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

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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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Foodie2020
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I had high hopes for this place but the quality just isn’t there. The food is priced slightly high, but the quality is very low. For example, they serve cold water Canadian lobster tails, not Atlantic /Maine lobster tails. We ordered a bottle of champagne the waitress delivered it to the table with wine glasses and no holder to keep it cold. The food took a while and when it did arrive at the table it was room temperate, not hot. Also the restaurant is very very cold. Overall I was disappointed, and I will not return.

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CARENR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic ambience! Great food! Super value! Terrific staff! Thank you Hugo! One of our most favorite places!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The usual superb food and wonderful service ~ staff completely attentive and tuned in ~ hang in there J.Gilbert's, y'all are doing great in these challenging times!

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alexM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

We had a birthday email to use. They didn’t honor it because we hadn’t ordered a second entree. We did although order two appetizers that exceeded the cost of an additional entree. The manager refused to honor the value if the birthday email. Very disappointing. Will think again before we drive the 15 miles.

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vipCharnelleB
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time eating here. The food was exceptional!!
Our server Dion was great.
Can’t wait to come back

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Displeased
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

This is not the first time I visited J. Gilberts in McLean, VA but it will sure be my last time. Cocktails were great at the bar but after that it went downhill. I ate outside with a friend. I ordered a Cowboy Ribeye medium rare. It took a long time to get my order but when I got it the steak was well done. I asked the server if she remembered what I ordered and she said, "Yes a medium rare ribeye. She looked at the steak and said "Oh dear!" It was well done. The server agreed to replace the steak. It returned quickly. While the steak was medium rare but this time there was no flavor in this $53 dollar steak. My friend ordered a seafood dish with a baked potato and asparagus. He got a baked potato and au gratin potatoes. Huh? I had enough and left. Never to return. Just terrible!

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vipBonnie
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

J Gilberts is one of my top 2 favorites. Food is outstanding, wine is good, & service is exemplary. Social distancing & outside service is available. Go & enjoy!

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Vthedgerow
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, pricing, staff and location with plenty of parking. The $16 Power Lunch Is a terrific deal.

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JulieG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinners are always terrific, wine and martini list to satisfy most, wait staff are very accommodating, makes for a most enjoyable evening.

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JeffD
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food- interior getting a little dated. Great staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great service, great food! Would recommend and will definitely return for seconds!

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vipsuzQ
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and drinks. Mr. Azziz provided wonderful and personal service.

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Vthedgerow
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and delicious meals. Power lunches have nice variety. Spacing of tables is well done.

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vipVisitor
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at J. Gilbert’s was as great as usual. They have taken all the appropriate Covid-19 precautions to keep their customers safe. Customers were seated farther apart so conversations were more private. Our waiter wore a mask and gloves throughout our lovely dining experience. The food was delicious as always. It was so pleasant to be there after such a long pandemic closure. I highly recommend going there, we all felt very safe and enjoyed our dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Celebrated our anniversary with Aziz as our server. Everything was spot on, especially all precaution taken by our server. He wiped down our credit card and pen before handing back to us. Service was fantastic, checked in after a few bites of our meal, enjoyable conversations, and had let us know the bottle of wine we picked was a favorite.

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vipvirginiadiner14
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food and service!

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vipBrianB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Our experience wasn’t what it usually is at this restaurant. Understanding that these are very strange times, it seemed like the restaurant was very understaffed and not prepared. Our server wasn’t that attentive, and when she was, she wasn’t very friendly. My steak was very tough, frustrating especially since it was the $53 ribeye. We have eaten here on numerous occasions with very few issues. Very frustrating.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server!

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HornFanDan
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Food was excellent for the most part, some of our order did not make it out on time (was probably forgotten), server came up with a creative excuse. Service was attentive and mostly good, although we did have to wait about 10 minutes to be greeted initially after we were seated. I was very disappointed in the wine selection and the Caymus Cab we ordered was very young, meek and just not worth the bottle price. The whisky list was also a little thin, but I guess I understand that in Virginia, given that it is an ABC state and decent bottles of Bourbon these days are tough to come by. There were some nice Scotch available (Macallan 18 for instance). We would come back to J Gilbert's for sure, the tasted and quantity of food made it worth it....

