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Iron Gate

4.8
4.8
2486 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

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

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.
  • 2023 Valentine's Day at Iron Gate

    $125.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Celebrate Valentine's Day at one of the oldest restaurants in Washington, DC! Iron Gate will be offering an exclusive 4-course family style menu inspired by Greek and Italian classics. We will also offer a selection of rare and unique wines from Greece and Southern Italy as pairings tailored to each course in the family style menu. Choose between our historic stable house dining room or dine under the wisteria on our renown heated patio furnished with fire-pits are every table. The Valentine's Day menu is featured on our website. We will try to accommodate any dietary restrictions. If there is a dietary restriction or allergy in the party, please include it in the notes for your reservation.

What 2,486 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mediterranean

  • District of Columbia

    Best Ambiance

  • District of Columbia

    Great for outdoor dining

  • District of Columbia

    Romantic

  • District of Columbia

    Mediterranean

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  1. AG

    AriG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An overall wonderful experience. The patio was so cozy with all the fires and space heaters in February. The wait staff were friendly, attentive and answered all our questions about the dishes. The Family Dinner included many more plates than were listed on the menu, all of which were delicious. It was a really special experience.
  2. o

    otberbur

    Washington DC

    333 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    333 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent experience, eating on the outside patio, celebrating our friends’ anniversary. The patio is covered, has fire pits, and was comfortable on a chilly winter evening. The server was knowledgeable and helpful, providing the best service I’ve experienced at an establishment at this price point in several years. Everyone was highly impressed with the quality of the food served at our family style dinner.
  3. G

    Geevee

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We loved the brunch! Four of us tried different things on the menu and no one was disappointed. The staff was friendly and the setting was cozy on a rainy day.
  4. FT

    Food4Thought

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent evening with superb food and service. We’ll be back.
  5. J

    James

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    We have loved IronGate in the past, but were extremely disappointed last night. First of all, the restaurant used "restaurant week" as an excuse to severely limit the selections of food -- there were only three entrees, and our table of four was required to choose only one of the three for the four of us. The cost for this limited selection was a flat $55 a person, not including drinks and a cheesy $7.53 "kitchen surcharge" (oh, isn't the 'kitchen' a part of dining in a restaurant?)
  6. BG

    BrianG

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Gnocchi was exceptional - creamy, spicy, and seasoned to perfection. Our mixed drinks (pandora's box and another bourbon inspired drink) were also great.
  7. S

    Satnight

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server Nacho was great!
  8. KA

    KarenA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined here for my husband's birthday dinner- everything was wonderful, from the knowledgeable bartender who found a perfect single malt scotch for him (no small feat, he is fussy about the scotch) to sommelier, to the excellent chef's tasting menu, just enough food, full but not gorged, lovely atmosphere- we sat inside, was very cozy.
  9. d

    dae5885

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely meal at Iron Gate. We were a bit surprised to see we were seated outside in January (it was our first time there), but they had multiple features to help us stay warm - firepits, blankets and pads for the chairs, heat lamps, and warm cocktails. The service was excellent, as was the food.
  10. JS

    JonathanS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can not say enough how amazing this meal was. The family table is well worth the cost. Every plate was well done and an experience of its own. I'm so glad I was able to go.
  11. EW

    ErikaW

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Had the chefs tasting - plenty of food, but none of the dishes were particularly memorable. Nothing special. Not very busy, but in attentive service. Food dropped and not described. Went about 20 minutes without any service and no one came around to even fill my water glass.
  12. J

    Joshua

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Iron Gate's food is always delicious, and nearly perfect. What is even more impressive is the service. We had plans at the Kennedy Center for after dinner, and she made sure that we were out on time without being rushed. She gave good recommendations and had us taste 2 samples to make sure they worked for our tastes. Other staff made sure we had everything we needed while melting into the background. Truly excellent. It is a reminder that the Iron Gate needs to be on our list to consider for any special occasion.
  13. JN

    JamieN

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, this is my favorite restaurant in DC!
  14. D

    Denise

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Iron Gate is still a gem! Ambiance can't be beat, in all of their spaces. The creative and fresh food on their menu is an adventure for the taste buds. Flavors are exciting and the team is warm and attentive.
  15. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing. Plus we had ample leftovers for the next day too.
  16. EF

    EFerr

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant hits all the good notes even when they are short staffed. Thanks again for the great experience... as always.
  17. A

    Amanda

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Blown away by Iron Gate. This was hands-down my best dining experience in a long time which began with stepping through the actual iron gate. We ate outside which was so warm and cozy. Our server was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Every dish was delicious. The best food is yummy food and Iron Gate delivered. Every bite was packed with flavor and gorgeous but unfussy.
  18. F

