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About Restaurant IRON

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.

22 N Palafox Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Southern, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:

Dinner

Sunday - Thursday 4:30pm - 10:00pm

Friday - Saturday 4:30pm - 1:00pm

Cross Street:
Garden Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(850) 476-7776

Website:
http://www.restaurantiron.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Alex McPhail

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

Restaurant IRON Ratings and Reviews

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4.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (49)
Good for a Date (49)
Creative Cuisine (46)
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Special Occasion (40)
Handcrafted Cocktails (39)
Bar Seating (37)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Local Ingredients (36)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Notable Wine List (27)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Romantic (25)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Worth the Drive (21)
Business Meals (19)
Cozy (19)
Hot Spot (18)
Late-night Find (16)
Authentic (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Fun (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Comfort Food (10)
Casual (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Healthy (7)
People Watching (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Seasonal (6)
Organic (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great Beer (4)
Spicy (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined a day ago

Was excellent Our waitress lea I believe the name was. She was excellent. Chef Alex Took the time out of his busy schedule to speak with us very professional.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was good, very different from your standard restaurant. A little too salty. The wine list is nice. Will come back

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Iron is seriously a gym - it exists in Pensacola, Florida as an anomaly but seriously outside of Atlanta and New Orleans you simply wont find a better restaurant pound for pound. I’m not exaggerating... Bacchanalia, Eugene, August, any of the Link restaurants, etc. - if you are in the Panhandle and are a foodie... oh and best mixologists as well.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food had the 24Oz Ribeye for two. Wonderful flavor and don't miss the truffle fries.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

One of my most favorite restaurants in downtown Pensacola. Innovative menu, excellent food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was good however I was disappointed upon finding out certain menu items were unavailable namely the venison shank and certain cocktails.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Awsome! A truly fine resturant with the owner-chef totally in charge!
Unique and creative menu that you will not believe for Pensacola.
You walk in, and think you just entered a resturant in New York City! Great ambiance and not over crowded. Conversations, even in the open, can be private due to the great noise attenuation. It is the brainchild of a local boy who dreamnt and made it happen! And for Pensacola, that is an amazing story! Rock on Resturant Iron!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was very good and unique. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

My husband and I love to eat out which we do at least three time a week. One of those days we reserve solely for “the total experience of food art “ and Iron never disappoints !!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great food! Unfortunately tables are so close together, you can’t have a private conversation. Needs new decor.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Everything was amazing. Went for our five year wedding anniversary. My husband and I loved everything we had. Service was great.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Spectacular as always. We were celebrating girlfriends birthday. They rolled out the red carpet. Everything was spot on. We are so fortunate to have Restaurant Iron and Alex McPhail in downtown Pensacola.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Definitely a great place to eat. It’s a little on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for!

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Iron has a great vibe and is located in an old downtown building where the interior has been updated. The restaurant was fairly empty and yet the service was disappointing. The meals were beautifully presented, but the pairings were not well balanced between the protein and the vegetables. I selected the lamb T-bone and it was paired with the equivalent of cube cut French fries. I would recommend this restaurant for a beverage with friends after work, but not for any meals.

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was great. Service a tad too slow. Waiter walked by table three times without clearing dishes or checking on drink status. Maybe new guy??

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Wonderful meal at an appropriate price. Will definitely come again

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Alex Mc Phail (chef/owner) & his team consistently update a creative menu that "pops" with imagination and use of local & seasonal ingredients, with inspired combinations, e.g., gnocchi with escargot; a marrow bone "canoe" with crawfish. The team also excels at dessert inventiveness, like a tasting trio of rose water, "Dreamsicle", and honeyed ice creams. Presentation is inspired & paralleled by excellent service.

Tags: Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Uniquely delicious cuisine. The best place to eat on the Emerald Coast!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

I cannot say enough about this restaurant. My sister and I reserved a table for our parents for their anniversary. Their hostess, Sam, did an amazing job helping coordinate the details over the phone. Our parents were thrilled with the little details that the staff wove into their experience to make the night special and loved the food. I'd recommend Iron to anyone for any occasion!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Everything there is like Stew and I hate stew so I think we will have to go elsewhere. The staff is awesome - but that’s about it unfortunately. We have been 4 times and all but once I was disappointed.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food was amazing. And Danielle was fabulous! Could not ask for better service or food!!!!

