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Restaurant IRON, Pensacola, FL

Restaurant IRON

4.8
4.8
2101 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 36 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

  • 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, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • A Curious Wine Tasting

    $106.20 per person

    Oct 2, 2022 only
    Price includes tax, gratuity, and a Tasting Box of 3 wines to take home. Our Sommelier, Hilary Towns, guides guests through a complete introductory course in wine. Learn how to taste like a sommelier, how to differentiate a good wine, and what creates the unique flavors in wine by tasting 12 wines over a 2 hour period. The total amount of wine served is equivalent to 2 glasses. Bread service and water will be provided. Taste 6 Single Varietal Wines to Demonstrate Fruit, 3 Varietal Wines to Experience Place, and 3 Distinct Styles to Understand Human Intervention November & December Will Cover the Art of Wine & Food Pairing
  • Horse Soldier Bourbon dinner

    $150.00 per person

    Aug 29, 2022 only
    Join us for a four course dinner prepared by Chef Alex McPhail, featuring Horse Soldier Bourbon. Signed bottles will be available for purchase at the event. We are thrilled to welcome Will Summers to present the spirits and enjoy the evening with us. SFC(R) Will Summers spent 11 of his 25 years in service in Special Forces. Will was an 18E Special Forces Communication Sergeant. His team time was spent on ODA 595 where he deployed throughout the middle east and to Afghanistan October 19, 2001. ODA 595 conducted offensive operations against the Taliban from horseback earning the title, The Horse Soldiers. In 2018 the movie 12 STRONG told the story of their mission against the Taliban.

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What 2,101 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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    Notable Wine List

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    Vibrant Bar Scene

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    Best Overall

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    Fit for Foodies

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    Healthy

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    Notable Wine List

  • Pensacola

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to celebrate a birthday and from the time we entered until the time we left was great. We were greeted by the hostess with a happy birthday and then again by the server. The food was excellent - thoroughly enjoyed watching the chef line- those guys were impressive to watch cook and plate the food. Our server was the cutest thing- so attentive! We will go back for sure-
  2. LP

    LisaP

    Tallahassee

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent meal and stellar service! Aries took great care of us. The Gulf catch was outstanding?
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was spectacular, the Iron Lyonnaise easily one of the best dinners I’ve had in my travels. I’d go back here in a flash, and the smoked old fashioned with bacon, yum!!
  4. g

    goose3

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food experience and service. Servers recommendations were spot on!
  5. SA

    SherryA

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food, amazing people and an absolutely great place to go and enjoy an anniversary or a first date.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall great experience at IRON as it always is.
  7. AL

    AnnaLeBlanc

    Mississippi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite date night spots! The food and service is always amazing!
  8. TA

    TonyAlexander

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Impeccable services, great ambiance and a wide selection of wines and cocktails. Unfortunately, that's where the positives end. Restaurant Iron will be a "Special occasion" choice for most, given the high cost of entrées, which ranged from about $35-90, in a surprisingly limited selection, with no daily special. We started with an heirloom tomato salad and pork belly mac-n-cheese, folllwed by a catch of day with lyonnaise potatoes and a salmon dish served with cauliflower puree and peas. Food presentation was nice. The pork belly mac was under seasoned, the salad was good. The salmon was slightly underdone and the puree was over salted. No real complaints about the catch of the day (Redfish), but both dishes were reminiscent of something you could get anywhere. After two glasses of wine and a scotch, the bill totaled $170. For those special occasion diners, I think many will leave disappointed at food quality to cost. To add to our experience, the couple seated next to us (too close) had issues when a $90 ribeye came out raw and had to be re-cooked, only to come out undercooked a second time. If you are looking for a place to eat in downtown Pensacola, it's tough to recommend Restaurant Iron, which averaged a weak 7 out of 10.
  9. F

    Foodie

    Mississippi

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    There were no tables inside so we had to dine outside with a reservation. The street noise was really loud on a Friday night. The food was okay but the service was terrible. It took us over an hour to receive our food. Our waitress was sweet and apologized but the wait was not worth it.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Husbands 50th birthday Everything was great Wonderful food!!!! And wine and service Atmosphere was a little lacking. No wow factor with the appearance of the restaurant
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food was over cooked and then served warm- I was very disappointed since it was my wife BD.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Though we've been several times our last visit was an unmitigated disaster. The mgr recognized it and did her best to make it right 5 stars there). Not sure what happened (s l o w service, food took >an hour to get to table, apathetic waitress), most unusual. Kudo's to the manager and yes, we enjoy this place enough to try again.
  13. m

    m1fromnola

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Restaurant is great.food as good as the best in New Orleans where I am from. The entrees as good as the small plates. (Sometimes places put all energy into appetizers — not here) We sat outside and that meant the sidewalk on a hot night this was ok but I assumed we were getting to be in a courtyard or similar space. Interior of restaurant was beautiful tho noisy. This is a place that does everything right the waiters were great too
  14. LG

