I give 3 stars this time(we were there few times prior) because we did not like the way Hostess treated us when we "checked in". It was a Valentine weekend and she was NOT pleasant, kept talking on the phone and had no happy personality at all. :(
My husband and I went to Iron Gate on a belated Valentine's Day celebration and had a great evening. We really enjoyed the food and the service was fantastic, but were surprised by the pricing of the menu items - we are the type to do our research before making reservations for restaurants, and it seemed that prices had gone up at least 20% from the prices we saw online. Otherwise, a great experience overall!
Delayed valentine day dinner with my husband. The food was great, as we expected. But the service was much less than we experienced in the past. We had to ask for menus to be provided, asked 3 times for a water refill before we got it, and our glasses were filled with wine only once, we took care of the rest. The nice sorbet palate cleansers after the salad course were forgotten by our waiter. We love this restaurant and have come to expect a certain level of service, but it seemed that the standards have been lowered since our last visit. For a meal that cost over $200, the service was not adequate.
It was a lovely experience and great value for a romantic dinner. The server explained us the specials and his service was high rated.
Outstanding food and service. This is our go to spot for fine dining and special occasions. Expensive but worth every penny.
The Iron Gate always delivers. The food is fantastic, the service is excellent.
Valentine’s Day lunch with my wife. Food was delicious, as always, and our favorite waiter Guiseppe was exceptional.
We love the Iron Gate for special occasion dinners when you want a truly fine dining experience and are willing to pay for it.
Another excellent special occasion meal at the Iron Gate. Try the spinach flambe salad and the strawberry flambe dessert-outstanding.
Old-school dining with a classic menu. The food was delicious and each course can be paired with a specific wine. The wait staff was very experienced and knowledgable about the menu. It was somewhat noisier than usual due to Valentine's Day celebrations. A delightful evening out!
Always a great experience in food and service! The most recent was a Birthday Dinner for my significant other with a couple who own an upscale restaurant in San Francisco who multiple times would not let us pay for our meal. We wanted to take them to a special place to reciprocate and they loved the Iron Gate!
San Mateo, CA
We enjoy the restaurant for atmosphere quality of food and especially attentive
Corkage is steep at 30.00. Food amazing but expensive.
This is my favorite restaurant. The food is delicious and the service is excellent.
The food and service was absolutely fantastic! We had always heard good reviews about The Iron Gate, but just recently had the opportunity to experience eating there. The staff is extremely attentive! The owner actually visited our table, thanking us for dining at the restaurant and asking if everything was okay. The food was delicious and the presentation was very nice. We will definitely be back!
We have been going to the Iron Gate for over 35 years and still enjoy the food, the bartenders and the waiters. Very good veal dishes and salads. The sorbet to cleanse the palate is a nice touch. Enjoyed watching a lot of people in the dining room celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. Lots of singing & flambe entrees for all to witness. Lots of happy people.
Magdy our waiter is by far the best in the business. He knows what to do and when. The food and wine suggestions are on point every time
Transformed a casual birthday celebration into a superb one, with a delightful chocolate surprise !
The Caesar salad for two was good. My entree (Steak Au Poivre Flambe ) was tough and the pepper sauce over it was insipid. My partner's entree (Poulet a la Marsala) was "just ok". The desert (fresh berries in ice cream) was good. The service was very good and attentive.
This is a classic old time Italian - French restaurant if you're looking for well dressed waiters with a support staff that is outstanding, this place is for you. Our waiter was part of a 3 person team, attentive but not hovering. They certainly knew what they were doing and we'll well coordinated.
This is a old fashioned French Italian restaurant. If if you're looking for old fashioned and elegance. This is a must go to place.
Our waiter engaged with us knew the menu and specials. He even got special wine glasses for us.
We had an excellent abalone appetizer that wasn't overpowered by allowing sauces. Thus the subtle flavor of the abalone was spot on. Our house salad for 2 was tossed at the table with mixed greens, bay shrimp, avocado, and a perfect lite dressing, that again was not overpowering.
My wife had the provimi veal special with artichoke hearts and marsala wine. I had the Petrali sole special almondine, both excellent!
It was a wonderful evening. I always feel great when the Mrs. Is very happy with a perfect evening !
Excellent service and food. Still a great classic style restaurant and our go to place for celebrations.
I have already posted a review on trip advisor.
It was my son 21 st Birthday and this Iron made a true memory. From the stupendous amazing fabulous waiter to the cocktails and of course the exquisite food.
Thank you Thank you Thank you for making my son and ours a great evening of fun and great dining!!!!!
Joe made our dinner truly enjoyable! It's rare anymore to get a true professional waiter and Joe is exactly that! Thanks Joe!
Ok at best. The service was great, really nice folks work there, hostess is hot, food not worth the money. Just to give you an example, $30 salad for two, it was nothing more than spinach and bacon. $55 steak Diane, while tasty, it was a $10 Safeway steak - should have been $30 max. Can't make an old fashion either.
On the plus side, the whole flambe thing they do is pretty cool. But it feels like they up charge for the experience.
Great as always! The service is highly professional and the food is superb. This is our favorite restaurant in the Bay Area.
The food never disappoints at the Iron Gate. The normal bartender was off so it took some time to get my cosmopolitan right. The veal piccata was de-lish as was the sole meuniere. So happy to have my Caesar salad made at the table. The bananas foster (made tableside) was the perfect ending to my birthday lunch.
Excellent service and food! the Souffle is a must and needs to be ordered when ordering your meal as it takes 30 minutes to make.
Iron Gate has been around for as long as I can remember. The staff is friendly and proficient. The menu is extensive, and features a great number of flaming dishes from salads, through entrees, and onto desserts. We started with fried calamari which was about the best I've ever had. I moved on to a flaming spinach and bacon salad which was excellent; my wife had a Caesar salad which was equally good. Both were prepared tableside. Our entrée was chateau briand which proved, to my surprise, to be a disappointment. The presentation was exquisite with the vegetables and mashed potatoes being quite tasty and beautifully presented. My wife's cut was indeed medium rare while mine was well done. I don't know why the cooking was so uneven, but so it was. I did try my wife's and it was excellent. Dessert was cherries jubiliee, and it too was good. The overall cost was nontrivial, and but for the entrée, I would have considered it money well spent. Hence, my four star rating.
Love the place, food is good, service is exceptional.
The steak Diana was cooked to perfection, the onion soup was a great starter.
Caesar salad is a must have, prepared at the table.
We liked the fact we were not rushed, there was enough time between each course.