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About Iron Gate

Our restaurant offers multiple menu options nightly in our Dining Room as well as our Outdoor Patio and Garden. The seating for reservations are first come first serve for each location, please specify if you have a preference. Guests can choose from either an a la carte menu that has varying small plates and family style platters, a 5-course Tasting menu ($90 per person, additional $60 with beverage pairings,) or a 4-course Family Table menu ($55 per person, for groups of 4 or more.) Our menus change frequently based on the availability of seasonal & local ingredients & can be customized based on dietary restrictions & 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 & his team draw inspiration from the cuisines of Greece, Sicily, Sardinia & Southern Italy.

1734 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Italian, Greek

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am- 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
18th Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 524-5202

Website:
http://www.irongaterestaurantdc.com/

Catering:
For those who have enjoyed dining at Iron Gate and wish to have us cater your next event, we are pleased to partner with 550 Events & Provisions, a chef-driven, full-service catering and events company. As a member of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s family of award-winning restaurants, 550 possesses an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience, as well as culinary talent. For inquiries and more information, contact 550 Events & Provisions at inquiries@550events.com.

Public Transit:
DuPont Metro

Executive Chef:
Anthony Chittum

Additional:
Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Iron Gate Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (80)
Good for a Date (68)
Cozy (66)
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Special Occasion (61)
Fit for Foodies (58)
Good for Anniversaries (52)
Great for Outdoor Dining (52)
Creative Cuisine (45)
Neighborhood Gem (44)
Tasting Menu (39)
Quiet Conversation (35)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Authentic (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Notable Wine List (25)
Tapas (22)
Good Vegetarian Options (20)
Local Ingredients (18)
Seasonal (18)
Bar Seating (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Healthy (10)
Fun (9)
Business Meals (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Scenic View (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Casual (6)
Great Beer (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

I had a reservation via Open Table, but there was no table ready for us when we arrived on time. Instead, we were seated outside. The weather was tolerable, so we didn't freeze. But we were chilly. We would have been made to wait 20-30 minutes for an inside table according to the host.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 5 days ago

Great atmosphere, knowledgeable servers and amazing food and drink.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

I loved this experience! I have lived in this area for many years and have always wanted to try this restaurant. We arrived early and had a drink out in the garden area, we had added one person to our reservation and I was told we would not be in the dining room, in the end, a lovely hostess was able to move us back into the dining room. I loved the intimate venue-the fireplace, the history, the food!! Out server was excellent as well! Overall, a wonderful experience.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

I had made my reservations at least 6 weeks in advance and when arriving, the host informed us that we would be sitting outside because others had reserved the inside dining room. After setting him straight that we would not be eating outside (no matter how many heaters they provided in February) we had a lovely and delicious dinner inside this historic eatery. We opted for the $55 chef’s meal and it was a wonderful selection of the finest they offered that evening.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2018

For the most part, the food was excellent: sesame crusted feta cheese, gnocchi, lemon tart, chocolate panna cotta. Jerusalem artichoke soup was very good. The one thing I did not like was the chantilly cream with the panna cotta as it was sour. Waiter (British, born in Banbury) was excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2018

The Jerusalem Artichoke soup was fabulous, and the burger was one of the best I've had!!!! We were seated right next to the roaring fireplace on a cold day - just divine. I look forward to returning.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My wife and I enjoyed our dinning experience. However, our server was terrible from the beginning (no name to start) to the end (got the bill total wrong). We will return because the place is romantic and the food is good. Hopefully, we will get a better server.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Outstanding, and the best find in DC. The Sommelier Oliver was the best ,really took the time to educate us on the wines as well some of the best we have ever had!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Every dish was excellent and unusual.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great ambience and tasty food. A bit pricey for the servings but a good experience overall. Great service.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 8, 2018

