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

4.5
6413 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.

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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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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Hikerbabe17
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

One thing after another. I received red wine instead of white. Easily fixed but still. We thought the tonic water tasted off. The dishes we received were not as described on the menu The potato and asparagus hash was mashed potatoes and a side of asparagus. The creme brûlée with raspberries was creme brûlée with blackberries. Not a big deal (and everything was delicious) but why not either put an accurate description on the menu or just tell you when you order the dish that there are substitutions? The coffee with cream was coffee with milk. When the coffee was replaced, the coffee was tepid. We had to send the filet back twice before it reached the medium temperature at which it was ordered. There are only so many times one can send something back before the evening is completely ruined.

I’m hoping this was an off night for the restaurant. We’ve eaten here dozens and dozens of times (it is just down the road for us) and never had an experience like this. The food was very good but it was a frustrating experience. If I had been a first time customer, I would not be going back. I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and try again.

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Jillilein
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I mostly go here for birthdays, because several of my friends and I are on the email list and enjoy celebrating with the birthday coupons they give. I always have a great time here! I look forward to the end of Covid when the veggie platter (hopefully!) will return. In the interim, the Oysters Rockefeller (a fairly new menu item) and Shrimp Durango never disappoint. The blue cheese chips are wonderful too. Other favorites are the Wagyu burger, blackened chicken penne, and roasted potatoes (side). I enjoy that J. Gilbert's always has good service and that they are very accommodating for birthdays. OH! Almost forgot dessert! I DIE for the 7-layer coconut cake, although it looks like they swapped out the mango syrup for some passion fruit (or maybe I'm remembering wrong?) Also, their creme brûlée is FANTASTIC. Absolutely delicious.

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JuliaH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steaks are delicious and cooked to perfection.

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vipUndercooked
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service5ambience3

I HAD SEAFOOS MIXED GRILL. THE Salmon and the ahrimps were overcooked therefore dried out.

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vippkcinmclean
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

J. Gilbert is a solid neighborhood gem, with a very good ambience, while also providing a solid value.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect cozy spot to meet up w friends and catch up. Noise level was just right, able to speak and be heard amongst our group. Staff was friendly & professional. The table we dined at could have been thoroughly wiped more, crumbs and sticky bits still remained. Small turn off but no big deal. Meals were hearty & sumptuous. Wonderful experience all around.

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OthaH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My 3rd visit asking for a Smoked Old Fashioned, which is on the Drink Menu. This time they did not hickory chips. Other than that, the food is always excellent. I ordered the Bone-In Ribeye “Cowboy Cut” which rivals any ribeye I have had.

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vipMasaoA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice circumstance for Business Lunch!!
Delicious Steaks and quit enough to talk.

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MirandaR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, good service! Nicer dinning but still kid friendly.

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GlennC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steaks were cooked just right. Our server provided excellent customer service.

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HerveJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I always have great expectations when I'm heading to J.Gilbert for a steak dinner and they've always been fulfilled so far.
Not a cheap place by any means, but price is what you pay, value is what you get, right? Three things stand out in my experience:
The meat, juicy, tasty and cooked exactly as requested,
The cocktails: I wish I could replicate their flavor and complex balance in what I make at home but, err, not so far.
The service: attentive, friendly, responsive and professional. Ask for Joan M, she was the one waiting our table both times we went and we enjoyed her performance immensely.
We'll be back!

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Scarlet2005
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my husband for Father’s Day brunch and the overall experience was wonderful. The menu choices were plentiful, prices were reasonable. Portions generous, and the taste superior. Service was exemplary!

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vipTonyS
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. The food was spectacular.

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ToriJames
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my boyfriend fist time at J. Gilbert and it was very nice

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JunC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food from the steak to the sides to the fresh bread. Husband had the Tom A Hawk steak and enjoyed every inch. I had the filet, risotto and cream of corn, all excellent. If you want the best steak and a delicious meal you can't go wrong with J Gilberts. Server was excellent which made whole experience so delightful.

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ChrystaN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Father’s Day prix fixe menu was outstanding! Food was delicious as always (the Kansas City Strip was phenomenal) and the drinks were great. Reservations recommended.

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SallyR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waitress, Joan, was wonderful. She did a great job. Wish you still had outdoor dining though I realize your parking space is limited.

