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

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.

6930 Old Dominion Drive
McLean, VA 22101
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Dining style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood, American

Hours of operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Cross street:
Route 123

Dress code:
Business Casual

Price range:
$31 to $50

Payment options:
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(703) 893-1034

Website:
http://www.jgilberts.com/Home.aspx?823

Entertainment:
Happy hour: Sunday - Friday, 4pm - 7pm bar only.

Catering:
Please call for details.

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet is available Wednesday through Saturday evenings. A private lot is also available any time.

Executive Chef:
Marc Kennedy

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

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4.4

Overall Rating

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Food

4.4

Service

4.4

Ambience

4.3

Value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Lunch (47)
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Group Bookings (33)
Happy Hour (31)
Casual (29)
Worth the Drive (26)
Romance (24)
Comfort Food (23)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Notable Wine List (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
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Child Friendly (13)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Too busy, no parking except for valet. Hostess who could not give us a time for how long after our reservation we would need to wait.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

As usual this was a great experience. Food excellent, a little noisy due to the bar area being close. After awhile you don't notice it at all.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

As always, the food was excellent. The noise was awful, which made it difficult for the waitress to offer good service. Can anything be done? Otherwise, it's one of our favorite restaurants.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing food and service like usual. The seafood and crab bisque are amazing. Highly recommend a trip to t jis great restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Our afternoon lunch at J. Gilberts was excellent. We had a great waiter and the food was delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Great personal service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 October 2017

We went here to celebrate my wife's birthday with 6 of our friends. We were seated in our own private room which was terrific. Our server was very personable and took very good care of all 8 of us. We weren't rushed, and after asking to have the music turned down, we were able to converse with each other comfortably. The food was very good, as one would expect for the price. The only downside to the experience was the room temperature. The A/C was on and we were cold. Cold air would periodically blow on us despite asking our server several times to turn back the A/C. She assured us she had, but the problem persisted. On the way out I mentioned the issue to the manager who was very apologetic and said he would have taken care of it had he known. All in all though, it was a wonderful experience and we plan to come back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 15 October 2017

Great food and service; but was noisy for serious conversation.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fun, Casual, Waterfront
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 (Seattle)·Dined on 15 October 2017

Everything was great, we've been seated in a quiet room so our baby can sleep in his stroller - I appreciate that! And as always, my favorite there is combo when you choose steak and seafood at one plate 😋

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 October 2017

My wife and I live nearby so we occasionally come here. Last Saturday night was the first time in several months. J Gilbert's is a bit up market from most of the restaurants in the McLean area but our steaks--filet and sirloin--were first rate and the service was the fastest we have ever experienced there. It has always been a busy place but the service--mostly the rapidity of the service--has really improved over the past year. We highly recommend it.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Miami)·Dined on 12 October 2017

Good spot - friendly - relatively timely service - good menu - decent wines - probabely just random luck but last few times I've gone there I've gotten table not very well located - also interestingly each time the 8oz Filet seems modestly undersized relative to other restaurants. Only mention since I've noticed it each time I've ordered it. All in all the pros well out way any issues so worth the trip.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 10 October 2017

Natalie provided excellent service to our table. Delicious meal, as always. Bread arrived piping hot. Shrimp Cocktail starter was very fresh and a robust portion. 12 oz. Kansas City Strip was a good taste and cooked to medium rare perfection, but I found a bit too much gristle — not up to J. Gilbert’s par for this protein. Roast Potatoes and Roast Carrots both had a scrumptious hint of char. You’ll want to indulge in the Coconut Cake, although I substitute Vanilla for the normal Pineapple Ice Cream side scoop. Servers and Kitchen are terrific about accommodating special requests. Lastly, a colleague left a portfolio in our booth. Kurt, a longtime member of the J. Gilbert’s team, tracked me down by phone and kept the item secure until I returned to retrieve it. Many places would not have gone that extra mile, an act which saved the day for our colleague. Thanks and KUDOS to all, and a special shot of gratitude on the rocks to Kurt!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 9 October 2017

Our favorite special occasion restaurant! We love the food and the staff and waiters go out of their way to make sure you are taken care of.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 8 October 2017

Though we had a reservation we had to wait 10 - 15 minutes for a table. Why have a reservation?

Once seated, our order was taken and filled in short order. Filet was a perfect medium rare.

Henry our server was attentive and personable. Overall an excellent experience

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·Dined on 8 October 2017

Our waiter was charming, but that did not make up for the fact that our entrees took so long to arrive that we had finished our wine and were getting anxious to get going. We must have waited 45 minutes. The waiter claimed the kitchen was very busy, but there were too many empty tables on a Sunday night for me to believe that. More likely is that he forgot to put in our order. When we left, the place was completely empty. It ruined the flow of the evening for our get-together. We like this comfortable neighborhood spot, but I am looking for a new place now after several visits with hit or miss service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 8 October 2017

Food was great. Lacked service. May have been an awfully off day for the waitress. Was not acknowledged for 15min after seated. When acknowledged, I was greeted with a "didnt see you all sit down".
"If you need anything just wave" and Lastly, I paid cash, however, was not given the proper change back.
It would dissapoint not to come back even the the food is great, all because of lousy service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 5 October 2017

Last time we eat at J Gilbert - it was a fiasco!

Dinner - wrong food served and cold, overcooked scallops.
our meal was delivered with a mistake. One server - not one assigned to our table - tried to say that our meals were intended for another table of 5, but we were a table of 4. When we pointed out our son's meal was incorrect, the server tried to remedy it by removing only the steak. But the side was incorrect, too, and we asked him to make the change in the kitchen.

