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“KC's best kept steakhouse secret”

J. Gilbert's Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood
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Ranked #3 of 478 Restaurants in Overland Park
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $60
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Bar
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 89th
Description: 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 & Chocolate Velvet 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 dinner 7 days a week and lunch banquets. Reservations are recommended
Lake Waukomis, Missouri, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“KC's best kept steakhouse secret”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

In all our years living in KC, neither Hubby nor I had passed thru these portals. What a "shame on us"!

Having purchased a gift certificate at a charity auction, we arrived on a Friday, not too long after they opened at 4pm. Upon entering, we were greeted by the Hostess. We informed her that we would stay for dinner, somewhat later, but that we would first like to spend awhile in the bar with cocktails and appetizers. But...Hostess insisted that we give her a seating time before she permitted us to head to the bar.

Happy hour in the luxurious darkened bar, we sat at the bar, where we enjoyed a cocktail and perfect oysters on the half shell, served by amazing bartender Tim. He has obviously been well-schooled in his profession!

When ready to be seated for dinner, we again approached the reception desk, somewhat near our "appointed hour".

The dining room was virtually wide open at this time of day, however, arriving at our assigned table, and wanting to share a romantic dinner, we were dismayed that we were closely surrounded on all sides by other early diners. I requested a more private booth, which apparently had to be first authorized by the hostess. As we all tromped back to the reception desk, and stood in front of Hostess, feeling like reprimanded school children, Hostess Kelly was quite brusque as she informed us that she would be seating other diners around us no matter where she seated us! Huh? I was shocked at her poor customer service attitude! However, not to be denied what we considered to be a reasonable request, I persisted until she "ungraciously" relocated us to another section. Our confrontation(s) with Hostess Kelly, who we feel not only overstepped the boundaries of her position, but who was rather rude as she did so, was the only blight on this otherwise perfect dining experience.

All was wonderful from this point on. Our attentive and entertaining server Kenny attended our every need and offered recommendations, as he allowed us ample time to study the menu, and to just hang a bit with our exquisite wine.

We both ordered filet combos, Hubby's paired with a crab cake, mine with seared scallops. Our dinners were both accompanied with 2 sides. Our wood-grilled steaks were perfectly prepared. My lobster risotto side was scrumptious, as were the crisp smoked asparagus spears. Our lemon pound-cake strawberry shortcake topped off a fabulous dinner.

(Oh, and by the way, regardless of the time we dawdled, other diners weren't seated in our section until we were well into our entrees!)

We certainly won't wait long to return!!

  • Visited September 2013
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English first
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Traditional Style KC Steak House”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

We were looking for a KC Steak and trip advisor sent us here! We were pleasantly suprised! Nice dinner house. Steak and scallops were cooked perfect and seasoned perfect! Maybe that is why there is no salt and pepper on the table, we didnt even notice until after our meal. I had asparagus with my meal and the house famous scalloped potatoes..almost as good as my Moms! My daughter split a rib eye with her 10 year old and they split the steak and gave both full orders of aspargus and each a whole potatoe! Were shared the sauted mushrooms which were cooked perfect! They offered a cheesecake on the house and the only disappointment we had was that the strawberries were a bit weary..frozen and mushy! But our service was excellent and we will return!

Visited October 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great Steaks and Wonderful Atmosphere”
Reviewed October 21, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a real find in a suburb of Kansas City. You know that you are in for a special treat as you approach the restaurant entrance when you smell the aroma of the wood smoking. Every detail is given to produce a special time while enjoying the finest of steaks. Great service and wonderful atmosphere.

Visited September 2013
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“Very good steak and excellent swordfish”
Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

We had dinner here in a Friday evening. My husband had the fillet special and I had the swordfish. Both were excellent. I also recommend the perfect margarita and the home made ice cream. Yum yum.

  • Visited October 2013
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Pleasant Plains, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Atmosphere”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

J. Gilbert's rates at the top of the list for fantastic steaks served in an inviting atmosphere. With family members in the KC area, we have dinner there periodically. There is a cozy fireplace during the winter, and nice patio during the summer. Brick and wood interior with low lighting makes it a romantic spot for special dinners. The wait staff is friendly and very knowledgeable and doesn't hesitate to offer opinions when asked. They have terrific martinis and an extensive wine list. The food is outstanding. It is one of the few places that really does serve a steak rare when ordered. The salads are fresh and crisp, warm bread, and the whole nine yards. Desserts are to die for especially if you are a crème brulee fan. AND, if this is a special occasion, dessert is free...OR if you sign-up on their website, special perks are sent out periodically.

  • Visited August 2013
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