When I first read the menu I thought the menu looked too overdone -- too many fancy components . We all ordered the Family Style meal which was well priced. We loved every dish . Great flavors in everything. They just may want to think about placing something on the regular menu that is slightly more pedestrian.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Excellent experience -- my wife and I were there for lunch. A great, casually intimate setting. We sat by a terrific "real" fireplace on a cold day, and it was quiet enough for conversation between two "40-somethings" without being too quiet. Really interesting lunch menu; a great take on Mediterranean. The sesame-crusted feta was amazing, as was the pork gyro and gnocchi. To top it off, I had indicated when making the reservation that it was my wife's birthday, but I had forgotten to mention it upon arrival. However, the Iron Gate remembered without my prompting them and brought her a tasty dessert. I'll be back!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Food was tasty and interesting. Some portions were unusually small. Noise was pretty high. Biggest problem was that the room was cold. There was a gas fireplace but it didn't warm up the room sufficiently. Two in our party had to put on their coats half-way through our meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

We went for the Valentine's Day pop up! They were even able to make us a drink that was on last years menu- which was amaaaazing!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Right by the fire was very nice, i think we would have been cold if not there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Beautiful spot for an intimate get-together with great wine and fantastic small plates.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

If you like freezing in a restaurant this is the place for you. The marble tables (without a tablecloth) instantly chill warm food and forget putting your hands on the tops without gloves. This situation made for a completely unpleasant dining experience.

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Birthday dinner. They offered a prosecco to us both which was a very nice gesture! Food was excellent!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Short, well-curated brunch menu of excellent food and a charming old world atmosphere in the back room! I will definitely return in warmer weather to enjoy their outdoor seating and the rest of the menu.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Our Sunday brunch in the dining room was warmed by a beautiful fire. The room was very chilly, so we stayed in our coats, but it seemed cozy nonetheless. Our food was fantastic. We sampled brussel sprouts and donuts -- both were amazing!! Everyone loved their own choices - from the lemon ricotta pancakes to turkey hash with eggs. Not a bite was other than incredible. The service was of the silent, invisible variety. Impeccable, but without personality. We would have enjoyed eye contact and a bit of a smile from our servers, but can't really complain. They were prompt and efficient. I will go back for dinner next time, and ask my server to chat a bit!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was great and our waiter was exceptional, however the host put a damper on our overall experience. We had an 8pm reservation and were not seated until almost 8:40. He kept saying it would only be a few minutes and that the manager would talk to us, but neither happened. We enjoyed the meal once we were seated, but were disappointed with the 40 minute wait (with reservation) and the misrepresentation and lack of followip by the host while he sat others that came in after us.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was amazing!!! We had so much fun trying all of the unique dishes. Don’t be intimated by the wine list, the few we tried were great thanks to recommendations from our server. We sat in the room with the fireplace and it very cozy!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very good food, very comfortable setting, nice ambiance with the fireplace.................................

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Our server was amazing! He knew exactly what wine we ordered at the front bar, coursed our meal perfectly, and was very attentive, without hovering. Best wait staff I've had in DC. The food was delicious and the cozy ambiance and fireplace make this a great date night spot.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Tapas, Special Occasion, Cozy, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We opted for the expensive tasting menu with wine pairings because we love food and learning new wines and it did not disappoint. Excellent an innovative dishes (Jerusalem artichoke soup with sausage, tasty lobster, tender beef with a nice reduction, etc. And the wines were rare and superb (from, among other places, Santorini, Calabria--surprisingly good!--, Languedoc, etc.). The food portions were small, but for a tasting menu that is expected and my wife certainly appreciated it. However, for the wines, excellent though they were, it was $90 a person and they were only small tastes. For that price, even given their unusual nature, I could have wished for about double the amount. Still, an excellent restaurant with superb food, but next time I think I will stick with the mixed grill and a bottle of decent red rather than the tasting menu.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Just adore this place...Iron Gate is wonderful for a date or special occasion or just a nice weeknight dinner. The food is interesting and not precious, highlighted by local ingredients and a general sense of warmth and spice that is never overdone. Service is attentive and not obsequious. Always at the top of my list.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The Food is amazing nice place to celebrate a special occasion

