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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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
This is fit for foodies with a sophisticated ambiance, even though we were seated outside. The service was excellent and the food even more so. It's pricey but I will try and dine there again before it gets too cold. Our waiter knew everything about the menu and gave us good advice. I think it was worth every penny!
Our server was fantastic and the staff was very Covid-aware and safe
Lovely outdoor ambience under vines with plenty of gas fireplaces for warmth. The food is superb Italian/Greek inspired and the staff were very kind.
The Thanksgiving Prix Fix was outstanding. Food was fabulous and service excellent.
However, I was surprised to discover that the same wine offered for $32 on their online takeout menu was $68 when dining in as the in restaurant wine list was not available on their website. Our server Cubby was extremely polite, helpful and provided very attentive service.
Very impressive Thanksgiving menu and service. Speaking of, manager should have credit for orchestrating her servers like a stage director. Very impressive. The menu, complements to the chef, was not the Norman Rockwell version. All courses were inspired, well prepared and attractively presented. (Just a little curiosity: check was presented with no offer of coffee or tea. Presumably because table seatings were closely timed.)
David M. Maxfield
Food was decent but the service was terrible. The staff is rude and dismissive.
One of the most romantic dinners I have ever enjoyed. The meal was excellent, the wine was excellent and the staff was very Covid careful. Loved the heaters and the late night dinner reservation. Thanks!!
When seated we were told we had 1.5 hours to dine, although we understand the reasoning, this was a very rushed time frame based on our plans to leisurely celebrate our anniversary together. 1.5 hours was not nearly enough time to enjoy a glass of bubbly followed by a shared bottle of wine. Dessert came out while we still had a few glasses of wine left and I usually prefer to finish my wine and order a decaf with dessert. We were concerned that we'd be asked to leave before having a chance to finish our wine. I'd recommend expanding the table time to a minimum of two hours, especially with the added slow down of having to put a mask on every time someone comes to the table. 1.5 hours, no matter what experience you're looking for, is extremely rushed.
We were also excited to try the Chef's tasting menu, but were both disappointed when we saw that the chef's tasting came with two salads... I usually don't opt for the expense of a chef's tasting menu to eat a modified Caesar Salad. Most of the other dishes were also underwhelming. The bison dish was cold by the time it was served, and nothing else really stuck out to us as anything more than mediocre.
The ambiance cannot be beat and was one of the reasons we still enjoyed our time at Iron Gate, the staff was also outstanding; very warm and friendly. Although counterintuitively, now that masks are a must, attentive wait staff becomes a bit of a nuisance every time they come to check on the table and our meal has to stop to put masks on. Overall, would recommend the vibe at Iron Gate, but the food is nothing to go out of your way for.
We has the most wonderful time at Iron Gate. We came for our one year anniversary and they went above and beyond in service. They sent over a dessert that said happy anniversary, sparkle rose and a nice note. It made the evening so special. And the food is beyond good. We loved everything we ate!
Fantastic ambiance, food, service and overall experience!
Nice outdoor dining and wonderful service from Kim.
The service was impeccable, and the approach to working around the virus was great!
The food was perfect, great pairings of flavours and the portions sizes were perfect.
We weren’t very hungry so only tried a few dishes but we will definitely be back for the full tasting menu.
Incredible service and ambiance while maintaining safe Covid protocols. The food quality was superb.
Very good experience - will be coming back
Fantastic outside patio with great ambiance. Super COVID protocals. Food was excellent. A great night out!!
I expected more given the hype. Staff was lovely. Portions were strange: overly large and overly small. Food was ok. Nothing great.
Fabulous experience with wonderful service and ambience. Highly recommend for a special evening out. Outstanding precautions with masks and table distancing.
Had the best dining experience of my life. I didn’t know what to expect from the chefs table but it was such a pleasant surprise. Everything tasted delicious. From the starter to the desert. We celebrated my fiancé’s birthday and cannot wait to go back. Service, ambiance, quality every thing was perfect!
A great place to enjoy a safe and delicious date night. Lots of warmth in the courtyards too for cooler nights. Would definitely recommend!
