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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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4.8

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 (53)
Good for a Date (50)
Special Occasion (48)
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Creative Cuisine (44)
Fit for Foodies (41)
Bar Seating (39)
Good for Birthdays (39)
Handcrafted Cocktails (38)
Local Ingredients (31)
Romantic (29)
Worth the Drive (29)
Notable Wine List (27)
Hot Spot (26)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Business Meals (24)
Cozy (23)
Fun (19)
Late-night Find (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Authentic (16)
Happy Hour (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Casual (11)
Seasonal (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Good for Groups (8)
People Watching (7)
Healthy (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Great Beer (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Organic (4)
Spicy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tapas (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Exceptionally good service. I’m pretty sure the owner/ head chef was making out with his girlfriend next to us. The food is awesome, and the atmosphere is great... his demeanor, however, seems childish. This is my first review I’ve ever written. Best regards, Allen

P.S... Roll Tide

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent food. Only surpassed by service. Not at all intimate and atmosphere and crowding does not live up to the high prices.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 5, 2017

I had dinner with a dear Friend of more than 20 years of history. We were celebrating a significant birthday for her. We were so surprised and delighted with we went to our table and the menu's had a personalized birthday wish to my dear friend. Such a very nice touch and thank you for making our already special time even more special. We had beautiful tastings of sorbet's and it was just light and lovely. Many thanks to all of the staff and to Alex for bring his wonderful and delectable food to downtown Pensacola, Iron is one of our favorite places to eat in Pensacola!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating
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food5
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Best restaurant in Pensacola. Delicious food with great service. And the drinks are one of a kind.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always exceptional. Counter seating at the "kitchen" provided a different view and engaged us with the chefs. Only downside to that view is you can also see the pans being washed in the back, but willing to overlook this cause the food is just that good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Delicious! service is always great. Coming back on the 28th with out of town friends.

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant. Nowhere in the surrounding area even comes close, and we drive 45 minutes to get here for a date. I will pick Iron every Time, hands down

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Attentive staff and delicious food. Truly enjoyed our meal, a definite return is planned on our return trip to Pensacola.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had perfect end of counter seating where we could view everything that was going on throughout the restaurant, including watching the chefs prepare and plate the food. The service was great and they made my daughter feel very special. They even had "!!!Happy 21st Birthday Alison!!!" printed at the top of the menu. I nice surprise. All of the chefs signed her menu and the waitress who was wonderful, drew a heart around the drinks Alison had and wrote happy birthday. They provided dessert sample tray with a candle in it to surprise her further. I could not have been more happy with the moment created by staff. It was definitely a birthday dinner to remember. I am grateful.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Chef Alex McPhail always impresses with his food, and the staff are well-trained professionals. We love dining here!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Our waiter was very attentive for the whole evening. He made sure we had everything we needed, and brought drinks often.

If I had a suggestion, it would be to allow a healthy substitution for sides. We had the steak for two, which was amazing. However, the very delicious truffle fries ruin the diet plan.

Its good for a date night. I will definitely go again for special occasions. I would not go on a regular basis, because the menu is pricey.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Dressy Casual. Creative upscale dining. Service was good. Server was relatable, friendly, and knowledgeable. Bar is bustling. Atmosphere was lively. Bone marrow w/ crawfish appetizer was ok but wouldn't order again. Buffalo Oyster appetizer was very good. Foie Gras appetizer was excellent with a unique combination of flavors that unexpectedly go very well together. Brown Butter and Thyme Lamb T-Bone was artistically plated, and delicious. Cheshire Pork 3 Ways: Very good pork chop, however the dissembled boudin which the chop sat atop was far too spicy and overwhelmed the entire plate. I would not order this dish again. The Venison Osso Bucco with fried parsnips while good, was not notable - however it was served on one of the best risottos I've ever tasted.
Very enjoyable evening out. Date friendly restaurant, though not especially romantic.
Well worth the visit.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I absolutely love this restaurant! Chef Alex and his staff are wonderful! The food is excellent! I never ordered anything I didn't like. Restaurant IRON is must go place!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Cozy, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Incredible food, wine list, desserts and service. This is one of the two best restaurants in Pensacola. Next time I am going to ask for a seat at the bar that overlooks the kitchen. The restaurant is small and cozy and the food is wonderful.

Tags: Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Never disappointed, presentation always brings an awe when plates are put in front of you. Tastes are spot on.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This is my third time to eat at Iron. Each time has been a great experience. The food, ambiance, and service are all superb. I look forward to returning in the future.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Fun, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 23, 2017

On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best, this was a 10 !! We sat at the bar(only seats available) and kitchen and cook staff looked very professtional and the food was spectacular if you like high end cuisine. The placed was packed, and they looked like locals. Only problem might be seating included side-by-side tables and privacy. This was a bustling active restaurant, a bit noisy, and what we thought was a meal that matched the finest dining in any large city restaurant.

Tags: Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

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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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 22, 2017

I am tempted to use the word "perfect". So I will. It is impossible to have a bad meal at Iron.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Restaurant Iron always impresses, never disappoints!!!
Always something new whether it's a cocktail, app or main!
Can't wait until next time...soon I hope!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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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 (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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