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

4.4
6497 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steak
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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SteveH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

3rd. time in 6wks. that the "blackened Sordfish was not available !
I will be back next sat. 9/25 Save one for me !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. We were dining with our family including grandchildren and it was a great time. Our waiter was was wonderful and very understanding of the young children. We will definitely come back again.

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BradH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly great dining experience...service was impeccable and the steaks were cooked to perfection. I bit disappointed that the porterhouse wasn't available last night but the Kansas City Strip was incredible and each of the dinner guests were raving over the filets. Service (Aziz) was impeccable.

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vipJulie
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent food - thanks!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food and excellent drinks

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vipBill
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, drink, and excellent service. Thank you for the Birthday Email discount

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JerryA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Shrimp should never be over cooked at a place Ike this. Quality isn’t what it use to be 🤦🏾‍♂️💯

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Jenny
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience2

It was our first time dining at this restaurant. We figured since we were celebrating a birthday why not try that spot. The experience was nothing expected. For starters our server spilled water on the table as were being seated. We were near the end of the meal before we had to request for it to be wiped. Our main entrees were good. For our appetizer, assuming he was the manager brought it out but took it to the wrong table. When he came out the kitchen, his hair was not pulled back enough and it was hanging near our order. That’s unsanitary. Our server had to get our order and bring to us. We were famished so we still ate it. But once it was given to another table, that order should have remained there and we get a new order to be brought to our table. Besides the hostesses welcoming, that’s not enough to return there.

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JermaineP
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and customer service was outstanding. I will definitely be coming, and i am bringing my friends.

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SteveH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service very good ! Food was outstanding !! Time from "order "to "serve" very quick !

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vipEatingPrincess
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They did not acknowledge our birthday celebration.

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BodaciousBillC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had a lunch reservation. We arrived on time and were immediately seated. The atmosphere suggested refined excellence and the service and food and drink accepted that challenge and surpassed all expectations. We spent a very pleasant and delicious two hours and were in no hurry to leave. If seafood or steak is one of your food preferences, this is the place to come. The side dishes were perfect compliments to the steak or seafood and the drinks were perfectly blended. The wine list featured a wide variety of superb wines at reasonable prices. It was one of the finest dining experiences I have found in the DC area. I do suggest prior reservations. To help you evaluate my review, I would add that my son was chef-owner of a restaurant in Alexandria for many years and his restaurant appeared in the American Chefs Association's first book naming the 100 best chefs in America. My son would love this restaurant! I plan to take him soon.

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vipLILita
Naples
21 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time for us but not for our guests. Celebrating a birthday. Absolutely delicious! Will be back.

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francisd
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have made J. Gilbert's one of our special occasion restaurants.simply because we always have a good meal, with friendly service..in a comfortable and classy atmosphere.

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JohnG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I've always had an excellent experience at J. Gilbert's, but last night seemed very rushed. They were fairly crowded for a Tuesday night and the service did not seem up to the normal standard. We will be back. I'll just assume this was a one-off event.

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vipTermXX
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Mostly steaks on menu but my seared scallops were well prepared. Very good service.

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vipMikie
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience3

After dining in two other locations recently, I can say this location in Virginia is a disappointing and costly experience.

Our server had an affable personality and tried, but the food arrived cool . There were long lapses between courses ;dirty plates uncleared even at and still there stacked up during dessert (!) ; and only one water glass was refilled and that was after dessert and only after several requests.

Although rapidly rising prices on beef and seafood have put surcharges on these items at several high end restaurants, I was pleasantly surprised not to see them here. However in some cases the size of the items have shrunk. I would , personally, would rather pay the surcharge. Comparing photos of the same orders here and at two different mid west locations shows quite a contrast.

There is a lot of similar restaurants in the WashingtonDC area and I think in the future I will opt for one of them.

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vippkcinmclean
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

J. Gilberts is a consistently reliable option, where the ambience, food and service are always solid. It is a great venue for business lunches, family gatherings and so forth.

