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Iron Gate

4.8
2058 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 2058 people are saying
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BethD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed everything about IronGate food , service, and ambiance. My only thought is we ordered too much. Next time we’ll either stick with tasting menu OR order off a la carte.

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vipEttresbon
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly lovely food and service. Back room, beautiful, open at top of walls and open trellis ceiling crisscrossed by vines. Fans to draw air through open ceiling and open wall top perimeter. We’ll be back to eat semi-outside again before the cold weather comes.

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JessicaR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, great food. Were some kids running around the patio at one point but we went on a Wednesday so the vibes may be different on weekends.

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Natalia
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Absolutely fantastic service from our server John, including great wine recommendations. Love how he took the time to explain the menu to us, and never rushed us. The space is very pretty - love how hidden away it is! Have been working in the Dupont area for over 6 years and never knew this was there. Very historic also, which was great.

Food was very good! Not like, one of the best meals of my life good, but very good regardless. They were accommodating to our vegetarianism.

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Markus
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Iron Gate for our 6th (Iron) Anniversary and they did not disappoint. We chose the family style dinner and were treated to a beautiful selection of small plate antipasti and amazing entrees following. Be warned, there is a large amount of food. We ended up taking home a good amount. The server did a great job of labeling all the various foods in separate containers for us and when our 11 month old daughter started getting tired, the staff expedited the service for us so we could get home. It was a wonderful experience. We definitely will go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a special occasion and they treated us so well!! Just a wonderful experience

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is probably my favorite place in DC! The knowledge of the staff is impeccable. The food is gorgeous and absolutely delicious. Two of us are gluten free for celiac and every person that brought food to our table highlighted what was prepared gluten free. We even got special dessert! The entire staff was attentive but not intrusive. The ambience is the best - sitting outside under the grape arbor and lights. We even got good-bye cookies (gluten free) and a thank you note from our server. The entire night was an experience, and amazing all around!

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PeterG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great experience and ambiance. Additionally there service was exceptional. However for the price, the food was fairly underwhelming other than the gnocchi. Overall very nice and will be back, I just won’t do the chef’s table again but I think you should at least try it once

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing value, will definitely be back!

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vipAriella
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service! A very special experience, and the food was delicious.

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socialPescatarian
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb. Food, ambience, and service were all top notch, as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely. Great food, service and atmosphere, including a handwritten note!

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AbbeyM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just have to rave about how great they were about my gluten allergy! So many great substitutes/alterations to accommodate me. I was really impressed. They have gluten free pasta available as a substitute!

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Bevie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at The Iron Gate. We had lots of questions and our server (Victoria, I think?) was amazing. Her knowledge about the wines was incredible! She allowed us lots of tastes as she described each one!! The tapas dishes were very generous and delicious! This restaurant is definitely a “do-over”!

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vipmmmmmmm
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Delicious and interesting food. Great wine pairing.
Very crowded and noisy and hot on the patio.
For the price and reputation, mediocre service. When I pointed this to to the manager, she took very good care of us for the rest of the evening.

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DavidM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Quite small menu, excellent quality, knowlegable servers, extremely slow service, acknowledged and mitigated with an extra complementary wine pour.

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NiamhC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our anniversary. Food was great. Staff tested us so special and gave us each a glass of champagne at the end our our meal. It made our celebration really special

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AliciaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely hidden garden. Wonderful food and great experience. Beautiful seating for those that want to be outside but not in direct sun- under a blanket of grape vines. Service was excellent and the pacing of the small plates made for more conversation. Went for brunch but dinner would great as well.

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Rodney
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On the whole, we enjoyed our time at Iron Gate. The food was delicious and the staff was attentive. Three small disappointments. First, when we arrived at our reservation time our table was not ready. We were then made to wait for 10+minutes. Second by the time they sat us we were told the Focaccia had run out. Third, we wished the tables were spread out better. There was little room to get in and out of our seats and it felt counter to good social distancing practices. Otherwise, we had an enjoyable time.

