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

4.4
6539 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 & 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 6539 People Are Saying
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vipCCW52
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I was a little concerned when we arrived that no one on the staff was wearing a mask. I would have expected an establishment like Gilbert's to have more concern for their staff and their customers.

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MindyM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, cooked to preferences, great service.

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Lexy
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great time for my dad’s bday. The dirty martini was perfect! The salmon and steaks were delicious!

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LisaL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service, as always. Can't ask for more.

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WANITAD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Porterhouse steak not as flavorful or tender as in prior visits.

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YoungJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely great for all aspects. From the starter to the dessert.

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vipPattyD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our daughter loves the chocolate velvet cake, so we have to go every time she comes home from school for breaks. My filet was delicious, cooked exactly as I like it

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femmevice101
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely dinner. Treated the kids at the table with kindness and respect. Price fixed menu did not disappoint.

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Rmjs
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The crab bisque and shrimp Diablo were very good. Salmon, filet, shrimp were fine. Crab cakes depend on personal preference. Tomahawk steak was impressive and cooked very well. Brussels sprouts needed to be crispier. Potatoes au gratin was great. Server was on point not too present but never waited for him to come around, friendly but not too much. Ambiance: very dark, felt stuck in a corner. I’m sure the tables near the fireplaces were better.

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Vero
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food and service were excellent. Steaks, crabcakes, salmon, bisque all delicious. Food and plates were hot. Each course served all at once. By a team of servers

But BEWARE: they overcharged us by over $50: double-charged for certain items and didn’t apply the prix fixe price. Any it took them two tries (and 15 min) to fix it.

I’ve noticed this at other area restaurants and so am starting to wonder if it’s deliberate.

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LewisG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Have never had a problem at this location. Great experience at a reasonable price.

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K8theGR8
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

We love J.Gilbert's. It is classic McLean and we've been going for many years. The host staff is always so welcoming upon arrival. Our server lacked warmth and was deliberate/responsive in his service, but never asked if we needed anything like a drink refill or dessert. Service is so hit or miss, though, and staffing is so challenging in any service industry right now (post-waning days of COVID)- happy to give J.Gilbert's a mulligan.

Overall, the food was very good (those who deviated from the prix fixe Thanksgiving menu REALLY enjoyed their filets). The Thanksgiving meal was a generous portion and included all the typical fixings.. Of course, we'll be back!

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vipLuvToDine
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Thanksgiving dinner was disappointing. Turkey wasn’t tender and the dressing was drab and tasteless. The crab bisque was served with just a tiny portion of crab quickly drowned by the soup itself. Except for the attendance of the wait staff, it was an unfortunate let down.

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JanetW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The waiter was very professional, courteous and polite.

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JohnL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service on such a crouded day. Food was excellent

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evgpg
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanksgiving: the food was wonderful and the service was extraordinary. Our waiter, Graham, was given 10 stars by us. He was one of the best waiters! We were lucky.

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DebS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Thanksgiving meal was outstanding Our waiter took very good care of us.

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basq
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding meal. Food was prepared to perfection. Excellent service. Will return!

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SteveM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

we always enjoy dining at J, Gilberts and have scheduled several events there for family and friends.

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vipLaLa
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious dinner! Steak was perfectly prepared and the crab cake was full of flavor. Excellent wine selection and original cocktails. Service was outstanding- Evan was our waiter and he was knowledgeable, friendly and so efficient.

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GeorgeB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Have never had a bad meal at Gilbert’s. Expensive? Very. But the place to go for well prepared service.

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CristinC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every time we go to J Gilbert’s we feel like we have our own private dining room. The service is always great. The food is always perfect. The vibe is relaxing and you get quality time with your group.

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Stevenk
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

server graciously accommodated our request for faster than normal service due to our desire to get to a basketball game

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NassifM
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Terrible service our steaks was not warm it’s like room temperature
Also received sides I didn’t order

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vipCraigF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

They have changed the menu and prices have gone way up- will definitely not be our go too place anymore for an evening out

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vipFarinc
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience5

This was our first visit to your restaurant. My wife Maple Plank Roasted Salmon with associated roasted potatoes and asparagus and it was all very good. I had the wood grilled Ribs, Creamed Corn with Bacon and Poblano Au Gratin Potatoes. Although the Ribs were very meaty, the KC BBQ flavor was missing entirely. In fact, there was no BBQ flavor whatsoever. I had 2 ribs and took the rest home where I will remove the meat and add KC BBQ sauce and recook them for sandwiches to see if that helps. As for the sides, the Poblano Au Gratin Potatoes were nothing but inundated with garlic and had zilch flavor of potatoes and cheese, so I could eat it. The Creamed Corn I would call Soup of Creamed Corn and it also was disgusting. For dessert we had a Creme Brûlée and we both enjoyed it. Our waitress was extremely attentive and a delight to have wait on us. We will return and I'll try something else next time. Bill was $107 with tip.

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bobbyc176
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We arrived on a Tuesday night to a jammed parking lot and no valet. I was concerned the night was off to a rocky start. However, we were quickly seated at a fairly quiet table. Server was polite and attentive. Seafood mixed platter was great and the filets were cooked to perfection. J. Gilberts is my consistent "go to" spot.

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Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the 5 best for me in the Tysons area. Really good food, service and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

We were slowed to be greeted; drinks took a bit of time, but once things started - service was great.

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vipVaylo
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Service was very slow and food came out equally slow. Often had to remind service staff of what we had requested

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vipkayceeintulsa
Washington DC
503 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Absolutely the best food and service tonight! We ordered steaks and salmon with salads. All were prepared and served perfectly. Great service as well.

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vipMcole
Richmond
30 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

We went for a late lunch/early dinner. The restaurant wasn’t crowded. However we had a wait so they could prepare our table. When escorted to the table all the hostess did was remove the extra plates, utensils, and glassware. It took a long time for the sever to come take our drink order and bring the drinks. So when he did, we promptly ordered. It still took a long time to get the food.

The food was delicious, as usual, as we often dine here.

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Braavosi
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was attentive and efficient and courteous. The food was outstanding as always; I had the filet and crab soup with creme brûlée for dessert; my husband had the porterhouse, expertly cooked. Our new favorite place!

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annie
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our party of four had a great time at J.Gilbert's. Great table, excellent server, good food and a nice place for us to catch up after not seeing each other for two years.

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MarciaO
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Grateful for a beautiful meal in a warm and inviting atmosphere. The service seemed somewhat stop/go though everyone most cordial. This is obviously a popular restaurant for the area as I have been there only twice while visiting. This makes a friendly feel for all.

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RandyP
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service is great! The food looks and taste fantastic! I can also say they are very consistent as well which means so much especially if it were to be a special occasion! Can’t wait to go back.
Randall

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SamS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed the food and company. We will be back. Thank you

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LesleeF
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was an absolute treat. They have a great prix fixe menu, worked with my numerous (unusual) dietary needs without blinking, the filet was melt-in-your-mouth and perfectly medium. Chocolate cake was actually mousse, and wonderfully rich. All in all, a perfect place for my roomie's birthday.

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vipGreggZ
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The food is consistently good and the service is always efficient.

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FamilyTravel4Me
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Interaction with the staff was amazing from the time we walked in the door until our evening ended. Our server had a great personality and recommended great options for both the meal and drinks. Everything was flavorful and I was happy to have a few morsels left to enjoy the second day. Although it was my first visit, it will not be my last.

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 6539 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.