J. Gilbert’s – Glastonbury, CT

American Steak, Seafood, Vegetarian
review recommendation
Fireplace - J. Gilbert's in Glastonbury, CT
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Upscale steak house with steak, meat, seafood and vegetarian menu. A former employer kindly gave new employees $100 gift card as a gift of appreciation when we were ineligible for bonuses. I decided to take my parents out to try some seafood and meat dishes.

Location: 185 Glastonbury Boulevard  Glastonbury, CT 06033
Price: $$$$

Atmosphere:  J. Gilbert’s has a gorgeous, sophisticated, high class look with fireplace/stone look.

Food:  Food was delicious, but highly pricey and disappointingly small proportions, which seems to be the trend for some reason. Do wealthy people eat less or do they order more?  Or maybe us poor and medium income just feast like a beast.   I ended up sharing food between the 3 of us and using up the $100 gift card, (going over a little).

Vegan / Vegetarian
If you’re vegetarian, there is a Vegetarian menu with limited dinner entries and a large selection of sides. All desserts are vegetarian they state, but all except sorbets are not for vegans.  There are cheese on half of those choices, leaving vegans with little options, but I’m sure you can ask for no cheese.

What We Ordered:
Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes entree, Maytag potato chips (with blue cheese sauce), Lobster Ravioli, and Maple Plank Roasted Salmon entree and friers (potato wedges).

Sorry for the low quality images. It was so dark in there and I didn’t have a flash.

The Lobster Ravioli  I think was $19 but had only 5 pieces, plate drenched in mostly sauce, real lobster chunks but was tasty with the sauce. Not a filling meal so you must order more.

J. Gilbert's Lobster Ravioli

The Salmon ($27) was sweet and moist and delicious, but also the size of a small fist, so don’t expect to be full at the end of this meal either, unless you’re a really light eater.  It came with some beans and pecans on the sides, which was interesting (I’m not a bean/pecan fan but those who are, would like it), and Yukon mashed potatoes balled on the platter, which were good (my favorite potatoes are Yukon).  Surprisingly the ball of potatoes is bigger than the salmon piece.

J. Gilbert's Maple Plank Roasted Salmon with Yukon Gold Potatoes and beans & pecans

The Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes  ($29)  had more of a ocean sea water taste to it and a little more moosh, than I expected, but it was still edible. I was expecting a harder firmer, crispy and a little more heavy meal to it.  It also came with delicious Yukon mashed potatoes. I’m not a big fan of long strips of asparagus, but it tastes like it should. I think it had a little butter and seasoning on it.  If I recall, there were only 3 pieces.  Not filling either for an entree, but something to try.

The Maytag Chips were really good along with the dip. However if you’re looking for a big appetizer like you get at a sports bar, you’ll be disappointed.  there were only a few pieces for $9, which is pricey. Not filling.  This is the same with the potato wedges.  There were only about 3-5 pieces.

J. Gilbert's Potato Wedges appetizer

They were all good.. a bit greasy, so don’t overdo it if you normally get sick from crease.

Overall, everything was pretty tasty but the proportions are very small.  If you have a lot of money to spend and you’re looking for a fancy place with light meals to have just a sample of everything, or to impress someone with an upper class feel, this is a good place to eat.  Just order more if you’re looking to satisfy a bigger appetite.

Service:   The service was good. It was packed and crowded but our food eventually came with not too long of a wait.

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