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

4.5
6318 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
What 6318 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service wasn’t as good as it normally is, due to the wait staff being tired from working Mother’s Day.

When we were finally seated (after eating about 15 minutes.. and yes we had a reservation), the floor and seats were dirty. My food came out cold. It just wasn’t their best. If I hadn’t been there before, with no holiday, I probably wouldn’t come back.

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JimV
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The total experience at JGilbert's is consistently at a high level and I'm happy to take friends, family and clients.

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LaurenB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very accommodating and put our large party with kids in a private area at no extra cost. Our server was excellent.

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Paul
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience1

Gilbert’s is usually hoppin’ but Covid has put the kaibash on it. Wait till they’re at normal ops to return.

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Rosemarie
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I have rated J. Gilbert's a '5' in the past. Mother's Day was disappointing. (1) I was told Sunday Brunch was been offered; (2) expecting breakfast and ordering dinner took time; (3) waitress was noticeable annoyed; she didn't even offer dessert; food was ok. I will never return for a special occasion, but I will not give up a casual evening for J Gilbert's otherwise usual and wonderful food and service.

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AndrewD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to J. Gilberts since 1987 (when it was "Charley's Place") and find the atmosphere and the food just incredible. We are thrilled that they have survived the pandemic and look forward to having them around for many years to come - providing terrific food and a great place to meet for the McLean community.

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CJmay
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my mom here for Mother’s Day this past weekend and it was really nice! They actually had a Mother’s Day menu available which consisted of a 3 course meal. The service was amazing and the food was delicious! My mother also enjoyed it as well. We had a late reservation and I was very impressed at how we were not rushed out thought we got there past our reservation time. Our server really took his time with us. I will definitely be back.

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vipNataliya
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food5service2ambience1

Booked table for 7, finally was seated around 8. Staying while waiting plus 4 more groups. The service wasn't good, my son got the paper menu with food spots. Disgusting. The plates were taken out with not finished food. We came to enjoy the evening for pricey restaurant, not to swallow and run away as at fastfood place.

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NovaFoodie
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding lunch for my large group. Service, seating, atmosphere all top level.

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Jenx
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dining experience. We will definitely be back.

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MichelleM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was very friendly, Moina? name may be spelled incorrectly. Food was good.
I would return to J. Gilbert's.

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Marco
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

No parking spaces, food was average but very expensive, portions were small, waiter was not very attentive and did not listen carefully to our requests and brought incorrect servings, been here many times in past but will probably not return

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vipAlden
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We dined out doors and, though no fault of the restaurant, the tent in the parking lot is not an ideal setting

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vipJamesP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This visit we ate outside. It was noisy, but everything else was great.

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Mrad
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

fun and enjoyable, food was very well prepared and great!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always!

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vipRobertW
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

This visit, along with our previous visit to Gilbert's a couple weeks earlier were the first since the Pandemic. They were also the very first, in many years of visits where the meat was undercooked, in 3 out of the 4 dinners. We received Medium instead of well done and medium rare/rare instead of medium. Prior to these two dinners, it was always right on the money. Is there new staff in the kitchen because of Covid?

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vipCarol
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I am a regular customer at J. Gilbert’s- it has been my go-to place for a couple of decades. Lately I have been dining outside for Sunday brunch and am sorry to say I have found the food to be disappointing and well below the restaurant’s usual quality. Once I ordered the chicken and waffles. The chicken was some type of dry chicken fingers and the waffles were just lousy. A few weeks ago I ordered smashed potatoes with peppers and onions. Sadly I got a plate of plain mashed potatoes. This past Sunday the kitchen totally forgot to provide us with the sour dough toast that came with our omelets. These are just a few of the kitchen failures in recent weeks. It makes me sad to say this, but management has to have someone overseeing the kitchen so the food is properly prepared and delivered to the diners in a timely manner.

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KurtE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Great cocktails and ambiance. Ordered the ribeye special and it was very tough and chewy. Our server was distracted and our second round of drinks didn’t arrive until we were just about finished with our meal and only after reminding our server twice.

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vipdick
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food nicely prepared. tasty, comfortable seating, and very nice, efficient service...overall, i very nice dining experience....

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was great , ambience was good. Only disappointment was that my steak was not cooked to order , which was very unusual for my prior J Gilbert’s experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was amazing

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vipKatyaB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

J Gilbert’s has gone way down hill. Recently raised prices and decreased the portions. I ordered a $42 tuna steak. It was just heated up and served. No toppings. Oyster Rockefeller was the worst I ever had.

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vipJenniferA
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service were very good. Enjoyed the chips with blue cheese dressing/sauce appetizer, it was a unique item on the menu.

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MaureenS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always had a great experience. Indoor and outdoor seating available!

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KarenM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great anniversary dinner. Thank you!

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JulieM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was spectacular!! Filet was perfectly cooked and scallops were delicious. Great, friendly and very attentive server.

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vipBillD
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Wait staff was not attentive. Never checked in to see if we needed anything even though our iced tea glasses were empty. :-(

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Hank
33 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside in tent open on one side, tables properly distanced, staff wore masks. If you make a reservation through Open Table, ask your server to inform reception desk that you are there.

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vipEllen
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had the mini fillet mignon with scallops. My husband had the scallops with lobster risotto. Both meals were delicious and the lobster rissoto was the best ever.

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vipGreg
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Can’t wait to go back and enjoy the experience again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Too dark inside, told the lights could not be adjusted.Felt like I was seated in a dark alley... Poor hostesses service!!!

Waitress, Sarah was awesome!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and cocktails were great. Good date night atmosphere. People dressed more casually than I would have expected for a Saturday night. Definitely would go again.

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NancyW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great night out! it was our first “dining in” experience because of the pandemic. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The food was great & Hugo our waiter was FABULOUS
!

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JenS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Hugo made our special luncheon special! The service was an 11 out of 10 and the food was great!

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vipPquat22
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside under a tent. It was relatively quiet and we were all alone under that tent. Service was exceptional and the food and drink were excellent. J Gilbert’s is a favorite of ours and it never lets us down.

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vipJulieC
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Overpriced and awful food

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OldTowner
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, outdoor safe environment, good waiter and great prices

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vipVthedgerow
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great power lunch options and prices. We were served by Sarah B. who did an outstanding job tending to our needs and wants! She has a bubbly personality.

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RalphY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ms. Anez was awesome! We are regulars but always enjoy a fresh face! Food this time came 2nd to the the service! The food is fantastic, we love J.G.!

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 4.5 stars by 6318 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.