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Iron Gate

4.6
1884 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

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    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy small bites, Italian and Greek inspired cocktails, and selections from our award winning wine list from 3pm-4:45pm on a charming patio underneath our 100 year old wisteria. Saluti!

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 1884 people are saying
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4.6
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JaneD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience5

The atmosphere is beyond wonderful. We ate on the patio ( the only choice) in the rain but umbrellas and heaters kept us dry and comfy. Unfortunately the food is just not up to the surroundings. They are small plates so forced to share. More Greek than Italian. I have always loved the space but no one can make food to bring me back.

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JerryD
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

With a reservation we had to wait 30 minutes to be seated and then were told that we had a time limit on the table as the restaurant would close. Service was exceptionally poor, we had to track someone down multiple times. When we were able to get someone's attention, we got different information regarding portion sizes of the dishes, etc.

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vipSeltzlop
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent on every lwvel

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vipAndrew
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Beautiful patio w/ great ambiance. Food is always excellent.

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EdwardA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place, love it, will be back for sure. The 22% covid surcharge is pretty steep and helped make for a pretty expensive dinner out, though.

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AmandaL
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire staff was lovely, food was delicious, and a beautiful setting! 10/10

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vipCalebH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great drinks. Awesome service with an amazing ambience.

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JessicaM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

From the moment we were greeted by the hostess to the moment that we were done dining we received outstanding service from everyone, with special kudos to our waitress, who was spot on with her recommendations!
Of course, there is no other place in Washington that has the ambiance of The Iron Gate Inn. It's outdoor dining on the patio provides just the atmosphere that is both charming and allows for dinner conversation without effort.
The Chef's Dinner, which we ordered was a cornucopia of deliciousness that was much enjoyed. Leftovers were gladly taken home. A wonderful experience and highly recommended.!

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vipchris
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food from a limited choice of appetizers and main courses. Everything had wonderful flavor with not a simple 'one flavor' quality. You could taste the seasonings and flavors in each course in a way that really enhanced the eating experience. The value was solid but the mandatory 22% service charge seems high. I realize it's for covid-related costs, but still... Lastly, softer music would be appreciated; some of the songs were loud and interrupted our conversation.

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ErinH
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I go to Iron Gate every year for our anniversary. The staff is so accommodating, and you cannot beat the atmosphere in their gorgeous courtyard. I’m a vegetarian, but my husband eats meat, and we’re always able to find several dishes to split and some to enjoy on our own. It’s the perfect date spot, and their front room is wonderful if you only have time for a quick cocktail! Love Iron Gate!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch was amazing. Each table had their own firepit. Each course was 3-6 dishes so there was plenty of food. Everything was so delicious. Courses were well paced. Great experience and every bite scrumptious.

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DCDiner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Phenomenal food. Great ambience and environment. Would eat there again and again (if my wallet allows it)

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vipEGB3
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful outdoor dining experience to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Delicious food, wonderful service, and a patio with warm, romantic vibes.

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vipMaryH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner, and a very cool vibe!

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JanetE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Iron Gate dining experience is amazing! The service is outstanding and the food was so delicious. Everything from the wine to salads and gnocchi and risotto was superb! Thanks for making our evening so enjoyable!

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Rebecca
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional. Some of the best food in DC. Will definitely be going back!

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vipJames
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

1) There were funny things going with the bill that made this an expensive dinner for what we ate. Near the end of the meal, we were informed there would be a special Covid charge added to the bill -- which was fine. But then when the bill came, we found that there was 1) a Covid charge; 2) a service charge; and 3) we were informed we should also tip the server in the usual way. Result: for three $10-12 and two drinks, the bill was over $100.
2) The Mediterranean menu has gotten so precious that I miss the old Irongate. The old big bowl of hummus with pita is now reduced to a tiny bowl given as a gift. The lamb has been similarly refined.

