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

4.5
6604 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steak
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipBill
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience4

ordered the Restaurant Week meal with
crab bisque - surprisingly small portion but good taste
asparagus - 4 small spears, very undercooked/raw crunchy (the hardest asparagus i've had at a restaurant) - disappointing
12 ounce KANSAS CITY STRIP - poor quality, tough, difficult to cut, grisly
chocolate mousse cake - very good
i would not recommend this meal

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Doug
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Went to the restaurant for the Restaurant Week, which was advertised to offer a three-course lunch menu for $25, only to find out they canceled the lunch offer on the day of my reservation after we were seated.

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vipLReviews
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always a pleasure to have dinner here. It’s a classic, neighborhood steak joint. Food is always good. Service was a bit slower than usual, but always nice. Restaurant Week had some fun choices in the menus — smaller portions with some shrimp. It was super a super bargain with the prix fixe menu.

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DB3Kids
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food is excellent. I prefer to sit within the Main dining area where there are fireplaces, very cozy. Overall, a romantic setting and appeal for a fine dining experience. Great place to entertain or have date night!

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vipkayceeintulsa
Washington DC
509 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had an enjoyable dinner with family at J Gilbert’s! This was beginning of Restaurant Week and they were very busy but in spoof that, our server took time to give us attention and great service. Food and drinks were excellent too.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food, service, timeless steakhouse atmosphere, and cocktails were all excellent as always.

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Rachel
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dining experience during restaurant week! The fixed menu offered a variety of selections and the three course meal was reasonably priced for the big portion sizes. Service was fast and steak was cooked perfectly. The only criticisms I have were that the restaurant is dimly lit and that there was no space to hang our coats since we were seated in a booth. Other than that, it was lovely spot to celebrate a special occasion.

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vipShawnA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steaks are amazing. Ask for a waiter named Hugo. He's the BEST!!

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vipMarianG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great, service on the other hand another story, when we first sat down our waitress was very attentive after it started to get busy basically forgotten about, unfortunately Kaila our waitress had to be flagged down every time we were in need of something.

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KarenW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the wedge salad to the BBQ ribs and Penne pasta to the 7 layer coconut cake were absolutely delicious! It was a great lunch atmosphere on a cold Saturday !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great time…good food and great service

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TedC
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding . Food and service was soo good

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AnggelaC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We made a reservation two days before and when we got there, they sent us to a horrible table in the back of the restaurant. The place was really cold and not nice at all.

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KathleenRose
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lamb rack & steak were cooked really well. Server was Austin and was very pleasant & attentive throughout the whole dinner. Will definitely be coming back!

Crème brûlée was so creamy & delicious! Not overly sweet at all.

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vipByron
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful night out at J. Gilbert’s- everything from the greeters to the food and service were excellent!!
Many kudos due to Hugo our server - the man is a jewel - competent, friendly and funny. We only wish there were more like him.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great tasting food.

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NickC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two of us had Caesar salad, a steak and dessert. Everything was great and the service was attentive without being intrusive. Been there before? Yes. Going to go again? Oh yes!

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Bangkokgal
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent. We participated in the restaurant week menu. Steak and lobster were first rate. Crab bisque was also great. Vegetable sides were weaker - too buttery. I would probably get a salad next time. Dessert was wonderful as was the wine recommendation. Our waiter was phenomenal. We have hardly gone out during COVID and beforehand I was nervous about eating here, but once we got there I felt so comfortable. The waitstaff all wore masks and we felt sufficiently spaced from other parties in our booth. I will definitely be back soon.

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vipDemetra
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious meal. Love the warm bread. Salmon, filet and mushroom risotto!!

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SusanR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Restaurant week for lunch is fantastic.

MW
vipMildredWHolmes
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The food never comes out all together. My ribs were not that good but the green beans were excellent.

