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Iron Gate, Washington, DC
Iron Gate, Washington, DC
Iron Gate, Washington, DC
Iron Gate, Washington, DC
Iron Gate, Washington, DC
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This restaurant now offers Takeout

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Iron Gate

4.7
4.7
2700 Reviews
$50 and over
Mediterranean
Iron Gate, located near Dupont Circle, stands as one of the district’s oldest continuously operating restaurants and is split between a sumptuous dining room, a wisteria covered patio and a handsomely enclosed carriageway that houses the bar.

Chef Anthony Chittum, a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and his team have revitalized the space with a menu that takes inspiration for the cuisines of Greece, Sicily, Sardinian and Southern Italy, interpreting those traditions and techniques using the finest products and seasonal ingredients of the Mid-Atlantic.

Iron Gate also serves as an idyllic oasis for fine private events both large and small, so please consider us when planning your next fête, we'd love to have you as our guests.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 44 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Italian, Greek
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:30 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 524-5202
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Anthony Chittum
  • Private party facilities
    Hold your next event at Washington D.C.’s oldest continuously running restaurant. The property, built in 1875 by retired navy admiral William Radford, offers a unique combination of indoor and outdoor spaces. Reach out to our events team at events@irongaterestaurantdc.com and book today!
  • Private party contact
    our Private Dining Coordinator: (202) 524-5202
  • Neighborhood
    Dupont Circle
  • Cross street
    18th Street
  • Parking details
    Street parking
  • Public transit
    DuPont MetroFarragut North Metro
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Garden Patio Lunch!

    Multiple dates available
    We look forward to having you join us on our picturesque patio for lunch favorites like our focaccia pizzas and easy drinking summer wines! Please note that inclement weather such as heavy rain or intense heat may require our team to move your reservation inside to our charming indoor dining room for the comfort and safety of our guests and team members.

What 2,700 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Romantic

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mediterranean

  • District of Columbia

    Romantic

  • District of Columbia

    Mediterranean

2,700 Reviews
  1. StacyR

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible horrible and more horrible horrible horrible

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  2. DinnerParty

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Love the carriage way bar, the back dining room was quieter than the patio but seemed to lack a certain freshness. Good and service were good but I wanted to be a little more wow-ed. would go again to try the chef’s menu for a more cohesive dining experience.

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  3. mell

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Portions were very large, more food than 2 people could eat with the tasting menu.

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  4. PamG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious. The patio was beautiful. I wish there was one in St. Louis. We will be back next time we are in DC.

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  5. MeganT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING!!! Best food I’ve ever eaten. Hands down. Amazing!

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  6. theSreview

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Greek wine selection, beautiful space, incredible food.

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  7. Lonna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I made a reservation for my birthday this weekend for four people, and the host was very accommodating in changing the reservation around for us. When one person in our party was late due to poor weather and wasn’t able to join, our server Zarina was patient about us waiting so long to order. Zarina made the day so special for me, gave the best food recommendation (the gnocchi! Chefs kiss!) and was nothing but pleasant. 10/10 recommend the food, the service, the atmosphere. We had such a lovely day at iron gate. Thank you guys so much. Thank you Zarina for your hospitality.

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  8. James

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We participated in the Chef's Table and the food was great. You receive all of the appetizers and some surprises aong the way. We chose the Bison flank which was awesome but the broccolini was pretty salty. For desert we had the spiced apple cake which was great as well. Overall the wine we had with dinner was spectacular as well and we really enjoyed our drinks (extra dirty martini, old fashioned, espresso martinis w/ dessert).

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  9. DonS

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants in the area. Great for people with different dietary needs.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place and very good food. Highly recommended

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We went for the holidays and the menu then was just better. Amazing restaurant and we’ll definitely be back!

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  12. Natalie

    Washington DC

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Only problem was that the pasta with pesto was too salty -- and that there's too much food in the three-course meal! Be careful to pace yourself. Otherwise everything was terrific.

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  13. uwsdine

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely outside table and lovely outside space. Food is good though I’d prefer more fish options. Also would like more dessert options.

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  14. GazMP

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food with a creative menu that stands out from other restaurants in the area. Very friendly and attentive staff. The small entry bar area is loud, but the back "stable" room is more quiet and the patio isn't very noisy either (and beautiful when the weather is good).

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  15. LindsayC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter,Chris, was great! The food was delicious!

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  16. BethL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with a friend for my birthday, and it was fabulous! The patio is gorgeous, service was wonderful, food was delightful, wine recommendations were right on point. We talked and laughed and ate for 3 hours. Pure bliss.

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  17. ClaudiaB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and lovely! Will be back soon Simple fresh ingredients

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  18. JeffT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and great service along with ambiance. Great experience.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing as always. Never disappoints

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  20. Elixer

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Iron Gate was a great experience. We went to celebrate a birthday and the restaurant did a great job celebrating the occasion. The drinks were amazing, and the first courses were all suburb. The main course was good, but not as amazing as we were expecting. The bison was a bit tough and my wife didn’t care for it, but with the menu changing regularly that wouldn’t stop us from coming back. Desert was excellent too. Overall, portions were good and the wait staff were terrific too. For a pricy meal, Iron Gate delivered a great experience and good food.

