Iron Gate

Iron Gate

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.iron-gate.com/
  • Phone: 6505927893
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30 - 10:30pm; Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, French
  • Executive Chef: Salvador Conchas
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Minimum 30 up to 90 guests (regular business days), Minimum 100 up to 200 guests on Sundays with a $1000 opening charge.
  • Private Party Contact: Kaveh or Dimitri 6505927893
  • Entertainment: Friday & Saturday: 9:00pm - 12:30am: 4-piece live band and dancing (Rock, Blues,Motan,Funk & Oldies)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ralston Ave.
  • Public Transit: cal-train Belmont Station 3 blocks. Samtrans 1 block
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: 32 parking spaces in the lot adjacent to the restaurant plus back and front street parking
A word from Iron Gate
Iron Gate offers excellent Continental cuisine in an elegant environment. The only restaurant with table site & flambe service in the bay area. Live music every weekend 9:00pm - 12:00 am. See calender on our web-site www.iron-gate.com or on Face Book.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Iron Gate reviews from OpenTable diners
120 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (94)romantic (60)neighborhood gem (60)fit for foodies (42)notable wine list (36)good for groups (32)great for lunch (26)vibrant bar scene (19)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (6)hot spot (4)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Great customer service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Everyone in the restaurant has customer first as their focus. Great customer service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants - great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great culinary experience
    CharlesVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A STAR on the peninsula ..... since the 70's .... even earlier ....... Can't get a bad meal here .... and service is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular
    TeriVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I took my daughter and son to the Iron Gate for my son's birthday. I love this restaurant but this time we Had Tanner for our server and he is the best. Also we all said that the food was the best we have ever had in any restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great atmosphere, friendly service
    GenieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Took a friend to lunch for her b-day, great atmosphere, very professional and attentive service. Nice to note that they have live music on Friday. Will be back, tks.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining at Iron Gate a Treat
    Mlary
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have never had a bad meal at the Iron Gate. It is our restaurant of choice when celebrating a special occasion. The ambience is nice, and the food outstanding. Service is good. The two owners go out of their way to greet us and make us feel welcome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not happy
    Terrie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Very disappointing food..soggy lettuce, chewy prawns and tough chicken! Not what we have been getting for 25+ years! What happened to your usually superb food?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dream fullfield
    Qumacy
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    From the moment we walked in to the restaurant we were greeted with a smile, and the words "How nice to see you this evening", it only excelled from there. Service was outstanding. Instead of having to go to the Bar we were offered our table, and the ability to have drinks prior to ordering. The Menu has so many wonderful choices. There were also daily specials we were advised of...all of which sounded wonderful. We were also told of their marvelous Soufflés which had to be ordered as we ordered dinner in order to be available at the end of the Meal. One of us had Steak Diane which was prepared with all the flare at our table, and was delicious. There were no complaints on any of the dishes put before us. All plates were empty.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Cuisine
    OldSchoolAmbiance
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The Iron Gate brings back the ambiance our parents lived. It is fantastic, with old school charm. Excellent Restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Iron gate
    Cleo204VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Always great. Ben coming here for years. Veal is the best and love filet sole.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I always enjoy my meal at Iron Gate. Normally the service is spot on, this time it was way off. The poor table next to ours was ignored on several occasions. They were very busy for a Wednesday night and I think under staffed. I would still recommend trying out Iron Gate to people. The clientele is old, but as a younger person I still love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dancing and Dinner.
    myrneVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Fine old world dining, with white table cloths and waiters in dark suits and white shirts. Fine food , cease salad prepared table side, steak tartare prepared while you watch. Don't miss the soufflé and on weekends you can listen to music and dance in the lounge.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MikeB73
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Food outstanding, along with great service, the ambience very old school, needs an update.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love it
    michael
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    outstanding dinner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The service inpecable and the gran manier to die for
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A tried and true institution
    Pamalot
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I always forget about Iron Gate when thinking about places to go for dinner with my friends. We decided to go there for something different and were not disappointed. The food was very good, although I didn't like rice with my veal parmigiana (potatoes or pasta would have been better), and our server was excellent. He timed our courses perfectly and was very attentive to our table. We definitely will be going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jul 18
    jd03
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our Server Frank was Outstanding! Very attentive, pleasure to talk with, overall one of the best servers we have ever had.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My guests were wowed!