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SUZANNEK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The steak was undercooked and chewy. The waiter didn’t offer to take it back for further cooking. Also restaurant week was for 25$ and was charged for 30$ due to tiny almost unreadable 5$ additional when the rib dish and steak dish were ordered. Deceiving and not transparent. Waiter should inform the additional 5$ when ordering above dishes

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PamM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the restaurant week special. The salmon was the best I ever have had. Our Waiter was phenomenal.

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vipJaniceC
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went to J. Gilbert’s one evening during Restaurant week. There was a fixed price menu and a fixed price Restaurant Week menu. We selected from the Restaurant Week menu. The food was very good and the service was efficient. When the check arrived, we were surprised there was a surcharge of $8 added to each of the lobster tail entrees. Even though it was in small print on the menu there was an $8 surcharge, it was easy to overlook the fine print on the menu. It just felt deceptive to have a fixed price menu with a variety of entree options but then discover for lack of seeing the fine print that an entree option on this menu had a surcharge and was not, in fact, $55 fixed price after all.

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StuckinDC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was exceptional! Young woman. I believe her name began with a K and she doesn’t like chocolate.

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GirlsGottaEat
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Almost flawless. Restaurant Week menu offered plenty of options, and we were pleased with our choices —steak frites for the guys, with a potato soup starter, and salmon for me with a wedge salad starter. The salmon was delicious with a mild wood-fired smoky flavor, and came with a nice lobster risotto and asparagus, all done to perfection. Every entree had suggested wine pairings, and I enjoyed the recommended sauvignon blanc. The steaks were done exactly as ordered. For dessert, I had the mixed berries in creme anglaise, my husband had the carrot cake, and our son had the creme brulee - which was light, and the best he’s had. Service was perfect. Attentive without being intrusive. So why do I say *almost* flawless? The kitchen had a heavy hand with the dressing on the wedge salad. Better to dress it lightly and offer extra dressing on the side IMHO. Overall, happy we tried this venerable institution and look forward to returning!

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BrendanR
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great birthday dinner for my wife tonight. Even with the inclement weather, the cooks and the staff made it a very special evening for my family. Awesome menu and fantastic food. Thank you.

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vipfranco
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.
Accommodating staff.
Great steak.
Great burger.
Very happy with our visit

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vipElizabeth
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Keeping in mind that everyone is dealing with reduced staff these days, our server was great, except when we were ready to leave. It took quite a while to get our check.

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vipDeniseH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience, food and customer service per usual. I highly recommend J. Gilbert’s for your dining needs.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great table!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the staff, and the ambiance is always excellent.

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RickY
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has always been on my list of favorites, but I hadn't been in McLean/Tysons for dinner in quite a while. So coming back to J Gilbert after a several-year gap, I wasn't sure what to expect. As it turns out, the ambience, the bartenders, and the servers are a good as always. The food turned out to be even better than I remember it. My guest and I ordered from the Prix Fixe menu, so we each had the crab soup, filet mignon with seafood, and dessert. The soup was smooth and flavorful, with just enough crab. The filet literally melted in my mouth - one of the most flavorful steaks I have ever had. The seafood (crab cake for me, shrimp for my guest) was properly prepared. The crabcake, in particular, was all crab. I don't know how it was bound together, because I didn't see any filler. Creamed corn and asparagus completed the entree. Dessert was delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipPeterMcLean
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

J Gilberts is a consistent, neighborhood favorite. Good food at a fair price served by a largely professional staff. Many have been there for years. Always dependable.

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Laura
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food was delicious. The waiter was quite pleasant and the drinks we spectacular. Been enjoying them for about 17 years now. Perfect for a special occasion or just romantic night out.

JB
vipJillB
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steaks, great service.

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Susan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Dinner was great and our waiter was fabulous Sorry can't remember his name, but I do remember him saying he was from Morocco.

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vipSmexic
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Food, Service and Ambience were good. But they shorted me on the dessert that was part of the 3-course meal. :-/

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naveedaz
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great except I made a note in OpenTable regarding my husband's birthday and to bring out a cake with candle at the end which did not happen

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Waiter seemed anxious to get us to leave!

FAQs

J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 893-1034.

J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean is rated 4.5 stars by 6604 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.