Iron Gate in Dupont is known for its prix-fixe dinner, but we like it best for drinks and a light bite.
Amazing atmosphere on the patio even on a hot day. Entire place is very rustic and intimate even on the patio. Food was superb and great attention to detail. Staff was amazing. Highly recommend brunch or dinner on the patio. Great ambiance.
I could say this was the best overall dining experience of my life. Okay, I will say it. In DC celebrating my anniversary, and read that Iron Gate is one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. That's a understatement. It is simply breathtaking. Magical. The service is impeccable - friendly, knowledgeable, helpful. The bartender makes inventive and delicious cocktails - beets and gin, come on.....so good! We sat on the patio covered in greenery & twinkling lights. It was so beautiful. And the food was incredible. We ordered the family meal which is a great way to go. We were served a variety of small plates in 3 courses and were stuffed! I don't even remember everything we ate, but there wasn't a bite left. Delicious!!!! They even gave us an extra dessert for our anniversary. We loved Iron Gate!
Our evening was totally spoiled by rats running over our heads along the vines in the garden. About 10 large rats !!!!!
The waiter did not acknowledge the rats !!!!!
Other diners said it was the urban feel. I find it totally unacceptable. I would never go back and I tell everyone about the rats .
Service was top-notch; you get what you pay for. We ordered 7 of the small plates and had come in decently hungry -- this was a lot of food and we probably could have ordered just 6 plates. The recommendation was 4-7, but probably depends on the sizes of the individual dishes you order -- if you are wondering about the sizes of each dish, probably a good idea to ask. You ARE paying a premium price for everything after all. The ambiance was lovely and while the carriage room started out a bit loud at peak dinner hour, it quieted down the later in the evening and the fewer people were around.
Always a treat to eat here! Lively inside and out, the food and wine are amazing every time :)
The service was fantastic. Food was great! We enjoyed every part of the meal!
We had an 8:30 pm reservation, but were able to be seated around 7:45 pm. Decided on the family style menu option, but let the chef surprise us with the selections. Great decision. Only one appetizer was on the regular menu--the rest of the dishes were specially prepared for us. Plenty of food was served. Service was efficient, but not rushed. I'm sure the patio would have been a nice location, but it was raining that night, so we were inside. Nice and quiet setting.
We were seated promptly and ordered 3 cocktails, one wine & one appetizer to start. Wine came straight away but 2 of the drinks took over 30 min. Server asked us to go ahead and order the rest still before any drinks were brought which we did. Then plates proceeded to show up and we asked they be returned as still hadn’t had our aperitifs. Again two cocktails took 30+ minutes. The Bloody Mary ( the third cocktail) took 45 min.
The food was flavorful and interesting but the tone had been set. Ordered a second glass of wine and had finished coffee before server returned with it and we declined to have. We were on patio and it was sweltering with no fans or cooling if any kind. Told by one server they must not have been re-installed after the renovation.
It was a disappointing experience —as with all things “the devil is in the details”. We were surprised Tom Sietsema gave it such favorable review. We didn’t feel the same
The service was wonderful and the food was phenomenal, but I just wish the portions were a little bit larger for the cost. Three small asparagus stalks for $14, 4 very small oysters for $15, I could go on. I fully understand the concept of small plates, but that would be my only negative feedback.
We went for Mother’s Day brunch and were pleasantly surprised to find they had a special menu for the occasion. Ordered 4 dishes to share- all were delicious. Grilled asparagus with amazing slow roasted tomatoes, potato fritters, fried egg sandwich with a thick slab of prosciutto on brioche and challah French toast. The food was very good. Gorgeous outdoor courtyard
So disappointing. The restaurant had a great reputation and we had taken guests there a few weeks ago and had an excellent meal. But for mother's Day the greeting was atrocious (we were acknowledged very late on arrival -- the person on the phone wouldn't even look at us) and the meal was horrible: We ordered the breakfast sandwich which featured stale bread, and a tiny overcooked egg. We should have gone to Pret a Manger. Won't be returning!
Was very disappointed how our reservation was handled. We had booked weeks ahead and when we arrived had learned we had gotten bumped from our seating outside in the patio to the inside. When they had contacted us before they should have let us know that was the situation or we would have never have come. My fiancé had travels all the way from London and wanted to make our dinner special and was basically ruined because of the situation. We didn’t even get to enjoy our meal because of the sour taste we had in our mouth after our experience. Very very disappointed.
Always a great option. Hidden away with a great atmopshere.
It was lovely. Calvin our server was great and really nice.
Nice setting. Friendly stuff. Reasonable food. Excellent wine options
Enjoyed a birthday lunch here--staff, food, and ambiance were perfection!
We enjoyed a wonderful lunch on the back patio. The seasonal fare tasted so fresh with herbs and unique food combinations. I would recommend Iron Gate to all my friends.
One of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had!
Beautiful restaurant tucked away offering delicious fresh and seasonal food
My husband and I love Iron Gate! It’s our favorite place to take our friends and family. Just wish we were informed that there was a wedding the night of our reservation. One of our favorite things about the restaurant is sitting outside and to be honest, we would have rescheduled had we known we weren’t going to be able to.
