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Iron Gate

4.8
2076 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 2076 people are saying
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Shpak
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service! Incredible food! The best part is the outdoor seating space, super beautiful and unique.

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vipaliasyko
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. The wisteria ambience with fire pit was one of a kind. The food was very very good, well thought out, and beautiful to look and eat. We got the chef's experience and it was great. Can't wait to come back

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Rachel
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous patio, attentive service, delicious food.

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vipLeahK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dishes are always clever and a step above. The mushroom carbonara had this delicious underlying pepper flavor, not too hot, just yum. Gorgeous romantic patio, great service. Our 3rd visit, plan for many more!

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vipTrish
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary dinner was fabulous! Great ambiance on the patio, great food and great service - special thanks to Victoria and the whole Iron Gate staff!

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Behrad
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Service was excellent, good vibes and amazing atmosphere.
Food was just not satisfying, don't care about the price but the quality and selections does not worth the visit.
Bartender and drinks were phenomenal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful time celebrating our anniversary with Iron Gate. Everyone was so sweet and our food was spectacular.

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AriannaK
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John was amazing. Did the tasting and wine pairing menu. Everything was perfectly curated and delicious. Perfect date night spot and can’t miss restaurant if you’re visiting DC!

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WardS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice date night location.
Food and service were outstanding and the atmosphere was very cozy.

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vipEasyE
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mariam was an amazing, knowledgeable and friendly waitress. Food was delectable. Garden/back patio is beautiful. A win all the way around!

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vipRoberta
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and experience. Our waitress Merriam was phenomenal. The food was delicious— get the gnocchi!

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dcdiner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was absolutely incredible. All staff were thoughtful and kind. They made the experience wonderful. The food was also delicious. It’s always such a treat to dine here!

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Ford21
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance in their outdoor patio! The service was impeccable! The Iron Gate Team went above and beyond to make sure I had a great birthday experience. Our reservation was late and they never made me feel like they were rushing us out. Recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing customer service and so many special surprises for our anniversary. Thank you! :)

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MRfromTexas
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was good/great depending on the dish. Visually appealing seemed to capture the theme of the restaurant well. The thank you card from the waitress was a nice touch. I would recommend to a friend. Only complaint is the price. Kinda pricey for the portion size.

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ASH86
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience, amazing food, lovely staff. Will definitely be back!

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vipSusan
London
37 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 35th anniversary at Iron Gate and it was lovely. We got the tasting menu which was an amazing value. Seriously, we got to taste almost everything from the menu, when normally you can get one each of appetizer, entree and dessert. Everything was delicious and could have easily fed four. The service was top notch and so welcoming. They served us flutes of Champagne and cake pops gratis for our anniversary. The setting is lovely and cozy. I want to go back as soon as possible!

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vipCarolC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming, old world atmosphere. Super fine, personal service -thank you, John! We loved the “wine tour” you provided! Delicious, imaginative menu featuring food and wines of the Mediterranean (S.Italy, Sicily, Greece). We loved it!

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BethD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
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 on September 17, 2021
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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vipNatalia
Washington DC
11 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
4 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.

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 2076 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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