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

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5136 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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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us for Easter Sunday
Brunch: 9am - 3pm | Dinner: 4pm - 9pm Brunch Buffet $35 adults | $15 children
Special Easter Prix-Fixe 3-course menu $45 available 4pm- 9pm

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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

As with each prior visit the overall dinner experience was excellent.

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

The food and service was very good. The parking is a problem. There are only a very few handicapped parking spots and a significant number of clients are "white haired", as my daughter noted.

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

Our server Lydia and our hostess Marina were outstanding. I often dine at J.Gilberts but this was my first time for brunch. I will be back!!

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

Birthday celebration

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great - friendly wait staff attentive, but not overly so. Great time.

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SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere for dinner. Our entrees were exactly as we ordered. Service was attentive without being overbearing.

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a
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was rushed. Entrée before appetizer finished. No mint jelly available for lamb chops.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

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JG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very friendly, food recommendations were good and food very delicious.

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TA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to J. Gilberts and have never been disappointed............continue with the character of your operation and loyalty to your customers.
Tammy Alvarez

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LP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great service, food and a wonderful experience.

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BH
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

J. Gilbert's is by far the most popular restaurant in McLean, Va. The food is always good as is the service and atmosphere.

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S
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

I was Very Disappointed to find that the restaurant Overcharged me for TWO different items. By 'over charging' I mean that the price on the bill was higher than the price on the menu. Although the difference was small, one item was increased by $1.00 and the other was increased by only $0.50, I was upset by the restaurant's very casual attitude, 'Well you were only overcharged by $1.50 does that make that much of a difference to you?' While that is true, the overcharge was small, its a principle issue to me. They didn't even agree to correct the overcharge until I pressed the issue, and even then they were not apologetic about it. How many guests don't notice errors like this? While I believe that it was an error, I think that the restaurant should have been apologetic and immediately offered a voucher for a return visit, free desserts or SOMETHING, rather than acting like I shouldn't have bothered to notice a mistake that was less than 1% of the total bill. I like J Gilbert's, their food is good, but they need a Serious Attitude Adjustment. There are other good Steak houses in the area.

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DN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We arrived a few minutes late, but were seated promptly

The brunch was enjoyable and our server Henry was extraordinary!!!

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DM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

While we normally have an enjoyable time at brunch here, this time was not up to par. The food made us sick. The service was okay, but not very attentive. Made us rethink a follow up reservation.

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RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding I highly recommend the restaurant
My wife and I are looking forward to coming back

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BS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved our waitress. Loved having the small dining room. The coconut layer cake with pineapple ice cream outstanding.

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D
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

J. Gilbert's will always have a special place in my heart. It was my first dining experience during my relocation to the DMV in July 2012. Whenever I am in town and want to impress... J. Gilbert's is my GO-TO!!! Deon is an AWESOME MEMBER of the wait staff. Ask for him by name during any visit. DRINK RECOMMENDATION: Bourbon Basil Smash! My Bone-In Ribeye (Cowboy Cut) and my date’s 6oz Filet was COOKED PERFECTLY at Medium. Compliments to The Chef! You cannot go wrong with this choice. OH YEAH.... TWO WORDS.... SUNDAY BRUNCH!

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B
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Noise remains an issue.

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AN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time celebrating my friend’s birthday!

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R
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a good restaurant if you like an old-fashioned, dark ambiance restaurant reminiscent of the 70s or 80s. Good service and food. My only complaint was that I ordered the special "surf and turf" and did not realize I would be charged for 2 entrees (one for the lobster, one for the filet) that totaled over $63.00. I thought that was price gouging. This isn't Ruth Chris. If you don't mind the potential sticker shock, go for it. Otherwise, stick with ordering from the menu where the prices are listed.

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r
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our visit this time was much improved over the mad rush of Valentine's Day. We enjoy the usual perfect service and outstanding cuisine. This is an excellent restaurant with a fabulous wine list.

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

We were celebrating a birthday and received great attention and service from our server Keith. He had an excellent knowledge of the menu and explained everything very thoroughly and gave us recommendations. He also was just a very nice person and we enjoyed talking to him. The food was delicious and the managers and other staff were great as well. Keith was a stand out though and we plan on asking for him the next time we eat there. We appreciate the management and especially Keith and the excellent cooks for making our birthday celebration so special. I’m glad to see that you value customer service there. If every guest is treated the way we were J. Gilbert’s will be around a very long time.

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B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was not very good and not much attentiveness by the staff

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ML
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was slower than usual. Waiter seemed to be spending a lot of time going back and forth between tables.

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p
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always solid food and service! At the corner of 123 and Old Dominion, it's a true McLean landmark.

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G
Richmond
74 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Steaks were good, as were sides. Disappointed in the blue cheese potato chips. They used to be more blue-cheesy, less sauce. Service ok.

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AP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I love J. Gilbert's - it's got a classy yet laid back ambience, great steaks (particularly the ribeye and strip steak), a nice variety of cocktails and drinks, and my favorite appetizer--Maryland crab bisque, with lumps of real blue crab in the center. The food is always excellent and cooked to order pretty accurately. The service can be hit or miss. The most recent time I was here, our server was very friendly and affable, but he did forget an item twice - once was an extra serving of bread we asked for (that we eventually got when I asked a second time), and once was for the signature J. Gilbert's steak sauce. He did seem quite busy with other tables, and so he didn't refill our waters until we flagged him down, even though he passed our table multiple times. Between the two of us that dined, we got an appetizer each and a steak entree each - after tip, it totaled to about $150. Pricy, but it's good quality food.

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NJ
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We love coming to J. Gilbert's for dinner. Whether is just my husband and I coming to dinner ourselves or if we're bringing our senior staff, the experience has always been top notch with great attention to detail. The atmosphere is very relaxing and inviting. The food has always been on point and cooked to perfection!! You will not be disappointed.

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p
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed our dinner at J. Gilbert's.
Everyone on the staff was very accomodating and the dinner was delicious.

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's about an hour drive from my home, but always willing to take the trip! J. Gilbert's never disappoints! Highly recommend.

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was great but the server was border line hostile.

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RV
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steaks were perfectly done and the service was excellent. This was our second time dining at J. Gilbert's. We will be back.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food cooked to perfection. Aspargus were exactly ‘Al dente’. Nice ambiance, cozy atmosphere, experienced waiters. Slightly more upscale than Outback, but not a posh place. Definitely a place to visit more often.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

My family took me here for brunch, raving about the food and oyster bar. I wanted to love it and I did up until the end of my meal when I found a live worm in my oyster. Just ruined the whole experience for me. Waiter was good and rest of food was delicious.

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BE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. But two things:
- We had to wait 35 minutes for a table even though we had a reservation; and
- We had to ask for bread and butter twice before it was served.

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S
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had the shrimp Diablo and it was terrific. The shrimp should have had the tails removed.

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z
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was just okay. This is my second time at J.Gilbert. 1st time was better.

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ES
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best place to eat in McLean for an upscale meal. Went for our anniversary, and they upgraded our table setting and comped one of our deserts. Service was friendly and approachable with the right level of attentiveness that did not make us feel neither abandoned nor watched. Our ribeye steaks were tender, flavorful and cooked to the correct doneness. The wine selection offers a good range of very enjoyable wines at reasonable prices by restaurant scales. All in all a very relaxed evening, in a comfortable setting and excellent food.

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GF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants for a great dinner

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