First, Kelly is a professional. She arrived at the table with whatever we needed before we asked. The food was exactly as we ordered, drinks were refilled promptly, and used tableware was removed and replaced for each course - simply excellent service. A big five for her, and the rest of the staff. They should open a school on how to train servers and hostesses. Oh, and she avoided those irritating comments -"You got it", or "No problem", or "That's a great choice". Three cheers for Kelly!
We had reservations for 7 PM. We had to wait about 10 minutes after seven, but given the crowd, that was acceptable.
Mary and I went there upon recommendation of an acquaintance, who also recommended sharing a rack of lamb. We did.
For appetizers, Mary ordered and enjoyed an absolutely scrumptious bowl of crab bisque. I had a huge dish of tender calamari served with two tasty dips.
The lamb was beautifully presented with sauteed spinach on the side.
This is where some concerns arose - remember this is our taste - not necessarily yours. The spinach was over done. It was tasty, but I prefer it a little dryer and crispier.
Lamb has a distinct, but mild flavor. Perhaps because I had calamari with jalapeno, my taste buds were fried, but I couldn't pick up the lamb flavor at all. Mary liked hers, so maybe it was my taste buds. The lamb was cooked perfectly.
The major downside of this J. Gilbert's? NOISE. We could hardly communicate, particularly over a table of six next to us yelling at each other. But, even before they arrived, the noise level exceeded what would be expected for an establishment of this quality. They should engineer some sound mitigation.
The decor is quite nice - not opulent - but suitable for the menu.
The lamb was $39, the calamari was $12, and the bisque $9.50.
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