Iron Gate

4.8
2114 Reviews
$50 and over
Mediterranean
Iron Gate currently offers multiple menu options in our outdoor Patio Garden. 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 ($75 per person, for groups of 2 or more) with wine parings available for an additional fee. Our menus change frequently based on the availability of seasonal and local ingredients. We will always do our very best to customize based on dietary restrictions and 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 and his team draw inspiration from the cuisines of Greece, Sicily, Sardinia & Southern Italy.

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Experiences

  • PIKILIA MENU

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy small bites, Italian and Greek inspired cocktails, and selections from our award winning wine list from 3pm-4:45pm on a charming patio underneath our 100 year old wisteria. Saluti!
  • Feast of the 7 Fishes

    $95.00 per personPrepaid

    Dec 24, 2021 only

    "Feast of the 7 Fishes" is back for a traditional Christmas Eve feast! Chef is preparing a delicious three-course meal featuring seven antipasti dishes, a decadent Sicilian style seafood stew, and a mavrodaphne poached pear served with chocolate sabayon, coco nibs, and hazelnut financier. All beverages including wine pairings will be available for purchase with your meal. The full menu is available for review at IronGateRestaurantDC.com. Please note any dietary restrictions or allergies by 12/20 and we will be happy to accommodate them. All purchases are final. In the event of an emergency, cancellations with a minimum of 24 hour notice can be offered a voucher for the price of the Experience for a later visit to Iron Gate.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2114 people are saying
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vipCarltonC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another terrific dining experience at Iron Gate. The outside patio is beautifully appointed and warm because of fireplaces next to each table. The food was outstanding and the service, impeccable. From the time we arrived until we left, we felt well taken care of. Our out-of-town guests also thoroughly enjoyed dining in Washington's oldest restaurant space. We'll be back soon.

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vipJackieV
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a treat, as always. The staff is very kind and attentive. Food is great. Atmosphere is beautiful!

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RAYLOV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John was outstanding. This was our first time visit to this super romantic restaurant and we were not disappointed. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for our anniversary. Chef’s table was great. They definitely made it a special night for us. We loved every aspect of our meal. We will come back.

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JonM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative dishes, grat atmosphere. Perfect for a Special Nigh!

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vipluv2eat
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply put, Iron Gate is one of the best DC has to offer; it has the whole package: outstanding, innovative cuisine but without the fussiness, an interesting wine list that won't break the bank, great cocktails, a lovely outdoor area and cozy interior, and attentive but not cloying service. Enduring restaurants like Iron Gate that haven't gone on cruise control deserve our attention.

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Bilal
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Very romantic and the service was extraordinary!

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KatieB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jon was fantastic and really made our experience memorable.

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Jiles
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favourite restaurant in DC. Staff is knowledgable and really cares, the food is excellent and the ambiance is warm and cozy with wood burning fires both inside and in their outdoor garden. Great for a date or for elderly parents who have a hard time with noisy places. Can't wait to come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The nicest dining experience EVER. The staff wrote us a handwritten thank you note for celebrating a birthday/special occasion with us and it was signed by the staff! Such a sweet little gesture that blew us away!

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Mathai
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good place to grab quality food and drink. We went to celebrate a birthday the night before some in our group had to fly out early. The staff provided impeccable service and we were able to order a variety of great foods.

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Julia
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bison tartare, foccacia were delicious! The duck was spectacular.

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ssssd
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got the chef's family table for our anniversary. Very good food and ambience.

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vipTomP
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iron Gate NEVER fails to deliver ! Plus, the unique outside dining with good heaters makes it a great choice until Covid subsides.

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Jill
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor set up kept us toasty warm on a cold night. Food was delicious, service attentive

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vipCatherineM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed a birthday celebration dinner at Iron Gate. We shared a family tasting menu, with delicious tidbits - but plenty of delicious food - to sample. Each time a new dish was brought out and we thought "oh, this is going to be our favorite," another that we liked as much or more was delivered to our table. The food was creative, beautiful, and uniformly delicious. Thank you for making our birthday evening so special.

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WillOL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cozy ambience in the middle of DC. Dishes are truly pieces of art.