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Chef Tony Chittum has brought amazing subtlety and nuance to his food. The flavors and textures blend into something much more than the individual ingredients. To say that we found the food amazing is total understatement.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Food is great, however not cheap. Mostly, the place shone because of service. Please keep in mind this was not a busy night.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Very nice atmosphere, several dining rooms. Great service and good food. A little pricey.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Haven't been to Iron Gate in several years (since before they closed). Glad to return. Enjoyed the food, service, unique restaurant layout, and the real wood crackling fireplace on a cold night.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Iron Gate treated us like we were rock stars! We went to celebrate our anniversary, and they greeted us with a gratis glass of champagne, as an unexpected treat. We were pampered the whole time. We had pre-ordered the chef's special tasting with wine pairing, so we sat back and savored every minute of the experience. The server described how the wine pairing was selected to add to the flavors of each of the 5 courses. Each course was excellent. To top off the meal, they again surprised us with a delightful dessert honoring our anniversary. Iron Gate is a sumptuous, romantic experience that will feel like cuddling under a blanket by the fire with your love (something you can really do! They provide blankets on cold nights by the fire pit).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We loved everything but how cold it was inside and next to the fire even! I will go back but not when it’s cold. Though the waiter did bring us blankets. Apparently this is common.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Went with my wife to celebrate her birthday. We both ordered from the Restaurant Week dinner menu. Our appetizers were both amazing. I had the fried oysters and she had the roasted carrots. For entrees, she had the mushroom risotto. I’m not a huge fan of risottos but this one was just so good. I had the monkfish Osso buco which was pretty good, also. For dessert, we ordered the citrus sorbet trio and the yeast doughnuts. Both were spectacular.

The service was spot on. Waters were refilled and we never felt rushed or forgotten. Ambience in the main dining room was cozy and perfect for a date. We will be coming back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Attended for restaurant week. was very impressed. Food was very good. Service was too but could come off as pretentious. Three dining areas we chose the inside back area very good choice. With the fires and heaters the outside patio was tempting but in warmer weather. The bar area was at the entrance and just too busy and narrow. It shows as a Mediterranean but its not classic med. The monk fish Osso Busco was unusual but very tasty. Its side street Dupont Circle location could be difficult for parking but it is close enough to the metro.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, People Watching, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Really a spectacular meal -- and during Restaurant Week, when quality sometimes slips. The heated patio is lovely (and surprisingly comfortable, even for late January) and all our dishes were excellent. My cocktail was more strong than flavorful, but the impressive beer list easily compensates. Will definitely return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Had not been back in 20 years but will not go again. Choices for restaurant week lunch were few, pretty ordinary and not worth the orice.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was delicious, but there was too little of it. I had the steak, which was tiny, and my wife had fish. Also small. Not sure if the place is trying to cut corners or what, but it was very disappointing.

We ordered from the Restaurant Week menu and ended up going out afterward because we were both hungry. I would recommend this place for the ambiance and service, which was excellent, but not for the quantity of food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

It was a little chilly in the main dining room, despite the fireplace.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Dissapointing. I understand many restaurants scale back for restaurant week but this place took it to another level of mediocrity. We ordered the oyster appetizer which was tasteless, as other reviewer commented, and not very pleasantly presented. It took about 30 minutes to get the 'main' entree which was even more dissapointing. A piece of almost inedible fatty steak, impossible to chew. I had to return it but at least I got offered to change it for the risotto, which was just OK. We were so hungry after rest week menu that decided to order a dish from the regular menu... they brought us a tiny piece of octopus with something that tasted like a mayo/mustard sauce for $16... really? The wine list looked and we had a good greek wine. We ate at the bar and service was awkward, some of the staff were friendly and attentive, while others were not. I love food and I take restaurant week as an opportunity to try new places. I am aware that I am not going to be given the highest quality ingredients but if I am pleased enough I will leave with the desire to come back and try their regular menu. (I know a lot of people that do the same). I had a subpar experience and will not be coming back to iron gate again.

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