Our son had to wait while the kitchen fixed the right meal for him, so we were forced to eat before our dinners got colder. . My scallops were lukewarm and overdone.
T
he server tried to mitigate the situation by offering a discount on our son's meal and a free dessert, but frankly by then the whole dinner situation had been spoiled

We haven't had this kind of experience at J Gilbert, but after this experience, we regretfully will be crossing it off our list. We expect better from a restaurant at this price point.

Why do servers insist removing plates and glasses while a diner is still eating at the table?.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 3 October 2017

Good food, excellent service, nice bistro atmosphere.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 30 September 2017

The food and service was great! My boyfriend really enjoy himself for his birthday.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 30 September 2017

It was an underwhelming experience, considering the prices charged for the steaks. Our porterhouse was overcooked. It was very dim and dark but the noise level was loud. Waiter was not trained well, continually handing plates to us instead of setting them down. There are better steakhouses out there.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 30 September 2017

J. Gilbert's is a solid dependable restaurant. The food they serve is excellent. The menu selection is basic American, but well done. The service, too, is dependably good.

Overall, this is a solid restaurant for lunch, dinner, business meetings, dates, or special occasions.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 30 September 2017

Great food and fantastic service. The steak was the best I have had since arriving in the US 12 months ago. We'll be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 29 September 2017

The salmon and lobster mac and cheese were fabulous. Well worth the trip in traffic.
It was our waitress's first day on the job, but we asked her clearly if we ordered one of the lunch specials if a salad came with it and she said yes. Then when we got the bill we were charged for the salad and she said that it only went with the 1/2 lunch item special, but she clearly did not say that before we ordered. We were so surprised when we got the bill and then she denied what she had clearly said earlier. Bummer.

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 29 September 2017

The restaurant has a big flaw...The booth lighting is ridiculous. It felt like we were under a spotlight. Extremely annoying.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 29 September 2017

fine as usual. nice staff make for a pleasant time. food choices meet many interests.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Casual, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 28 September 2017

this is a favorite place for time with friends, but I was disappointed in this meal and the lack of gluten free options. The ribs were fatty and barely covered with BBQ sauce.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 28 September 2017

This place is consistent. Great steaks and seafood, wonderful atmosphere and great service. Our favorite local steakhouse

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 28 September 2017

Excellent food and service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 27 September 2017

Went back to J Gilbert's for my birthday dinner - had a coupon for a free entree with purchase of another. Great decision! His salmon and my steak were both mouth-wateringly perfect!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 27 September 2017

J Gilberts is McLean's steakhouse. The food is very good, the service is even better--attentive, prompt, and pleasant. The dining area is not loud, but the materials include a lot of brick, so what noise there may be tends to echo a bit; you can speak quietly with your dinner companions and not be overheard because the tables are well separated, not crammed together. Booth was comfy. Menu is highly-traditional-steakhouse with some contemporary additions, but if you are in the mood for a great wedge salad and a well prepared steak with a choice of good sides, you are in the right place. Looking forward to dining there on a colder evening and asking for a table near the fireplace.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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Food5
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·Dined on 24 September 2017

Our visit was the usual excellent experience. I love J. Gilbert's for special occasions or business meals. The only negative was that the area we were seated in was much too cold, to the point where it cooled the food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Richmond)·Dined on 24 September 2017

Fabulous! We enjoyed the food and the service was impeccable. We'll definitely be visiting again.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on 23 September 2017

They did a great job hosting 9 of us in a quiet area of the restaurant. Service was attentive and to the point, food was good, and prices were very reasonable. I did notice that they were inflexible in that they did not permit a diner to order the baked potato side because that diner had not ordered a steak which is paired with sides that are exclusively for steak eaters. Why not sell a potato for $5, make a profit and make a patron happy?

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 23 September 2017

Great birthday dinner. Service was extremely good. We enjoyed everything about tonight!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 22 September 2017

Excellent food, especially the filet meat and salmon. Always polite service. Recommend having a reservation as it does get crowded in the evenings.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on 22 September 2017

You get what you pay for. J. Gilbert's is a bit pricey ($21 for lobster cobb salad) but its a very good meal. The bread is delicious. And the service is usually way above average. All in all, this is one of our go-to places for a great meal.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on 17 September 2017

Good selection, great service, pleasant decor, convenient location

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 September 2017

First time...brunch buffet at $29 per person was not worth it. Much like cafeteria type food. Nothing special. Would have expected something like we were offered to be in the $15-20 range. Service and ambiance was good though.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on 17 September 2017

Excellent brunch - terrific value and service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 16 September 2017

Hostess was pleasant. We were seated immediately. Server Hugo was friendly (most of the time and crabby the rest) We ordered the "CHARCUTERIE & CHEESE SLATE", it was ok, nothing impressive. I ordered the 8 oz center cut filet mignon with grilled asparagus and Yukon mashed potatoes. The steak was cooked perfectly. The 3 asparagus were not grilled, but steamed and topped with some kind of pico salsa, the stems were woody and tough. I did not like the asparagus. The mashed potatoes tasted good. But the overall appearance of the plate was disappointing as I could tell my food had sat under the kitchen's heat lamps, the potatoes had formed an outer crust and I could also see several finger prints and food smudges dotting the plate. The beer and liquor menu was a label on an empty bottle, interesting idea, however the label was dirty, stained, peeling off the bottle, and the cap was broken. My steak knife had a dried food particle as did my wine glass. Do you not polish or inspect flatware or glassware before setting the table or pouring a beverage? The partition that separated our booth was covered in dust. Bathroom floors in both men's and women's were sticky. So many disappointments and basic details missed. I will not be back.

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