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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.
McLean, VA 22101
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Happy hour: Sunday - Friday, 4pm - 7pm bar only.
Please call for details.
Complimentary valet is available Wednesday through Saturday evenings. A private lot is also available any time.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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?.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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