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BrianB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iron Gate is a phenomenal spot for a date night, even in the cold as each table has a gas fire pit right next to it. The food was phenomenal. My wife called it her new favorite restaurant in DC.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was there for my birthday and they provided a complimentary cake pop and a beautiful handwritten happy birthday card! As well as fantastic food for dinner.

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welda
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The food was wonderful...lots of small plates with a great variety of tastes. The negative was that it was outdoor space was cold. The firepits helped some, but the heat lamp was broken, and several of us were cold throughout the meal. We were somewhat disappointed with the wine recommended and ordered at $135 for the bottle. It lacked robustness and the flavor was thin.

I would recommend this restaurant during warmer weather, but not in temperatures below 55 F.

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LexB
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have heard lots of good things about Iron Gate, and it did not disappoint! Amazing and unique food in a spectacular atmosphere!

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Tqteacher
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful epicurean fantasy fulfilled! Just made a reservation based on Fodor's description. Expected nice, maybe "good." Walked in suddenly we were being pampered and cared for like few places know how to do. Do not even look at the menu, just experience the Chef's Table! Each serving will surprise and then delight you. This team of professional dream weavers will never allow your water glass to empty. They will change out your plates and utensils between each course so your palate is able to focus on each exciting nuance of the next course. Be sure to request the whimsical patio and enjoy your own flame 🔥 feature at each table. So romantic. So unexpected, so much more! The food is so well prepared, the presentation perfect, each bite a delight. Make this a must have meal any time you are within 100 miles!

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JenniferH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambience, Covid comfortable and delicious feast! Great place to celebrate and outdoor fire made a chilly night cozy. Love this place!

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JanisH
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Family reconnect

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vipHollyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting, service and food

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Impressed
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is as beautiful as the environment and as excellent as the service.

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vipIsladelencanto
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great customer service!

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Amber
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First date night out since the pandemic began and our anniversary to boot. It was lovely. The food was fabulous and the wine pairings were spot on (we did the chefs choice with wine pairings). Jon was our server and balanced perfectly the personable with unobtrusive care of our table. Thank you to the whole team for a wonderful evening!

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MattS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fantastic choice to celebrate our anniversary dinner! We did the Chef's table with wine pairing and it was well worth it! 3 courses of delicious food and wine to go along with it! I plan on eating at Iron Gate again, we've talked about making it our anniversary dinner spot for years to come!

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vipKoppa
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our intimate dinner here. Sat outside by a small tabletop firepit and it was perfect. Drinks were amazing and food was excellent. Service was top notch too. Great place for a date night!

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SamiM
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable ambiance in the beautiful courtyard setting. Food was amazing all around and really appreciate the chef catering to my wife's milk allergy. Staff was a perfect combination of friendly and attentive, but also giving us time and space to enjoy our food and each other. We literally felt like we were whisked away to a dreamy place of food and wine, when it was only a few blocks away from our home. Well done to the chef and entire staff!

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AmanC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great ambiance and food; We did not go with the chef's special because it was quite pricy and also did not meet our dietary restrictions. A la carte was more economical and still left us full.

Keep in mind that most of the tables are outside and even with the firepits, it got quite windy and cold during our visit in Oct end.

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Shpak
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service! Incredible food! The best part is the outdoor seating space, super beautiful and unique.

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vipaliasyko
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. The wisteria ambience with fire pit was one of a kind. The food was very very good, well thought out, and beautiful to look and eat. We got the chef's experience and it was great. Can't wait to come back

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Rachel
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous patio, attentive service, delicious food.

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vipLeahK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dishes are always clever and a step above. The mushroom carbonara had this delicious underlying pepper flavor, not too hot, just yum. Gorgeous romantic patio, great service. Our 3rd visit, plan for many more!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Found the chefs tasting + wine menu a bit disappointing

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vipTrish
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary dinner was fabulous! Great ambiance on the patio, great food and great service - special thanks to Victoria and the whole Iron Gate staff!

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Net1
Cincinnati
59 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The menu here has changed since my last time here
Choices seemed very limited and offerings were pretty eclectic. Great if you are in an experimental mood but I really missed the delicious Mediterranean fare from before
Wine selections were great! Attentive service

FAQs

Iron Gate offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 524-5202.

Iron Gate is rated 4.8 stars by 2114 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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