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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.
Washington, DC 20036
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
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 email@example.com.
Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Iron Gate Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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