Permanently Closed - Gilbert's Social

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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Chef Kenny Gilbert and his wife Anna are expanding their footprint in the Jacksonville area and bringing a touch of their Underground Kitchen with them, with plans to open Gilbert’s Social (GS), this fall. GS will be located at 4021 Southside Blvd (Suite 200), in the former Big John’s Crumpy’s Wings and Things location, just North of Tinsel Town. GS will feature seasonal and creative modern Southern fare with international influences. All of the dishes on the menu speak to a time in Kenny’s life, or tell a unique story of their own. Dishes like the Southern Fried Western Style Ribs pay homage to Kenny’s dad, while the Chilled Pemequid Oysters speak to Kenny’s time at The Ritz, where he first learned about macrobiotic cuisine. Kenny’s also bring his signature Fried and Fernandina Beach Hot Chicken, Anna’s Mac and Cheese and Smoked Pulled Pork To Duval – all favorites from the menu at his Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen in Fernandina Beach.
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4.7based on all time ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.3
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4.4
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vipMichelev
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, great service and the house made sangrias are a must. Everything we tried was great- Brussel sprouts, burnt ends, pulled pork, peas- go and try the food - you won’t be disappointed.

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vipMickiD
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an interesting and fun dining experience. Food with passion behind it tends to be that way. Keep up the great work, Chef Kenny and team Gilberts Social!

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Allie
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great. The ambiance is great! That being said, I feel it’s overpriced for BBQ. I know it’s just my opinion but I feel you’re paying more for the Top Chef name than the food. The meat and the sauces are right on par with other top notch hole in the wall BBQ joints in the area but def outpacing them in cost. Don’t get me wrong, Chef Kenny is fantastic, I just happen to think it’s a bit much to charge $17 for a meat and two small sides and then upcharge for a typically bbq side like slaw or Mac n cheese.

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vipJeremyJ
Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent service and even better food. Don't be put off by the area or outside looks of the building. It is well worth the trip.

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Abby
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As anticipated for a group of 8, the service was a bit slow, but well worth the wait. Our server was very good, knew the menu and offered recommendations. The food was unbelievable - Shrimp & Grits were the best I've ever had and the 1/2 portion was more than filling. Others tried the ribs and brisket and all raved about how satisfied they were. Nice job everyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AWESOME! As always never disappointed!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food is always Excellant, very consistent. Making reservations is a good idea. I love the fried green tomatoes at the Ferindena location, wish they offered them here.
But all the food is great, the best Brisket and ribs of anywhere around.

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SanfordS
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have never had a bad meal at one of Gilbert's restaurants. Had our first experience a couple of years ago at Gilberts Underground and every meal has been outstanding.

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iliana
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I set up a dinner party for 8 p.m but after finding out that the birthday boy wasn’t going to be there on time, i called the restaurant and asked if i could push my reservation back to 8:30 and they were so kind. i don’t know of many restaurants who are that lenient 30 minutes before closing. awesome experience! thank you.

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Groupof10
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved this place. All ten of us were first timers, and we all have plans to go back. We all picked our next menu item for our return trip. Service was great, staff was friendly. Don’t be in a hurry. Not that service is bad, they are very attentive, but it is relaxed. It is designed to sow down, enjoy the company, enjoy your meal.
The Mac and cheese was a hit; everybody loved it. All the briskets were great, and so we’re the various biscuits. The only thing nobody likes was the raisins in the apple pie. It doesn’t say it in the menu, and the server didn’t warn us, but the apple pie is slammed full of raisins! If you don’t like raisins, do not order! Tasted great, but I don’t like raisins.
Great place. Great prices. Great staff.

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PamS
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food in an unpretentious setting. The smoked fried chicken was perfectly cooked and delicious and the biscuits were great!.

KR
vipKailaR
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Gilbert’s multiple times and are never disappointed. Probably my favorite JAX bbq restaurant. The meat is delicious!!! I love the brisket and the pulled pork. The Brussels sprouts are my favorite side. Service was great. We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Best bbq I’ve had. Authenticity at its finest. Well done.

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Lisa
Jacksonville
27 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We ordered the beef brisket sandwiches. They were really good. Nice sauces.

