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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

No recognition of special occasion despite noting in reservation and reminding hostess. Was an hour early before reservation but still seated late. Ultimately waited two hours before being seated and food served. Way over-priced; food taste was good. Expecting a Ruth Chris experience but received slightly better than Outback Steakhouse. Will not be returning.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We sat at the bar before getting to table. Bar tender that waited on us made drinks that were strong and Good! Food was a bit pricey for the quantity that you received but tasty. Took my husband for a late Valentine's dinner. Overall I probably would have given it all stars but our server killed it for me. We always tip if out server puts a good effort but for some reason he felt the need to circle the gratuity portion as a reminder. I was offended as if it wasn't already big as day on the bill. I thought it was a bit rude. I however wrote a "tip" on the receipt reminding him that it's not mandatory to tip. Luckily for him my husband did

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was Valentine’s Day so of course I was going to shell out for some really good food at a high rated restaurant. From the very first bite of the appetizer I was hooked. The flavors were so rich and full I knew my girlfriend and I were going to have a great food experience. They had Valentines specials so I went with the Surf and Turf. Perfect portions of steak and seafood. The drinks paired the food really well also. If I were to just have one small drawback, the food was fairly warm, nearing cold, but it was still delicious.

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AV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Valentine’s Day - Of course it was packed but overall the food was absolutely amazing! The staff were handing the the pack place well. Parking was difficult due to the day would recommended scheduling a reservation, it’s so worth it.

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

The food was magically delicious and everyone was very pleasant especially on such a busy day.

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z
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Yes I would recommend JGilbert. Food was delicious. My only issue was the seating was not convenient. Chairs were very low and dinning area was dark. Otherwise a great place to dine

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

Driven by for years finally pulled the trigger on Valentine's 2019.. The GF and I have done Ruth Chris Morton's etc and I wanted to do something new .. I didn't tell the gf I just drove ya there . Made a reservation for 7:30 and got there around 7:00.. checked in and was told it would be closer to the reservation which was fine .. grab a couple chairs and I headed to the bar to get a couple drinks . ( they have Elijah Craig).. around 7:30 we are seated and immediately a waiter comes to take our app or and drinks .. we had two waiters/waitresses on this night and they worked so well together ..

Started with the shrimp Durango' .... so good

I got the 1lb lobster tail which they only have twice a year .. Valentines and New Years . My gf got the other steak which was also a Valentine's special .. see photos..

Ambiance was great . Service was great ., can't wait to go back . I also want to try their brunch ..

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r
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 2

We have been coming to J. Gilberts many years and even before when it was Charley's. We always have a extraordinary experience. This time we came for Valentine's Day. Boy was that a mistake.

The food was the same great meal, but the restaurant was set up to take an enormous amount of people.
The staff packed too many people into the space. We had made reservations months in advance and did not get our requested table. We were put in a back room the size of a closet.

We will be back, but never again on Valentine's Day.

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M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great experience. The food was amazing! Definitely will dine there again.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was excellent except the overhead ceiling repair.

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RT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Enjoyed the Valentines’s Day dinner. Lobster was the best. It is expensive. I would recommend this restaurant to friends.

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DJ
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Went here for Valentine's Day. We've been here several times before so I was anticipating a great time. Unfortunately I was disappointed this time. We were seated in the back in a room that was way too crowded, and consequently noisy. The menu selection was very disappointing to the extent that my wife was limited to just choosing the grilled vegetable dish. I definitely will not be returning here again for Valentine's.

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

Excellent snd efficient service, amazing food, but the staff answering the phone could be a little courteous and gracious. The steaks have a tasty rub, and the special valentines dessert was irresistible. We left happy and content

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to J. Gilbert's many times. This was the best time we have had. Henry is the absolute best waiter we have ever had at J. Gilbert's. He is so pleasant, low-key, and knows his job. I don't think I have met a better waiter anywhere, to be honest. The food was delicious; I had the lobster and filet with the poblano potatoes. The poblano potatoes are very unique; I have never tasted potaoes like this anywhere. Thank you for hiring Henry; we will consider coming more often now.

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

Definitely an overpriced menu.
But food was prepared good and
service was excellent.

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MN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and perfect sizes. I have always been bored by the amount of food served at restaurants, but at J. Gilbert's, I was very pleasantly surprised.

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LL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm a huge fan due to the fact that the food, service, and atmosphere is consistently outstanding!

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

Classic good food! you can always count on J. Gilberts for great food and service. A family favorite.

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K
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

food was great as usual. kitchen seemed to be slow.

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

Was a great experience, waiter was very attentive. Was private and the food and drinks were perfect.

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NS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

J Gilbert's accommodated our request for a booth near the fireplace to celebrate our special re-birth occasion! Burke, our server, made our time with you a true delight. He was excellent and gave us perfect recommendations.

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JH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

always consistently good, services usually excellent but off tonight

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CA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and drinks were really good, service was outstanding.

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j
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant and good experience. Unfortunately, the steak isn't reaching the level of expectation for the price that they are charging. Side dishes were great but I came here for steak and it didn't compare to any steakhouse in NYC.

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SK
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The Clydes of McLean.
Nothing special here. Solid steak house. Good customer service. Just another overpriced classic big box like restaurant. Again, solid chioce, but could definitely use a refresh.

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CG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the food was delicious. We always love going to J. Gilbert's and have recommended it to several of our friends.

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GD
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I ever had. I am pretty good at cooking steaks but I could not have done a ribeye that tasted as great!

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JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambience! Food was slightly slow to come out, but it was made up for by the amazing flavors!

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S
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience at J Gilbert! Sure is hopping on a Friday night! Quiet when we left - has an earlier crowd. Great service and food was delicious. I love the ambiance there - cozy.

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AL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Very disappointed in the service and will not be returning to this restaurant

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RC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Knowing it was an off time. Our steaks were not cooked as ordered. We dined at 3:00p and did not have the service was accustomed.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place for lunch with friends!

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M
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will return. Excellent evening and food. Wood have liked Birthday acknowledgement...it would have been a nice touch to a delightful evening.

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MM
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent steaks. The salmon was amazing. Great for all types of foods. Unfortunately our waitress forgot about us. We waited 30 minutes after eating before we got our bill. Very disappointed but this isn't how it usually is.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my husbands birthday!! The food was great and the service Michael was the best!

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KN
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for business or pleasure! It made our evening relaxed, pleasureable and open. Thanks J Gilbrt’s!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Too little wine for the money
Wrong sides on one order
Not alerted that half rack of ribs was a choice
Food was good
Check was slow coming

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F
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

Pretty overpriced for some extremely average steak- wouldn’t recommend nor return

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BD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a birthday celebration. The staff was very accommodating. Took pictures of us together and provided free dessert. Not ice cream into words but a 10 K

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WP
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

J.Gilberts has now become my first choice for dining in Northern Virginia!

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