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Jul 20, 2010 10:25 AM

J & G Steakhouse - total disappointment

Last weekend we ate at J & G expecting good food and wow what a let
down. The atmosphere was nice and we had a great table with great service, but the food
compared to the price, was a serious problem. We paid $5 more for a
steak at J & G than we paid at the Source and the difference in quality and preparation was remarkable.

At $50 or so for the steak entree, we expected an exceptional dish, but the steak was underdone and not of exceptional quality. The house sauce had a bottled quality. Compared to the steak at the Source, which was amazing in all respects, J & G was not worth the money. The lobster was ok but the basil butter, that took on the same color as
lobster guts was somewhat unappealing. The corn salad thing was
clumsily sprinkled onto the lobster, making it necessary to pick it
out of the way to get to the meat. I would give a review of my
appetizers, but I can't even remember what we had!

I think what's most disappointing is that the Washingtonian Magazine
actually rated this place 4th on their 100 best restaurants list. I
guess I'm not that surprised, the Washingtonian can be seriously wrong
when it comes to restaurant reviews. But seriously? 4th? Not by a
long shot.

Overall, it was a lackluster experience. In this price category, I'd suggest another restaurant.

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  1. Sorry you had a bad experience, but I have to disagree. I guess it depends on what you order. Calling it a steakhouse is a misnomer since it's menu is not limited to or even specialized in steak. Most of their menu is a lot less than $50 and is pretty reasonable for a high end restaurant. I've been there twice and had the halibut which is $23 and was amazing. So I think your review is a little misleading in that it leaves people with the impression everything on the menu is that expensive.
    As far as appetizers, I've had the salmon tartare and a ravioli both of which were great. Sorry you had a bad experience, but it's a little misleading based on just eating two things which aren't even representative of the whole menu. I can definitely see why it was rated highly by the Washingtonian.
    I guess everyone was different because I found the Source very mediocre. The service was horrible and they charged my credit card twice which I had a hard time getting straightened out. I'd never go back there but I'd go back to J&G anytime.

    1. I had a truly fabulous meal there last year. I haven't been to the Source but to each his own.

      1. Same experience as everyone else - I had read to order something besides steak, though. Our scallop appetizer was wonderful and the chicken was also great. My short ribs were pretty excellent also, although the sweeter braise wasn't really my thing. My dining companions *loved* it though, so I think that's just me. And, my husband ignored the prevailing advice and got the Snake River Wagyu Sirloin, and it was superb. I mean, one of the best steaks I've ever had.

        But still, if I was really looking for steak, I'd go to Ray's or I'd get the Porterhouse at Cap Grill.

        I'll agree with you on one thing, though - the sauces are terrible. I have no idea why anyone would bother.

        But the desserts? Sublime. Cocktails? Excellent. I'm really excited to go back. I bet they're worth going to for restaurant week.

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        1. re: Raids

          I agree that J&G is excellent. They have a $58 tasting menu that is one of the best deals in town. The weak point is the steak.

          The Source is excellent as well.

        2. I have never eaten at J&G, but I am amused that everyone who likes the place emphasizes "don't get the steak" at a place that has the word steakhouse in its name. I can see why Bood would order (and expect) a quality steak!

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          1. re: DCLindsey

            It is perplexing. I think it was the first sentence of the review in the Post also. And it's true. I have no idea why they named it what they did. Having said that, do you want great food, or not? If so, don't order the steak. Just trying to be helpful. :-)