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

4.5
6057 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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.

Support J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean during COVID-19

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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vipLEEANNF
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Unfortunately, this dinner was not up to their standards and I will not be going back. A $200 dinner for two with raw steaks,over cooked potatoes.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It was our first time in a dine in environment since March 2020 but since it was our anniversary we wanted to have a meal at a good restaurant with good reviews.

I would say that the overall experience was nice, ambiance was beautiful and the service was among the best we have had. The only negative thing was the food. For the service the ambiance and the price - the food did not live up to the expectation. We ordered the child’s pasta for our daughter, the wagyu burger for myself and the crab cake melt for my wife. For our daughters meal the pasta was cooked well but basically had no flavor other than boiled pasta. There was a little hint of butter but nothing else. For my and my wife’s sandwiches the flavor was good but the presentation was lacking. Both dishes looked like something we would get at a cafeteria type of setting.

The proportion of meat to bun for my hamburger was way off - the patty was about the size of a regular McDonald Cheeseburger patty and the pretzel bun had about an inch of exposed bread all around the patty that was sitting in the middle. The first bite of the burger was nothing but bread.

My wife’s crab cake melt was “smashed” pretty thin and the bread was too dry/crusty.

Maybe we went at the wrong time or maybe we ordered the wrong meals. Not sure but couldn’t give any higher rating that 3stars. 5 stars for the service though.

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TonyManero
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

They were the usual "Very Good' in food and service. In these Covid times, it's difficult to criticize, but the $14 calamari was like a $8 diner dish, both in smallish portion, and smallish calamari pieces (and overcooked as a result of small).

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BettyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Hugo was our waiter and he did a remarkable job! We thoroughly enjoyed our meal!

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chrisp
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this was our first Thanksgiving dinner at J. Gilbert's. I was pleasantly surprised that their turkey came out as good as the steak and ribs that we normally had. The 3-course meal pricing was reasonable, although it should have included a coffee and/or tea.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
254 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for lunch. Lobster Cobb salad - excellent. Very lovely service, very safe atmosphere.

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SRICKS
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate in the tented area. Service was spot on, food was great. The crab bisque is a teeny bit spicy, poured piping hot at the table over a small mound of crab meat. Perfection. Shrimp were fresh and cooked correctly on the shrimp cocktail. Steaks were awesome.

JT
vipJustinT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A place we can always count on for solid service (shout out to Raul) and fine food. Both a neighborhood gem and destination dining.

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Big8Wheels55
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful visit to J. Gilberts and birthday celebration! COVID-19 precautions are in place too.

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vipAlysonR
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome.. The waiter David was really nice!

KC
vipKevinC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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Seeni
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

thx. Great dinner

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vipkayceeintulsa
London
444 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had an enjoyable birthday dinner at our favorite steakhouse! Service and food was excellent and couldn’t have asked for more.

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ChardW
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Not clean. There were permanent food stains on wall where table was, bread crumbs left on table, marks on the plates and forks, and shelving with junk on it at the entrance.

Bread had a weird taste. Food tasted like detergent.

Staff was weird and not that friendly.

A family came in and all the kids were banging the silverware to make noise. Terrible.

I almost feel like this was a great restaurant that’s been sold to someone that doesn’t care, or the owners abandoned it to be mismanaged.

So bad that I can’t do a second chance. Avoid. Nov 2020.

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vipSherriP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, but the best part was that I felt safe seeing friends during this pandemic. Three of us sat outside with heat pumped into the open tent, at a table big enough to socially distance. It was a real treat!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. Great food and service even during Covid.

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vipEpicure
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Why can't we have regular bread instead of sourdough! My husband and I do not like sourdough but we don't have a choice.

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vipVthedgerow
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

This is a great location for lunch away from the madness of Tysons Corner. The power lunch is a superb deal and any meal I have had there has been delicious. Service is fast if needed and slower paced if that is your preference. Great bread to start with and delicious coffee to finish off a meal.

