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

4.4
6469 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.

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
What 6469 people are saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MikeL
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and it was excellent. Great food and great service.

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vipChrisVTN
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food quality has definitely gone down over the last year. The prefix menu is nowhere to be seen and the steak and server quality it’s not what it used to be. I would say it’s slightly better than LongHorn’s

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Bpena
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Took my boyfriend for his birthday. Vibe was very family like and fairly quiet! Service was great they kept my reservation even when I called saying I was running late. Food was delicious. Crab bisque was to die for!

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vipRobertW
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

After receiving perfectly prepared meals every time for many years (hers well done, mine medium), for about the third time in a row that was not the case. In one of the previous times, both my wife's and my steak were under cooked--this time they were both over cooked. Her fillet was ordered well done but was over cooked while mine was ordered medium and was presented well done (On that previous occasion when they under cooked them, hers was a little less done than medium while mine was rare). I don't understand what's happened but it's now hit or miss.

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Greekfoodisgreat
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, Evan was awesome! Much better than last time. Still waiting on manager to contact me on previous experience

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GoodFood4All
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food at J Gilbert's. Menu has been streamlined, but still good variety of dishes, reasonable prices.

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EmmaOH
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Significantly below prior visits. A precise request was made of the initial server for a particular "rub" for the meat. When finally delivered it had the menu defined. When returned it was absent ANY rub. A third server approached and inquired if I'd like my original order ON THE SIDE. So J.Gilberts is shifting to customer DIY? The wait staff seemed a bit out of sync, not that unexpected considering the disruption caused by COVID to both business process and individual health and economic strain.
/Still, it is the "little things" that matter and life is noting more than a constant tsunami of little things.

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JK01
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed our annual birthday dinner. The food was wonderful, as always. Service was good but not great; the waiter seemed to be rather new and had to be reminded about bringing us bread and refilling soft drinks that had already been requested. One of the best parts of the evening was the on-the-house birthday dessert!

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vipMichaelK
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was the best.

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SusanP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday day dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress, Sarah, set the tone for the evening with an outstanding greeting. Her explanation of the food was spot on and helped influence decisions. Her effervescent personality was shining all evening long.

From drinks to appetizers to desert, everything was tasty and prepared well and presentation only added to the quality. KC strip, filet, scallops, and sea bass were liked by all. The only minor complaint was the salmon was a little less than flavorful. Salads and soup were very good. Deserts were also very good.

Blackberry martini and basil/lemon bourbon drink were excellent.

All said, one of the most enjoyable meals for a group of 6 in a long time. J Gilbert’s knocked it out of the park last night.can’t say how much Sarah our waitress just added to the evening.

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vipGuiness
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy the Onion Rings, Potato Chips, the Plank Salmon and the Special Sea Bass.

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vipkayceeintulsa
Washington DC
487 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and drinks are always dependable at J Gilberts. We love the steaks and salmon plus side dishes are all excellent. What takes it a step above is service though. We had an outstanding server this visit and only wish I could remember her name to give her a shout out. Friendly, efficient and always there when we needed anything. Made our dinner very enjoyable all around.

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monique
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was amazing!!!

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PeggiP
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at J. Gilberts. The parking lot was packed, so I was worried how this would affect our experience. I should not have been. We were seated, had a reservation, within minutes of arriving, the service was impeccable and the noise level was surprisingly perfect.
The food, wow. It was wonderful!
Thank you for a great birthday dinner!

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KevinZ
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A bit too much noise from the bar area. And service was a bit inattentive. Food was superb. So overall, 4/5.

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vipDinechef
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

I usually love this restaurant. Was disappointed they were out of my two selections at 6 PM. The lobster Cobb salad, and unsweetened ice tea? They only had sweetened tea. Seemed very unusual fir a restaurant.

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DanC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

A local joint with decent food. The service was terrific.

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Michael
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I always enjoy J. Gilbert's, even though it is a bit pricey.

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vipRmjs
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Perfect quantity of food ie options available for each person so we didn’t feel over full. Cajun was subtle. Seasoning on filet and ribeye was good. Mixed truffle mushrooms dish was excellent. It was dark inside with booths (typical steakhouse feel). Great wine selection.

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Grandpa
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall1food4service4ambience1

During the 7 years that we have lived in the vicinity of McLean, my family and I have dined at J. Gilbert's very frequently, both on business and personal occasions. It had become our "go to" restaurant for all types of dining events.

