Iron Gate

4.7
1435 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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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique place, delicious food, my friend and I enjoyed it completely. Will be bringing family and friends back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and environment.
One of Washington’s best.

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s
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue ... food and service. Sunday brunch options are great and the live jazz music was perfect!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!!!!!!

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NR
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Our server was amazing! Such a friendly guy. And so enthusiastic. Bartender was great too!

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Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good, but I found it difficult to make very healthy choices, i.e., lots of cheese, bacon with the eggplant. I also thought it was rather pricey.

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic outdoor ambiance with a great small plates menu. Each dish is distinctive and well prepared!

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D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I was there on Sunday night. Our waitress appeared drunk. My dish was so small, that friends joked that they could not see anything in the bowl. I was very disappointed since the Iron Gate has been a long time favorite. It will be a while before I go back.

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AW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Our server was great! However, I think they were short staffed so everything was really slow. Also, it felt like the AC was out too so it felt really hot in the room. Food was great though. Just wished they had more staff and the AC worked, especially since it was so hot!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was good. Nothing to brag about to be honest. Don’t go here on a summer night unless you want to sweat like crazy. We sat outside and there are no fans or anything outside. Overall ok experience. don’t recommend

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great except it was pretty hot. My date and I were sweating most of the time. Food was incredible. Felt bad for the staff bc they were drenched in sweat.

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

The outdoor is charming - I bet this will be the best ambience in all of DC only if DC was not as humid and hot as it is!
Unfortunately the magical garden was unbearable last week due to the humid weather
The server was so kind and moved us indoors when we asked (outside diners were flooding into the main restaurant) but unfortunately even the indoor part had broken air conditioning !!! They had a portable unto on which could hardly make things better than what we could not endure outside!
Service was good
And food was very good (most of the vegetarian dishes)
Price was high for the portion served but expected if only they could provide the diners with comfortable surrounding and not having us wiping sweat while having a nice expensive meal
Also bathroom can do with a better clean !!

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MP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

The food was not on point this time around, as the flavors within each dish were mismatched; they didn't meld together. Gemelli with rabbit for example was too briney as the olives were an overkill.

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BL
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was truly an awesome experience. We did not do the tasting menu- hopefully next time! The gnocchi was a hit, and the cucumbers were really shockingly great! The feta red pepper dish was excellent, zesty but refreshing. The service was good. We sat outside and it was beautiful, though it was quite warm.

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EH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Anniversary. Very, very warm inside and too hot to be outside. Did not acknowledge anniversary despite the fact I told them about it when I made the reservation. Score on ambiance is totally based upon the temperature in the restaurant. Otherwise the ambiance is a 5.

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B
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

GO! What an amazing find. Get the tasting menu, sit back and enjoy every morsel. Interesting wine menu also. Lucas was a great server.

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SL
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent but the service was extraordinarily slow. Had the tasting menu but didn't even receive our bottle of wine until the end of the first course. This was also an hour after ordering. In total tasting menu took 3 hours for three courses.

Time and service aside, food was excellent

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JD
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great ambiance and food in this cozy, unique setting in the heart of downtown. We had not been here since the early 1990's and had heard so many positive comments and reviews since their re-birth in 2012. Without a doubt, the positive reviews and comments were on target. Give the Iron Gate a try, sample their wonderful food offerings, and be sure to ask for a table in the old stable!

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DT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, venue and service - also a lovely gesture of champagne as we celebrated our engagement!

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DW
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening and service, lovely food, thank you!

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MB
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food! We were celebrating a friend’s engagement so they brought us a glass of sparkling to toast. So lovely!

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SM
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem in our city. We had a particularly knowledgeable server about their international wine offerings. Dependably great place to enjoy a meal.

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JA
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Service and venue were great. Food was well portioned and seasoned nicely. I thought the food overall was fine but not amazing. Very cheese and pork heavy.

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BS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We recently had lunch here for our Anniversary. If I'd have known sooner I would have reserved a space on the back patio in the shade, as the only table left outside was in the full sun, which doesn't bode well with food and wine. Otherwise, everything was very good. Great service, wine list and the appetizers we shared were excellent.

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p
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time and the food was delicious. Good food. Although the fried green tomatoes had too much batter. Would like to have had more crab. Love our server. Very responsive and nice. Loved the portions size overall. Little warm on the patio. We will return for a special occasion!

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SA
New England
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend the Chef’s Family Table for dinner. Everything we had was incredible.

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Iron Gate provides beautifully presented and delicious food and cocktail options. There was also an extensive wine list that we did not explore. The menu is seasonally-focused, with inventive vegetarian and seafood options for those with restricted diets. The outdoor patio is an urban oasis that transports you beyond the hubbub, although it can be a bit stuffy on warm evenings. Service was attentive and informative, without being overbearing. We thoroughly enjoyed our Iron Gate experience and look forward to returning in the future!

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food are exceptional at Iron Gate. The atmosphere is lovely too. We go as often as we can!

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MR
Norway
26 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
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
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
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 on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting menu. Lovely setting and competent, friendly staff.

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FK
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
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
18 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
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 on June 21, 2019
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 on June 20, 2019
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
36 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
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
75 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
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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AD
Charleston
140 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
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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FA
Washington DC
14 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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