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

4.5
6280 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 6280 people are saying
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OldTowner
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipVthedgerow
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.!

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MichaelO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipFrank
Charlotte
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday 🥳

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vipgeorgetown
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome! Service was awesome!

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JVanWS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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MichaelK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 April 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Always on point.

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vipnonna
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipBonnie
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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Mike
1 review
Dined on April 13, 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
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 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
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AnaC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 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 April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJamesP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While not quite back to its pre-pandemic level, Gilbert's is still my preferred place to eat in McLean

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kyra was an incredible waitress. The food was amazing, definitely a great place to spend my birthday dinner.

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GLORIAV
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy our time being there, next time will sit outside nice set up.

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vipVenitaW
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday 🎂

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vipGeorgeD
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent

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NibbleNose
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Solid service; delicious filet mignon & shrimp. Sat outside, which made a pleasant spring evening, with a relaxed atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I ordered a fillet mignon and asked him to bring it rare.
The first few bites seemed pink but not quite as rare as I would like and when I got to the center there was no juice at all which should be the case with a rare steak. Therefore, on my first fret to this restaurant I was disappointed. I expect errors and restaurants that do not specialize in state but as this one does and I made a point of asking It be served rare it should’ve had a cool center not a warm one. This is a $37 error that I don’t need an airport was disappointed. I don’t understand how a steakhouse doesn’t know that rare in Maines rare not medium rare not pink Center but read and cool inside.

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vipWazza
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience1

Have eaten here many times and like the place a lot! Sat outside in their "tent" on a warm day when the sides should have been rolled up. Was WAY too hot in there and the one waitress that was servicing the tent are (and maybe inside?) was pretty overwhelmed

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good was good and the service was nice. I was expecting a more upscale restaurant and that wasn’t the case. If you’re looking for good food without the ambience, go to J Gilberts.

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Clay
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

JGilberts is a hidden treasure in McLean, VA. Amazing food and great environment. We go there all the time!

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JPSvv
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made last minute reservation on Easter. Was happy to get a reservation outside. The staff was awesome and got lucky it was a beautiful night.

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Alma
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had wonderful customer service provided by Monia (?). She is an excellent asset to your establishment. Friendly, courteous, and very accommodating. We enjoyed our Easter Brunch at Gilbert's ... but we do miss the Sunday Brunch Buffet. Hope it will be available soon. Thank you so much, from my entire family!

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Hokie
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate there for Easter brunch. Food was outstanding as usual. A bit pricey but very good.

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Froday
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Easter Day experience Joan was our server and she was great. My wife Kandi and I really love the food and will enjoy the ambiance once we can return to indoor eating.

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Vaylo
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience at J. Gilbert's. Food was outstanding as was the service

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Jennifer
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The ambiance was good, service was great, but for the expectation of going to a steakhouse and seafood.... it rates low.

Food temperature was tepid, not seasoned well, descriptions definitely did not match the outcome. Again, while a good restaurant for ambiance and convenience however, the food ranked below average.

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Debbie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sat outside on a glorious day. Yes, it was a tent in the parking lot, but they did the best they could. We were the only people there, so it was a nice ambience. The service was terrific. Calamari and pork chops were both excellent. I would go back!

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MaresaM
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It took so long to get our order taken and then to get the check

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vipBarb
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful wait staff. Would recommend to anyone.

CJ
vipCJJC
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience4

silverware set was not washed properly. The set had sticky substances on both knife and fork The second set was fine.
waiter appeared slow, apathetic, and unfamiliar with professional server actions and techniques

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Kcdreams
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely server that made the night enjoyable. The food was good, but it didn’t stand out as a unique or special meal. This is a reliably good restaurant.

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vipDemetra
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch selection - always love the crabmelt sandwich with the side of mushroom risotto. Excellent service and following Covid guideslines

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 6280 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.