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

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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 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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TS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and service.

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

Hands down one of the best steak houses I have ever been to. I took my wife there for our anniversary. The food was great, yes it was pricey, but the portions you are served makes it well worth it. I definitely will be going again. A great place for special occasions.

M
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We have been to J.Gilbert's numerous times, but this was the first time the crab cakes came out with burnt bottoms. I mentioned this to the waiter, who brought out an additional crab cake with a burnt bottom! I had to scrape off the bottoms and just eat the tops. Quite disappointing.

M
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate in Bar to watch ballgame. Nice evening. Good food.

j
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a perfect place to catch up with old friends. Food choices, their preparation and our wonderful server --thank you, thank you!!!!

H
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gilbert's steaks are outstanding as usual. The ambience was great but the noise level was higher than usual. It was a Friday evening and inebriated diners in nearby tables were loud.

OT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value and excellent staff.

KD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I’ve had better service before, this visit it wasn’t great. Our appetizer plates didn’t get cleared, food was slow. Maybe it was just an off day there.

JP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service are always great, but they really don’t plan around reservations. Our reservation was for 7 but didn’t get seated until 7:30.

DD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

J. Gilbert's has the best steaks in the Metro area. We enjoy their seafood and sides and wonderful service too.

J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean
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Thank you for the 5-star review. We are glad you enjoyed dining with us.

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JG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very consistent good food.

MD
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent starters, steaks and wine, plus the service was superb.

J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean
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Thank you for the 5-star review. We are glad you enjoyed dining with us.

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D
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, great atmosphere, always a pleasant place for any occasion!

C
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We've been coming to J Gilbert's for years and, quite frankly, the service has declined significantly to the point where I'm not sure that I can recommend the Sunday brunch. This is the second time in a row that the service has been mediocre at best. I suspect that others feel the same way since it is easy to get reservations (it was difficult up to a few months ago to get the time you wanted a few days in advance) and the parking lot is half empty.

TC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

J Gilbert’s is great like always

J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean
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Thank you for the 5-star review. We are glad you enjoyed dining with us.

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J
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food good- everyone in the group ordered seafood

J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean
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Thank you for the 5-star review. We are glad you enjoyed dining with us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent, especially for my favorites. Crab bisque and steak frites. So consistent, both in food quality and service. No wonder they are always packed. Make a reservation.

KB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delight to dine at your restaurant. Very fine service

JV
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were jointly celebrating our birthdays with dinner at J. Gilberts since we're just a few days apart. We were greeted with a smile and that was the start of a complete, 5-star experience. The food was perfectly prepared, the service was professional and friendly and it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Keep up the great work! We'll be back soon! Jim & Kristine

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a terrific evening!

l
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Had better meals - must have been an off night.

LK
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My family loves the brunch. I hadn’t been in a while, the food was still very good. Some areas of the restaurant needed to be cleaned and the wait staff seemed a bit worn out. It was only 1:00pm... They were also out of Carrot cake, the only dessert I like on the buffet. The buffet was still good and I will return, hopefully it was just an off day.

WM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was great as usual. J. Gilbert's is still one of our favorites.

BS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, ambiance & food was absolutely remarkable‼️ Our waiter Aziza was wonderful and suggested fabulous choices of drinks & entrees. We will return.

LW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every year we come to J. Gilbert's for our anniversary dinner. We enjoy every bite we eat and the atmosphere is amazing! It never disappoints.

AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a great time. It was our first time. Great food!!

OT
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We are regulars. This was a birthday celebration and we had a very good time and meal. We certainly will be back on an ongoing basis. Only negative was screaming baby next to us. We also would like swordfish on a regular basis.

SO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, JGilbert’s offers very excellent food and beverages and quality ambiance. Perfect venue for a celebration dinner.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my family to celebrate a birthday. The service and food were both amazing. I would and do recommend J. Gilbert's to everyone.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome

J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean
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Thank you for the 5-star review. We are glad you enjoyed dining with us.

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SJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Customer service is excellent. My reservations were at 7 pm, and I got there after 6 pm, and they seated me right away. I didn't have to wait.

ML
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We received a promotional email from J. Gilberts notifying us about a $3 lobster claw special which lasted three days. We visited the restaurant on the third day and ordered the claws as an appetizer. The claws were brought to the table pre-cracked but not enough to easily extract the meat. I asked for lobster crackers as well as small lobster forks. The server told us the lobster crackers were still in the dishwasher and we would have to wait. This forced us to wait to enjoy our appetizers. Finally another server delivered crackers and forks to the table, but not enough for our group to each have one. It was a frustrating instead of enjoyable experience. It seems that by the third day of the promotion they should be better organized. We usually have a great experience at J. Gilberts, and the food was delicious, so I would still recommend it despite this one glitch.

DG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner special. Very good service and not crowded when we got there. Was mediately shown to a table.

LC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite dinner choice in McLean. Always served by courteous delightful staff. We always enjoy the filet combo with the lump crab cake or grilled sea scallops, the steak frites or the maple plank roasted salmon.

D
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food, service and atmosphere.

s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The waiter Hugo was delightful. I am 84 years old and he is the best waiter I have ever had. Made us laugh and did a great job taking care of us. What a Gem

DH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I never "recommend" anything, because what I like may be completely different than what someone else likes, so don't think because I don't "recommend" them I don't like them.

The real question is: would I go back? Absolutely. I've had better steaks, but this one was solid and a decent price.. The wine selection was pretty good. I love my bourbon and was disappointed with the selection. I like my restaurants on the noisy side and Gilbert's was that...at least where I was sitting. I didn't ask if they had quieter tables, but I guess that is possible.

G
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will return for Sunday brunch

NV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Steaks are good as is service in the bar. Reservation times are not always honored as we waited 30 minutes past reserved time and began to just eat in bar when our table was ready. Service in restaurant was adequate but not attentive. While the steaks we ordered were great as was the wine, it is not a place we would go back to.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love having our meetings here!

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