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

4.5
4626 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steak
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steak, Seafood, American
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Hours of Operation
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(703) 893-1034
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Marc Kennedy
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Catering
Please call for details.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Route 123
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Parking Details
Complimentary valet is available Tuesday through Saturday evenings. A private lot is also available any time.
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Entertainment
Happy hour: Sunday - Friday, 4pm - 7pm bar only.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4626 People Are Saying
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Food
4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 8 hours ago

Always love the excellent service and food here. Perfect restaurant for any occasion and best value for money.

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

We have been eating at J. Gilbert's for years. For lunch we ordered the appetizer crab cakes. The new presentation and preparation are far beneath past preparations. The crab cakes weren't firm or flavorful. Perhaps more crab would have been in order. It included two cream sauces and a meager fruit slaw. The restaurant also needs a complete physical makeover. It is looking VERY worn out and quite honestly is permeated with steak odor ... not in a good way.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Good food. You do scallops well and crab cakes are delicious.
The coconut cake was so light and so good

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The scallops were amazing. Everything was so delicious. The crab bisque. This place impresses. The only negative was waiting at the end. It took 20 minutes to get the check and another 20 to pay.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Henry was an amazing waiter! We had a great dinner, celebrating a birthday with 3 generations. It was a restaurant week menu so the prices were great, but it was also 50% of wine bottles so we enjoyed 2 bottles of great wine too. Everyone enjoyed their food immensely. The crab cakes were cooked perfectly and not filled with filler either. The ribeye was also cooked perfectly. And Grandma enjoyed her filet! Was pleasantly surprised at how fantastic everything was, especially the service.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Waiter was a bit hurried and impersonal. The full rack of baby back ribs was outstanding. They know how to mix a good Manhatten!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I really enjoyed our dinner at J.Gilberts in McLean on Sunday night. Service was great, food was delicious. We had a small issue where the green beans did not have any pecans and it was addressed immediately. Right after that the manager came over to check with us and to apologize. Great customer service.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

first time going there and had an enjoyable experience. I was able to change our earlier reservation to a later time and we weren't rushed.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was very good.

Long wait for empty, dirty dishes to be cleared from the table. Empty cocktail glasses slow to be removed and slow to offer new drink orders.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The steak and scallops were exceptional. The service was great - Evan really knows his stuff! Very engaging and professional but friendly too. Desserts topped off an excellent meal.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Having driven by for years wondering why J Gilbert’s was so packed, I’m still unsure why. Good was mediocre. Service was kind but slow.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The visit to J. Gilbert's was extremely nice with good atmosphere, great service, and excellent food. There is a great deal of selection, but the cost seems much more expensive for some of the specials (e.g., surf and turf - $55, a higher quality steak - $75). The dining experience made it a great birthday celebration.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Amazing as always.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We celebrated my husbands birthday at J Gilbert’s and thoroughly enjoyed it! Our server was very personable and the food was delicious.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The food was excellent, service excellent, overall a great experience.

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4.0Dined on 9 August 2018

We had an annual mother daughter dinner before our girls return to college. We were given a back room with a really charming and efficient waiter. Food was all good, just overpriced. Very nice experience and we will return.

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5.0Dined on 9 August 2018

Henry is the best waiter we’ve ever had. The food and ambiance were also amazing for me and the family.

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3.0Dined on 8 August 2018

Good food but services are vary depending on who is your waiter.

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5.0Dined on 8 August 2018

Perfect location for a friends get together. Lobster Cobb salad was so fresh - just delicious!

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4.0Dined on 8 August 2018

I am a long-term fan of J Gilberts. On this occasion, our 50th anniversary, it failed to live up to my previous experiences. When We were seated the waitressed offered to have a white tablecloth and candles put on the table. Before we could be seated, we were placed in a table for two, which was very nice but, apparently, the tablecloth and candle was forgotten. Our server was gracious but hard to find. Apparently, he was serving a party as well as us.
A disappointment for our 50th anniversary.
The food was great as always.

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5.0Dined on 7 August 2018

Excellent way to celebrate a Birthday gathering. The staff provided excellent assistance with our dessert -- calling ahead to prepare a delicious Coconut Birthday Cake for a surprise. The presentation with the fresh fruit & green on the top made it extra special! Thank you J.Gilberts!

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5.0Dined on 6 August 2018

Igor was amazing. There for an anniversary dinner - service and food was outstanding. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on 6 August 2018

OUTSTANDING food and service!!! What an enjoyable experience!!! I love dining at this restaurant. Cheers!!!

