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Restaurant IRON, Pensacola, FL

Restaurant IRON

4.9
4.9
2643 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (850) 476-7776
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Veteran, Women
  • Executive chef
    Alex McPhail
  • Neighborhood
    Pensacola
  • Cross street
    Garden Street
  • Parking details
    Feel free to use the parking on North Palafox St directly in front of the restaurant. Should you need additional parking, there is space available a block north on Palafox as well.
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,643 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Overall

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Food

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Service

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Ambiance

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Value

  • Northwest Florida

    Innovative

  • Northwest Florida

    Good for special occasions

  • Northwest Florida

    Lively

  • Pensacola

    Best Overall

  • Pensacola

    Best Food

  • Pensacola

    Best Service

  • Pensacola

    Best Ambiance

  • Pensacola

    Best Value

  • Pensacola

    Good for business meals

  • Pensacola

    Healthy

  • Pensacola

    Neighborhood gem

  • Pensacola

    Great for fine wines

  • Pensacola

    Romantic

  • Pensacola

    Good for special occasions

  • Pensacola

    Lively

  • Pensacola

    Most Booked

2,643 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Too salty !!! Steak and lamb were too salty. Overpriced for what you get. Service was good.

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  2. DocNguyen

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommended fine dining experience in the Pensacola area. From NYC with high standards for these types of restaurants, however, Restaurant Iron met those expectations in atmosphere and service, at least. My wife and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary here and glad we did. The Anise Spiced Duck Breast was succulent and perfectly cooked with the most memorable black berry Foie Gras we have ever tried. The wait stave was truly exceptional with attentive and friendly service with extensive knowledge of the menu and modifications available as required. 4 out of 5 for food as the Seafood Cioppino was a welcomed twist on the classic Italian stew however, was a little briny for my taste. Lastly we were treated to seasonal cobbler for our anniversary however, the cobbler although presented beautifully, had an overwhelming nutty/gritty texture while the apples, although thinly sliced had a rather al dente texture verses and expected tenderness.

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  3. MarknEvy

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing at every point from the welcome at the door, seating, ambience, food presentation and taste. We were completely blown away. 

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  4. Highlandsdiner

    Exclusive

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the Caesar’s salad followed by the fliet with soup and broccolini and the redfish dish. Everything was delicious. The Iron Goddess and Smoked old fashion were also very good. Took nutella pie home for later. Aries was our server; he did a great job.

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  5. TheresaR

    New Orleans

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite fine dining in Pensacola. Love the chef’s creations.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow, this place really is fantastic. Great food, excellent service, they even go the extra mile to help us celebrate our engagement by custom menus and complimentary champagne. Such an amazing night.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an amazing anniversary dinner The Chefs and server knock it out of park good!! Thank you thank you

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  8. heccabampton

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit to Restaurant Iron and we loved every moment of it. From the food to the drinks to the staff, it was a lovely experience. We were celebrating a birthday, which we noted when making our reservation, and they provided us with special menus that said “happy birthday,” plus, they lit a candle in the dessert we ordered. The staff kept our waters full throughout dinner, and our server checked in on us with a perfect cadence. We tried 4 cocktails (all delish, but our favorite was their seasonal Kentucky Crush), their mixed greens salad (our new favorite salad), a monthly special crab bisque, their seasonal short ribs and a chicken & dumplings-inspired gnocchi dish. Every dish was flavorful and balanced, and we would definitely consider ordering the same items again except that we now want to try the whole menu. For dessert, we tried the icebox Nutella pie, our server’s recommendation. It was salty, sweet, and rich… the perfect way to end our evening at Iron. 10/10, would return and would recommend.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal with outstanding wait staff! Thanks for acknowledging our anniversary too.

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  10. JosephV

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service at the Iron is the finest I've seen in anywhere. We had the Gnocchi appetizer which we normally have, and it seemed smaller than previous times. The taste was excellent. The old fashion with the bacon excellent also. The only issue we had was the main course. First, they were out of lamb which was the choice of two of us. All, 4 of us ordered the Pork Chop, the presentation was great, but all of the chops were over cooked. That was disappointing. They did give us a 30 % discount on the meals, which was very considerate. We will go back.

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  11. ShaneG

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again, Restaurant Iron does not disappoint us. This was an Anniversary and expectations were high. Service was impeccable. The black garlic gnocchi and escargot remains one of my favorite dishes...anywhere. The steak was perfect as usual. We did try something new with the Lamb 4 ways this visit. It was exceptional. Given the high number of wannabe fine dining venues in Pensacola that fall terribly short, it is wonderful to have Restaurant Iron here and have full confidence that they will always exceed my expectations. Chef McPhail is an incredible talent. We are lucky to have him.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    82 reviews

    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and drinks as always. Best place in town.

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  13. Lisa

    Richmond

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sam was our waitress. She’s an absolute delight making sure our valentines experience was first rate! Love iron. The food and ambiance are spectacular!

