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

4.5
6590 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
What 6590 people are saying
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vipMildredWHolmes
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 16 hours 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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PamM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great table!

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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.

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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!

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vipCoolz
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our server, Daniel G., was professional & courteous.
My husband & I dine at J. Gilbert's quite often since we live across the street(we walk to the restaurant). Over the past 20 some years of enjoy dining at this restaurant(from Joshua Tree to Charlie's to J. Gilbert's), I noticed the food is getting saltier and saltier... My favorite side item, sauteed spinach, was extremely salty that I only took 2 bites :-/ (I didn't want the hassle and trouble the server to send it back).
We will still be coming to your restaurant, for we have been for so many years and also for its convenient location. I guess I will just have to remember to request to go easy on the salt at the time of ordering.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and service Celebrated my wife’s birthday.

JD
vipJoanD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we always enjoy going to J Gilberts. We like it well enough to take our guests there as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

J Gilbert’s was great. Aziza was an excellent server.
Lemon Drop with Tequila was excellent and blackberry martini was great too.
Calamari was a great appetizer had great texture.
Boneless Ribeye was cooked well.

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NickK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! I am so impressed by this restaurant. The service was extraordinary. Every server was polite, professional, and extremely attentive.

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vipCSYess
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner - food was excellent and the service was even better

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BBBB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was wonderful as usual. The staff was very attentive

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service a s food.

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LisaE
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! We are adding this to our favorites list.

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ThatDude
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, service, ambience - consistently. They've been doing this for a long time.

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ArthurC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very nice vibe..the waiter we had was very nice and punctual. The food was great and came out very quick! I will definitely come back again.

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QuintonC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night of dinning will book again soon Great food and service

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food4life
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

J. Gilbert's was an exceptional experience for New Year's Eve. Our surf and turf was phenomenal and our service attendant was knowledgeable and friendly. A must visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve

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Michael
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual, everything was first-rate, and we enjoyed it very much.

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CherylW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were both terrific. We were glad we could choose between regular menu (which we did) or the New Years price fixed menu (would have been too much food for us last night).
Wonderful way to mark the coming of the new year. Thank you!
Special shout out to our server, Shirley, who obliged us and took some photos of us for a souvenir on our cellphone. Happy new year, Shirley and the rest of the staff too!

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SavoryOne
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at J. Gilbert’s is sleets an enjoyable experience. Excellently prepared food and extensive wine list make for a great evening or celebration.

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RobertF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent farewell dinner

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MGDT
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a good time with friends eating and drinking good food and wine. Had such a good time I forgot to submit my $25 coupon. No matter, these folks are always generous; another coupon will arrive before long. Cheers!

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vipColShag
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You won't find a better surf and turf than J. Gilbert's. The sea scallops are the best I have ever eaten in 50 years. Not a single grain of sand! Coconut cake to die for! The list goes on and on. Do yourself a favor and make a reservation today!

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 6590 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.