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Cathie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Our waiter Chucky was perfection - attentive to my water needs, taking orders, clearing plates, recommending best dishes etc. 5 stars for Chucky.
Food was excellent - burnt ends app terrific; bourbon pie and fried apple dessert were superb. Mains were tasty, spicy and delish. We will be back!

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Yata
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We ordered the chicken and red velvet waffles which was a little disappointing because the red velvet waffles came out burnt. The waiter was very nice about it and requested to remake but that order were undone and very small in size. However, our other food was amazing and did not disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, small area, and no liquor. A great place to take your parents or brunch.

JB
JeffB
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience. Great food, superb friendly customer service. It's the top BBQ restaurant in the JAX area!

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vipElise
Jacksonville
16 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Brisket is the bomb! Loved the brisket platter and brisket bowl. Enough for leftovers. DELISH!! Make a reservation. Gets crowded

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SheliaM
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place does not disappoint! Service was great and it was packed. Our table tried the following: Drunken Turkey, Fried Chicken Thighs & Catfish, garlic rice, greens, field peas, drop biscuits, macaroni salad, deviled eggs & assorted pickles. I also had the Southside & Hogan cocktail...everything was Amazing.

KM
KimberlyM
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent. Outside looks like you're ordinary barbecue restaurant once you enter evil note from the menu that it is Gourmet BBQ.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great experience!

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MissSuz
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! This is not your typical barbeque spot- yes they have fantastic brisket and the usual fare but it's the spin they put on their specialty dishes that makes it a must visit. It was our first time here and our server Kevin helped us with our choices. We has the brisket with sides of roasted Brussel sprouts and the watermelon salad. Excellent! However, it was the dish that a Kevin suggested that stole the show. Perfectly fried chicken thighs on a jalapeño biscuit with pork belly and green tomatoes. TO DIE FOR! Try this place, you won't be disappointed.

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KeithT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, really good quantity, and superb value!!

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vipBrandieR
Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu was a little frustrating... didn’t have half the beers on it. However- waiter was very nice, service was on point and food was excellent!

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Chuck
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Gilbert’s Social, and I was not disappointed. Brought my family off the recommendation of a friend, and we were blown away by the food. We split the BBQ platter, which gave us a taste of everything, and was more than enough for the 4 of us to split. My personal favorite was the Burnt ends, but choosing a favorite here often comes down to the last thing you ate. My only disappointment was that I didn’t have room for dessert.
Our server was Marian, she made the experience even better. Her knowledge and enthusiasm for the food left us eager to try her recommendations. Overall I couldn’t be happier with my experience and look forward to my next visit, which will be sooner than later.

MB
MollyB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was so good! I had the bowl and everything in it was wonderful! The brussel sprouts - wow!
We were really cold sitting under the fan though. Our waitress turned it down for us and about 5 min. later someone turned ot back up. Great great meal though!

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RickC
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As always the service was excellent and the food was good. For some reason the fried catfish was a little soggy on the bottom. Excellent tasting but a little soggy on the bottom. I had the pulled drumstick which was awesome and all sides were wonderful.

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Alister
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love the food and the atmosphere-reminds me of nostalgic restaurants in Kansas City where there is amazing food in a characteristic non-chain looking environment. Also, enjoy the kitchen sounds as you eat. Happy customer (:

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Najlac
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went on Mother’s Day it was my first time ever...Honestly i am very glad i made this decision .

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vipSmith
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative and thoughtful menu, mindful and friendly service... and EVERY dish was a delight to eat.

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ASalt
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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TraciC
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very unique twist on bbq. We loved the food and we will return often!

CT
CierraT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, atmosphere was good and our server was nice. Would recommend this place to anyone looking for good food and a nice atmosphere. Not the biggest place but serves its purpose.

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TW08
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Been here many times and usually would give it all 5 stars but the food wasn’t quite up to the usual standard. The noise level was pretty rough, hard to converse with my friend. Service was awesome, as usual. Will be back

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JayS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Nice vibe with blues playing. Good wine reasonably priced. Gilbert’s Social is an interesting experience. Recommended if you are in JAX.

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LindleyR
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED it! What a find! So great to have such a unique place here in Jacksonville.
Small place, so make that reservation.

JB
JamieB
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is amazing, so full of flavor and a very inviting atmosphere.

MG
MichaelG
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow the food was exceptional and the service great too

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