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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food is always good if not spectacular. Ambiance is great. Especially like the bar area. Prices are out of balance vis-a-vis the quality but, still, a solid choice for upper end dinner right in McLean proper.

TB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, JGiblerts does not disappoint. David as always was AWESOME...

CO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We like J. Gilberts. The food is good. Sometimes the service can be so so. I find you need to play defense when you arrive, even with a reservation. We were there for lunch. It was restaurant week. The person at the reception desk proceeded to take us to the back of the restaurant. Avoid this area if the restaurant is not busy. Why? This is where Diners go never to be heard from again. If it's not busy, your server will ignore you. We know this from experience. I told the host we wanted to sit in the middle area. He immediately tried to put us at a table for two, even though it was not crowded. I requested a larger table. Our server was friendly. He did not tell us about any specials. So I don't know if they had any. He did not tell us it was Restaurant Week. I only learned this after we ordered as I saw other guests with a Restaurant Week menu. Our server made a mistake on our bill. He forgot to charge us for two bowls of soup at $11 each. Being honest, we brought it to his and the Manager's attention. They redid the bill and included the soup. Neither person thanked us for correcting their mistakes and being honest. Maybe they were dumbfounded. Anyway as I said, practice defense.

K
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

reliably good food; nice range of selections; very nice staff; a good place to have a conversation

CB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the power lunch options! This is a nice spot to meet a friend or two for lunch.

d
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Totally love this place and highly recommend it. However, service was slower than usual this time, and they forget steak knives, etc. Also, the crab claws tasted a bit freezer burned. Need some tweaks but a fantastic ambiance keeps me coming back.

CB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food...always a professional wait staff. Best crab bisque in the area.

SS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We really enjoy this location. My favorite is the ribs with salmon a close second. Several good drinks. The lobster mac’n’cheese is worth one splurge too.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The steak was one of the best I’ve ever had nearby DC areas. We enjoyed the foods and services.

2
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Second time and again back at the furthest corner and too casual for a high scale steakhouse. Service was almost non-existent, overall a forgettable evening.

GP
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not been there is a few years. WOW, it is sooo good. Ambiance is relaxed. Such a cozy place. I’m not going to stay away this long again. Steak was AMAZING!!!

DD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

THey did not honor Wash. Restaurant Week which was in effect on Sunday, so we left without eating there.

J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean
Responded 6 days ago

We do not serve Lunch on Sunday. We only offer the Buffet Brunch, which is not part of the promotion. I am sorry for the inconvenience. We are offering the Restaurant Week Menu this week. If you would like to stop by we can accomodate you. Bill

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R
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've enjoyed lunch and dinner at J. Gilbert's on numerous occasions, but this was our first time at the Sunday brunch. Outstanding! Even though the place was fully booked (reservations are essential for the brunch), it wasn't crowded, noisy or rushed. Unlike other brunches we've been to, there weren't long lines to get to the tables. And those tables were laden with delicious fare. Thick, juicy prime rib and great custom omelets at one station. Nearby, a generous raw bar. Extensive variety of salads, vegetables, scrambled eggs, two varieties of quiche — all of them really good. At the desserts table, there's a chocolate fountain as well as lots of pastries and fruit. The carrot cake was a particular treat. As if all of that weren't enough, the servers bring you perfect waffles grilled to order, as well as beignets. Coffee, tea, juice, soft drinks included — brunch cocktails just $5 more. After that introduction, we're now certainly looking forward to coming back.

CJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent dining experience at J. Gilbert’s

JS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality of food! Great ambiance and wonderful customer service! We will be visiting again very soon!

R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

We went for Restaurant week. The food good, escpacially the baked potato soup (which should be on their regular menu!) The only thing that was disappointing is that I wasn't able to switch out one of the sides. I didn't understand why it would be an issue.. I ended up not eating any of the corn which they most likely threw away unused and the fries were cold.. the cheesecake was delicious however the velvet cake came with strawberry ice cream which does not go well at all, I would recommend vanilla ice cream. The meat however was fantastic.

JK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good, grreat service, a good value.

M
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Went in for restaurant week and it was quite the disaster. We had a party of 6 and only 2 of us did the $45 restaurant week special. Main Entree came out before appetizers and plates were taken away leaving food runners to dump entrees in the middle. Drinks and water were not refilled leaving us sucking on empty glasses. Ordered steaks medium and medium well..came out both medium rare, had to send one back. Ordered different sides and everything came out with standard fries and mashed potatoes instead of other sides and baked potatoes we asked to substitute. We basically had all the food taken home in 4 food containers..I've been dining here for past 10 years along with their great Sunday Brunch, this visit for my wife's birthday was a disaster.

JM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in the DMV area. The food is outstanding every time I go. And the service is just as great.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely birthday lunch for my sister!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Mgreat experience. We went for restaurant week

S
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I don’t know if it was because it was restaurant week and they were just overwhelmed with the volume but I was very disappointed in choosing this restaurant. The wait time was terrible even after making reservations, we still ended up waiting 30 minutes for a table. We were seated at a half table half booth table and when I told her that I didn’t like this type of table and that I preferred a booth, her response was well this is half a booth. Mind you we walked pass a couple of empty booths. Next our server was the worst. When he first came to the table with the bread he was just determined to put it right up against my arm for some reason, we had an empty place setting but he put it right up against my arm. Then he asked for drink order, left and came back and asked if we were ready to order, no light conversation, no asking if it was our first time here, none of that, just acting like he needed to get us in and out, which I didn’t see why, we had late reservations to start with. I went with the ribs, my husband and daughter went with the salmon. My husband order his salmon medium rare. The ribs came out bland and my husband’s salmon was well done. When he called the waiter back over and said to him “I asked for the salmon to be medium rare,” and he said, “and they overcooked it, great.” And took the salmon back, no sorry about that, my apologies or anything. The manager was the only saving grace about this dining experience, he came over and apologized and made sure when it came out the second time that it was the temperature he liked. Overall it didn’t make an expression on us that we would drive the distance to visit again.