Lately, we have become disenchanted with the J. Gilbert's experience. What used to be a comfortable and "cozy" atmosphere has morphed into a loud, cacaphonous environment that is unsuited for either enjoyable dining and/or meaningful individual or group conversations.

Our experience yesterday, to mark the 53rd anniversary of my wife's and my marriage, was anything but a positive experience. It will be a long time, if ever again, that we dine at J. Gilbert's.

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vipBill
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed Sunday dinner. ordered the Mixed Seafood grill for the first time. The crab cake was disappointingly smallish, but it and everything else tasted delicious. Sour dough bread served with dinner meals is excellent. Chester provided excellent service and assistance.

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RosemaryH
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I had a Landry gift certificate and they would not honor it. The manager did offer a discount because of the mixup. The Landry website lists J. Gilbert as one of their restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely steak house with good food.

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PerryA
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good but not great this trip. Service was great…thank you Hugo for your efforts! Felt bad that we got the add-on king crab leg at MP. Did not ask the price, which turned out to be $68 when we got the bill (for half of one crab leg). Other than that disappointment, it was a decent dinner. Will try dining there again based on the excellent service.

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vipVthedgerow
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superb food served in a timely manner. The selections at lunch are great, especially the fish tacos!

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JohnM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The meal was very good. Service was generally excellent -- our waiter was very responsive. Not all dishes arrived at the correct time and in the correct order, but everything was manageable.

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vipjnine
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back in a year and a half and we weren't disappointed!! The food and service were excellent as always. One of out fave places to eat!

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vipDemetra
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal in a comfortable atmosphere. Salmon, Filet and Ribs are favorite as well as Mushroom Risotto.

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AshleyP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We were in a back room with a very large table with lots of kids. Noise level was very high, but it was probably just bc of the sectioned off area we were in. Half price wine bottles is a great deal on Monday, but they didn’t have 4 of the bottles as selected. Sad. Also, it was super slow. But the food was good and I’m sure we’ll be back.

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MadDog
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I eat frequently at J.Gilbert's and always enjoy it, but last night was exceptionally good. I had a smoked salmon rillette starter, which was superb, and the rack of Australian lamb, which was perfectly cooked and delicious! Our waitress was outstanding!

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RogerV
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Scallops were terrific as were the three salads our group had.
Bravo!

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vipBill
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Dined bar area. Apparently no communication between staff and those in the kitchen. I had to ask what happened to my order. The simple entrée took 45 minutes to arrive. The reason cited: other customers ordered food at same time ?!
Bar dining area was uncomfortably warm. A/C not working properly. There were houseflies flying nearby circling food that had to be waved off.
Staff and servers appeared stressed. Chronically understaffed.
Drink order was delivered incorrect (on the rocks vs up), but everything was moving so slow it seemed safer not to send it back.
Perhaps my worst experience at JG. Is there a new owner?

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FoodieF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I came to J Gilbert’s for my Birthday as I have done in the past. And I’ve brought many clients for lunch outside under the tent during the pandemic. And I travel from the District!!Having grown up in a restaurant and having been a consistent customer for many years, I was very surprised that It was not acknowledged at all. I was so very disappointed. Not sure I want to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food, great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally wonderful. I've been wanting a reason to come back to this place and this was the perfect time to do it. Everything was wonderful and the food drinks were amazing. I must say those carrot cake waffles better be a mainstay if they weren't already

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tracer
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our waiter Ryan was very personable and knowledgeable about menu. He explained the highlights nicely. We started out with drinks and app. All the cocktails were good; blackberry martini (very sweet as expected), Moscow mule, and bourbon basil smash (we r used to whiskey smash and definitely prefer mint to basil after this). The calamari was very chewy, almost not able to eat at all; dipping sauces were very tasty. The Caesar salad was good.

Main entrees were served as expected. The filet with a side of shrimp (only3) had good char and taste but pricey for amount of food. The 12 oz Kansas City steak was cooked well but needed more salt and a little stingy on the asparagus(5). My lobster risotto with scallops were excellent and well proportioned.

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richerl
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

The steak is not worth the money. My eight-year-old kid told me that. lol

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RayP
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rico was awesome. Thanks Rico!! Sorry about the spilled wine!!

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vipBill
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

enjoyed a wagyu burger and JGilbert's variation on barrel aged Manhattan. Sat at the bar, the bar tender Lydia, provide excellent, friendly and quick service.

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 4.4 stars by 6469 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.