Had a great birthday dinner for my wife—the wait staff was amazing, and made us feel safe and taken care of. Definitely recommend the Tasting Menu—think it was called the Family table. All around great time.
We love Iron Gate and have enjoyed many celebrations at this place. It is truly special and the food is delicious.
We waited at the front for about 5 minutes for someone to seat us, no one was there. The dress is not business casual- it is casual, so we were a bit over dressed (open table said business casual, hostess was wearing jeans).
I loved how the restaurant was strict about social distancing and wearing masks. All the staffs are very well trained with this situation and I felt really safe during the dinner. And the food was amazing, too!
Wonderful food and pleasant, attentive, careful service. We LOVED the roasted eggplant, the grilled octopus and especially the shrimp and crab orzo/risotto with saffron. Nice to know this patio can be warmed enough to stay open into the colder months.
Food was unique and delicious - very fresh and seasonal flavors. The ambiance is always great and special at Iron Gate. Their patio is like nowhere else and comfortable year-round. Beautiful space.
I was a little disappointed with iron gate this time.
First I called this restaurant twice to ask some questions about my reservation but no one was a available to answer my questions so I left massage both times but no one ever call me back.
The foods were way over priced and mimosas was a completely flat.
I don’t think I’ll go back to iron gate restaurant until things are back to normal.😞
The ambiance on the patio is borderline perfect. The seafood orzo was a real standout. Staff was great. Some dishes lacked salt.
Only complaint is that the service was poor, everything else about this place is incredible. I went with my friends (we are all in our early 20s) and I think they treated us poorly because we are on the younger side. We didn't even get out appetizers until around an hour after sitting down, and all the tables around us were being served. The food and ambience is 10/10, just would appreciate if they treated all guests the same despite age.
The iron gates interpretation of the rules surrounding Covid make it a highly unenjoyable experience and should be avoided at all costs. I have enjoyed this restaurant for many years and was unfortunately horribly disappointed. The atmosphere was as amazing as ever the service was positively abysmal. They require you to put your mask up every time they come to the table that would be fine if they came to the table fewer than 10 times unfortunately they did not coordinate this with their staff and we spent the entire evening putting masks up and down and being berated by an overly aggressive server named Kim
We’ve been going to Iron Gate since 2014 and have loved every meal since the first. Tonight was our first dinner out in DC since March (thank you quarantine/Covid). And what better restaurant to go to than our #1..Iron Gate. It was incredible. Safe, clean, romantic, delicious, special. Crystal was fantastic and the food was better than we remembered. Get the focaccia, autumn squash, gnocchi and shrimp and blue crab giovetsi .. you won’t regret it. Get a reservation ASAP and get a cocktail and bottle of wine. Treat yourself..you deserve it and Iron Gate will deliver.
Perfect in every way!
We were very disappointed in the ambience and type of food available. We had friends from overseas with us and had talked up the Iron Gate and it didn't meet our expectations. Understanding this was pandemic time, still nothing on website prepared us for this.
Absolutely amazing! Gorgeous space and the food was unique, seasonal and fresh! We really appreciated all of the effort to keep everyone extra safe (including their staff) and it encouraged me to return to support this restaurant again!
Great night! Thank you!
Beautiful setting, wonderful food and service; safety protocols were strictly enforced which made for a lovely evening out.
We have been living in the district for 8 years and nothing compares to this meal. It was incredible! No detail was overlooked and you can taste the love and passion in every bit. We can’t wait to go back.
The food was very good. The menu is short but all offerings are well thought-out and well prepared. The portions are small as would be expected for meze. While the prices are a little high for the portions, much of what you are paying for is the ambiance of the patio beneath the grape arbor. It is an idyllic setting - as close as you come in DC to an actual Greek taverna. Highly recommend for the food and the experience.
Amazing!! Such safe covid procedures and the staff was great! Highly recommend!
They were kind enough to move our table and cover the cost our drinks when it started raining. Always a pleasure to done here
Not the same place with all the COVID restrictions. Probably best to wait and dine here when all restrictions are lifted.
Iron Gate offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 524-5202.
Iron Gate is rated 4.7 stars by 1812 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.