A native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Chef Anthony Chittum has earned a reputation not only for his cooking, but also for his commitment to sourcing from a network of local farmers, watermen & food artisans. Chittum & his team draw inspiration from the cuisines of Greece, Sicily, Sardinia & Southern Italy.
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What Insiders Are Saying
Iron Gate in Dupont is known for its prix-fixe dinner, but we like it best for drinks and a light bite.
Great Mediterranean food in a delightful outdoor setting. Delicious pasta dishes. Service was erratic but improved through the evening.
Disappointed in the food. Eggs were overcooked and potatoes were deep-fried entirely through. Nice backyard patio.
Interesting menu. Lovely setting and competent, friendly staff.
We hit a perfect night in the 70's with no humidity and that is when Iron Gate is outstanding. Small plates, high price makes my partner unhappy. But, a delicious red wine under the twinkling lights on my first day of summer vacation is perfection.
This is my new favorite restaurant in all of DC. The food is amazing. The service was outstanding - our waiter made a wine recommendation that changed our meal and enhanced the entire experience for us. 10 out of 10 on the wine rec. The grilled octopus is life changing best I’ve ever had. Agnolotti is small serving size but still wonderful. It seems pricey but it’s worth it.
Not good. We had a reservation and when we arrived on time they didn’t have a table for us. We had to eat in the bar. Not good for a business lunch.
A lovely place! Went with my family to celebrate a graduation--it was perfect for a special occasion. Though the family-style Chef's table menu option is a little pricey, it is so much fun and truly delicious! I have been dreaming about the roasted carrots and the olive oil cake! Relatively vegetarian friendly, too.
We had a lovely dinner here. Even though the restaurant was full, the tables are well spaced and it was possible to have a conversation. The staff was very pleasant and efficient; just enough attention. The food was wonderful. Particularly enjoyed the radishes with charred onion sauce. Nice selection of wines. The cherry dessert was delicious.
Wonderful outdoor historical patio! Interesting menu, small plates.
Service a bit off, slow, new? Nice people just need a bit more training and guest focus.
I had seen Iron Gate written up in a DC magazine for being the best spot for outdoor dining so I made a reservation. When I arrived they weren't seating anyone outdoors due to the threat of rain so I was seated indoors. I was fortunate to have Thandi as my server. His detailed knowledge of the wine was very impressive! I took his recommendations on dishes to order and was very pleased with the pork gyro. Enjoyed it and would love to return!
Our table of four shared the family-style dining option.
When we first arrived, we were greeted warmly by the hostess and shown to the lovely patio, which sits under a large arbor of grape vines. The indoor bar hid the much larger seating area nicely, and on a different day I'd have been perfectly happy sitting there for a meal.
The cocktails that came out first were excellent. IG's version of the Negroni was a refreshing take on a favorite classic.
Our server, Sean, came to our table and collected our menus (the family-style option is akin to a prix-fixe) and went on to suggest two Greek wines - a white and a red - that would pair well with our meal. We settled on both.
The food began to arrive quickly, starting with several appetizers: house-made foccacia, sesame crusted feta, and beetroot-think dip were our favorites.
The main course consisted of a refreshing beer and spinach salad, bucatini pasta salad, and a perfectly cooked buffalo skirt steak. The patio almost filled up for two separate dinner seating during our time there but I felt like Sean went out of his way to make sure we never felt rushed.
Dessert was incredible. The tiny bite-sized Greek donuts were good, but hard to compare with the sublime olive oil cake with summer berries and creme fraiche. I honestly could have eaten the entire plate, had dinner not been so delightful that I was full.
The ambiance was awesome, service superb (my most important factor in a restaurant), and prices great.
We will definitely be making another trip in the near future.
Thank you Chef Tony Chittum and Sean for an amazing experience!
We were a party of 7 celebrating Father's Day. It was a beautiful sunny day and we were lucky enough to get a table in the idyllic courtyard. It was very hot, and an umbrella or a fan would have helped, but being outside was wonderful!
We were early for our reservation and got drinks at the bar. Service was quick and the bartender allowed us to try different champagnes before we settled on the one we liked best. Once we were seated we had 3 starters then entrees. They were a bit slow bringing food and once our entrees came, one of our party had to wait 10 minutes after everyone else was served (she had a salad). The food was good. The catfish was done with a pecorino crust, charred avacado, and a radish-cucumber remoulade - it was the best dish of the day, out of this world! The Lemon ricotta pancakes were fine. A dense consistency with no hint of any lemon flavor, disappointing since I love all things lemon. The Spinach and Mushroom salad was very average but came with generous portion of Hanger steak. I would definitely go back. The ambiance was can't be beat and the service was great. I might try some different dishes as it was not cheap and we were not wowed by anything other than the catfish.
