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“Good dinner out with friends”

J.Gilbert's Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood
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Ranked #4 of 148 Restaurants in McLean
Price range: $31 - $60
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Bar
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Route 123
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 & 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.
Reviewed August 26, 2013

This is a great place to take friends that you like a lot - because you will drop some serious cash. The food is good, the service is great, and the drinks are well made. However, like I said, the price is pretty high, especially for sleepy little McLean...
We really did enjoy the apps, the main courses were all great, the desserts are less then creative and pretty dull. I would say, if they could get a good pastry chef in there it would be an excellent place. But most the desserts felt like they could have easily been pulled from the freezer section of the grocery and put on your plate - not that there is anything wrong with the freezer section of the grocery - just not what you expect after the main courses. But they were able to fit us in on a Saturday night with no advanced notice - so I can't complain to much.
We sampled the apps, the steaks, the fish and crab cakes.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

For a purportedly high-end restaurant, J.Gilbert's leaves a lot to be desired. That having been said, it's good, but the experience does not match the price. It's a beautiful interior. But once you sit in a booth, you might find yourself sitting uncomfortable on a lumpy cushion which should be replaced. It's not just one worn-out booth. Next, you might discover that your appealing salad was prepared early and that the greens are wilting from an overdose of salad dressing. Yes, the food comes quickly, but at these prices, it should be made to order, not prepared in advance. Finally, although all of the entrees are good, they aren't great. Once again, the quality doesn't quite match up with the price. In sum, it's a good restaurant with a nice visual environment, but a few bucks and a little training would really make a difference.

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

very good steaks. had a kc strip, others the filet. all done perfectly. had sorbet for dessert. serving was big enough to share.

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Reviewed May 19, 2013

This was easily the best dining out experience we've had in the last year. We'd made reservations a few days in advance, and our table was ready the moment we arrived. Our server, Steven, greeted us promptly and took our drink order. The menu has something for everyone, but this is a steakhouse, and I fully intended to order a good steak. I thought I had it all figured out, but then our server advised us of the specials. Steven might also be described as a food salesman (in a good way). There wasn't anything on the list of things he described that I didn't want to eat. I finally decided on a thick-cut, bone-in New York Strip with a little spice and a little chimichurri butter. It was incredible. My wife chose one of the prix fixe meals, that included a crab bisque, a fillet, and a crab cake. She also called her meal incredible. She finished her meal off with an amazing cheesecake (that I happily sampled), and I had a delicious chocolate velvet cake with raspberry ice cream. Admittedly, this kind of behavior is unhealthy, but I ate till it hurt. We had a great meal and great service. We can't wait to go back.

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Reviewed March 28, 2013

We loved the filet, it will melt in your mouth. We were fortunate to go on a Monday, when wine by the bottle is half price. We loved the atmosphere while dining in the bar area. We were staying at the Staybridge Hotel and it's close enough to walk.

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