For our final dinner of 2013, I wanted to out with a bang, and what says "great food" more than an awesome steak? Sometimes you just want to say, forgot the ethnic stuff, give me a perfect steak and I'll be happy. And here in west county, we have several places that will do that, but none better than J. Gilbert's in Des Peres! Much less known than some of the others, I have no doubt that you will soon have a new addition to your "best place to get a steak" list!
Cuisine - J. Gilbert's is a traditional steak and seafood house, which means exactly what you might expect: Prime steaks perfectly grilled over hardwood, and delicious grilled seafood. And I'm pleased to report that they do both very, very well. Steak choices include Filet Mignon, top sirloin, Kansas City strip, flat iron, Porterhouse, and Ribeye. If you want meat but something different, they also have a Duroc pork chop, veal chop, and New Zealand rack of lamb. Most steaks come in multiple sizes to match your appetite, and the filet in particular is available in medallions as well. Let me just say, I pretty much only eat filet, and the ones here are among the best I've ever tested. But let's say you feel more like seafood? Choices include lobster tail, maple plank-roasted salmon, sea scallops, jumbo crab cakes, and ahi tuna. They also have wood-grilled bourbon maple shrimp that are almost beyond description, and best of all, several of the seafood items are available in a combo with the steaks, so why only have one or the other? Besides all this, they have some awesome appetizers, great sides (I'm partial to the poblano au-gratin potatoes and the wild mushrooms in truffle butter), several salads, and one amazing Maryland crab bisque. They even have a pretty elaborate grilled veggie platter for any beleaguered vegetarian joining us! Bottom line, this is as good of a steak and seafood house as you'll find anywhere, and everything I've tried has been nothing less than sublime.
Cost - And it's good that the food is so fantastic, because there is no way around the fact that this is an expensive restaurant, although of course that is to be expected for a steakhouse of this quality. If there are entrees less than $20, I didn't notice them; just about everything runs in the $20s and $30s (mostly the latter), and some of the add-ons can add quite a bit more. A couple of the larger steaks are really up there, too. Most dinners come with two sides, so at least everything isn't ala carte! They do have a couple of excellent prix fixe dinners, however, that are quite a good deal as they give you a soup or salad, entree, and dessert, for either $38 or $46, and the entree choices are extensive. Basically, just figure this is going to be an expensive dinner, but one that, for my money, is very worth it. And I try not to have really pricey ones like this very often, so it's the end of the year, splurge a little!
Other Info - J. Gilbert's is located in the West County Mall, right behind McCormick & Schmicks, and across from Bravo. Your best bet is usually to park in the parking structure on the other side of Bravo; the top floor usually has plenty of room. They also have valet parking available.
I'm looking forward to seeing several of my west county foodies at our final dinner of 2013 at J. Gilbert's on Monday the 30th, for a truly spectacular steakhouse dinner!