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torir
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

An overall disappointing experience. Recognizing there are limitations with respect to service because of Covid restrictions, I still found the experience underwhelming--especially in light of the 22% "service fee" that is applied separate from the tip. We did the chef's tasting menu and it was a hit or miss affair. Some dishes, like the house made focaccia, the sesame crusted fried feta and the flatbread, were good, but some of the more complex first course and main dish meals ranged from mediocre to terrible. The first course catfish dish was goopy and had an overpowering vinegar taste that still failed to conceal the taste of fish that was slightly past its prime. The homemade pasta that our waiter raved about was lack luster. It had no flavor and was served luke warm. Some slices of the beef tenderloin were perfectly done while others were so undercooked that we pushed them aside. The atmosphere in the courtyard is very cool, but not enough to warrant the price tag, "22% service fee" and so-so cuisine."

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vipParisLA
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The women at the front desk were very nice and helpful. Service, however, was brusque, and haphazard, which made the mandatory 22% service fee (announced only when they brought the check) even more unpalatable. One of the servers kept creeping up on us, then rudely asking to put our masks back on even if we were in the middle of chewing. We had ordered the family style menu for our entire table, and some of us had ordered the wine pairing. The set of main courses came after a very, very, very long wait. The wines only came after repeated requests, starting after appetizers were finished. All the wines were difficult to drink, not particularly good, and certainly not worth the price. It was cold, and with heat from only one side of the table, the guests at the other end were uncomfortable. The metal seats were all very cold, and a cushion would have been welcome. Now on to the food... Appetizers and the lemon focaccia were all delicious, satisfying, and creative. The main courses were meh; one of the dishes inedible because of too much salt. In contrast, the tomatoes served with the kebabs were completely unseasoned; kebabs were dry and not particularly flavorful either. The desserts were OK (the caramelized pineapple bits were a treat), but many of the courses suffered from a frequent fault of chefs who want to show off - nothing was easy to eat, everything had too many contrasting flavors going on, either too tart or too odd (pink peppercorn panna cotta?). The flat bread was salted only on the outside - which means that if you didn't get a grain of salt, it was tasteless, and inedible if you did; it was also covered with pimiento flakes, which made it uncomfortable to eat. We are all adventurous eaters without allergies or avoidances, but it was just a miss.

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vipJorie
Tampa
56 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We were so excited about this socially distanced safe dinner with amazing fireplace! Unfortunately, it was a huge disappointment. The service was some of the worst we have experienced. We were told when we sat down about the protocols and that we only had two hours at the table.
It took 25 minutes for a server to take our drink order. What a waste of time. Then, we went to order our food and asked for gluten-free pasta as indicated on the menu. It took another 30 minutes to be told there was no GF pasta. The dinner was a total bust and we had to take half of our party somewhere else afterwards in order to feed them. The ambience was top notch. The service was terrible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was delicious and the server and chef did a fantastic time making our anniversary special. Perfect night!

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MargaretW
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio was warm, food was delicious, service was fantastic. 22% gratuity was automatically added to check at the end- not a problem but was not mentioned upfront.

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Sonia
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. The staff took precautions to keep everyone safe even with being outside on patio. The tables were well-spaced and masks were requested when the staff arrived at the table. The staff were excellent, knowlegeable about the wine and food and very friendly. I would absolutely recommend going here.

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CarolineH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food! We did not realize there was a 22% Covid charge on top of the bill. Oh well, now we know.

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vipMiriam
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Beautiful garden with our own private fire. Romantic. Delicious food and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

They now add a mandatory 22% gratuity (which is not disclosed up front) and outdoor COVID protocols are disruptive to the dining experience and defy logic.

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vipMargaretR
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining! Small fire pits at each table on the back patio.

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HeatherC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent spring night outside. Food was excellent.