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  21. LucieZ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Had brunch here restaurant week. Very good interesting food. Great appetizer, main course and amazing desert.

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  22. Scout

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Nice and romantic date option. The food was delicious and outside patio ambiance was perfect.

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  23. Savannahr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was very kind and helpful! Service was impeccable and every dish was delicious!

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  24. NinaH

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Had lunch here restaurant week. The food was delicious, the portions were (too) large and the service delightful.

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  25. dscp

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extraordinary lunch! Fantastic appitizer, great main course and amazing desert served by a caring and efficient waitress. We could not have asked for more.

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  26. Vivian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I was pleasantly surprised with Iron Gate. I thought it would be overhyped but the ambiance, incredible food and attentive service made up for it. It is worth the hype and definitely the price tag. We did the tasting menu and while I typically leave tasting menu experiences hungry, I was stuffed after leaving Iron Gate, with leftovers to take home. Portions are much more appropriate compared to similar DC spots They also have great vegetarian options and mocktails which I was impressed by. I will be back to Iron Gate.

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  27. DonnaH

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Loved sitting outdoors under the lights.

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  28. AstridC

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very good interesting food, not exceptional. Wonderful patio, amazing setring. Brian was great and so was service overall.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was our first anniversary and Zarina made it awesome!

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  30. AnneW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful experience! We ordered the tasting menu which offered a fun variety of dishes that were both delicious and filling. We last went 5 years ago the night my husband proposed. We were so happy that our favorite items were still on the menu but incorporated into new dishes - the sesame feta and Greek honey donuts. The ambience is romantic but not overly formal. Perfect spot for a date night

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  31. JenniferF

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Good was amazing! Drinks were ok and also slow. Also the patio can be a bit loud if you are trying to have a quiet dinner

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    This was the worst dining experience I have had in years. The menu was limited to very few choices and after letting us decide on chicken gyros, we were told they had no chicken left and no other meat choices were offered as substitute. Ten minutes later the waitress returned to tell us there was no chicken available for the Cesar salads either. We then waited for over an hour to be served our meals without the waitress checking in to explain the delay. The manager never made him or herself known. Although we arrived at 1:20, we were not finished until 3:15 due to the extremely slow arrival of food. I could have been understanding if anyone had put the least effort into apologizing for the awful service and limited menu but nobody seemed to give a hoot. Huge disappointment after hearing good things.

    Iron GateResponded on August 23, 2023

    I am so sorry to hear about your experience with us yesterday. Our goal here at Iron Gate is for every Guest that dines with us to have an exceptional experience, and obviously we fell well short of that. Please come back and allow me to take care of your lunch in hopes of rectifying this situation. Sincerely, Douglas Berryhill General Manager

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great space, ambiance and food. Nice, short but inventive menu, beautifully presented and tasted as good as it looked. Service lagged as they seemed understaffed. But that did not taint the total experience. Will return.

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  34. marsha

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did the chef's table and it was delish! And such a good value! So much food, we were able to take some home to enjoy again! The courtyard is such a wonderful space to have a meal. We will definitely dine there again!

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  35. BostonJeff

    Greater Boston

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was beyond fantastic! Restaurant is a foodie paradise with creative presentation and exceptional flavors. Highly recommended!

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  36. LindsayF

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another amazing dinner at Iron Gate! We had the same server as last time and he was fantastic; knew what wine we liked, had great recommendations for new ones to try…it just made the experience special for us. The outdoor patio is such a beautiful space as well, with the ivy and lights overhead, and the candles on the back steps. Definitely a must try if you’ve never been!

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  37. Ryan

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food is still excellent at Iron Gate. The wine list is unique and enjoyable. However, the overall experience felt a bit hectic, the inside room was extremely crowded and loud, and the service left something to be desired. It's gone downhill since the first time we went ~5 years ago for a romantic meal. I wouldn't consider this a go-to high-end date spot anymore.

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  38. AshleyD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! We celebrated our anniversary there and they added a lot of special touches to really make us feel celebrated!

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  39. VisitorVisitorVisitor123

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Charming restaurant in a beautiful neighbourhood. Staff were welcoming and knowledgeable. Would definitely return.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice venue and great service! Main courses were very yummy!!

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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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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

Iron Gate is rated 4.7 stars by 2700 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 44 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Iron Gate

1734 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

Additional information

  • Cross street
    18th Street
  • Neighborhood
    Dupont Circle
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:30 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Italian, Greek
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street parking
  • Public transit
    DuPont MetroFarragut North Metro
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Anthony Chittum
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 524-5202
  • Private party facilities
    Hold your next event at Washington D.C.’s oldest continuously running restaurant. The property, built in 1875 by retired navy admiral William Radford, offers a unique combination of indoor and outdoor spaces. Reach out to our events team at events@irongaterestaurantdc.com and book today!
  • Private party contact
    our Private Dining Coordinator: (202) 524-5202
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