, but it is definitely worth it. Quality of food and service is exceptional; a wonderful venue for special occasion dinners.

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FM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as usual. Our go to place for special occasions!

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D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

1st time ever at J Gilbert's in Glastonbury where our waiter was quite slow and I observed that he was responsible for too many tables. Not sure if the restaurant was short-handed regarding their waitstaff?

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K
Montreal
16 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great birthday dinner, great food, great service!

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MS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Food was not cooked to order. They brought it back to kitchen, but it came back not good. They took it off my bill and offered dessert (was there on my anniversary), but would have preferred a good meal. The server was far too busy and forgot a few things. Was hoping for a great meal, but was disappointed and the overall cost to value just isn’t there.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My parents celebrated their 30th anniversary here. They loved their meal and said the staff was awesome. We will definitely all be back to J. Gilbert’s!

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MA
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time this past weekend, it was our anniversary. Don our server was outstanding. Thanks for everything.

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PG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

First off my wife Carey & I are long time JGilbert customers and tell everyone we know that JG's have the best steak in the CT!
Last night we both felt was subpar - her filet came out looking pretty beat up - more like hamburger than filet mignon. My KC Strip was just ok but I've honestly had one that equaled it at Outbavk for 1/2the price. One of my sides was cold - our waiter looked at her steak and ageeed she should send her meal back, I didn't want to complain and send mine back as well. Dave the new Manager for the past year was great - he personally made sure my wife was satisfied with her 2nd filet. Our waiter was fantastic and accordingly tipped him 25% since he was so attentive, personable & nothing whatsoever to do with the quality of the food.

Maybe just an off night but J Gilberts has consistenly set the bar so high for steak that when we go to J's we have come to expect to be dazzled & last night we weren't !

PG

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious! Had the beet salad, filet mignon with butternut squash risotto, and pumpkin cheesecake. Love this place!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always of the highest quality.

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CW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a birthday celebration. The food was amazing along with service. I will definitely be back.

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J
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and as expected. I always have the steak and crab cake combo.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner in bar area because we like the energy. Everything was excellent as always. From the service to the meals... Top Notch!

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very cordial and food was beyond expectation. Haven't had that good a steak in a while

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a
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always:
The food was outstanding, and cooked perfectly. You would not think that sauteed spinach would be something to rave about, but mine certainly was. The steak was exactly was medium rare is supposed to be. Our waiter was outstanding, keeping an eye on us without being intrusive. The barrel-aged Manhattan was definitely worth the price of admission. A really wonderful evening

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SS
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always start off our night with one of the delicious Manhattan's. Next, the sourdough bread is wonderful as are the salads. Then a perfectly cooked and seasoned steak. Will usually complete the evening by sharing an amazing dessert made by the in-house pastry chef. Have never had a bad meal here. Service is also top notch.

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E
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. From drinks, appetizers, main meal and desserts this is a can’t miss place to go.

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KC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Have visited on multiple occasions and the food was always outstanding. My last visit which was for my wedding anniversary both my wife and I thought the food quality and taste had suffered. Maybe it was just the meals that we ordered but we were not blown away like our previous visits. The service was outstanding none the less.

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TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fantastic, especially the filet! The appetizers and side dishes are also excellent. This is our favorite restaurant for special occasions.

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DO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Amazing food and outstanding service!

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DL
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

It was a Birthday dinner very disappointed with the meal filet mignon Was grisly and the carrots and string beans were raw and I specifically asked for them to be cooked to be softened.. I HATE RAW VEGETABLES 😡

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RD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is always wonderful and today was no exception!

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D
New England
21 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a good time at J Gilbert’s.
Server was very helpful and the food delicious. Very enjoyable evening.

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NJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic.

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j
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have yet to have a bad time at J Gilberts! Our waiter this time around, Evan, was fantastic and the 45 day dry aged steak was phenomenal. Service is great from when you enter and talk to the host to when you are departing. Food is always prepared perfectly and is perfection.

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