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Rick
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal to celebrate our 45th Wedding Anniversary. Everything was excellent and creative - we loved it. The only drawback was the 90 minute limit so tables could be cleaned and new patrons weren't left standing around in the entry. With all the extras brought for us to celebrate/acknowledge our anniversary (prosecco, hot chocolate), in addition to our dessert and my wine pairing, made for a cluttered table and a mash-up of tastes and flavors. Not the best end to a wonderful dinner. Since the restaurant knew a month in advance that we were celebrating our anniversary, perhaps they could have planned for us to have an extra 30 minutes (??) so that the extras could have been spread out a bit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, ambiance and

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BrendanS
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Our waiter seemed annoyed we were there. Was so awkward and off putting it made our otherwise fantastic food not worth it.

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vipKarl
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

50th birthday in the courtyard was truly special at a time when we need to celebrate good news. Thanks to Crystal and the entire staff

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Kryger
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife and I had a love evening out. The COVID precautions were outstanding, both for our own comfort as well as the safety of the staff. Really well done. And that did not have any negative impact on our meal at all.

The food was great, we ordered 3 different small plates and then 2 large plates to share, plus both dessert options. They do also offer a 3 course 'Chef's table' but since we are vegetarian that was not available. We were still able to take advantage of the wine pairing option with our meal, which was a nice to not have to think about what wine would go best with our meal.

The service was excellent, both from our main waiter as well as the various runners and other team members. We also had a great interaction with the hostess upon arrival and departure.

All in all well worth venturing out to take advantage of a break in the weather, and have an enjoyable and relaxing night out!

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vipBeenAroundtheBlock
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere were excellent. Was very happy with the precautions and process around COVID and felt very comfortable. Disappointed that only premade cocktails were available, but understand. Also understand the need to add a service charge for procedures during this climate, however, having that service charge be a percentage of the bill is not acceptable to me as a diner. Feel the fair way would be flat fee service charge per table or even per person. My answer below about recommendation is with the cavate that I would tell them about the cocktails and the service charge so they can make an informed decision.

JD
JDrizzle
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Iron Gate has a lovely outdoor set up! Each table has its own fire pit or heater, they were very well spaced out, and we felt very safe there. The menu is always interesting and we had an excellent experience overall. Not inexpensive, but I definitely recommend it!

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GiannaK
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful outdoor dining experience! Firepits and mushroom heaters at every table, and the food and service is delightful. Highly recommend.

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vipJonasH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kudos to the entire Iron Gate staff on creating one of the most memorable dining experiences I can recall.

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vipMyrnaD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My experience was embarrassing and uncomfortable. My husband and I enjoy traveling and dinning all restaurants and exploring the menu and embracing the experience. Unfortunately for us we were 2nd class and not treated fairly. The reservation was books weeks in advance and I reached out a few days in advance to learn about the chef’s table. The communication with the restaurant was difficult and a poor website to navigate - it was hard to truly plan this special occasion. I tried to call again the day before my reservation- no response. I luckily receive a call to confirm my reservation and I inquire about the chef table and the information was available and I was expecting a call back. However I didn’t receive a call back so once we checked-in with hostess, I inquired again. Immediately learning it was the individual I spoke with and said she’ll provide the information shortly. We were told a table wasn’t ready and we had no problem waiting. While waiting 20 minutes past our reservation we didn’t receive any information. Once our table was available- we were sat on a table that was squeezed onto the terrace that didn’t provide enough heat for a comfortable experience. The table was on a 45 degree angle and slightly impossible to eat a meal. Finally after learning that the chef menu is a variety of the standard menu it was ridiculous. It went from being flexible about not having our table ready to an overall sour experience. Anna happened to be proactive and professional and I appreciate her transparency- but it’s not my responsibility as a guest. The experience is tarnished thus far and the concept and style of this restaurant should have executed this experience seamless. Instead we felt thrown into a last resort table - sat late on reservations... super frustrating when having a babysitter and short flexibility. Time should be respected and I know with Covid everything is adjusting but don’t squeeze tables without considering all circumstances. We never ate.

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TroyM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our first time there was amazing. The food was incredible and although it was a bit cold outside due to the winter storm, the fire pits did a good job keeping us warm.

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KulsoomM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner

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Iron Gate offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 524-5202.

Iron Gate is rated 4.6 stars by 1884 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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