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

4.5
6346 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.

Support J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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 6346 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJamesP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We came in for the soft shell crabs but you were out. This was disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Brunch was great! The bartender Michelle made the best mimosas yummyyy’

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Bad bad bad bad bad

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

All in all the service and ambiance was good - the egg Benedict was slightly over cooked though. meanwhile, the seafood and steak dishes was on par and delicious. The waitress was friendly and courteous.

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ToniaR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great! I will absolutely come back again.

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vippvpamela
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Ok bit pricey for the quality

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KevinC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

It was obvious the minute we sat down that the restaurant was severely under staffed. Service was extremely slow. Couldn’t blame the waitress who was covering our entire tent by herself.

I love this restaurant and have been here many times. This was my worst experience by far.

I probably will not return for a while. Especially with a big party.

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vipSandyK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

They were out of the soft shell crab special at 7 PM.
Service was terrible. Our dinner for four lasted three hours.

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Almita
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow! The food is consistently terrific, service is kind and warm; always a crowd pleaser.

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AllieP
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Our party of 4 enjoyed their outdoor seating space -- still very elegant given the circumstances. Service was great. Main courses, appetizers, and sides were all excellent. I had the petit filet, which was done to a perfect medium rare, and the seared scallops, which were also done to perfection. We ordered dessert to go, and I wish I had ordered the cake instead of the crème brûlée, because the texture of the crème brûlée was a bit off. That was my only modest food complaint -- everything else was fantastic!

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MrEd
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service

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queshar
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Really disappointed in lunch at this Mclean institution. Server was rude and frankly not interested in serving us more than the bear minimum. (Most words were no, we don't offer that.) Never offered us bread but instead said that we had to request it at lunch. Our food took forever to come out and frankly was as good if it had been packed up to go. Luke warm, bear bones presentation. Portions were small especially for sides on the plate. J Gilberts used to be place where you would take friends and family for a nice meal. I know COVID has been tough on many restaurants but JGilberts is backed by a large corporate presence. Was disapointed because this was to be a special holiday celebration for our family after more than a year of not being able to eat out together. Nothing great to write home about.

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vipGlen
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was good, but expensive. Presentation was lacking. Place is very good.

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vipLWilder
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our excellent meals were further enhanced by the first-class service we received from Evan (our waiter) and the rest of the service staff. I've been a patron of J Gilbert's for more than 15 years and they never disappoint!

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vipMasaoA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Has a very good Tomahawk!!
Thank you for serving us!!

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Funfoody
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The special was wonderful and well priced. For a relatively empty restaurant it took a while to seat us.
Look forward to future specials!

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vipVenitaW
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mother’s Day

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CaseyC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

High quality everything. Food , service, ambiance. This is not an inexpensive place to eat but really got great value for the money.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
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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Brian
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Several bad things. The server took forever to bring drinks, claimed there was an issue in the kitchen. On Mother's Day, the chef cooked my wife's steak incorrectly twice, first over done, then second bloody red. Food so bad, once she got home, she ate a hot dog. The server had to be reminded twice to bring bbq sauce. And to end it all, I had a coupon and the server forgot to add it into the bill. Had to ask him twice. Will not be going back.

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firstclass
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

The staff was not very attentive and it took 2 hours for the entire experience from seating to leaving.

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KarrieM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

J. Gilbert’s is always a treat. I attended for a Mother’s Day dinner. They were very accommodating to my party of 4 with COVID protocols in full effect. All of the staff were masked at all times and service was on point as usual. They offered a special Mother’s Day menu which was great. The food was very good. Everyone in my party was really happy with their meal and the service. I can’t wait to go back.

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PNicole
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We had a great time on Mother's Day. I was surprised that there was a children's menu to satisfy our picky seven year old and three year old.
I will dine at J. Gilbert's again.

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JimV
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
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
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
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
14 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
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
10 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
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 on 8 May 2021
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 on 8 May 2021
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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vipmomof2boys
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

All good and consistent
Always great service and friendly

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NovaFoodie
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Jenx
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome dining experience. We will definitely be back.

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MichelleM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
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 on 5 May 2021
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 on 5 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

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

JP
vipJamesP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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Mrad
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic as always!

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vipRobertW
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 2 May 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?

FAQs

J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean offers takeaway 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 6346 OpenTable diners.

J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood - McLean does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.landrysinc.com/giftcards/default.asp.

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 bookings at the moment.