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4.0Dined on 6 August 2018

Been here lots of times...this visit was lunch. Both my friend and I ordered Caesar salad and were served with Chicken Caesar salad instead. Although it was good, it wasn't what we ordered and we didn't have the heart to send them back. Waitress had difficulty with language so I recommend re-stating order if served by someone with broken english.

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4.0Dined on 5 August 2018

My wife and I were celebrating our 13th Wedding Anniversary, and we choose J. GILBERT because we had a gift card, and because their reviews are very good.

We had a very nice evening and our waitress was quite nice. Always there when we needed something, but never overbearing. (A great quality that we appreciate)

The food was prepared as requested and the servings were quite adequate without being huge and "stuffy".

The only complaint (small one) was the glaze on the Creme Brule was a bit too dark. (Slightly burnt) Not worth a take-back or re-do.

Overall! A great meal at a very pleasant restaurant.

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4.0Dined on 5 August 2018

Brunch was delicious but I had hoped for more examples of their wood fired food. We will come back and try dinner.

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4.0Dined on 5 August 2018

Extensive brunch menu. Now costs $30 per person, which is a bit pricy for a buffet unless you stuff yourself. Service is adequate but not really attentive for anything extra.

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Great sides

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Great power lunch deals make the trip worthwhile.

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

As always, good food, excellent service and a quiet lunch. Always a dependable restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 2 August 2018

Received great service from the server and the food arrived timely.

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5.0Dined on 31 July 2018

This was my second occasion to dine at J Gilberts. It has a vibrant bar scene with plenty of seating. The quality of food and service is excellent. Their steaks are fantastic and the best part like other steak houses. You are not nickel-ed and dime to death. When you order a meal, you are given a complete meal for one price. None of this, here is your $50.00 steak and now pay another 15.00 for a side. Its a good value and I will definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on 31 July 2018

Unfortunately the happy hour menu was not available at the table.

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1.0Dined on 31 July 2018

My husband and I have been coming to this restaurant for years and we were looking forward to a great meal. Everything, including the floor, seemed dirty. The servers and staff were very inattentive standing around in groups chatting. The servers had a great deal of confusion as to what meals went to what table. My husband's 16 oz steak for $59 was tasteless. Both of our meals were quite bland and just mediocre. The waiters seemed quite bored and uninterested. Therefore, rather than prolonging our dinner, we got our desserts packed up to go. Very disappointed and not sure if we will ever return.

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1.0Dined on 31 July 2018

Overall, a very disappointing experience (again). This was a planned business lunch, with a reservation. On a quiet Tuesday in the summer, we had to wait almost 10 minutes to be seated in an very empty restaurant. The service was abysmal - no server for the first 10 minutes, who then disappeared for at least 15 minutes; ordered drinks never made it to the table; and when it was time to leave so that I could say something to the host, no one was to be found. In addition, the French fries were warm and the salad was extremely overdressed. Not sure why this place seems to be so busy, but I won't be back.

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4.0Dined on 29 July 2018

The interior of the restaurant is somewhat worn. We sat in a booth and the bench was less than comfortable. The padding was worn and depressed. The food was very good and the service was very accommodating and excellent. The ambiance is dark and it conveys a worn-out quality about it. We had a very nice experience though. I believe the interior of the restaurant needs upgrading and improvement so that it matches the quality of the service and food.

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5.0Dined on 29 July 2018

This is our third visit in 2 weeks and it only gets better. Love this place. The wait staff is top notch as are the host and hostesses. Thanks for making my birthday special.

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5.0Dined on 29 July 2018

Lived here 22 years. Best restaurant in Mclean. You would have to go to Vienna to find anything comparable.

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5.0Dined on 29 July 2018

Great food!

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5.0Dined on 29 July 2018

We have a great brunch birthday celebration for our mother who turned 83 @ J. Gilbert this past Sunday with a small group of family and friends. Originally the reservation was for 5 but on Friday I decided to add one more person. I just called and the young lady was very quick to accommodate the small change. Our reservation was for 1245 but we showed up a little after 12. Traffic was not bad that day. The staff seated us with in 10 minutes of arriving. Our waitress, Xuelin H, was very kind, attentive and charming to speak with. She was very attentive and accommodating, and she did her job with a smile. The food selection was amazing, they had fresh seafood, a carving station, heavy cooked items (mac and cheese, delicious) and lighter items like salads and fresh berries. The dessert station was very inviting. It had a great selection of mini desserts and chocolate covered strawberries. I would highly recommend this place. Their staff is friendly, young and hip but also very attentive and accommodating. Its not a stuffy place. We will be back.

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