D
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went for a restaurant week date night and it was lovely! The meal was great and the wine pairings perfect. Our server, Joan, was lovely and attentive without being obtrusive.

TT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Simply outstanding. A classic steakhouse that harkens back to the good old days of dining.

JP
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Having been to this restaurant before with good experiences, I would recommend J.Gilberts and will try it again myself. On this occasion though, we didn’t have a great experience. One member of our party wasn’t served when the other 4 received meals. We were informed by the waiter that he looked at her steak and saw it was still too rare so he had the cooks put it back on the grill. 20 minutes later and no steak. Finally, the manager brings it out and says the first try was too well done so they made a new one. 2 different stories and neither accounted for a 20+ minute delay. The rest of us were finished eating when her meal finally arrived.

KJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience4

We have been before and the service was good. The service was extremely slow this time. We didn’t even receive our bread until way after the salad and soups had arrived and been eaten. In addition, we had to ask several times for even water refills.

JF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

High quality steaks, seafood, and crabcakes at a more reasonable price than other high end steakhouses. Great drinks and nice wine list. We really appreciate the fact that there is space between tables, the noise level is low, and the service is always personal.

V
Nashville
20 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant week did not disappoint - the three of us had the crab cakes, the baby back ribs and the sirloin - all three entrees were delicious! James waited on us in the bar area and he is the best! Bar area during happy hour gets packed so plan accordingly - can’t wait to go back.

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was good. I wish I had been asked how I wanted my salmon cooked, it was a bit under cooked for my liking. Service was a little slow, as our waitress disappeared for some time between courses, and other waiters would avoid eye contact when I was looking around for service.

P
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great. Our server was very very good! Thanks.

NF
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really loved this restaurant. There are some restaurant we tried during the past restaurant weeks and we never went back, but we definitely will go back to J. Gilbert's. We really enjoyed their drink selections.

FB
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We ordered off of the Restaurant Week lunch menu. Our meals were very good, and we were pleased that the host honored our request for a booth. It's a nice cozy restaurant with dimmed lighting which makes it well suited for relaxing with a glass of wine and catching up with an old friend or a date night.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly love this place food the ABSOLUTE BEST our server Kiera was EXTRAORDINARY so nice sweet humorously funny. On time with orders remember every order not to mention her knowledge of menu and wine list. Pay attention to her she’s a rising star. Thank you J. Gilbert’s loved the mood intimate setting I will be back

HC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was delicious, but the parking was pretty hard to find. We ended up with an extra dessert on the house, but before that our server was terse and obviously not wanting to be there. I'd come back for the great food but hope to get a server with a better attitude.

T
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

J. Gilbert's boasts on its website that it has been in business for over 20 years, and that many consider it to be the best steakhouse in McLean. I'll stipulate to the first point, but on the second, they're dreaming, though there's no disputing the fact that the place is popular. So popular, in fact, that my first moments upon arriving involved a parking lot logjam where no one could move. There were simply no parking spaces to be had. The valet parking crew appeared entirely overwhelmed.

Despite arriving on time, our table was not yet ready, so we shouldered our way through the huge bar crowd to have a cocktail while we waited. Cudos to the bartender for knowing how to make great martinis.

The interior decor has 1990s written all over it. The stone walls, the fireplaces, the exposed duct work give the place a tired, old school look. This normally is not a complaint for me, because I like dark ambiance in a steak house, and I wasn't put off by it here, but it just looks dated.

I ordered the shrimp cocktail and a six-ounce filet. For $19.00, I expected more than a plate of ice with four shrimp and a tiny ramekin each of cocktail sauce and tartar sauce. For that kind of money, with so little product, at least give me good presentation. As for the six-ounce filet, come on, chef. That 1/2-inch thick slab of meat looked like something out of an old Ponderosa Steak House. In my world, a six-ounce filet from "the best steak house in McLean" ought to be a two-inch high medallion of yumminess. And medium rare is not gray in the middle.

Having driven past this place for many years without stopping in, I'll be driving past it from now on.

MF
Richmond
35 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Dinner w as excellent and served quickly even though the restaurant was extremely busy. Our waiter was attentive and efficient. Our steaks were cooked perfectly and were delicious. Can't wait for our next visit.

D
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our reception was professional and courteous; our food was superb; our waiter was exceptional!

JO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were able to enjoy Lunch during Restaurant week and explore their menu. J Gilberts reminds us to be favorite spot. Now I know lunch is a treat will make a date more often.
It was a dear friend's birthday and I didn't mention it till then end and Stephanie our waitress was so kind as to add a candle to our dessert. Very Thoughtful.

H
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to J. Gilbert's twice this week. I love restaurant week! Great deals and the food and service are exceptional!

MR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We had a reservation during restaurant week and were seated immediately upon arrival. The waitress was very attentive and made great suggestions for food & drinks since this was our 1st time at J. Gilbert's. The food wasn't the greatest, but it was ok. The steak was cooked very well and it was definitely better than the ribs. The ribs had an odd taste to them--a little bit too sweet for my liking--but were cooked well & fell off of the bone. Unfortunately, since we ordered off of the restaurant week menu, we were unable to substitute the sides & ended up with creamed corn (which we didn't even try). The cheesecake was good but we weren't a fan of the "chocolate velvet" cake. We hope to return at a later date to try something off of the main menu and hopefully have a better result!