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vipCharles
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Silverware & side plate not clean.
Delightful waitress.
Requested quiet table not achieved.

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Wade
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

J. Gilbert's is a good restaurant for lunch, but not for dinner. Dinner menu has inflated prices and does not deliver value. I will never return for dinner. One of the items I wanted was not available -- even though it shows on the website as being available; I was told by the waiter that it would be available in two weeks. Well, that's two weeks too late. Feeling ripped off by what I received for what I paid.

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WilliamG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience2

I reserved a table for ten diners for a post-pandemic reunion of colleagues. I requested a private dining area for the event; I was assured that we would have a private/semi-private room. I was disappointed that we were place in the main dining area with many occupied tables around ours.

Service was excellent, on the bright side!

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MaryM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great dining experience. The food was excellent, and warm when brought to the table. The service was great and our server was helpful, attentive and friendly. The restaurant was full, but we felt safe - everything was clean and the food was fresh.

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vipBill
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

It seems some staff are overwhelmed or understaffed. Bar area is notable. It looks to me that sales are lost due to staff attention as well as being out of stock, not having to time to replace empty kegs.
Ordered National Lobster Day special, it is a chopped whole lobster battered and fried. it looks like a lot on the plate, but they also batter and fry large no-meat containing parts of the shell and hardtail carapace. The actual meat portions is delicious.
the accompanying crab bisque is stingy in volume but tasty.

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vipBill
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

National Lobster Day promotion. Lobster Thermador was rather average, lots of butter, some melted cheese and far too little lobster. I regretted ordering.

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JVanWS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We enjoyed our food - when we finally got it. Four of us had to wait an hour from the time we arrived until the food was served. The fifth person had to wait an additional 20 minutes for a meal. I don't know if there are not enough people working in the kitchen or what was the reason for the very slow service, but by the time I got my meal, the others were practically finished. This was disappointing, because I have been there in the past, and the service and wait times were much less. Maybe they are having problems getting people to come back to work, but in that case, they should go back to limiting the numbers they can accommodate to be able to give good service and good food in a reasonable amount of time.

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Trudy
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Celebrating a birthday and received a free dessert.

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bobbyc176
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful drinks, appetizers and entrees. Highly recommend the blue cheese potato chips and shrimp cocktail.

Environment was quiet and enjoyable…. Only downside-too dark!

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vipALWill
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at many restaurants and this experience was outstanding in all categories. We can hardly wait to dine here again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was Fantastic

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DAVEP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Drinks were a little slow, and it took three requests to get a glass of ginger ale.
It was only the second day to be opened fully, and it showed a little bit.
Im hoping for more improvement as time goes on .

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Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

J Gilbert's food is its biggest draw. The quality is off the charts. The ambience and service add to the experience so that it remains one of my top choices in dining. There is one negative. The seats, especially the booths needs upgrade.

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vipBill
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

surf and turf dinner. 4oz filet was very good. but the shrimp were disappointing. (perhaps frozen too long, over cooked, or just not great quality to start). Scallops were nice.

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vipSeeni
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks again for the great food and relaxing environment.

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vipjenihansen
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The tortilla soup is a new favorite. The presentation makes it worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was really terrific! It was as if she knew the answers to our questions before we even asked them! Three of us were there to catch up after over a year of not seeing each other and it was a wonderful time… We stayed very long and appreciate the patience of the restaurant staff. I have been to this restaurant several times and it is always one of my favorite spots!

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AliciaC
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We usually eat at Gilbert's once a month due to our busy schedules and its location to us.
We decided to arrive and have late brunch and it was perfectly timed as our server, Charlotte, was congenial and helpful and it made our delicious meal even better. We plan to be at Gilbert's next month and hope to enjoy the same wonderful food, space and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Salads never arrived. Steaks were mediocre. Service was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Quality food in a lovely setting, food is pricey but worth it for a special occasion.

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Moimoi
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a bday party and everyone enjoyed food and service. Great steak with excellent sides. Will visit again.

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CarlL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4 stars for fine dinning! Food was excellent matched with superb service.

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TammyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Amazing butter and bread scallops and shrimp appetizer steaks were ok

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 6413 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.