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

My wife and I had an exceptional experience at Restaurant Iron! We are new to town and were wonderfully pleased to find this amazing spot. Not only were the menu options diverse and creative, but the execution was worthy of high praise. I whole-heartedly recommend Restaurant Iron!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Sat at the counter and enjoyed seeing the food prepared. The staff was attentive and the food was divine. A completely enjoyable experience.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 13, 2017

IRON is one of the few truly creative restaurants in town. The food and drinks are very well prepared and with extra care which is visible in every presentation. Staff are well trained and match the quality of the food for an overall excellent dinning experience. Easily one of the top three fine dinning restaurants in Pensacola and surrounding area.

Tags: Cozy, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

been to iron every weekend since they've opened, we absolutely love it! we finally got to try their dinner menu, amazing. usually we go for the late night menu, but the dinner menu was just as delicious! we love Restaurant Iron

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The four of us orderd the same thing , The Ribeye for two . We all thought we would end up taking some home due to the portion size . But it was absolutely one of the best steaks we have ever had. That speaks volumes since my parents were in the grocery business , my father , meat cutter , took great pride in " prime beef , marbeling etc . This steak was that good ! Needless to say , not a morsel left . Would not hesitate to return again & plan to in the near future!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 2, 2017

We enjoy Restaurant Iron every time we go. The menu is creative and delicious. The cocktails are inventive and fabulous. The culinary, service and management team are friendly and professional. Consider sitting at the Counter to watch the Culinary team prepare your meal or the bar and get to know some great bartenders.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 2, 2017

This is one of the few restaurants open on an Sunday evening, so it was extra special to be there. We were worried about a night where Chef Alex was off, but his sous chef did a wonderful job of maintaining high quality food. We enjoy sitting at the Chefs counter and watching the pros in action. The Marcus Cesar salad is always delicious and my wife enjoyed the escargot. It was late in the evening so we didn't order entrees but just split the Buffalo Fried Oysters, which were excellent. Don't miss the Nutella pie for dessert.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 30, 2017

From the initial greeting at the door, to dinner, cocktails, dessert, and coffee, everything was exceptional. Service, food, and drinks couldn’t have been any better!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Authentic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Always creative & delicious menu.
Somewhat disheartening to pay $50 for a plate and then look around and see people wearing jeans and shorts, but the food is amazing.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on September 30, 2017

One of the best meals I've had in my life. Service was outstanding and made a wonderful night for my girlfriend and I.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Chef Alex and his staff always do an amazing job! The counter is a great experience to watch the kitchen and get a unique perspective on the restaurant. Amber took great care of us and the bartenders always make memorable cocktails.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Our food was superior. We had the pork which we shared. The portion was huge. The boudin mash was incredible. We had the escargot appetizer which was delicious. We were there for my husband's birthday. The restaurant is small, so getting a reservation is not easy, especially on the weekend, so calling in advance is essential. We had tried to go there previously but had never been able to get in. I called two weeks in advance to get a Friday night reservation. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

A fantastic birthday meal!! Clever and tasty menu along with a wonderful cocktail menu. We had a late seating and there were a couple of snafu’s with our orders, but ultimately All was good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Awesome! Delicious!

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We met friends for dinner and loved the relaxed atmosphere, the wonderful food, and the excellent service. The menu choices are outstanding and we were happily surprised to find out that all cocktails are $5.00 all evening on Thursday. A wonderful place for a special occasion or just a fun dinner out!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

First anniversary. Iron made it very memorable, they even printed personalized “happy anniversary” menus for us. Food was amazing and plated perfectly. Will be back again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Always amazing! Well crafted dishes with balanced flavors that will leave you savoring every bite.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Absolutely delicious! Great wine and exceptional dinner. Alex definitely knows what he's doing and so happy for his success!

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

All in all had a great experience
Will certainly be back

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Seasonal, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients
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