Iron Gate

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1407 reviews
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Iron Gate offers multiple menu options nightly in our Dining Room as well as our outdoor Patio Garden and Bar Carriageway. The seating for reservations is on a first come first serve basis for all areas. Guests can choose from either an à la carte menu featuring an array of mezze plates and family style platters as well as a 3-course Family Table menu ($59 per person, for groups of 2 or more). Our menus change frequently based on the availability of seasonal & local ingredients, and we always do our very best to customize based on dietary restrictions & preferences.

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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Iron Gate in Dupont is known for its prix-fixe dinner, but we like it best for drinks and a light bite.

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Norway
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great Mediterranean food in a delightful outdoor setting. Delicious pasta dishes. Service was erratic but improved through the evening.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Disappointed in the food. Eggs were overcooked and potatoes were deep-fried entirely through. Nice backyard patio.

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C
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting menu. Lovely setting and competent, friendly staff.

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FK
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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BN
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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m
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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j
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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CT
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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.

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Charleston
140 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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KL
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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FC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

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M
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience! Food was amazing and service was excellent. We will definitely be back!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wait staff.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite place

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a
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

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AK
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, the atmosphere was incredible, staff were extremely knowledgeable and told us the history of Iron Gate. Highly recommend.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

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.

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London
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. Food was fantastic, staff were attentive and it was one of the best meals for me and my fiancé were very impressed.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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d
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The white bolegnese is worth the trip. Very good food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited from out of town. Unique menu. Historical setting. Great bar.

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A
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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K
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

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JC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Iron Gate is our happy place. Best everything around.

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K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Group of friends came to celebrate a special occasion. Everything was wonderful from the wine, food, service, to the ambiance. Highly recommend.

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TC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was disappointing. I have no more to say. I have no more to say.

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L
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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c
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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...

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h
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Can't wait to come back. Already planned our labor day weekend in DC and will soon make reservations for dinner.

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CB
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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.

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W
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food.

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JH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner was great and the outdoor patio gave the dinner an romantic ambiance.

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