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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TT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Steak orders confused: mine arrived the way my wife ordered hers, and vice versa.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food is good as always, however service was pretty bad today compares to previous dining experiences

BC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place w/ great service team.

OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience1

We are in town for business and decided at the last minute to head to Gilberts. Apparently got the last reservation at 5:15. After much discussion at the reception desk we were seated in the worst table next to the lobby, exposed to the cold air in and out as people came and went. There was no reason. Many seats were empty. A couple after us was seated in a both fir 4. We left by 6:40 and still many tables were empty. I ordered the bone in rib steak and it was 50% fat and lukewarm. The mashed potatoes were also lukewarm- I think only warm because the plate was hot. My husband got the wedge salad which looked great with a steak that was just slapped plain on the plate! Waiter never came to see if we were satisfied. No steak sauce was offered. Completely unappealing dinner. Wish I had taken a picture of all the fat I could not eat that I left on my plate.

MD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The wait staff and management were outstanding, and aiming to please. However, our evening began by entering a virtually empty section of the restaurant and being seated in a booth with a broken spring in the seat. We were promptly moved, but I have to question the hostesses decision. (I hope it was because she was young and unaware of the defect.) Our meal was passable, but not in keeping with the pricing. It was generally, just okay. I will try other places and may venture back in the next few years.

BG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place for lunch with a friend. Their lunch combo is super and our waiter, Evan, was very nice.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I had indicated our visit was a birthday celebration TWICE on the Open Table app when i made the reservation.

My 87-year-old mom even had on a HAPPY BIRTHDAY crown so it was pretty obvious it was her birthday.

“Hugo”, our server, never acknowledged or wished her a happy birthday or brought her dessert with 1 small candle or anything. Nothing.

I was very disappointed!

JR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. Our server Igor was excellent. He made some great recommendations.

EH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They got my husbands order wrong, so had to wait for his meal

m
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Everything was fine. And the only complaint was that we didn’t really see much of our server.

G
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's ALWAYS good! I just don't like to be seated in the back room (but I know someone has to ). Great service and great food. I will be back. Again.

SM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

very disappointing. restaurant was dirty/unkept, service was poor. Not sure if the waiter was bored, exhausted or just not happy to be there. Food was medicore.

We have been before and enjoyed but this is the second time that we were not overjoyed with the food, service or atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family members birthday!

RM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience. Our primary concerns are: limited selection of appetizers, small portions, steak was not cooked as requested, chicken was a bit chewy, and the menu is a bit pricey considering the above concerns.

MM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were in no hurry, but it seemed that it took awhile from ordering to delivery

CB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I come to J. Gilbert’s on a frequent basis! We come to J.Gilbert’s for the exceptional food and beautiful ambiance! J.Gilbert's never disappoints!

C
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food and excellent service

BH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

J. Gilbert's never disappoints. Sunday brunch is consistently outstanding. The variety of offerings has something for every taste, diet, and appetite.

DO
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

JGilberts offers consistently great service and wonderful food. Their brunch is well worth the price ,and one never leaves hungry!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Food, service and ambience were all we could ask for. One of our favorite places to dine.

NR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dinner at J. Gilbert’s. The steaks were cooked to perfection and our sides were fantastic. The added bonus was the generous wine pours made the eventing wonderful. Always recommend.

R
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 8 and the service and food was awesome. Our server Jordan was wonderful.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

My service was bad.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I love coming to J. Gilbert’s. The food is always good, the service is excellent, and we always have a great time. It’s one of our go-to restaurants for a date night.

SJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

went on a busy Saturday evening. We were seated, served, and ready to leave in about 1 hour Without being rushed.
The food was cooked as ordered and delicious. The drinks were excellent...I recommend the Carrot Cake !
The staff was friendly, helpful, and worked well together.
We Will be returning

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good! Server was very nice! Maybe play a slow song next time, but other than that, everything was 5 star.

OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic place to go for a special dinner; everything from the crab bisque to the filet and lobster tail was amazing for Valentine's Day.

JL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service and ambiance were great. Food was just ok. Our appetizer was good, but the steak was just ok (We are from Chicago, so we are picky about our meat.) I ordered medium rare and it came out medium and the meat quality was not as good as we expected. Overall it was not terrible, but not worth the price.

e
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

2/14/2020. Minus a star for service. No wait time to get seated and food was great, as usual.

Specifically the server was pleasant but was was sub-par for some reason. Didn’t tell us about specials and I didn’t think about it until too late.

No drink refills automatic or offered, especially on $3.40 club soda.

We come here not un-often, including last year’s Valentine’s Day.

CK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Will be back.

TX
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent - I had the filet and scallop combo. Loved the brussel sprouts. The service was friendly, efficient and attentive. The desserts were out of this world - I had the carrot cake and the wife had the coconut cake, both highly recommended.
The only issue, the baked potato had a black spot.

JY
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food and service! Highly recommend for a special day. Romantic mood. Nice plating. Just one thing - our seats were very close to the entrance so we felt the cold air coming in whenever ppl were in and out. Overall, we enjoyed our dinner!

T
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Much better steaks than Capital Grill.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good overall. Spinach had too much onion but other than that, everything was good. Service is excellent and very accommodating. The crowd and atmosphere is welcoming and diverse

Would definitely come again.

FL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with great service and food. We look forward to going back.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food (Tomahawk Steaks) and service were excellent. Igor, our waiter was outstanding. Will definitely return.

JF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Obviously, we like everything about J.Gilbert's . . . great food, great service, great ambiance. A well-trained staff is worth its weight in gold.

R
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It was Valentine's Day and the restaurant was very busy even at the early time we were able to make a reservation (4pm). We are regular customers there and always enjoy ourselves. This night the food wasn't quite up to what we expected and we had to send our initial order back because it wasn't prepared as ordered. This resulted in my having to send my food back as well as i didn't want to eat while my wife was waiting for her steak to be properly prepared. When the food came back her steak was done properly while my ribs which may have been kept under a heat lamp were quite dried out and not at all as good as usual.
We'll be back expecting better.

D
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

So here's the thing. My rockfish was very good. My wife said she did not like her crabcake. Neither one of us ordered a steak so take this with a grain of salt. The waiter didn't come by often. If you can get by the dated decor, it's a nice place. Expensive-but it's McLean.

K
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Unfortunately, we were seated in same room as large party and it was extremely loud and we could not hardly hear our own conversation. They really need to keep large parties in separate space, so that other diners can enjoy their meals. Food was very good and service was excellent.