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Iron Gate

4.6
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1740 Reviews
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$50 and over
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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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1740 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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RJJF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating area and food is always delicious. They reinvent the dining experience

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vipCatherineH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was amazing! Enjoyed my experience- has a great ambience

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KHannah
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our first times back having dinner out, and I felt extremely comfortable with the way the staff handled our and their safety. The food and drink were also but a 10, and I'm excited to come again! So happy you're back.

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vipJonR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Good overall experience. I understand wearing masks is important and there are varying profiles of risk tolerance amongst people but it went a little overboard at this restaurant, especially considering it was outside. Every time a server or anyone approaches the table you have to put on a mask? And it's a tapas place, meaning they come quite often.

Upon arrival, the host wasn't particularly friendly - seeming to be more concerned about stating mask rules rather than welcoming us to the restaurant. Our server was really good, however.

Food was really good for what it was (Mediterranean) but really what makes this place is the atmosphere. There is not a more beautiful restaurant in DC...the ambiance and decor is simply amazing.

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vipBjarteH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Most staff had a very bad mood. In addition they do not accept that you bring toddlers as children 2 years old or younger are exempt from wearing face mask as regulated by law and DC city rules.

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ConstanceH
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal with extraordinary service! Many thanks!
This was the farthest that we had traveled from home since March. Truly worth the trip😆

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a great dinner at Iron Gate. Not only was the food spectacular and the ambience top notch, we couldn’t feel safer as the restaurant did an amazing job managing the socially distant protocols. The staff did a fantastic job and should be commended. Looking forward to coming back soon

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Pavel
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Iron Gate does not disappoint. One of our favorite romantic venues in all of DC. We are so happy to see them back open! If you've never been and you're reading this, you have to try the gnocchi.

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StephanieP
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time and I was so nervous because of COVID but the staff was EXCEPTIONAL. They were so prepared, so considerate, and honestly provided an astounding experience.

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MichaelD
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the service, food and drinks were fantastic. The patio was lovely. Our safety was obviously very important to the management of Iron Gate as well as the safety of the associates. The attitude of everyone we had contact with was so positive and upbeat. We had a wonderful time.

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viptguidry
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Irongate is a beautiful restaurant. The cocktails are really quite spectacular. I'd recommend the "Just the Fig" if you're a bourbon drinker. The menu offers a variety of fresh and tasty options. We had the woodfire carrots, grilled octopus, and salmon bruschetta. All of them were divine. The restaurant also offers a great wine list. I would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our daughter got married so we were celebrating. The servers were attentive, the timing of the dishes was perfect, as was the wine suggested by the sommelier. Nice experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was very slow at lunch although probably not the fault of the waiter who was attentive. I would’ve preferred to eat outside as most of the tables and chairs were dry by the time we arrived. Food was so-so. I had read a lot about the restaurant from Washington Post and unfortunately I was a little disappointed.

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vipJeremy
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Highly recommend the Greek style chicken. They even sliced it up for us, and made sharing very easy.

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Zoubs24
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place! Got seated by a fireplace - loved that there were several different rooms you could be seated in. Waitress was great and appeared at all the right times. We were catching up after a long time apart so the waitress was great about recognizing this. She also gave excellent food suggestions. Loved the pumpkin soup, beets, pancakes, and arancini! We also got dessert (a coffee/chocolate kind of “wheel”-shaped cake). Loved it all!!

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vipLKMB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wine and service

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ElizabethS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I have been to in DC!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and attentive service. Very high quality dinner. Well worth the trip.

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vipEllenO
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. The service was extraordinary. Thank you for the homemade limoncellos. We loved everything and will be back again.

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vipDCDiner
Washington DC
405 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved it! Not sure why it has taken me and my husband (DC residents) 20+ years to visit. Beautifully designed, romantic and innovative menu reasonably priced (as is wine list). We shared the red snapper for two and it was delicious. Enjoyed the Greek donuts for dessert.

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vipSCarrollDC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great atmosphere. My food was just ok though.

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EricC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice drinks and great food next to a nice fire place. There wasn't much not to like about our dinner there.

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LeslieS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a friend’s intimate birthday dinner and it was perfect! Staff was delightful, food was amazing, and the environment was cozy. I will definitely be back!

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Toine
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very nice experience indeed. The food was innovative and tasted great. Waiting service was excellent, as well as choice ion wine. The room we were in in was cosy and warm, with a real fire creating a special ambience. The whole evening was very enjoyable.

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vipTheAwkPair
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iron Gate is such a gem, does not even feel like you are in Dupont Circle, feels like you're in a romantic restaurant in Greece. Situated on the cutest street, everything about Iron Gate is aesthetically pleasing and feels like a fairy tale. The food is always incredible and rotates seasonally so every dining experience is unique. Vegetarian friendly. Many items are roasted and cooked over an open flame, the restaurant always smells amazing. Fabulous cocktails and wine. Cute bar area. The outdoor patio is available all year long even in rain because it is covered by a retractable roof and grape leaf vines and twinkle lights make for a romantic setting. It is breathtaking. Do not forget to order the Greek donuts for dessert; they are exactly like how you eat them in Greece and so delicious.

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Porksnow
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place! We did the chef’s table meal with wine pairings. There was soooo much delicious food it was funny. Our waitress was delightful and the music was perfectly to our liking. Definitely coming back with friends and family ASAP.

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vipFred
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an evening. Got together with an old friend while he was in town. Dined for three hours, sampled a lot, and everything was great. Kudos to Crystal, our waitress; she timed out everything perfectly.

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Alexat101
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the environment, the food and the atmosphere. We plan on coming back in the Spring!

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Mary
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great. Server could have been friendlier.

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vipJanS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent- five star in all ways! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambience. Our waiter was fantastic. He was in his late 40s or early 50s, a white guy with slightly graying hair. He was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Too loud, ran out of fish before 7pm. Overall did not live up to hype

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vipmomster
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was wonderful to be able to eat on the patio in February. Dinner was very good and service was fine.

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vipLgdmayo
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful first experience at iron gate. Will be back.

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RobinP
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our table with all the fire pits. Food and Service were wonderful and the Greek white wine was outstanding.

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RobertN
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I was looking to find a non-corporate restaurant with a story, Iron Gate did not disappoint. My girlfriend and I are well travelled and eaten at countless great restaurants...this was a most memorable experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences in the district. I've been here several times and everything from the service to the food to the ambiance is always top notch. Service staff is always attentive and extremely knowledgeable, and the food is a noticable cut above most restaurants in the area. The focaccia is always a revelation with toppings that change every time I visit. The gnocchi in pork ragu was absolutely amazing and the pork ragu itself was remarkably tender with the sauce perfectly seasoned. Many menu items change with the seasons so there's always something new to experience. Iron gate is an experience I'll continue to come back to again and again

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vipStonehouse
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional experience here. The food, service, and ambiance was wonderful. Service was friendly and attentive. We had the focaccia, carrots, gnocchi and branzino. We loved our evening here and can highly recommend Iron Gate.

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vipSFfromDC
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and great choices available.
We went with Chef's Choice and were not disappointed.
Highly recommend

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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 1740 OpenTable diners.

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