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Why J. Gilbert’s is One of the Finest Steakhouses in St. Louis

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When it comes to great tasting steaks, not all restaurants are created equal. Going out for steak is an investment. You want to have a pleasant experience and a great tasting piece of meat. In exchange for that, you are willing to pay more than you would for an average restaurant experience. Getting a steak that is undercooked or poorly seasoned is simply not going to cut it. You want to find a great steakhouse that is worthy of your patronage. Once you do that, you will begin to visit it with regularity. You will find such an experience with J. Gilbert’s. This is one of the finest steakhouses in St. Louis, so you can virtually be assured that you are going to have a great experience. Here are some of the reasons why we can make that claim.

The Background

To personalize the experience a bit further, let us tell you the ‘J’ in J. Gilbert stand for Joe. This is a guy that seriously knows how to grill a steak. He was responsible for creating one of the most successful so-called concept restaurants back in the 1960s and 1970s. Since then, he has been a strong influencer in the St. Louis restaurant company. When he puts his name on a restaurant, you can count on it being an impressive experience overall. In addition to his latest steakhouse, he has opened such popular venue as Annie’s Santa Fe, Fedora, Houlihan’s, and the Bristol Bar and Grill.

J. Gilbert focuses largely on prime cuts of beef. This puts it in a competitive industry that is high-end steakhouses. St. Louis has quite a few of them, so many people might be wondering what sets this particular restaurant apart from the rest. To begin, it has a more casual and laid back atmosphere that many will appreciate. It is a place where you can enjoy your meal without having to worry about the formal nature that is associated with many of the higher-end restaurants. This appeals to quite a few people. You can show up in jeans and a nice polo and not feel out of place. This is a good beginning.

Let’s Talk About the Steak

Naturally, the beef is why you are willing to invest the time and money required to visit a steakhouse. At J. Gilbert’s, you will find that each of the steaks is wet-aged. This is the same as most of the steakhouses in the St. Louis area. That is enough to create a great tasting steak, however, as that all comes down to the grilling technique. This is where you notice the difference with J. Gilbert’s. They have perfected a wood-fired grilling method that is exceptional. This results in a brilliantly cooked steak that has a crust on the surface and just the right smoky flavor to the texture of the meat.

This establishment also goes to great lengths to choose just the right piece of meat for each steak. You will find that each order will contain just a hint of fatty texture for flavor. It doesn’t matter if you order the 18-ounce bone in rib eye, or the 12 ounce strip steak. You will expect the same quality and grilling technique to go into the preparation and cooking. This restaurant also offers both six and eight once filet steaks. You can even combine that with the sea scallops. When it comes to seafood, J. Gilbert’s continues to show off its cooking skills. You will find that the scallops, for example, are caramelized on both the face and the sides. This is unique and provides for such a great flavor that you will likely continue to order that with your steak.

Beyond the steak, the restaurant also has a nice New Zealand rack of lamb. They do the work for you, slicing it into four different two-bone chops that are delivered to you hot and delicious. You will also get two thick end pieces. You might struggle to eat all of this, which is yet another reason that people are flocking to J. Gilbert’s. They put a lot of thought into each dish. You will love the variety on the menu. It is not just about the steaks here. It is about the entire experience. If you are looking for something a bit different, you will likely find it. Just look, ask, and order. Make your cooking specifications known and they can likely oblige.

The Value

J. Gilbert’s is also one fo the finest steakhouses in St. Louis because of the value that they bring to the table. While many of the high-end restaurants charge quite a bit for each dish, while failing to deliver the quality that those prices command, you will get the best of both worlds at J. Gilbert’s. At the time of this writing (2019), you can get a great tasting 18-ounce rib eye with the bone in for only $39. You can go for the 12-ounce Kansas City strip steak for $35. If you want to do a combination, you can go for a four-ounce filet and get four seared scallops for only $28. The deals just keep coming. You can really enjoy your meal here, knowing that your bank account is not doing to suffer simply as a result of your desire to get a great tasting steak.


There is a lot that goes into calling a steakhouse one of the best in the city. It needs to be a venue that understands that local community. It needs to have great service and a pleasant dining environment. Above all, the food needs to be exceptional to the point that patrons will want to come back time and time again. J. Gilbert’s has all of those boxes and then some ticked. The next time you are in the mood for a great tasting steak and all of the fixings, give them a try to taste the difference for yourself.


Allen Lee

Written by Allen Lee

Allen Lee is a Toronto-based freelance writer who studied business in school but has since turned to other pursuits. He spends more time than is perhaps wise with his eyes fixed on a screen either reading history books, keeping up with international news, or playing the latest releases on the Steam platform, which serve as the subject matter for much of his writing output. Currently, Lee is practicing the smidgen of Chinese that he picked up while visiting the Chinese mainland in hopes of someday being able to read certain historical texts in their original language.

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