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Iron Gate

4.8
2150 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.

As of 1/1/22, all Neighborhood Restaurant Group restaurants will be requiring proof of vaccination for all guests dining indoors. Please be prepared to present a physical vaccination card, photo of your card, or show proof of vaccination on an approved vaccine tracker app. We thank you for your understanding and for assisting us in keeping our staff and patrons safe!

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Experiences

  • 2022 DC Restaurant Week

    $55.00 per person

    Jan 18 - Jan 23, 2022

    It's Restaurant Week in DC, and we will be offering a special menu for all of our guests the entire week! Three courses for $55, plus tax & gratuity. Check out the menu here at the link below! Please note that our regular A la Carte menu will NOT be offered on these days. https://bde577ea-9a93-4f15-b9a7-32a9c49d0168.filesusr.com/ugd/77d247_09a2a05097824853bdfcb9f69ddd195c.pdf
  • Valentine's Day - Monday, February 14th, 2022

    $120.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    Chef Anthony Chittum and the Iron Gate Team have prepared a special menu for you to share with your special someone. We look forward to having you with us for a beautiful evening, either in our cozy dining room or on our patio warming up next to your own personal fire pit. Please note that we will exclusively be offering this menu on Monday, 2/14, and we will accommodate most allergies and aversions. Please let us know of those ahead of time. https://bde577ea-9a93-4f15-b9a7-32a9c49d0168.filesusr.com/ugd/77d247_901e24f9ad4e4b5dbb84835fbbb85240.pdf

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
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 2150 people are saying
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vipMeganS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. Great service. So cozy by the fire.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding except the dessert. Will definitely return though. Great service and accommodated our requests.

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vipPamelaR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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PaulaR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and an impressive spread for restaurant week. We went expecting the typical three course meal, but they included way more food per course than we could have imagined. Everything was delicious. We can’t wait to go back.

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dianad
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SUPERB in every aspect! Firepits, headlamps, and heated cushions kept us toasty warm in freezing outdoor January weather to fully enjoy the fabulous food, drink, and service. (Extra shout to our marvelous waiter!) I rank this near, if not the, top restaurant experience in 30 years in DC. And, it was January restaurant week...not a time I usually equate to superlative restaurant quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good selections for restaurant week. Enjoyed

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Justin
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fantastic meal - thank you for a wonderful experience.

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Kyle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A go-to date spot. Quality food and service. I would recommend the chef's table experience to anyone looking for a great variety and special treat.

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carolynm
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John made this a very memorable evening! We will definitely see them again!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service!

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vipHarryS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio dining was outstanding. We were outdoors but very comfortable. The waiter was fantastic. We enjoyed his wine recommendations. We had the family style tasting selection which was fantastic. We will dine at Iron Gate again

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another lovely dining experience at one of my all-time, favorite DC establishments! Excellent service and food was surprising, delicious and well-portioned (I couldn’t even eat all of mine). We really appreciated their attention to COVID-safe dining practices (vaccination required, well-distanced tables, all staff wearing masks, ample hand sanitizer), and the sweet, personalized card at the end of our night.

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MargaretS
Omaha
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. The food and service were excellent! I can't wait until it's nice enough to sit outside on the patio.

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AnnieB
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The wait staff was super friendly, fun, and knowledgeable. We had a great evening catching up with friends and eating yummy food!

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RuthS
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our meal and everything about Iron Gate. Great ambiance, service, and delectable food!

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DamyonM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely will be back. Great ambience and fantastic food.

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BillC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent and plentiful with the chef’s tasting menu. The wine pairing that came with it was not worthwhile, just two small okay glasses and a dessert wine.

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vipQuentinL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very surprised by the flavor of everything we tried. Amazing food.

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PatrickS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience food and service was the best thanks 😊

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Ellen
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here to celebrate my husband's birthday...haven't been in several years. We were warmly welcomed by everyone, especially our waiter, John, who was superb. The tableside firepits and seat warmers kept us as cozy as could be expected in the patio on a January night. Food and wine were excellent. We ordered duck leg and yellow fin tuna off the small plate menu and all was beautifully presented and delicious. John brought my husband a yummy cake pop as a complementary birthday treat. He also left him a sweet thank you card wishing him a very happy birthday. All the little touches were so thoughtful and well done. We will be back, no question. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was absolutely spectacular. We ordered the Chef’s family table and each dish was better than the one before. Standouts in the first course were mushroom arancini and baked feta over beets with mint. The second course duck was perfectly cooked-melt in your mouth. The accompanying mushroom gnocci was creamy and delicious. The desserts-chocolate semifreddo, cookies and biscotti were perfectly portioned and impossible not to eat. Our server was attentive, helpful and personable without hovering. Definitely the best meal/experience I have had in two years!

