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

4.5
6304 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 6304 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were excellent. Service (Hugo) was even better. Second time here and will definitely be back again

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AdrienneS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and exceptional service! We will definitely be back to J Gilbert’s soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was amazing

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vipCJJC
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

ordered lamb rack, (it has only four ribs but prepared nice. mushroom/rice side was excellent. also ordered the lobster cob salad, perhaps light on both the lobster and traditional bacon. cocktails were quite nice. service, seemed chaotic, server was switched out, difficult to find server, especially at end of meal, had to get up and walk around in search. were they understaffed?

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vipKatyaB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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Moimoi
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food.

JA
vipJenniferA
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 28 April 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 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great anniversary dinner. Thank you!

JM
JulieM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 April 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 28 April 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 27 April 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 26 April 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 25 April 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 25 April 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 24 April 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 24 April 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 24 April 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 23 April 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 22 April 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Overpriced and awful food

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OldTowner
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipVthedgerow
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 20 April 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 19 April 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.!

MO
MichaelO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place for business meal. The food was stellar.

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MikeH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As expected, good food and service.

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vipFrank
Charlotte
36 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a local favorite. Now that we have moved away, we come here as often as we can when visiting our old neighborhood. Food here is always above average. Service is always terrific too. You can count on it.

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vipVenitaW
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday 🥳

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vipgeorgetown
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Nice evening to eat outdoors, just a bit chilly though. The restaurant has outdoor tents but no heating lamps, so come bundled.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome! Service was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We came to our reservation on time and was seated. A server came pass the table to inform us she wasn’t our server but she will bring water. She did. When our server finally came, wearing loosely fitting black gloves, the first thing she said was “Hi, the kitchen is getting ready to close”. After awaiting her long arrival, we were already prepared to give our order. She returned, still wear the gloves, with bread and 4 appetizer plates, 2 were visibly dirty and she took them back, needless to say, we didn’t eat off any of them. The presentation of the meals was nice. Yet, the medium-well steak came out medium-rare. Their “correction” was to recook the same steak and, of course, it returned well-done. The ribs were tender and fell out the bones, yet not flavorful at all. The BBQ sauce was “off”. Only ate 2 at the restaurant and took the rest home and add Sweet Baby Ray’s. We rarely eat ribs with sauce, when smoked/cooked right, yet these needed some help.
Will never return to this place. Rude server and she wore the same gloves the entire time. Food not appetizing. The best thing was the bread. Even the Caesar salad was off.

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JVanWS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I ordered the 4 oz, filet with seared scallops. Both were delicious. My friend got the scallop dinner, also great. We shared a bottle of Merlot which was a very good value. For appetizers I had the chicken tortilla soup. It was an excellent value for the money, and really more than I expected. He got the Caesar salad which was also quite large. Our waiter was excellent. He was attentive, friendly, and very professional in his demeanor. I will definitely plan on returning soon.

MK
MichaelK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience4

Seaford special was over salted and drowned in butter, like Red Lobster. Both myself and date were up all night with stomach issues and meal that would not digest.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Always on point.

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vipnonna
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable meal here. Wait staff was attentive and friendly.

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vipBonnie
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent crab cakes, ribs, and steak along with yummy bread.

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Mike
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Drinks were slow being served, the weight staff was slow and didn’t check in. My medium rare steak was well done along with my buddy’s and no one came to check with us so we could tell them.

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NancyS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although prices seem high, the portions are large. The wait staff was cordial, friendly, efficient. (An "outstanding" wasn't high enough!) We brought a friend of ours for the first time. He was impressed as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and great food. This is one my new go to places.

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AnaC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We were seated right away outside but they didn’t have menus printed. After 15 minutes of no one coming to our table, I asked a waiter and he handed me one crumpled paper menu (obviously used) to share for 4 people and gave us water and took our drink order. I finally went inside and they said they were still printing them. I asked them to go back and please get some because I knew they’d been printing for at least 15 minutes. They came out with a 1 inch stack. The waiter did not take our order until 30 minutes after we were seated (I was checking my watch, so this is not an exaggeration). We barely saw him on the floor and didn’t even get refills for those 30 minutes. Meanwhile, 3 tables in the tented area that were seated after us already had their food by the time the waiter took our order.

Our food arrived and everything was good, except my father asked for his hamburger medium rare and it was definitely cooked through/dry. The other meals were good. By the time we were done, our waiter was talking at a table with another waiter for over 10 minutes despite our trying to get his attention to order dessert, we had told him we were celebrating a birthday. Finally we just got the bill and left, no dessert, no nothing.

Normally, I would just chalk it up to being short-staffed due to Covid etc, but all the other tables were getting good service. This was the first time I was able to get my elderly parents out of the house in over a year, and it was a very mediocre experience due 100% to the waiter we had, so it was very disappointing and a very sad birthday celebration.

I’d like to add that I’ve been to J.Gilbert’s 100s of times (was our bi-weekly brunch for many years) and always had a good experience, but this visit really ruined it for us. I will go back, but not as regularly as I did pre-Covid.

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vipDemetra
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have set up outdoor dining due to Covid so it was a relaxed setting.
Always love the filet and the salmon.

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 6304 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.