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

4.6
5152 reviews
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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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat Mom to something special with our brunch or Mother’s Day 3-course Prix-Fixe menu for $50. Featuring a selection of salads and soups, center-cut Filets, Seafood, Kansas City Strip, Chocolate Velvet Cake & much more.
Brunch | 9am – 3pm | Adults $18 Children $17 | Prix-fixe + Dinner menu | 4-9pm

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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

Such a wonderful respite in the middle of the day and food was wonderfully prepared. Love the Chicken Tortilla Soup!

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RP
Anchorage
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice place! Food was great. Superb ambiance.

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

Easter brunch

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

Always a consistently good meal even during a busy time (Easter brunch). Though wait staff were extremely busy, it was still a nice experience for a holiday brunch.

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b
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was there for Easter Sunday brunch and so was all of Virginia. The weather was perfect and the J. Gilberts experience wonderful

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R
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Easter brunch was OUTSTANDING! It’s one of the best brunches in Northern Virginia. Our service was excellent. Igor, our server, was very attentive, sweet and thoughtful. The entire experience was great. We love J. Gilbert (going there again this weekend!).

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

We have been here for the Brunch a couple times... Does not disappoint.

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d
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Brunch buffet has good selections including a carving station and chocolate fountain. I unfortunately had some bad oysters that ultimately just ruined the meal for me. Otherwise would have a been a great experience. The servers seem to be spread thin or busy running back and forth because of plate cleanup so server attentiveness is diminished during the brunch seatings.

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MD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Appetizer Calamari was not fresh. It seemed like it was frozen and microwaved. Entree was so-so Surf and Turf with 4 oz of Filet Mignon. Crab cake and scallops were good. Filet Mignon was very good. Soup bisque was good. Onion Rings borderline of fair and good. Bad Calamari.

Desert was ok. Although the Manager said to order a desert on the house since we are celebrating our wedding anniversary, but when we received the bill, we were charged. I paid for it instead of complaining. Need more communication between Manager and server.

Overall experience - Server was very good and very attentive. HOWEVER, the surf and turf promotion was not reflected in the final Bill. SO check final bill for accuracy, even though we've said that to the server prior in ordering. I expected more accuracy from the restaurant's system. For the price, I'd still prefer Flemings. Morton's or Ruth Chris. J Gilberts is like Outback but with a price like Flemings, Morton's and Ruth Chris. Will I come back? I will give them one more chance to prove i'm wrong.

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TC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3rd time @ this place .. My GF and I first tried this place on valentines night and it was excellent.. I signed for their mailing list and they frequently send me specials etc. Last night was surf and turf night ... OMG .. when I tell you this was cooked to perfection, couldn’t have asked for it any better . My GF got hers medium and I did medium well and I knew my GF’s was prepared perfect because I wasn’t offered any😅.. you had a choice of crab cake or shrimp . I did crab cake and she did shrimp .. both prepared perfect .. they do a tag team with the wait staff which I like my only complaint was they brought out the entree b4 the appetizer.. this was quickly taken care of by removing it from the bill..

Next stop is brunch


Go try this place it’s worth it

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m
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had a family dinner at J.Gilbert's Saturday evening. One of our party ordered the bone-in steak @ $49. Our waiter highly recommended another cut of meat which would add 5 ounces of protein to the meal. Our son-in-law took the bait. The bone served with the steak was huge which made for a picturesque plate but didn't add any value to the dish. This was especially evident when the check arrived with a $75 charge for the steak. We were not told what the "upcharge" was before ordering. In hindsight we should have asked.
The service provided otherwise was mediocre at best: Water glasses not refilled; additional drinks/wine not offered nor was coffee/tea at the end of the meal.

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

Food was great! Felt like our server was rushing us a bit, but otherwise the experience was fine.

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LH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a lunchtime review. I always enjoy visits here. The food is very good. The drinks are inventive and tasty and the ambience is conducive to easy conversation with my fellow diners. They have valet parking but I've never had to use it at lunch time because spaces were always available close to the door.

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

This is a frequent dining spot, especially because we've figured out how to avoid having David as our server. This visit was a three friends get together from near and far. Server was delightful and food was excellent (2 steak frites and 1 steak salad). Since it was a celebration, there was a delicious bottle of red blend selected. When the check came, the bill was about $105 before tax. One of the guests contributed $40, which was deducted and the two credit cards offered split the rest. Tip was left between the two credit cards totally about $16, shy a dime or so to even out to round dollars. Because of one person using cash, we didn't do the math right as we usually leave 20%. So we were at a 15.2% with those calculations. Imagine our surprise when the server followed us to the parking lot to ask us if we'd left additional cash on the table. Totally stunned.

