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Iron Gate

4.7
1838 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 ($64 per person, for groups of 2 or more). 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.

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.

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Experiences

  • Iron Gate Valentine's Day 2021

    $125.40 per personPrepaid

    Feb 14, 2021 only

    Join us under the wisteria vines on our heated courtyard patio for a romantic Valentine's Day you aren't likely to forget! Our chef Anthony Chittum has put together an incredible three-course meal using local seasonal ingredients to capture the flavors of Southern Italy and Greece. Today's payment will include the decadent three-course meal, but our award winning authentic wines and world-class cocktails made by cocktail director, Nick Farrel will also be available for purchase at our event. We ask that all reservations are made in multiples of two.

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
What 1838 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.8
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Rude service., included a 22% gratuity for Covid without making aware at time of reservations or ordering food and expected separate gratuity on top! Food is excellent, so is the setting and the ambience. Second time visiting the restaurant, too bad the service was way below par than the first!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing anniversary experience!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall!

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joe3
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great romantic ambience. Outside seating in a hidden courtyard. We were there in January on a night where it was about 45 degrees but were kept warm enough by the heat lamps.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Having to remask every time each of the staff comes to the table is too much. Not an enjoyable evening for such a pricey meal.

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ColdButt
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The outdoors with multiple fire pits was cozy. However put some dang cushions on the metal chairs outside when its so cold during Covid.

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viprally
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Spectacularly bad. We had the chef's table. Honestly, the only real food was a measly

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! Excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience. Our go to place for celebrations

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LucyG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding ambiance, food and service by our waiter, Cubby!

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vipBarryG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted an outside dining experience for our anniversary. We had seen recommendations for the courtyard at the Iron Gate Restaurant. We had a most enjoyable experience. The courtyard was pleasant and protected from the weather on all sides. It was 42 degrees. We had dressed warmly and were comfortable at a table for two with a propane heater next to us. The hostess was pleasant and answered all of our questions about the history of the restaurant and their experience during Covid. Our waiter was personable and professional. The menu was small, but creative, fresh, tasty, and fun. At the end, for dessert, they brought out a complementary delicious homemade ice cream bar with caramel sauce under the chocolate covering, that said "Happy Anniversary." Overall a very enjoyable experience.

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vipNatalieA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my go-to special occasion restaurants and it did not disappoint in the time of COVID. The family table menu was excellent, as was the wine pairing. Everything was fresh and there wasn’t a weak dish in the bunch. All of the tables are appropriately spaced and there are plenty of fire pits. Don’t skip the autumn focaccia.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and amazing food and glorious environs

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vipDonnaA
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We gathered for a birthday dinner and it was a very chaotic evening . The waiter seemed agitated the entire evening and never made us feel comfortable. He kept interrupting our conversation at the most inopportune times.
The check out process was absolutely ridiculous, with each party member having to log onto an app and pay on line. It took almost 20 minutes for all six of us to pay our bill! A very unprofessional and awkward end to our evening. First restaurant during COVID that put us through this hassle.
I will say that the food was delicious and the ambiance was lovely. The only disappointments , food wise, were the desserts. The two inch Apple napoleons were $12 bucks a piece for two bite desserts! A complete rip off. My advice is to skip desserts all together and have an after dinner drink instead.

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vipCatG1887
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most beautiful winterized restaurant we’ve seen! Outdoor heaters, seat warmers, warm cocktails. Wonderful!

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deebee
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We did the chefs tasting menu with wine pairings. The food was good, but it just didn’t seem to be worth the cost. The wine was ok, but wasn’t anything special either. The COVID precautions are extensive (must wear mask when anybody approaches the table). They had some fireplaces and heaters but it’s not enough for a cold night despite trying to dress for the climate.

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BarbaraM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The courtyard is lovely, tables are well spaced and the fire pits keep you warm. The food is delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was honestly underwhelmed by every aspect of this experience. I fully understand that COVID precautions hinder a restaurants ability to offer their normal service, but for the price point and mandatory 22% service fee applied to all tabs, I expected much more. I ordered their family table prix fix menu, which felt like an effort to get rid of whatever they had left in the pantry. The meal felt disjointed and unrelated - a Niçoise salad, cacio e pepe pasta, and a flavorless, tough textured bison skirt steak with chimichurri and crispy potatoes that we didn’t touch. Desert was pecan pie, which could have been bought from a grocery store. For what this restaurant posits themselves as, I couldn’t believe what we got. Do not go for the family table option unless you know exactly what you will be getting.

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vipElizabethL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had an amazing dinner on the patio at Iron Gate last Saturday. The setting is picture perfect and the food, drinks and service were exceptional.

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MimiinMaryland
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining "in' a restaurant since the beginning of Covid. Iron Gate has done a wonderful job of taking care of guests AND employees from what we saw. We sat in the courtyard - with firepits around. It was cool but comfortable.

We shared the tasting menu and the wine pairings. Both were perfect! The service by Lucas was gracious and careful.

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artH
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We went with another couple for my wife's birthday. The ambiance in the heated outdoor patio was outstanding especially on a mild December night, The food was excellent although the portions small for the price. The wine was very good but over-priced. The service, however, was spotty as the server did not have full knowledge of the menu and the starter plates were not cleared before the entrees were served. All the desserts were excellent (including the complimentary one). All together, a very memorable evening. My one remaining question is why we did not receive Open Table for this visit.

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NickR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iron Gate is my partner and I's anniversary tradition, and this experience was as fantastic as ever. The food was incredible, the outdoor seating was private and comfortable (and sufficiently spaced), and we felt cared for & celebrated on our special evening.

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ChloeR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall experience at Iron Gate was absolutely amazing and very peaceful, and COVID-19 safe with outdoor dining. The servers were very friendly and surprised us with an appetizer and birthday dessert! I would love to go back - this experience was 100% worth it. Thank you so much for all your efforts to make dining out possible during these trying times.

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vipCandLonthetown
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal! Great service! Loved the grilled oysters. The host made hot chai lattes for us! We will definitely be dining here again!

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AndresC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice and safe outdoor dining, with excellent quality food.

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JoeP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably my favorite restaurant in DC. I can't say a single bad thing about this place.

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CHRISTINE
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was excellent. However, service for outdoor seating could have been better. Heaters weren’t already prepared for when we arrived at our reservation— and they kept breaking making it really cold to sit and eat out. We rushed eating so we could leave quick.

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vipJBarr
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our server was fantastic and the staff was very Covid-aware and safe

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MichaelD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Ctwo
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Mitch
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.)
Superbly yours,
David M. Maxfield

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Food was decent but the service was terrible. The staff is rude and dismissive.

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DemetraT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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Alec
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

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.

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vipAbbyG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipKellyB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic ambiance, food, service and overall experience!

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vipJeffB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice outdoor dining and wonderful service from Kim.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service and ambiance while maintaining safe Covid protocols. The food quality was superb.

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 1838 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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