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really good food and price. server was standing right at end of table instead of respecting 6ft, and while she was nice to chat with, she didn’t get the hints that we were ready to go and kept talking to us. Fans in bar area were a little tacky but understandable.

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vipJamesP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant s always good. Yesterday was no exception.

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Lovelyj25
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place for great service and food. Our waiter had great suggestions and never missed a beat. Restaurant is set up for social distancing so you can enjoy yourself. Looking forward to going back soon!

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vipLemonyPersnicket
London
50 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

J Gilbert’s is always a great choice but I was particularly impressed with their social distancing for COVID. My grandparents were insisting on a nice dinner so I commented in my reservation I had 4 seniors with the reservation and they sat us in a nice side room by ourselves. Great for social distancing and noise. However by far I want to compliment our waiter, Dion. He was patient with the spastic ordering and questions and took our order from memory, getting everything correct. My grands were very happy with their steak and seafood and my uncle ate ounce of his pork chop (which NeVER happens!) well done! Impressive as always!

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vipTammaraC
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great steaks!

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FalconPilot
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Waitress Michelle was very professional and customer-focused.

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vipFamilyof3
Washington DC
161 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing steak, apps, and service!! We bring our own wine for a corkage fee but it's great and they also do have very good wine choices.

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Gofortheview
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best for both business and special occasions!

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vipGreat
Richmond
71 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was delicious (steaks prepared as ordered) and our server, Aziz (sp?) was friendly and professional, as always. Thank you very much

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SpaceBarbie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a lovely lunch! Great food and excellent service. What a great choice to celebrate our anniversary!

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GMan
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service by Aziz, great food and a cozy quiet enjoyable time. They have taken all Covid-19 recommended precautions which allowed to enjoy the meal experience.

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vipTigger
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lamb was pricey but amazing!

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JosephK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

J Gilberts is one of our favorite dining places. We missed being able to go during the early stages of the pandemic. They are cleary aware of the proper behavior. All servers wore maske and gloves, and the service, as always, was promptand friendly. The food, also, was well prepared and delicious. Also, we used the J Gilbert app for touchless payment which was an efficient way to handle the transaction, pandemic or not.

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BandB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As always, excellent meal with exceptional service. Well done for the way social distancing has been set up.

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vipPauly
Orlando
36 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit and I found the food excellent. The blue cheese dressing was the best I’ve ever had, my fillet was cooked perfectly and everything was delicious.

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Tony
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is being extremely thorough with COVID sanitization, using hand sanitizer after visiting each table. The light scent of wood fire as soon as you walked in the door added a nice ambiance.

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maryf
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been to J. Gilbert's numerous times before COVID-19 and the new restrictions on indoor dining. We were not disappointed. The food is just as good, if not better than before. Our waiter, Deone was awesome and couldn't have been more attentive without being overbearing. J Gilbert's employees were very attentive to the overall cleanliness of the restaurant - not that they weren't before.

We'll gladly go back for the food and wine.

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Foodlover11
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was exceptional.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant evening, great food too!

CA
vipCaroleA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I love going to J. Gilbert’s and always enjoy my visit. This time my dining experience was less than satisfying. I am not certain if Covid-19 has made it tougher in the kitchen , but my meal really suffered. I ordered the rack of lamb medium rare. Unfortunately the chops were well done and really had more fat than usual which made them tough. I also ordered a Caesar salad which lacked dressing which gives it its flavor.

And not the restaurants fault, just not much fun dining in an almost empty restaurant. I remain optimistic and know that JGilberts will return to be a place I enjoy taking my family and friends to.

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PamJam
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so nice to eat inside one of our favorite restaurants. Plenty of room for social distancing and all personal were masked and gloved. However, the friendly staff was just the same and the food was great.

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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 5886 OpenTable diners.

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