    LisardoG

    Miami

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food Nice cocktails Wine list can improve and was a bit overpriced
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    IRON never fails to impress us when we get to go, we will definitely be coming back! Great ambience, food, drinks and service!
  16. H

    Honeybee933

    New Orleans

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our evening at Restaurant Iron a lot! The only issue was the slowness of service of my husband’s after dinner drink and dessert. I think additional help at the bar may be needed. The restaurant comped the drink, which we appreciated.
  17. c

    chacha

    Tallahassee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was excellents as well as the appetizers and meal. I don'thave anyting negative to say about our fabulous dinner!
  18. HM

    HarleyM

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, and our waitress was informative and delightful.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first return since moving back to Pensacola. Excellent as ever. Our meals were delicious. Craving the escargot. Great drinks. A special mention goes to Amber L. She was a standout. Made all of her guests feel special, and handled all issues with composure and grace.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great service from everyone. Definitely on the list for a repeat visit!
  21. HV

    HelenV

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We dined outside. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.
  22. BE

    BrittanyE

    Mississippi

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience at I celebrated my birthday. Our server was kind and attentive and made some excellent recommendations on menu options.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing. As always.
  24. MD

    MichaelD

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!
  25. AH

    AlysonH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out of town from Memphis, food was fantastic!! Can’t complain about any dish we received. They were all fantastic!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for the great service and food!! Would love to come back whenever we’re back in Pensacola!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome all around!!!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Food was honestly bland
  29. CK

    CarolineK

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    There were two of us celebrating a birthday dinner. The overall experience was wonderful, the staff took such good care of us and the sommelier was very knowledgeable and helpful. She even brought us a special after dinner beverage to try. The food however, was a bit of a disappointment. Both meals were a notch on the overdone side, and that is not good when one of the the entrees is fish. Our meals have been great on previous visits to this restaurant, so have to think it was just an off night for the kitchen.
  30. c

    cygnus

    Tallahassee

    52 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I think the food was average. The fish was cold and the crust a bit soggy. Disappointed this time because it was pricey.
  31. JB

    JamesB

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Nashville Hot Fried Chicken was one of the best meal ever.. Highly recommend, especially if you enjoy spicy food.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aries our server was so attentive and personable. He took excellent care of us and we look forward to returning for terrific food and fabulous service!
  33. SC

    ShawnC

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First and foremost, no dining experience is possible without a waitstaff. Our waitress was Amber and she proved to be 50% of our enjoyment of this establishment. She was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and always at our table at the perfect moment. She certainly enhanced our time spent dining here. Now of course the food. Chef McPhail once again has thoroughly impressed us with his artistic and creative culinary acumen. The food was absolutely phenomenal; perfect in every way. Thank you Chef, Thank you Amber, and Thank you Restaurant Iron!!
  34. TP

    ToddP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Service was good but under staffed, food was middle of the road.
  35. KH

    KarenH

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice reception of welcoming was seated immediately and was served pleasantly as always the food was delicious and tasty
  36. D

    David

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A dining experience in Pensacola with a wonderful part of the city to enjoy afterwards.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Overall average. Ingredients were good but execution poor. A pizza would have sufficed.
  38. PV

    PatienceVA

    Greensboro

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner at Iron! The fish and steak were delicious, as was the crawfish Mac and cheese! The French fries, broccolini, and shrimp were not cooked to my liking (i.e., they were overcooked). Service was impeccable. Overall, it was a lovely night. We look forward to returning.
  39. LP

    LisaP

    Tallahassee

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My dinner was great but my husband's was undercooked, as was our friend's fish!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the lamb and it was wonderful. Little pricy but four double cut lamb cuts was enough for me and my wife to share. Waitress was wonderful and attentive. Nice Anniversary dinner, they treated us like royalty

FAQs

Restaurant IRON is rated 4.8 stars by 2101 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 36 times today
Experiences are available.
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

  • 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

  • Executive chef

    Alex McPhail

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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