    Frank

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal at Iron Gate was wonderful. The staff was friendly and efficient and the three-course meal was delicious. We will definitely be back.
  19. AT

    AliT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Highly recommend the chefs family table ($75 per person for so much food). All the cocktails were also amazing! All of the staff were so sweet and helpful. Cannot recommend this place enough!
  20. SN

    SaraN

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall2food4service2ambience5
    Entree never brought to table, had to flag server down to order drinks, etc.
  21. FM

    FotoMatix76

    West Virginia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for the NYE feast. Fabulous. Service was EXCEPTIONAL!
  22. D

    David

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A great place to have a New Years Eve dinner with the one you love. The atmosphere is beautiful, and the staff are very professional.
  23. RG

    RGB67

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Waiter was essentially non-existent. All food explained and provided by another. Wines were an odd mix and not very good nor appealing in connection with the food served. The food was an odd mix and the overall proportions were small and not representative of the fee charged for the evening. All in, and having gone here for three successive New Years Eve dinners, we are done and have little interest in returning. The entire evening was uneven and, frankly, sloppy and tired.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    NYE tasting menu was on point as always.
  25. DK

    DianeK

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love love iron gate. Fab food, lovely atmosphere, great service. Run don’t walk and eat here tonight!
  26. D

    Deborah

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, ambiance, service -- all '10s', but what really put them up and over was the hand written 'thank you' note from the server and staff thanking us for our patronage and wishing us a Happy New Year. Nice touch, Iron Gate, you won our hearts.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was very good. Family style duck was a challenge to break into pieces for our group. Tasted good but tough! Everything else was great! VERY COLD in the restaurant. Parents had to wear jackets and I saw people wearing gloves.
  28. E

    Embly85

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic dinner! The appetizer/mezzo part of the family dinner was particularly noteworthy. We were a bit cool despite being inside, but we all had jackets on hand.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    The food was delicious. The experience could’ve been better. It was freezing cold inside (probably 50 degrees) I had to wear my long puffy jacket inside and my husband kept on his wool cap. And when my husband ordered a drink, he was told there was no bartender. Eventually, like 20 min later, one came over. Our reservation was a 6pm, and it was fairly empty. We asked if we could sit at a different table and the waiter had to check and that took like 10 minutes too.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    All great but cold!!!
  31. JB

    JoannB

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    There should not be seating in the “Carriageway”” when it is 15 degrees outside. We were cold, the staff braved it out and did a good job and the food was fine for the Feast of 7 Fishes dinner. I had called and was told we would be in an inside area with heat. They offered blankets and seat warmers?? I hope those 3 outdoor tables made for a profit margin so they benefited because we really did not.
  32. KA

    KathyA

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The meal and the service were excellent! It was such a cold evening that it was difficult to keep the dining room warm. The staff did everything possible to make us feel comfortable - blankets, hand warmers, and portable heater. We appreciated their efforts!
  33. NM

    NadjaM

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    An exceptional dining experience. Attentive and intelligent head waiter, supportive service staff and carefully prepared food. We chose the Chef's table experience, and sampled a variety of items. Particularly outstanding were the oysters on the rocks, poached in butter, the Caesar salad made with kale, the focaccia bread, heirloom beet salad, and lamb with yogurt cucumber sauce.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Food over rated and small plates for the price . My octopus was burnt and just one piece . Partners food was good but I don’t think it’s worth the price . You’re paying fir the ambiance and location
  35. HC

    HappyConsumer

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great service, ambiance and attention to detail. Great food and great service on a rainy day. Only disappointment is their fireplace is out of commission for a few weeks while under renovation. Nice cozy atmosphere anyway.
  36. H

    Hanny

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did the chef's family table tasting menu, $75/pp, and holy sh** — the things we tasted. Glorious. Incredible. And so. much. food. Highly recommend. Will be back!!!
  37. AU

    AmeyU

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We loved our special reunion meal and found food, service, atmosphere all grand! All around was a wonderful evening.
  38. DC

    DCDiner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Service was really great. The host and wait staff were top notch. The ambiance is delightful. The food was just mid. Nothing special. Neither one of us actually finished our plates. It almost tasted like they had it prepared and waiting for someone to order. It came out so fast but was warm - not hot.
  39. FV

    FoodVivant

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Very disappointing on every level!
  40. KJ

    KJHB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Robert was fantastic as was all the food and the rest of the staff. We had a wonderful meal (almost too much food!) and felt very special. I will definitely be back!

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 4.8 stars by 2486 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Iron Gate

1734 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

Dining areas

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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