Restaurant IRON

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1083 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
Executive Chef, Alex McPhail has returned to his hometown after 6 years studying under some of the finest chefs in the industry in New Orleans. Taking culinary tips he picked up at Commander’s Palace, Restaurant August & the Roosevelt Hotel, Alex has created a dining environment unlike any other nearby.
Restaurant IRON serves Southern contemporary cuisine fueled by local vegetables and herbs from the creative minds of true Southerners. We aim to bring together fresh local and regional specialties with the finest flavors and ingredients to deliver a dining experience you won"t soon forget.
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TB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant IRON offers an excellent fine dining experience in downtown Pensacola. The food and service is consistently exceptional while remaining reasonably priced considering the quality of the food prepared. I would highly recommend this restaurant to friends and family.

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GC
Nashville
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Dessert was delicious! That was the best part of the meal. I was disappointed that I had a $70 ribeye that was ordered to be rare plus to medium rare. It was served medium to medium well. The service was good.

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JC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

your rub eye at MP should win medals any where
your deserts were out of the this world. and
thank you for having Escargot on your menu,
it was good, although I would of preferred a
more traditional serving of it.....

when asked: what would you recommend this
restaurant for? none of the options provided
best describes your most excellent hi class
restaurant !!! none .

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is... hands down... the best restaurant in Pensacola. Not a single dish went out of the kitchen with out the Executive chef ' watchful eye and signature. Amazing gastronomic delight from appetizer to dessert. Well done to the entire Iron team!

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time!!

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MW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Wish they sold soft drinks. High end restaurant without the high end attitude.

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New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

With only 1 couple in the restaurant, the hostess was going to sit the two of us at the worst table in the restaurant. It was right next to the bar on the way to the bathroom/kitchen. A high traffic area to say the least. If I did not have a reservation, I would have accepted the table. When I complained that they were putting us at the worst table when there were at least 25 open tables, one of the hostess said that it depends. I didn’t ask on what as it was not worth asking. They then proceeded to sit us right next to the hostess area (just a thin partition separating the table from he hostess stand). The second worst table in the restaurant. I was bumped multiple times during my meal.

The waitress was the only redeeming item. She was excellent.

Based my experience, the limited menu selections (only 1 steak/chicken), and the poor seating by the hostess, I will not be returning.

I had been there before and ordered the steak and it was so bad that the waiter looked at it and didn’t ask how my meal was going. It was over a year between visits so I took a chance. My mistake.

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J
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been before, but the V Day experience was extra fantastic. I don’t even eat seafood, but it was all amazing! Service was impeccable!

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M
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have few awesome places to eat. This is just one of the few that’s on the list! Absolutely delicious! Highly recommend this restaurant! Take advantage of making reservations. Enjoy!

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AD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always an amazing resturaunt. For Valentine’s Day they delivered on cue another outstanding meal and drinks!

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JS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Escargot gnocchi was a popular appetizer and tasted amazing!

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LG
Mobile
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak in Pensacola! Give the salmon Rillets a try too. So delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food.

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JV
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

IRON in one word EXQUISITE

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LG
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Before joining the navy, I worked as both a private and a contracted chef. I worked all over the world at some the finest restaurants, such as Numa, The French Laundry, Osteria Francescana. Me being a young chef i was always fueled by the different cultures and the goal that the chase of higher knowledge of all kinds of cuisine is what made a great chef. Once I sat down at the counter of Iron and was served the Amuse, I watched as the chef orchestrated the kitchen, holding a very respectful posture, his skill and attitude reminded me of a lot of the world class chefs I had worked with previously worked with. The food, to keep this review short, was impeccable. I could see the heart and passion behind the food, making a lot of these traditional dishes his own and unique. Me and my fiancé were very pleased, even meeting the chef towards the end of the meal and having another customer buy our dessert I have nothing but great thought of Iron, keep doing Pensacola right, never stop cooking with a passion.

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OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the most amazing meal I’ve had in the south! I can’t wait to come back to try more items from the menu!

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KJ
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, our server was very attentive. Food came out quickly and we didn't feel like we were waiting much. We had reservations for 7:00, go to the restaurant at 6:45, they had our table ready for us and we were seated at 6:50. AMAZING experience as usual!