MW
MeredithW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best food. Good service and great value.

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Seeni
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, very tasty seafood.

JT
vipJustinT
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Always reliable. Love dining in the bar, especially on Mondays with 1/2 off bottles of fine wine. The chicken tortilla soup is stupendous - best anywhere. Seafood grill and beef dishes are great. Sit in the bar where Raul rules & rocks - great server/bartender. Can't go wrong with this McLean institution!

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vippkcinmclean
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

i was very impressed by the service and the various precautions taken in light of Covid-19. J. Gilberts is a neighborhood institution and gem and is always a good option, especially for carryout as the uncertainty of Covid-19 may increase.

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PerryA
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We sat in bar area to have a quick snack/drink & then carry out rest of dinner to take home. Justin was a fantastic server - attentive & professional. He was spot on with our to-go order and nothing was missed.

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Paraguay20
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Having the tent is great but being completely enclosed by the plastic walls NOT great - that does not help with the air flow. Service and food delicious as always.

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WaynO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our anniversary. This is probably the 12th visit or so. Always a great time!

JB
JimB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Good food and good service -- ate outside in the tent. It was OK for what it was.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Not really the restaurant's fault, but we were seated outside and there was a very loud table of two parents with two kids. Kids were very loud and permitted to run around and wrestle. Really inappropriate for a nice restaurant. We'll be back, but we suggest McDonalds payload for future kids meals. Otherwise, food, wine, sanitation and care with COVID measures top notch.

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Foodiefrombirth
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is phenomenal. I loved everything about it. we had the ribeye, shrimp, crab cake, lobster bisque, Rockfeller oysters. Need less to say we had a variety of dishes. Loved them and our waiter was amazing as well. So nice and attentive.

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Critical1
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience1

We always love this place but COVID has disrupted a usually five star restaurant’s routine. I don’t like giving this restaurant a poor rating but I feel that they could try harder to make their guests enjoy their experience .
The tent was bare. No table covering, no condiments, no bread and no attempt at making you feel like you were eating at an upscale restaurant.
The food was brought out by runners who had no idea how to serve and paid no attention to any requests from the diners. Our main course was served while we were still trying to eat our appetizers and all the soiled dishes were left on the table during the entire meal. We were never asked if we wanted another cocktail and when dinner was over we were not offered a dessert menu.
As I said at the start, we love this place but probably won’t return until the virus is under control and we can feel safe dining inside.

JJ
JazzyJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food Great Service Steak Prepared to my liking special free Birthday Dessert great value what more can I say A+++

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vipVthedgerow
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Power lunch options are both a delicious and reasonably priced selection. The fish tacos, salad or soup and delicious sourdough bread is certainly ample for lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a special occasion when we go to J. Gilbert’s.
Food was great and service always exceptional.
We often return. Thank you so much for continually offering an awesome menu and the quality of service is beyond expectations.

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TIffanyP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the ambience the food and service was very pleased and will be returning

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

There was no music and it made it very awkward and we could hear every single other tables conversation. Service and food excellent!

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OctoberOpal
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience, delicious food and wonderful service! This is one of my favorites!

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vipTraveler
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

J. Gilbert's food is always consistent. We have been dining there for a while and the food or service never disappoints. During the pandemic, the restaurant offers a menu to go, to dine inside or outside. Service is always courteous and knowledgeable.

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friends
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was a birthday celebration for me. My food was excellent -- filet and shrimp. Henry took very good care of us.

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FoodieF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

We ordered the seafood platter and the seafood was hot when it arrived but the mashed potatoes we tepid. Real bummer

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy J. Gilbert’s! The food is very good and service staff are friendly and helpful.

JP
JeffP
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Henry, our professional server, made our Anniversary Dinner absolutely wonderful and most memorable. His customer-focused attention and service were OUTSTANDING and exemplary. We are regular patrons and he is the BEST server at JGilberts.

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 6057 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.