This is one of my fave restaurants in all of dc: the ambiance and service are incredible and then the fact that food it melt in your mouth delicious is beyond amazing!! If you want one good restaurant in dc go here!!
Fantastic experience! Food was amazing and service was excellent. We will definitely be back!
I noted on the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday. From the moment we arrived, the service was amazing, words can’t describe how flavorful and delicious the food was. They presented a birthday dessert as well without prompting. Fabulous evening - we can’t wait to go back!
Excellent food and wait staff.
It is such aa special place. You arrive because you want great food, ambiance and service. You smile and leave there enriched in every way.
Beautiful patio with wonderful food. Limited menu but everything is done very nicely. I truly adored the place - spent a bit more than expected but it was enchanting!
Arrived at Iron Gate for an 8PM reservation at approximately 5 minutes before our scheduled time and was told it would be a 15-minute wait for an outdoor table. We ended up waiting close to 30 minutes, which would have been a problem except that the meal more than made up for it. The halloumi in particular was outstanding, as well as the custom mocktail made for me by the bartender. Four of us shared around eight plates + dessert. Highly recommend the doughnuts, if they're available. And the ambiance, of course, was stunning.
Food was delicious, the atmosphere was incredible, staff were extremely knowledgeable and told us the history of Iron Gate. Highly recommend.
Went for my anniversary and they were amazing our waiter was outstanding and they even let us move our table once we were seated to outside since it was so nice. Would highly recommend this restaurant.
Our quiche came out cold from the refrigerator and we told the waiter and he admitted it shouldn’t have been cold...yet no replacement or anything to fix the not stellar item. Otherwise food was good, but maybe next time we won’t do the chefs table and will order individual plates.
Absolutely amazing. Food was fantastic, staff were attentive and it was one of the best meals for me and my fiancé were very impressed.
The wait staff was fantastic! The chef’s tasting menu option was one of the best experiences we’ve had in DC. Just the right number of courses and a diverse mix of tastes, portioned well. The lobster risotto balls were a highlight, as well as the calamari bucatini.
The white bolegnese is worth the trip. Very good food.
Visited from out of town. Unique menu. Historical setting. Great bar.
Kevin provided us with excellent service. He explained the menu well and suggested a wine we liked a lot. I was disappointed by the menu -- not as varied as I remembered from an earlier visit. Everything we ate was dlicious, I just thought the selection was a bit too limited. Overall experience was excellent.
We did the sample type plates where it was fixed price. We don’t eat meat so they accommodated us with a fish option. Every dish was wonderful, and we sampled 5 appetizers, 4 entrees and 2 desserts, plus they brought out a special dessert for my husbands birthday. It was a perfect dinner!
Loved Iron Gate! Celebrated my birthday on the patio with my partner and we had a lovely time. Highly recommend for a special occasion. The wisteria covered patio is absolutely lovely.
Third time we've eaten here and sad to say it will be the last.
First time was great - couldn't have been better. Second time, they put us on the patio in sub-freezing weather on Valentine's Day - I don't remember anything but the cold.
This time the food was excellent, but somewhat overpriced. Service was excellent, but frosty. A warm demeanor would have made so much difference.
Iron Gate is our happy place. Best everything around.
Group of friends came to celebrate a special occasion. Everything was wonderful from the wine, food, service, to the ambiance. Highly recommend.
Food was disappointing. I have no more to say. I have no more to say.
We ordered several dishes and they were all good however the spinach salad with gorgonzola cheese was a little over powering and the catfish was too salty for our taste. The deviled eggs were excellent and the doughnut pancakes were good as well.
Had an outstanding meal over about three hours and tasted our way through much of the menu. Many highlights! (carrots, oysters, asparagus, octopus, bruschetta--all terrific! and the gnocchi was out of this world!) Our waiter, Sean, was knowledgeable (yet humble, true) and all of his recommendations were spot on. We were all over the menu, so i was concerned about matching a wine (or wines as it turned out) to the meal(s). Sean's suggestion of Frappato for its versatility and vibrant fruit was brilliant and very satisfying. Later, when we got to entree, a collection grilled meats, Sean brought a couple of Greek wines (a younger and older version of the same grape) that just blew us away. We not only experienced an outstanding meal but had a revelation of sorts, and by the end of the night Sean was more of a friend than a waiter. Couldn't have been happier with the experience. Great atmosphere. Serious food. Unique wine list full of surprises. Perfect Service. Cant wait to go back...
Can't wait to come back. Already planned our labor day weekend in DC and will soon make reservations for dinner.
We were looking forward to dinner here after reading about the restaurant online. The number of options seemed limited, the service was so so and the food was ok. The ambiance was not great. Wish we would have spent our one night in DC with our daughter somewhere else. It's a decent restaurant that didn't live up to its reviews.
Fantastic service and food.
Anniversary dinner was great and the outdoor patio gave the dinner an romantic ambiance.