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CMENC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This hidden gem on N Street is a must do-over. New York City-esque restaurant fine dining in DC. It’s like you’ve been transported to a different time with the moody lighting, red leather banquettes and a blazing fire. The food was signature for sure. From the focaccia to the duck leg, each dish was a surprising gastronomic experience. John, our waiter, was extremely wine-knowledgeable and a great chat. Super impressed! Loved every bit of it.

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jake
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu of Italian and Greek gourmet items. The Foccacia bread was the best we’ve ever had. The duck entree was done perfectly and accompanied bu tast complementary greens. Our waiter was very attentive and made us feel special.

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vipdcdolcevita
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food on a warm and covered outdoor patio - so perfect for these times! The brunch menu is small, but the attention to detail is amazing - our olive oil-fried eggs were simply fabulous.

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FranF
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio is very inviting with firepits next to each table. I went there on a first date and it was perfect for brunch.

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vipRGB67
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining out on the covered patio with heaters is the way to go. Outstanding ambiance, service and overall experience. The wine selection is excellent. The mix of flavors and approaches makes this a place to come back to on a frequent basis.

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cmatz
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy romantic date spot. Excellent food and service.

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vipCareyB
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way from start to finish.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Have lived in DC 30 years. We used to come to Iron Gate a bunch. Then they went super meat-heavy a few years ago and we only came here for drinks (we don't eat meat) — and we LOVE their bar. Now, Staying at the Mayflower for a staycation and checked out the menu. Called the restaurant to specifically note that we don't eat meat and ensure there are options (the fish-based Feast of the Seven Fishes was still showing on OpenTable). Matthew who answered the phone said absolutely.

Came to the restaurant. Our waiter John was delightful and very engaging. We expressly told him we don't eat meat but fish was fine. He specifically told us that the entire first course of the farmers table was all non-meat items and we were fine. The back waiters brought all of the 7-8 items in the first course. All *seemed* to be fish oriented.

When they came to remove the plates after we had eaten everything, we asked in detail about a couple of the dishes. The woman said one was pork. When I questioned her aggressively, she said yes it was some sort of pork fritter or something.

So my husband and I were literally three days shy of 10 years with no meat. January 1, 2012.

Staggering to me that a restaurant of the supposed quality of Iron Gate could have made such a horrific error. 9 years, 362 days without meat and the Iron Gate ruined our health conscious choice through carelessness and inattentiveness.

We will NEVER again go here. If you are vegetarian or gluten free or any other type of food-sensitive situation, we cannot warn you off enough. This is beyond unacceptable.

Finally, I know the restaurant feels bad -- but there is literally nothing they can do. My stomach feels like garbage 30 minutes after I ate a pork fritter (or something) -- and this is entirely on Iron Gate. They seriously f-ed up tonight -- something no high-end restaurant should ever do. There is no excuse and no redemption for them. Tragedy because it is a gorgeous setting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Devine! The food was art!

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Doan
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I went here last night with my boyfriend for his birthday, and it was such a great experience. We had the chef's table, which is a fixed three-course meal. All the dishes were explained really well so we knew what we were eating, and our server asked outright what our allergies and dietary restrictions were before any food came out. My boyfriend is not a foodie, but there were definitely a couple dishes that he could not get enough of. They also had a handwritten note at the end of the meal, and very kindly wished my boyfriend a happy birthday, which I thought was a really nice touch.

My only negative is that it was a bit cold on the patio. It was raining heavily last night, and while there was a fire pit next to our table, it wasn't enough. But the outside was very beautifully decorated and it was very romantic. Overall a really great experience, and we'll most likely come back when it's a little warmer and less rainy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son was home from London and Iron Gate is the first place he wanted to go. We just love it. And the outdoor seating was great since we were a little
Nervous dining out with the recent surge.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance is perfect and the staff, from bartender to server to waiter, everybody is chill and lovely. Portions are plentiful -- get the chef's table!!!!!!

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GinaA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dining experience. Food was amazing. Bread was to die for! Special thanks to Jon who made my birthday special with a hand written card!

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vipEvanB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance. Very romantic. Food was good. Service was impeccable. Will be back!

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vipCarltonC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
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 on December 5, 2021
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 on December 4, 2021
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 on December 4, 2021
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 on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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 2150 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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