The restaurant is charming, with a warm, intimate feel. All the dishes we had, five in total, were excellently conceived-- but the preparation wasn't very careful: the feta and chile spread was good, though I wasn't crazy about the ends left on the radishes and zucchini. Our sagananki was greasy and the cheese wasn't melted enough. The bruschetta with snow peas I loved, with the creamy cheese contrasting nicely with the crunch of the snow peas, but the bread was a little burned on the edges. The flavor of the mushroom risotto was fantastic, but the rice was a little chewy. Probably the best dish of the night was the asparagus -- cooked to perfection with a great lentil accompaniment. There's an extensive wine list; we had a soft white from Crete that was a great compliment to our food. Maybe just an off night for the kitchen, but with so many great restaurants to choose from in DC, on my next visit, I'll probably try something new.
Dined outside under the 100 year old Wisteria on a warm evening and enjoyed delicious and creative food. The bill was astonishingly small for the quality of the food. Can’t wait to return!
Absolutely perfect! I surprised my niece for her birthday and it was fantastic. A new hidden gem for her to discover and enjoy! Our servers were so friendly and helpful and, well, the food amazing. The rare place in DC where you experience the ingredients both separately and all together for a true culinary masterpiece. We loved it and I hope to be more frequent visitors. Thank you Iron Gate for making the evening special. And for the surprise that you read and honored our special request from OpenTable! My niece was happily surprised when the waitress immediately wished her happy birthday. Sooo nice!
Beautiful outdoor courtyard. And inspiring food. The artichoke soup was simply amazing. And the service was wonderful.
Great ambiance in the outdoor courtyard. Wonderful service and the food was exceptional. Try the Tangier oysters and the homemade butternut squash lasagna!
We were on vacation in DC and heard Iron Gate was a great place. They were absolutely correct. We had a great Time. The food was amazing. The wine went with the food perfectly. The atmosphere was cozy yet lively and fun at the same time. Our server was so efficient and happy and fun. It was a great night! We have told many friends that they need to go to DC and go to the Iron Gate. Thank you for making our vacation wonderful!
Wonderful food. We did the Family Dinner-great for sharing and trying lots of wonderful things!!
The food was fabulous. Our waiter friendly and helpful. He even let us taste the wine before we chose since we didn’t know Sicilian wines. This is my new favorite restaurant
This is normally one of my favorite restaurants in DC, which is why I elected to have my birthday brunch there. Unfortunately, no one told me when I made the reservation that the outdoor seating would not be available due to a private event. The table they seated us at was the next best option, but it is not the same--the huge attraction of this restaurant is the outdoor patio.
The waitress must have been new, as she spilled a good portion of our champagne bottle on the floor, never apologized, and never offered to fill us up again. She also didn't know much about the menu, and later told my friend she should've ordered a protein for the salad explicitly if she'd wanted it, even though my friend has gotten the same dish many times before without any issues.
The manager brought out a few apps on the house to make up for the inconvenience, which was very kind of him. I just wish the restaurant had been more transparent so I wouldn't be disappointed on my birthday.
I will still return to and recommend Iron Gate to others, but I might take my time to go back, and it was a generally disappointing meal out.
This was one of the best brunches I have had in DC. The food was incredible as was the service. I will definitely return.
Perfect place for a casual lunch with a friend. Service was excellent- efficient and friendly without being intrusive. The food was exquisite. The patio was heated so we had a great time seating outdoors on a sunny but chilly afternoon. I need to go back when there are leaves on the vines.
Very cold, initially very good service. But we seemed to have gotten lost in the sea of diners as it got more crowded.
It was so ridiculously cold there but the food was good, cocktails were fun and the service was on point.
Several knowledgable people in Washington, DC recommended Irongate to us and they were not in error. The menu is not expansive but quite adequate. The appetizers were excellent as was the main dish we chose - red snapper which was fileted and then wrapped in grape leaves for baking. It was delicious. Service was attentive and the setting is intimate. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal there.
My comments relate to the cold, rainy night we were there, when the warm room and fireplace were delicious. I’m sure eating on the terrace in beautiful weather is equally good. We loved several of the small plates we tried, salads, gnocchi, risotto, and three desserts for the four of us. Everything was first rate. We ordered a very nice Greek wine with the help of the sommelier. My hostess, visiting from out of town, was nonplussed at finding the restaurant had neither of the British gins she prefers, but she tried a locally made gin and found it quite good, but “different.” And I lowered the service rating one star. Though our waiter was very friendly, he couldn’t answer some questions, and left us waiting for coffee for quite a long time.
I’ll definitely be back. Glad we chose Irongate.
The patio was beautiful! Unfortunately, the service was very, very slow. The food was fine, but nothing stands out to me as memorable. I think the bottle of wine my FIL selected was the highlight of the evening (unfortunately I don't recall which wine it was). I tried multiple times over the evening to get our waiter's attention, but he never seemed to be around. Without having had an opportunity to speak with him about the slowness of the evening, he delivered 3 gratis desserts for the table. They were appreciated, but I wish that instead of/in addition to that, we had actually been communicated with throughout the meal about why service was so slow, or offered an apology before the end of the night. I know many people who've had lovely times at Iron Gate, so I hope this was just a fluke.
The patio was beautiful, and it really did feel like an escape from city noise. The service was excellent and so was the food!
I have been two weeks in a row. It is a lovely place for an intimate meal for two. If you're lucky enough to have skinny friends like mine, all the plates are easy to share. Note worthy for brunch: everything on the menu.
We had a lovely meal in a fantastic setting. Highly recommend.
Magical evening sitting in courtyard. Shared family meal for two - many amazing small plates, each one more delicious than the last. Sesame encrusted feta, tenderloin, tahini dip, fennel salad, donut holes... all perfect. Great service - attentive but relaxed. Highly recommend!