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vipKCAA
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was my first time to J.Gilbert's. They have a very old-school, traditional vibe inside (think outdated seating, dimmed lighting, feels a little stuffy inside). I could totally imagine old white men having business meetings here over some scotch. The food was good; steaks were perfectly cooked. I wish they had more variety of sides - most of them are potato based. Drinks were good; the spiked punch was delicious. The coconut cake is TO DIE FOR. Service was outstanding.

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vipmikesfood
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the food here

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We have been going to J. Gilbert’s for as long as it’s been there. It has been a family favorite forever. Last night was a little disappointing though. Our server was very nice but not as attentive as I normally expect from this establishment. Bread was very slow to come out…we had to ask for it even. Our wine was a bit slow to come and be poured and my potato was missing from the dinner order. I know they were busy but I have been here many times and it operated like a well oiled machine. Tonight, it was off. Food was good as always though. Will this experience deter us from returning… absolutely not. Like I said, it’s been a family favorite since it opened.

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Maureen
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Seafood selections were excellently prepared. Salmon and the mixed seafood entree were both delicious.

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Tbone
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food quality was off the chain right down to the sides. Everything was perfect. Getting the check was a little slow, but, if we weren’t going someplace directly afterwards, it wouldn’t have been a problem.

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Susan
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday. Great lamb chops and scallops!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spot on like always! Great service, great atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great ambiance and the food was spectacular. Front reception was outstanding. Table service was meh!

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Margarita
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would be making reservations again through Open Table

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CMan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

$81 for one tepid crab leg and three shrimp was too much. The Steak and scallops were terrific! ambiance a bit tired. Overall experience was ok but not awesome.

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GwenT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

It took a while to get out food and our server was just ok. The food is always good.

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SunFun48
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We haven't eaten inside since a year ago. We had reservations for 6:00pm on a Thu. We arrived 15 minutes early and was seated within 5 minutes. We had the first booth near the lobby which was comfortable and quiet. Our server, Evan was very good. He was attentive, informative and efficient. We were celebrating my wife's birthday and received a complimentary dessert. The drink order came out quickly as the appetizer. The crab bisque was excellent. The 6 oz. filet with scallops was cooked medium rare and scallops were great. Very tasty. The twin Canadian Lobster Tails were cooked just right, tender and tasty. The large fried potatoes and mashed potatoes were very good. The cream of corn with bacon was interesting and very filling. The coconut cake with pineapple, mango & macadamian nuts was excellent.

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vipBrusier
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal while celebrating a birthday. The food was extremely good.

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SteveH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

2nd visit in three weeks & again they were out of Swordfish ? Same excuse, "we just sold the last one".

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LoisD
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I always have a good time when I get to dine with my family. Last night was especially fun as the atmosphere was grand and the food was great.

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vipDarla
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the seafood mixed grill after discovering that they don’t offer crab cakes in their regular menu anymore.the sourdough bread is amazing. I also loved my pineapple martini. Our server was also very good. We always enjoy this restaurant, although some visits are better than others!

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CraigK
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food overall. The appetizers (Pretzel Crusted Onion Rings and Shrimp Durango), filet, bourbon maple shrimp and scallops were tasty and cooked to perfection. The lobster mac 'n cheese was good, but not as good as I had recalled. I am not sure if my memory built up their lobster mac 'n cheese or if they changed the recipe at some point, but I recalled it as being much better.

MJ
MaggieJ
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice to be able to get out to nice restaurants again! Loved the lobster cob salad—will have it again!

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vipTimH
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience1

Waiter was great. Food was ok but way overpriced for what it was. Overall...just ok.

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robertm
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fifteen minute wait for our 6:30 p.m. reservation on last day of Restaurant Week.
Understandable for a very busy restaurant. Our server was very attentive, answered all our questions, and served us professionally. Our food was delicious, and served promptly and properly heated. Over all, we had a thoroughly enjoyable meal.

KJ
KevinJ
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Ordered a medium filet. Served a very well done filet. Had to send it back.

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ClaireB
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu selection as part of restaurant week. Food was delicious and good service. Will definitely be back.

FAQs

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 4.4 stars by 6497 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.