Thanks for a great Birthday Dinner Iron Staff!

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LB
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife to eat at Iron. First time visit...We both loved it. Food, service and drinks are amazing!

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CT
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our anniversary dinner turned out to be a fabulous experience.

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Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner was great! Staff was so nice and courteous of the event ❤️ they even gave us dessert which was a Nutella pie.. delicious! Best steak I have probably ever had cooked perfect!!!! Brussels app was really good. The old fashion and the apricot cocktail were both super tasty drinks!

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L
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Iron serves delicious food from an inventive menu. We have dined here on many occasions and it's always a wonderful experience. From the starters to the desserts, the food is sublime! The servers are well trained and do an excellent job. We heartily recommend Restaurant Iron.

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LB
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were incredible. We will be going back

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JH
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and excellent staff. A little crowded due to limited seating. If you want privacy definitely not the place to go on a weekend night. Overall great experience. I would recommend it to others.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service, and atmosphere. Super consistent and so over the top for the birthday dinner. The personalized menus really topped it off!

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JG
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent as always. Music level was a bit on the loud side, little difficult to carry on a quiet conversation. Service was slow, which we have never encountered before at Iron.

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came with friends for my husband’s birthday. The dinner was outstanding! The service was perfect. The waiter served the birthday cake I brought in beforehand. Everything was lovely! Great cocktails as usual!!

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PR
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Can watch food preparation and talk with Chef Alex at counter seats. Try the Old Fashion!

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food in an interesting place! Couple things weren’t quite right, but overall a great restaurant and would definitely go back!

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NW
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rest. Iron always on point. Even for vegetarians. Cocktails are best in the area.

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a dinner with an old friend. The food was good, the service was better. Pacing of the meal was spot on; from drinks to appetizers through our meal and desert our service was attentive but not pushy. Everything came out fresh from the kitchen and the timing was perfect. My lamb was exceptional. I'll definitely keep coming back to Iron.

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K
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant in Pensacola. While there are several good restaurants, Iron sets the bar as the best. Food quality, creative design, and unique palate pairings, I can’t speak highly enough about this restaurant. Excellent!!!!

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BC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in toen

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time here and it was superb. We moved here from Oahu and we were looking for a restaurant that had the same flair and class that we are used to and this place knocked our socks off and we can’t wait to come again. Leah was our server and she was a tremendous help as well. Every bite was an experience and so glad we chose to come there for dinner.

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WJ
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Iron. The service was what really stood out to me. Our server exceeded our expectations and was very attentive while not being overwhelming. Our dishes were great, but a few lacked the spark I felt they should have expressed, which would have put them on the level of the service. I was really looking forward to the foie gras, but was sort of let down. However, the ribeye tartar and brussels were delicious options. The steak of the evening was also delicious and I believe the celery root gratin may have been my favorite part of the meal. It was truly exceptional. Thank you for a great afternoon snack! ;)

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around! Never disappoints!

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BF
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend for a date night

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MR
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my sister and brother in laws birthdays here and the food was amazing as were the drinks. Highly recommend

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KL
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Extraordinary, well thought-out and prepared food. Every morsel was wonderful. The Smoked Old Fashioned drink, the signature on menu, is spectacular. The only restaurant criticism is that it is packed, loud, much like a NYC bistro. While that may be the idea, it is not the place for a quiet night with plans for a long discussion. Tables too close for that. The food, however, may well be the best in Pensacola.

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g
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Salmon dish was excellent; server was sensitive to our time-constraints and made sure to have everything in place so we didn't feel rushed. Portions are appropriate which I appreciate. Iron is a go-to place for any special occasion. Have introduced friends to it and have never been disappointed.

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OT
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven’t been here in a while. I’ve always enjoyed it, but haven’t really had the opportunity to come for a while. Anyway, a friend and I had dinner before the Pensacola Symphony. The service was excellent. To start, we shared the Caesar salad. My friend had the rich and delicious mushroom soup. I went all out on the grilled salmon with various beef preparations. Mine was delicious, and I know my friend liked her soup.Then we fell off the wagon and had a couple of delicious desserts. I had a pear tart that was out of this world. We’ll be back.

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