    ethana21VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This is a gem of a restaurant. Every time I go there, I wonder why I don't go even more frequently. The best veal dishes around. A widely varied menu, all prepared right. Elegant appointments and waiters. And, for my delight, tableside preparations including flaming ones. Delightful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a great time. Food and service were very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    the menu was outstanding and the service was wonderful. the ambiance is very dated but perhaps that is the charm of Iron Gate. It is very unassuming and seems like a place you would go to as an older couple or if you lived close by (a regular type place). It wasn't as pricy as I thought and I love the menu options.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Iron gate still solid
    rjsull
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We visited this steadfast establishment for our 30th anniversary this week. It has been years since we have dined at the Irongate; yet this survivor of the several economic slumps over the last decade comes through as good as ever. With our guest list of seven, from ages 22 to 87, where can you find a nice place for fine dining that will please both the young vegetarian and old-timer "meat and potatoes" diners happy?!?Irongate did it in spades!!! The menu is deverse, so everybody was pleased with their available choices. All of us thought the food was excellent. The service was great - thank you Frank! We even ventured into the suffle(s) for dessert - they were awesome! The lower score on ambience is due to too many tables packed in.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful, as always
    GinnyE
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I had the Prawns Provancale and my husband enjoyed a steak dish. Flawless, attentive service - it doesn't get any better - and we even got our favorite waiter, Guiseppe, as requested. The food was heavenly, the ambiance quiet and conducive to conversation. All in all, a wonderful dining experience! I'd give 10 stars if I could!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great choice
    dinnerout2night
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Once again we enjoyed a special evening at the Iron Gate. We frequently choose this restaurant for special dinners. The food, service and ambiance are all great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Iron Gate
    Juleigh
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Came here for lunch after 1o years of listening to a friend tell me how good it was. Was not disappointed. Old school dining with the best of service :-)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The Iron Gate is always a terrific choice. Its pricing is on the high side but very good for the service, quality of food, and atmosphere. This was my 60th birthday dinner, and we enjoyed every minute of it. In particular, our waiter, Franc, was outstanding - he was efficient without being obtrusive, and had a great sense of humor and friendly manner as well. The steak au poivre is a consistent favorite, prepared beautifully at tableside, and for dessert cherries jubilee. This is a classic American/Continental restaurant that is never off the mark.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An eclectic mix of hits
    ScotchmoVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Iron Gate is steeped in old world style and the heavy fine dining from restaurants 30 years ago. There are "specials" that generally are the same each time but presented as though it's original. There are items that are awesome such as their abalone and their lobster tails, their onion soup and their coquiles st. Jacques. The table side service is fun and charming, but their recipes need updated to more modern standards! Who uses A1 at a fine restaurant for flavor!?! The culture is a mix of local folks and. We comers to the area. If you know what to order you'll enjoy the unique old school charm and tastes. But there are some things that will leave you questioning wth!?
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mangiare
    Mangiare
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The food is still delicious since the first time I ate here in the late 50's on a date, in my young and single days. Our waiters were great. Especially the one with his "right on" menu suggestions. Two of us "girls" had the crab cannelloni which he suggested. It was delicious. The other two in our party, each had different styles of chicken dishes. Both entrees were loaded with mushrooms, which made them both very happy. All of the wait staff were very attentive. Without our having to ask, our water, coffee and tea were constantly refilled. We will definitely return! I was reminded of "The Good Ole Days."
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Service
    Kels
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The staff/ servers were great. Never rushed and genuinely nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Perfect Anniversary Dinner
    jksancarlosVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The Iron Gate has an old world ambiance and very good waitstaff to go along with it. It's not a cheap evening, but perfect for special occasions. They like to set things on fire here, whether it's Steak Diane or a flaming dessert, it happens often. They don't have baked potatoes with their steaks, but it's still very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long time favorite for us.
    SherrieCVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    When we dine at Iron Gate, we know we will enjoy quality traditional steak and italian/french cuisine with choices of old favorites as well as specials of the day. The tableside preparation and their soufflés are fantastic! No where would you find the attentive service of their entire staff, this is rare for any establishment but they truly have this here. For newbies, this restaurant has been here for decades and yes, there are a lot of the older generation here but that means I'll just be one of them too. Our whole family look forward to coming here for special occasions or just for lunch at the spur of the moment. We hope you never change anything here...the food and service is impeccable!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining
    Cleo204VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great as always! Australian lobster tails were over the top delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a special place
    LynieRVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We hadn't been to Iron Gate in over a year...what a great fine dining place it is. The service and food were exemplary! We started with the crab cake special appetizer (very delicious, not dry or with fillers), I had the dinner salad with shrimp and my husband had the seared ahi as his salad. Both were great. We both ordered the sautéed scallops and prawn dinner...yum, yum, yum! Grand Marnier Souffle for dessert...the whole meal could not have been better! Our server, Magdi, was great too. He was professional but also personable. Thank You!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Irish4
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Food was great BUT took such a long time for our desserts! Caesar salad made at our table was delicious!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • abtiVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Always great old-time San Francisco Italian food on the Peninsula. thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • soda
    TexasTeriVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Although it is a "unique" menu, the food is overpriced for the amount served.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A lovely dining experience
    appleVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    this restaurant is a rare find. Perfect service and an amazing menu. Difficult to choose between the many delicious items. Hearts of palm salad, Tournedoes Rossini and Grand Marnier soufflé were perfect. So many classic dishes that are not offered anywhere else that I know of. If this restaurant was closer to us,{70 miles] I would be there once a week. Thank you for a lovely experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails to satisfy
    tanuki
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Eating at the Iron Gate is like stepping back into a Mad Men episode. Waiters in tuxedos, real silver (plate, I'm sure), all the classic cocktails, and a great wine list. Paired with the classic French cuisine and impeccable service and you have a truly winning combination. It's a bit pricey for everyday, but is perfect for a special occasion or romantic dinner. Weekends can get a bit noisy (especially if, like we were, surrounded by newly graduated high school kids), but the Iron Gate never fails to please.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • don't miss the crepes suzettes
    dontgetoutmuch
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    our waiter was disappointing but I think some of the others are great. all food was excellent ; good portions; nice quiet atmosphere. lots of flaming dishes that are entertaining to watch them prepare at the table
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great old fashion place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We were big fans of Bella Vista in Woodside and were sad to see it close. It was great to see that some of the waiters and menu items have made their way to Iron Gate. The food, service and wine list are outstanding. We ordered a Rombauer Zinfandel that they feature for $51. A quick check online showed us it sells for $34 at the store. Make sure you order souffles for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best place on the peninsula
    rong
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This is a must, take the time and enjoy a great meal with great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never Again Iron Gate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    My wife ordered Surf & Turf -- the Lobster Tail was tough, the filet was ordered medium -- it was pink but was like eating sawdust, so dry! I had veal Oscar and it was so-so. Definitely not as bad as my wife's. She didn't even finish it. The soufflés were interesting -- each had a sauce, but the soufflé itself was tasteless.
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