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R
Washington DC
92 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a great stop for beef....bone in ribeye...yum!

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m
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As with each prior visit the overall dinner experience was excellent.

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SB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was very good. The parking is a problem. There are only a very few handicapped parking spots and a significant number of clients are "white haired", as my daughter noted.

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SE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Lydia and our hostess Marina were outstanding. I often dine at J.Gilberts but this was my first time for brunch. I will be back!!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday celebration

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great - friendly wait staff attentive, but not overly so. Great time.

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SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere for dinner. Our entrees were exactly as we ordered. Service was attentive without being overbearing.

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a
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was rushed. Entrée before appetizer finished. No mint jelly available for lamb chops.

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D
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are big fans of J. Gilbert's for its convenient location, good food and pleasant ambiance. You can have a nice meal and a good conversation in a comfortable setting. Service is efficient and professional, food is always served timely. It's not inexpensive but we see good value for the money.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

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JG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very friendly, food recommendations were good and food very delicious.

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TA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to J. Gilberts and have never been disappointed............continue with the character of your operation and loyalty to your customers.
Tammy Alvarez

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LP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great service, food and a wonderful experience.

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BH
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

J. Gilbert's is by far the most popular restaurant in McLean, Va. The food is always good as is the service and atmosphere.

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S
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

I was Very Disappointed to find that the restaurant Overcharged me for TWO different items. By 'over charging' I mean that the price on the bill was higher than the price on the menu. Although the difference was small, one item was increased by $1.00 and the other was increased by only $0.50, I was upset by the restaurant's very casual attitude, 'Well you were only overcharged by $1.50 does that make that much of a difference to you?' While that is true, the overcharge was small, its a principle issue to me. They didn't even agree to correct the overcharge until I pressed the issue, and even then they were not apologetic about it. How many guests don't notice errors like this? While I believe that it was an error, I think that the restaurant should have been apologetic and immediately offered a voucher for a return visit, free desserts or SOMETHING, rather than acting like I shouldn't have bothered to notice a mistake that was less than 1% of the total bill. I like J Gilbert's, their food is good, but they need a Serious Attitude Adjustment. There are other good Steak houses in the area.

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DN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We arrived a few minutes late, but were seated promptly

The brunch was enjoyable and our server Henry was extraordinary!!!

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DM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

While we normally have an enjoyable time at brunch here, this time was not up to par. The food made us sick. The service was okay, but not very attentive. Made us rethink a follow up reservation.

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RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding I highly recommend the restaurant
My wife and I are looking forward to coming back

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BS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved our waitress. Loved having the small dining room. The coconut layer cake with pineapple ice cream outstanding.

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D
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

J. Gilbert's will always have a special place in my heart. It was my first dining experience during my relocation to the DMV in July 2012. Whenever I am in town and want to impress... J. Gilbert's is my GO-TO!!! Deon is an AWESOME MEMBER of the wait staff. Ask for him by name during any visit. DRINK RECOMMENDATION: Bourbon Basil Smash! My Bone-In Ribeye (Cowboy Cut) and my date’s 6oz Filet was COOKED PERFECTLY at Medium. Compliments to The Chef! You cannot go wrong with this choice. OH YEAH.... TWO WORDS.... SUNDAY BRUNCH!

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B
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Noise remains an issue.

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AN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time celebrating my friend’s birthday!

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R
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a good restaurant if you like an old-fashioned, dark ambiance restaurant reminiscent of the 70s or 80s. Good service and food. My only complaint was that I ordered the special "surf and turf" and did not realize I would be charged for 2 entrees (one for the lobster, one for the filet) that totaled over $63.00. I thought that was price gouging. This isn't Ruth Chris. If you don't mind the potential sticker shock, go for it. Otherwise, stick with ordering from the menu where the prices are listed.

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r
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our visit this time was much improved over the mad rush of Valentine's Day. We enjoy the usual perfect service and outstanding cuisine. This is an excellent restaurant with a fabulous wine list.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating a birthday and received great attention and service from our server Keith. He had an excellent knowledge of the menu and explained everything very thoroughly and gave us recommendations. He also was just a very nice person and we enjoyed talking to him. The food was delicious and the managers and other staff were great as well. Keith was a stand out though and we plan on asking for him the next time we eat there. We appreciate the management and especially Keith and the excellent cooks for making our birthday celebration so special. I’m glad to see that you value customer service there. If every guest is treated the way we were J. Gilbert’s will be around a very long time.

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B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was not very good and not much attentiveness by the staff

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