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

4.6
5085 reviews
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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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KA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We went their for lunch on a Sunday and you were only serving brunch. We were not interested in brunch so we left. We drove over an hour, so we were a little disappointed about the menu or non menu.

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F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

First, the steak was VERY good. And The service was pleasant. But with the price of an entree at this restaurant we expected better. My husband chose asparagus as one of his sides and he got literally 4 spears. I had the brussel sprouts and they taste steamed, not roasted. There were alot of positives about this place BUT for what we paid for good food here, we could have gotten superior food and service somewhere else.

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JB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food selections so-so. Music way too loud -- we had to ask three times for it to be cut down or off. Singing music makes conversation difficult.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had dinner with friends....we were celebrating our 20th wedding an anniversary. The food was absolutely DELICIOUS! You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu!

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

We brought our child for first time, and we all loved it. And the next night he asked to go back again!
I especially enjoyed the seafood sampler, and the shrimp cocktail.

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OE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, my scallops and crab cakes cooked to perfection. The chocolate cake with raspberry ice cream was just heavenly. Our server was knowledgeable and ready to go the extra mile in helping us select wines. The ambience is always lively....and can easily get LOUD.

We enjoyed our dinner and will be back soon.

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k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service

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A
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Just need better waiters. Ours was AWFUL -The food was great! Steak was a bit Dry

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. Best value for a classy restaurant.

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CT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Best in places for the tamohawk stead, king crab leg, Chilean sea bass dish, warm, honest, and friendly staff, awesome and cozy ambiance, fireplace ... TY so much!!!

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TB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in the DC area. I cannot count how many times I have gone for dinner and over the last year I discovered their brunch. Excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Shauna was outstanding. Took care of my daughter with her crazy request of a plate of raw carrots. And since it was my wife's birthday they gave her free desert. She had a large piece of carrot cake. Will go back again .

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DA
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time ... we liked it a lot ! They even comped us on a free slice of birthday cake - a nice touch 😋

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MP
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time there was worth the wait. We truly enjoyed ourselves.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and restaurant!

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I visit J. Gilberts often. The ambiance is pleasant, the food is good, the noise is modest and they don't rush you out so a lengthy business conversation can occur. On this visit, the fish wasn't quite up to par, but that is an unusual experience here. One long standing complaint: most of the booths have seat covering that is splitting open and the springs are uncomfortable. Such a busy restaurant should be able to afford to repair them.

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E
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service, upbeat atmosphere. Great food (not gourmet, but tasty). We had a great time.

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RD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My sons birthday.

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J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

J Gilbert’s arranged for a wonderful dinner for our wedding anniversary. White table cloth, great service, excellent meal, and even a free dessert to share. Thank you! We will definitely come back and also recommend this restaurant to our friends.

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SH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We have usually had good service but for some reason our experience this time was less than favorable. Though the food was good and we were enjoying it, the bus girl wanted to take my plate away before my guests had even finished their meal. Then our actual waitress came by, too my guest's plate....while she was still chewing her food...and didn't even bother to ask is she was finished. This is unacceptable in a nice, upscale restaurant such as J. Gilbert's. Perhaps further training is needed??

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WP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS my first choice for a special brunch. The best in the Washington DC metropolitan area.b

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I always have a great time. J Gilbert’s is one of our favorite restaurants. We had ribs ( we weren’t thrilled about the ribs) and Lamb Chops (they were excellent)..

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P
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating new promotions at work for my sister and I and also quality time with our Dad. We had made a reservation but arrived too early for it and they couldn’t seat us. So once I told the manager I was diabetic and needed to eat soon, he was super kind in finding us a table at the bar. Rob took such good care of us despite being super busy the whole time we were there. He was very timely, efficient and overall courteous. He really made it a point to give us great customer service especially since on top of the meals we ate, we ordered food to-go for our significant others at home. We will definitely be back to J.Gilberts and will hope to sit at the bar again, especially with Rob! Until we dine again...

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BM
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

The rack of ribs was terrible. Fatty and tasteless. I have been to this restaurant before and enjoyed the steaks and drinks. I told the server not to box the uneaten rubs because I didn’t want them. A waiter told us a number of previous patrons felt the same but that the manager said others love them. The restaurant took off half of the ribs cost from the bill even though I told them that was not necessary. Excellent place but avoid the rack of ribs.

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J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place with good food and wonderful atmosphere

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NN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Horrible service and food presentation. Expected much more at this price point. Go to Applebee’s for a comparable dining experience. Perhaps I shouldn’t insult Applebees this way.

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PG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Our waiter was particularly attentive and helpful. A birthday celebration to remember!

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SP
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was, as always, excellent! The following was ordered: Maryland Crab Bisque, crab cakes, lobster Cobb salad, chocolate cake and seasonal fruit tart. Everything was perfect, and delicious! It was my aunt’s 90 th birthday, she has been a patron for years.....thank you!

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MK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific service from a fellow military soul. Food and drink always good.

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SD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This corner, its predecessor & J. Gilbert's now, has been our family's go-to place since forever. On this particular occasion, seated at a table in the bar area, the service was genuine and pleasant in every single aspect. Food on par.

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PM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I have loved this place for years. I worked in McLean for years and found it is much easier to get to than a Tyson's Corner place. The steak salad is a deconstructed steak and wedge salad that is super tasty. And the perfect size. When I'm back in town again I will return. Service is friendly and I recognized a waiter from 5 years ago. This shows the staff loves the place too!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a nice special occasion dinner or just for a great dinning.

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MS
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Arrived for Happy Hour at 5:10 (4 to 7 is HH.) It was jammed, no seats, tons of people, could hardly get into bar. Thinned out about 6:15. Dinner was fine, but we were seated at a nice cozy corner, (our anniversary dinner); after about 15 minutes, a very bright light came on over our table. Killed the mood. Seems a very large party next door complained it was too dark in their room, so they turned lights on full blast and our table was on that circuit. Food was fine, steak not exactly medium as requested, but waiter was very good. Overall we would go back, just adjust time for HH and won't sit at that "cozy table" again.
Compared to other steak houses, very good value for the money.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to catch up with friends at lunch!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate my birthday. Everything was great. Had the Tomahawk Ribeye which was outstanding. The carrot cake was the best I've had

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d
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

They seated us a little before 2pm for Sunday buffet and assured that the food will be provided until 3pm. Most of desserts were gone by 2:30pm and were not refilled.

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SW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Except for the uninspired desserts, this was a good dining experience. Tasty, well prepared dishes; great variety; a good value, considering how many fresh oysters we had; and I was able to hear my companion! Wonderful server as well. We’ll do this again!

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s
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday
Love the place. I have been several times ,but it was first time for my two guests. They really enjoyed it

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was exceptional! Food was incredible!

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