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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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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Great place, but overhead lighting was a little harsh, detracted from ambiance, maybe dim it a little.

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TioPepe
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You want to dine? Go to J. Gilbert's, it's all there! Everything!

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ClaudiaB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food is always good and service is exceptional. Restaurant doing a great job with outside dining due to the pandemic.

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SylviaH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The server was perhaps spread to thin. She delayed bringing us water and taking orders. She argued with me that a salad was not included in a special for September 21 and 23. We were there on the last day of the special. I showed her the email that specified that one of two salads was included with the entree. She brought the main course before we had had two or three bites of our salads. She disappeared and did not offer us coffee or dessert— we went inside to ask for our checks. She definitely seemed spread to thin. I assume that we were not the only ones ordering the special -/ which she did not present to us as an additional option to the items on the menu. The temperature dropped and we asked the manager if he could turn on the heaters — he told us that it was too early— he did offer a time for the heaters to be turned on outdoors. I was wearing pants and a rather heavy jacket — my friend and we’re both cold. Thank you for your consideration of my comments.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Waited 45 minutes to be able to place an order. Slow service, staff not engaged and overpriced for the quality of the meal. Will not return.

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vipJustinT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food. Especially enjoy the seafood grill and dining at J. Gilbert's most Mondays when bottles of wine are discounted 50%. Raul in the bar area really gets it when it comes to hospitality. He's polite, professional, engaging and attentive. Good atmosphere, convenient parking, and good value. Headed there again today.

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Carol
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We enjoyed our meal. There was hardly anyone else in the restaurant and had originally made reservations for outside but decided inside was better. The food and service were excellent. I just wish more people were eating out I'm used to J Gilbert's being so busy and full of life. Thanks for an enjoyable meal.

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TeresaW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

We had never been here before but this place came highly recommend by friends. We put that it was our Anniversary but no one acknowledged that. Both of our steaks were over cooked and my potatoes were under cooked. The service was just ok. We weren’t asked if our food was okay until we were finishing up. They stuck us way back in the back room with both of the other tables taken. They definitely were not six feet apart and there was plenty of seating in the rest of the restaurant

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

I understand the limitations of eating outside in the parking lot but very little thought, effort or creativity was put into making the ambience match the great tasting food.

Service was horrendous.

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PerryA
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hugo our server was great. Had a very enjoyable dinner that was heightened by a quiet, romantic ambiance along with quality food, drink & service.

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JimK
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a business lunch meeting, they seated us immediately and gave us a quiet table away from others. Food was great and so was the service. We never felt rushed.

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Mantran
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We made an online reservation for 7 pm dining outside. Unfortunately when we arrived at 6:50 pm no outside table was available. We had to wait 35 minutes until a table became available. During that time there was no place to sit, no one offered a cocktail or even told us where to wait. This was unfortunate not only for us, but also the wait staff as they had to weave their way through the patrons waiting to be seated.

Once seated, the wait staff worked quickly and our dinners were served promptly. We had two fish dishes, a vegetarian and a beef dinner. All were quite good.

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Linda
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I UNDERSTAND because of Covid we didnt have full menus And I Could have asked for menu showig prices back but some glasses (ONE pino grigo for 20+ $ especially) of wine were overpriced.

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RM12
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Following all social distancing and mask requirements

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Another fine meal at J Gilbert’s

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Patty
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I love J Gilberts for special lunches and dinners. Thursday lunch did not disappoint Wonderful meal. Thank you very much

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Bruce
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We have been dining at Js for years. It seems to have declined in quality as well as service
This decline was noticeable prior to the covid restrictions. Our recent experience simply reinforced our beliefs concerning this decline.

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1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great place, great food. Especially like it with "social distancing".

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

I had noted when making the reservation that this was for our anniversary, and that was not acknowledged whatsoever. We chose to eat outside, which is a temporary tent in the parking lot with folding tables and chairs (completely understandable), but they don’t even have centerpieces on the tables. And the two of us were seated at a table with six chairs for our “romantic” anniversary dinner. The wait staff was very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable of the menu and had very well thought out suggestions (ie what sides go best with our entrees), my issues were more with management and the Maitre D’. Our steaks were fantastic as well.

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vipDemetra
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food. Love the salmon baked on wood plank. Monica is excellent server.

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vipMikeD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite local eatery. A recommend, they offer indoor and outdoor dining

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Brunch was canceled. Service was pretty bad. Place has gone down hill.

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vipLindaB
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gilbert's has responded to the covid-19 pandemic for the safety of its customers while maintaining the same high level of food, drinks, and service. So, while the room is a bit emptier, our experience there was still as wonderful as ever.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
69 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It’s great to have a comfortable outdoor venue that serves good food. We had crab cakes, excellent, salmon, excellent, ribs, average, oyster Rockefeller, smallest oysters ever so not worth the money, we eat here at least 2-3 times a month. Even do take out which is convenient. Highly recommend this restaurant

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GeraldK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was bland, salmon overcooked, overpriced, But, for some reason, many seem to like it. De gustibus non disputandum est!

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vipReynolds
Washington DC
108 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a good stop in life!!

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KASjr
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. A long night with a close friend, yet the waiter made sure we were never rushed. His tip reflected his service and patience.

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vipJudithC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The service was extremely slow. The waiter was rude. The food was cold even though we had requested the food to be hot. Great disappointment.

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vipdogsngolf
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

We’ve driven past this place for years and it’s always packed. We finally decided to try it! It seemed they were very short staffed. We ordered an expensive bottle of wine and received a dirty wine glass with it. It took asking 3 ppl to get us a new one. Calamari was rubbery, wedge was good, filet was over salted and the 4 asparagus spears I got were good. It’s just not worth the money. Much better places for steak. Don’t waste your time or money. Luckily I had great company and good wine, so it wasn’t a total loss.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and great restaurant week deals. My husband and I will be returning again!

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Nikki
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Crab bisque was too salty. Filet was over-cooked and not flavorful. Shrimp were flavorful but tough/over-cooked. They completely forgot to bring out the dessert that we'd ordered. Server's interactions with us were very odd. Both outdoor servers seemed overwhelmed, making service slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place with great food. Love the pretzel crusted onion rings.

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vipDEBBIE
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Joan went above and beyond. Please pay her lots of MONEY!!!

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Justin
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was great, we felt safe with the precautions they had in place. We would return again. Oh the food was really good too lol.

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MCOTT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Please bring back you original 7 layer carrot cake
The one tonight was an imposter. The ribs were Devine

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Erider
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Have eaten here over 10 years & first time a disappointment. Usually have steak so decided to try ribs for me and crab cakes for husband. The ribs at first bite were tasty but after a couple minutes became very rubbery. Really weird texture. Crab cakes alright, She crab soup very good. Service ok, but waiter may have had trouble understanding us thru mask. Stick to steaks!

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KevinFlores
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely Anniversary dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for my fiancé’s birthday. The restaurant week menu was a fantastic way to taste a variety of the restaurant’s items at an excellent price. We had amazing service and an all around great dinner experience.

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vipFoodieBee
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went for lunch during Restaurant Week. They do a great job with social distancing tables. Service is great! Food was very good as well.

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 5972 OpenTable diners.

J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.landrysinc.com/giftcards/default.asp.

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.