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

4.5
6240 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 6240 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipDemetra
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JP
vipJamesP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipVenitaW
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday 🎂

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vipGeorgeD
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent

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NibbleNose
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
44 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

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SherryS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and Service. Steak was excellent. Would definitely go there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Amazing food. Highly recommend.

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Umpire
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Our waiter was not very attentive. We had to ask other helpers for extra drinks. No offer of additional breads My wife’s potato came to the table cold. Her steak was perfect. I had the halibut and was delicious.
Did not make me want to come back.
I would recommend Gilbert’s but be ready for asking for service
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vipTdine
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tonight’s dinner was perfect. The food and service was exceptional. I recommend the shrimp Durango and the lamb chops.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hugo was wonderful!!! The food was excellent!! I love this place and will be back soon.

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Jersey
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch at j Gilbert’s. They were so accommodating to our two small children and our server was fabulous!

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MarianG
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious had to send baked potato and spinach back cold but was returned hot, salmon outstanding

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BenS
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food we had was mediocre for the prices. They also brought out the wrong kids meal late. They went back and then brought the kids meal out as we were getting ready to leave. We didn't want it at that point. I really like JGs, I think we just caught them on an off day.

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Dreamer314
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food choices and the services. Thank you so much.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Dayyumizzy
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We sat at the table for 20 mins without anyone greeting us. I had to go ask the host if someone come help us. First and second courses were both luke warm-cold, but the plates were hot. Food tasted pretty good but it was just wasn’t hot, it seemed like it had been in the window for awhile. Service was pretty slow as well. I’d been wanting to try this local favorite for a while and finally decided to try it for my mom’s bday. Slow service and cold food can be attributed to our server’s lack of engagement. We spent a few hundred dollars and it definitely wasn’t worth it. I probably wouldn’t dine here again.

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Michael
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server and his assistant/trainee were enthusiastic, kind, and attentive. We enjoyed the food and loved the experience, especially as it was our 30th wedding anniversary!

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vipRobert
Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was slow and mediocre. Table next to us waited around 15 minutes before being acknowledged.

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Mantran
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed a good dinner with friends. Staff was friendly and efficient. Food was very good. COVID precautions were evident and appreciated. The restaurant was not crowded so the noise level was lower than past experiences. Will definitely go again!

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vipnonna
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is always good and of good value here. It is a neighborhood gem. The wait staff could be more attentive to refilling drinks and other points of attention.

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shredders
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and service. steak could have been little more seasoned. our first visit. we will definitely come back. dessert was good as well.

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 6240 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.