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madamesoleil
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iron Gate deserves 10 stars. The experience, ambiance, and atmosphere at other restaurants pale in comparison. We loved every dish in the Chef’s table — the portions, the flavors, and the variety were absolutely special. Our favorites were the oysters and the gnocchi Raghu. Our waitress recommended delicious wine and the bartender created an off the menu Mezcal cocktail we all loved. We can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Can’t wait to come back again

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vipClaudiad
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service- Marian in particular and all others- were outstanding! The food was superb! Thank you for an overall wonderful experience celebrating a special occasion.

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Heather
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've visited Iron Gate many times over the last 2 decades and it is always a lovely place with good food. This was our first visit in Covid times and it was well set up for comfortable outdoor dining. The food was fantastic. The 2 meat-eaters at our table had the Chef's table and it was great except for dessert. It would have been nice to have options for dessert since ours was a fig/Greek yoghurt dish (very good but we would have liked a richer dessert such as the chocolate dish we saw at the next table). I think for a future visit I would recommend the a la carte menu to all. The server was wonderful and the atmosphere peaceful and romantic.

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happy
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and the food was delicious for brunch.

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SusanT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and wine were outstanding. We ordered too much food for our table of five, and the bill was extremely high.

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KaitlynP
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Tasted 3 types of wine, all delicious. All courses were delicious and well proportioned. Outside seating was absolutely gorgeous. A great place for date night!

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vipShakirah
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I are big fans of Iron Gate. The aesthetic is beautiful. The food impeccable and the service unmatched.

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ZekeF
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and the staff made us feel welcomed and her feel special. Service was superb and our waiter was patient enough to explain the menu. Although, it was very hot and humid since it was outdoor seating. Overall, we greatly enjoyed our experience and will come back to try the Chef’s Family Table option.

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Rmac
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food! We did the tasting menu and it was superb.

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Jacqueline
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iron gate is my favorite date night go to! I recommend it to all of my friends.

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LeslieZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went for our anniversary and dinner was delicious. This was our 4th time eating at Irongate and the food is consistently great. Servers were respectful and helpful. Would highly recommend for a special night out.

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was amazing, service was one of the best I've ever had, and the ambience is so nice :) would recommend to a friend and im already thinking of what I'll get the next time i go!

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ABikerDog
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants when they served Middle Eastern food. Now, the menu has no ME foods that I could recognize, anyway, and is very limited, with few options aside from the price fixe (Chef’s Table) and no entrees for vegetarians. At the server’s suggestion I ordered the gnocchi without the meat, but the kitchen didn’t replace the meat with a plant-based alternative, of which there are so many choices these days!, so it was like nothing so much as a can of Chef Boyardee. I had a few bites but that was all I could eat.

The beet salad was very good, with a hunk of white cheese (?) rolled in sesame seeds.

The focaccia was different from any I’ve ever made or seen elsewhere: very high and fluffy, very sweet dough. It was almost like cake, and not what I was expecting.

My two guests ordered the Chef’s Table. Some dishes they liked more than others. They hardly touched the frittata. The other three people in our party thought the food was just okay, except the olive oil cake, which they loved.

We had a bottle of wine ($56) and I had a margarita. The bill for my two guests and me including tips (20% server and 3% kitchen staff added automatically since there were six of us at the table) was $415. Ouch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Just all around perfect evening for a large party.

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vipstelablue
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever in DC, always try to make Irongate one of your top restaurants!

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vipMellowMel
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Iron Gate is a DC classic.....have been going there since the 1960s. Excellent food and ambience. A la carte menu could offer more choices, however.

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HaleyB
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and staff!! Also wonderful food, drink and ambiance! Would go back solely for the people, but the great food helps :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvelous. Absolute delight.

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TimL
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The covered patio is beautiful and everything we ate was delicious.

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KarinaG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious been there many times every time it’s different the menu is so good and great value for top-notch dining experience it’s so pretty and the service is outstanding the wine selection is delicious too!

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 2058 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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