Restaurant IRON

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$31 to $50
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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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

On Valentine's Day, Chef Alex will be preparing a fixed price, five course tasting menu. The cost per person is $100. We will also have an optional wine and cocktail pairing, each for $40. The seatings will be held at 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM.

Friday, February 14, 2020

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ER
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our server Michael was excellent! Loved the apps. Not a huge fan of the main courses. Thought the chicken was burnt (breading) and lamb was over braised. Dessert was excellent!

OT
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonight was my husbands birthday. They printed happy Birthday on the top of the very menu just especially for us! My husband and I drive over every time from Mobile to enjoy Iron. We absolutely love it! We will be back.

SE
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the service was amazing and the food was even better!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good food but price not coherent with the area...
Amazing food!!
$80 Steak market value is non sense.... i would pay that on a steak house, which this restaurant is not a steak house
Other than that ....Amazing server, service overall and great food

BP
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upscale and cozy. Steak was outstanding. there is a decent wine selection and service was excellent

P
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is always amazing. Best dessert in town (Nutella pie).

OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday outing. Fantastic meal with stellar attention to detail and knowledgeable service.

KK
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience, as usual.
Our server, Hilary, was EXCELLENT!

E
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hands down: best restaurant in Pensacola. If you travel, you’ll truly appreciate this hometown gem. Elevated, creative dishes are the norm. Texture and flavor are on point. The price may be slightly more than other “classics” in town; this is a completely different, better experience. Prices are totally fair given the quality of ingredients (cost is much less for an amazing meal on caliber of LA/NYC/CHI/Toronto).

OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food would highly recommend the chef counter for any first time guest.

s
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience2

Escargot Gnocchi was fantastic! Rest of the food was mediocre at best. Prefer Jackson's any day over this restaurant. Not a fine dining restaurant. Service was great!

WC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first dinner date of 2020, my wife and I decided to try Restaurant Iron. What a perfect choice that turned out to be and a great way to start the new year! The ambiance was warm and inviting. Service doesn’t get any better and the plates and drinks were incredible. This fine little gem will be at the top of our list for dinner date nights going forward!!

OT
Mobile
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife and I were there for the 9:00pm New Years Eve seating. Everything was excellent. Food, service atmosphere. Definitely want to attend that event next year.

LK
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were really delighted with the New Years Eve tasting menu event. The food and service were top notch and what we can count on from Iron. The menu, wine pairing, and scheduling were obviously thoughtfully planned, it was a very seamless evening. Fantastic way to lead into the new year!

OT
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t imagine a finer meal or better service. Hats off to the Iron team.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Everything was great. Server seemed a little off her game that day, but overall a great experience. Will definitely be back for sure

OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Food is the best in Pensacola! Our server, Nicholas, was knowledgeable about Everything on the menu and was attentive. We had a delightful evening.

d
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent!!!

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JE
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super delicious, seasonal food and the wait staff is very attentive.

W
Mobile
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I absolutely love Restaurant Iron. The atmosphere, service and food is great. You will not be disappointed with any choice.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, could not ask for a better place to enjoy a long overdue family dinner.

Sitting at the kitchen counter never disappoints and Amber is a fantastic waitress!

OT
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Honestly, the overall experience was satisfactory however, for the price we weren’t blown away by food quality and quantity. The menu is expensive, and at these prices I expect to have my taste buds tantalized. We had very high expectations after being told it was best restaurant in Pensacola. Cocktails were nice but when we served a very small charcuterie board , I had concerns. That was a precursor to the rest of the meal. Presentation of food was perfect, but small portions and taste was just mediocre. The service was good (it’s not fine dining) and the ambiance was pretty cool- a nice upscale modern vibe. The bar area looked lively with people enjoying the discounted cocktails and appetizers. The four us left saying it was “ok” but underwhelmed with the cuisine. I would go back again to try it again but with different expectations.

MJ
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining food and experience in Pensacola, bar none!

DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and a great night out. You can tell they take pride in their dishes.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I can’t say enough good about this experience at this restaurant my wife work with the executive chef Alex many years ago when they were both starting out in their field trip she a pastry chef and he has sous chef on when we found out he was the chef here we just simply had to try it and felt that it was incredible he was good back then according to her is food now then she knew he was going somewhere. The Gumbo was top notch even though we lived in New Orleans for ten years. She loved the chicken too.

DS
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Over priced for amount of food and not many choices on menu

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Fabulous- my new #1 !!!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Stopped here on my way back to Tallahassee from Dallas. We made a reservation on the app and were looking forward to trying this place out and seeing what it’s all about. We left with more questions then answers.

Why did it take nearly 10 minutes for a waiter to show up? Why was the meatball starter served on a big rectangular plate that made the three meatballs look particularly small and lonely? Why was the amuse bouche a tiny piece of fruit that tasted like a fizzy Gusher? How was the best thing I ate at the restaurant a plate of French fries covered in cheese and truffle oil? Where is the bread?

Why are there so many things in these shrimp and grits? Why is one of them almonds? Why is the pasta in my girlfriend’s dish some kind of beet pancake?

How on earth did this bill get to $120 with tip without either of us ordering alcohol? Why did this go cup of steaming hot coffee not have a lid?

Did we come on the wrong night? Order the wrong food? Expect the wrong thing? Reading these other reviews feels like I am in an alternate dimension with reverse taste buds.

OT
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my wife’s birthday as always we sit at the chefs counter food was outstanding

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant Iron is by far the best restaurant in Pensacola ...we requested to sit at the chefs counter and enjoyed watching the final preparation and platings for everyone’s meal... it’s fun to see a work of art in progress ... Executive Chef, Alex and Sous Chef, Noah are extremely talented and together with their staff make for a memorable culinary experience.

JE
New Orleans
89 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

On the road from New Orleans to Tallahassee, we found dinner at Iron a perfect way to break up the trip. The drinks and the food all show careful to detail and are healthy, to boot. The servings are large, so the sharing of dishes will work for those with normal appetites. We arrived during rush hour when the already nicely prices cocktails were even more reasonably priced.

OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall amazing. Very impressed by everything.

OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Waiter was funny, attentive, and had great recommendations, food and drinks came out quick and were delicious, all together an amazing trip

l
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We dine at Iron often. We miss the steak tartare. It’s one of the main reason we come to Iron! We were disappointed to not see it on the fall menu, but glad to still have the Nutella pie.

PP
Shreveport
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always amazing! If you haven’t been there, go. The menu changes about every 4-6 weeks. The food is always delicious. It’s by far, the best restaurant in Pensacola.

OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant Iron is always amazing! One of the best restaurants in Pensacola

j
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With each visit we think the last one can't be topped and then the staff and food prove us wrong. We shared a chicken skin cracklings - to die for. My husband loved the sugar glazed salmon and my duck schnitzel was over the top. The flavors and different textures in this dish were amazing. Couldn't agree on a dessert so we shared a bread pudding at the counter and took a Nutella pie home with us - both were excellent. We always sit at the counter and enjoy watching such a professional and obviously talented group of culinarians. Enjoy our conversation with them while they prepare a feast. Can't say enough about our server, Haiden. His knowledge of the menu items including ingredients and preparation are impressive. Always recommends the perfect cocktail or wine to compliment our dinner. We're hooked.

EL
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great service! It is quite expensive so be prepared mentally for that. But the food was phenomenal. I had a Smoked Old Fashion and it was definitely one of the best ones I have had.

OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I love this place! Counter seating gives you a wonderful look into the kitchen and a sneak preview of all the menu items. By far the most refined and flavorful dishes in Pensacola and surpasses or rivals that of fine dining restaurants in larger cities.