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  14. KevinC

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Iron always delivers! Outstanding food, atmosphere and tremendous service! This restaurant is mine and my wife’s favorite.

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  15. CarrieG

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and atmosphere. Our server, Aries, was incredibly personable and kind. We have been a few times now and eveything is always exceptional.

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  16. TomM

    New Orleans

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Again, I have only positive things to say. Great food, drinks, service, ambiance. A perfect late Valentines dinner.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best food I’ve had since moving here!! Would go again and again!

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  18. HaveMyFavorites

    Anchorage

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! Hubby and I shared escargot gnocchi appetizer per reviewers recommendations and words cannot describe how delicious it was. Our entrees, the chicken and dumplings and the lamb four ways, were outstanding. Wonderful mix of savory flavors. It was my hubby bday and they let him pick from the dessert menu, which was so nice. He picked the orange crème brûlée and it had a lovely crunch top and a very subtle orange flavor - perfect ending. Service was terrific too. If you are thinking about it for a special occasion you won’t be disappointed, in fact you will be delighted!

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  19. Dusty

    Mississippi

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    MFood, beverage and service were all fantastic. We had a seat at the “chef’s table” and watched everything being prepared. Best show in town. The well drinks were great and the wine list is top notch.

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  20. ScottB

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! Will be going back as soon as possible!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat at the counter.. love watching all the chef’s and the choice of music is great Food is always on point!! Best steak in Pensacola…

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The iberico pork chop is to die for! Never had a bad meal at Iron. It’s pricey but worth it!

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  23. AshleyC

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was perfect! We had the rib-eye and it was cooked to perfection. Our server Amber was amazing. Definitely coming back.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I enjoyed our dinner at Iron. The food and staff were excellent. This was a nice treat for my birthday and early Valentine’s Day.

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  25. BrandiG

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good, drinks, service, and atmosphere were all AMAZING! Nick was our server and he was awesome. So personable and always there at the right time. 12/10 will go back.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a fantastic restaurant! Love seating at the chef’s bar & watching them cook & plate these fantastic dishes. The escargot was one of the best I’ve ever had. Service is impeccable!

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  27. scottr

    Mississippi

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the intimate setting. Fryer was broken but they made no difference. We enjoyed all of the offerings.

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  28. LoriR

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Iron never disappoints. Beautifully presented flavorful dishes. Service is topnotch. Ambience is welcoming and relaxing. We are repeat customers for good reason.

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  29. happy2dine

    New York City

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoy visiting this restaurant but am trying to follow a plant based diet for health reasons; this is not possible currently. Sad me!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a fantastic tasty delicious restaurant! I am use to going to New York and Charleston to have an outstanding dinner. Now I can count on Iron in Pensacola for an unbelievable dinner. It’s not cheap by any stretch of the imagination however you will not be upset you spent the money!

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  31. AyanaT

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is probably my favorite restaurant in pensacola. I love everything about this place and the awesome dishes they serve. Everything always tastes amazingly fresh and absolutely delicious. It’s a bit pricey but the quality is more than worth it.

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  32. AudreyP

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Iron is always consistent with the food and service. It has the perfect mix of fine dining and casual.

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  33. LisaP

    Tallahassee

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food, service and wine! We brought dear friends from out of town, they were very impressed with the very high quality of food and the energetic atmosphere! My petite filet was tender, moist and perfectly cooked. I also had crispy sliced Brussel sprouts with hot honey sauce. I started the meal with a bowl of savory short Rib onion soup. We consistently have amazing meals and service at this wonderful restaurant.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aries, our server, was incredible. Food was amazing.

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  35. LarryZ

    Tallahassee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant Iron is one of our favorites and the one we most often go to for special occasions. The food is delicious and the service awesome. We love the atmosphere. The only recommendation we have is offer more vegan options. We usually get the vegetable plate but wish we had more to select from. Thank you!

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  36. KurtK

    Tallahassee

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner and service was exceptional! Amber was fantastic!!

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  37. Zfoodie

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my friends birthday. The whole evening was perfect from the happy birthday on the menu to the comped desert. Alex and his staff have shown what true high end eating establishment should be.

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  38. RestaurantReview

    Caribbean

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food great service always consistent and fresh.

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  39. lisa28

    Atlanta Metro

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had another wonderful dining experience at Iron. Our server, Danielle, was excellent— knowledgeable, pleasant and thoughtful. The oyster slaw appetizer was delicious as was the short rib and roasted butternut squash entree. Highly recommend!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is always EXCEPTIONAL!! We have never been anything but pleased with the most outstanding service, incredible/delicious food and an incredible ambience! Recommend 10/10!

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FAQs

Restaurant IRON is rated 4.9 stars by 2643 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today
Google Map for Restaurant IRON

22 N Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32502

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Garden Street
  • Neighborhood
    Pensacola
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Feel free to use the parking on North Palafox St directly in front of the restaurant. Should you need additional parking, there is space available a block north on Palafox as well.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Veteran, Women
  • Executive chef
    Alex McPhail
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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