If you ask someone where to get the best steaks in the Kansas City metro, you will get just as diverse number of suggestions as if you had asked about barbecue. If pressed for an answer, J. Gilbert’s Steakhouse, at 8901 Metcalf Avenue, is the one we would have to pick. Kansas City is historically a stockyard town, and with that comes the love of meat. We have had the pleasure of visiting many good steakhouses throughout the metro, but to pick a favorite requires you selecting just one.

A stack of hand-cut cooked potato chips is topped with a blue cheese sauce.

Photo courtesy J. Gilbert’s

Many of our visits to J. Gilberts have focused on the Happy Hour scene, which is a relaxing blend of cocktails, small bites, and conversation. Their Happy Hour runs from 3:00 to 6:30, and by then we have decided if we want to stay for dinner or move to a different location. If we do stay, we will usually want to move to the dining room, as the bar area can become quite busy. In the dining room we can relax in a quieter atmosphere, and review the menu, while nibbling on some fresh sourdough bread and hand-blended butter.

A sourdough loaf is flanked by two ramekins filled with butter.

The Food at J. Gilbert’s

The menu is robust, and they offer a wide selection of beef, pork, poultry or seafood choices. They offer about a dozen appetizers, but it is rare that we are hungry enough to begin with one of these. Most times we will have a salad primer, before our main course. The wedge salad is a good starter, and comes cloaked with bacon crumbles, diced red onion, blue cheese crumbles, and buttermilk blue cheese dressing.

A wedge of Iceberg lettuce is topped with blue cheese dressing, blue cheese crumbles, diced tomatoes, and diced red onions.

Over time we have tested the bone-in pork chops, mesquite grilled chicken, and crab cakes. All were well received, and of exceptional quality. These days we have settled on choosing one of the beef dishes when we dine here, because after all it is one the best steakhouses in the metro. A favorite for Crystal is the filet cut, which comes in 6 oz. or 8 oz. sizes. It is also available in a 4 oz. petite size, when purchased as a combo. The combo meals include choice of scallops, shrimp or a crab cake.

J. Gilbert's Steakhouse filet steak is accompanied by a baked potato topped with sour cream, chives, and bacon pieces. Stalks of asparagus sit beside this topped with diced tomatoes. Three cooked scallops are next to the asparagus.

I have the tendency to wander all over the menu, and have sampled a variety of their cuts over time. All have been tender, but each comes with its own unique texture. When I’m in a hungry mode I will order the bone-in ribeye, which weighs in at 18 oz. It never fails that I will end up having to have some boxed up for later, but I don’t consider that a bad thing.

A large bone-in ribeye steak is accompanied by a scoop of creamy mushroom risotto, and a grouping of cooked green beans.

The restaurant also includes a prix-fixe option on it’s menu. This is a three course meal that allows diners to choose a salad, entree, and dessert option from a pre-selected assortment. We find this to be a decent value overall, but it does have limited entree choices. On the other hand, it makes sure that you end the meal with one of their incredible desserts, so that is a positive. J. Gilbert’s Steakhouse consistently ranks high on the list of top steakhouses in the metro, and as long as they continue to deliver at their superior level, they should remain in the top for years to come. So how do you like your steak cooked?