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Iron Gate

4.7
4.7
2337 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 ($75 per person, for groups of 2 or more) with wine parings available for an additional fee. 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.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 51 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Italian, Greek

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:30 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 524-5202

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Anthony Chittum

  • Private party facilities

    Hold your next event at Washington D.C.’s oldest continuously running restaurant. The property, built in 1875 by retired navy admiral William Radford, offers a unique combination of indoor and outdoor spaces. Reach out to our events team at events@irongaterestaurantdc.com and book today!

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (202) 524-5202

  • Neighbourhood

    Dupont Circle

  • Cross Street

    18th Street

  • Parking Details

    Street parking

  • Public Transit

    DuPont MetroFarragut North Metro

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Garden Patio Lunch!

    Multiple dates available
    We look forward to having you join us on our picturesque patio for lunch favorites like our focaccia pizzas and easy drinking summer wines! Please note that inclement weather such as heavy rain or intense heat may require our team to move your reservation inside to our charming indoor dining room for the comfort and safety of our guests and team members.

What 2,337 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Best Ambience

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mediterranean

  • District of Columbia

    Best Ambience

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  1. AK

    AlexK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you have not been here yet you need to stop what you are doing and make a reservation ASAP. Absolutely fantastic.
  2. SV

    SarahV

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was flavorful and the atmosphere was perfect!!
  3. DS

    DanielleS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best meal we’ve had since the last time we were there. Outstanding!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was beyond outstanding. It was our first night out with our newborn and the staff was so kind and understanding. When leaving, the server even wrote a personalized thank you note and said there was a computer error and gave us a free drink. I am a picky eater, with discerning taste, and yet I enjoyed each and every plate provided with the tasting menu. I would highly recommend the tasting menu and this restaurant.
  5. EF

    ErikF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable food, service and ambience! I can't wait to return.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Abe was lovely. Helpful with wine list, great overview of the day’s fresh menu. Always a beautiful setting outside.
  7. GW

    GayleW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible...one of the best meals of my 60 years dining. Our service was exemplary. Let them choose your wine.
  8. L

    Larr

    Miami - Dade

    85 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Ok this is new -a kitchen charge is added to the bill. What is a kitchen charge? It’s a tip for the kitchen staff. Hello? I thought it was the employer’s responsibility to pay the staff, not me. Buratta was excellent, gone in 2 bites- maybe you can give a little more.
  9. R

    Robert

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for our anniversary and they made it special without asking. Great ambiance, the chef's table was well paced and varied plates, and contrary to most high end restaurants we actually were full when we left.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best ambience for a weekend brunch
  11. SP

    SusanP

    Washington DC

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our anniversary at Iron Gate and it was perfection! We chose the family style meal, which included many tasty small plates. Everything was delicious but the stuffed dates, smoked deviled egg, and Greek salad were standouts. The Cornish hen and gnocchi were also delicious. Honestly the best meal I’ve had in DC in a long time. The staff was incredible - friendly and attentive without being obtrusive. I recommend sitting outside if the weather is good - the patio is such a beautiful oasis in the city!
  12. JS

    JaneS

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Terrific food -- tried the Family Table option. Service a bit slow and it was a bit noisy at times, but on the whole, did not disappoint.
  13. RM

    RachelM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dining experience! Everyone should go!! I was there to celebrate a birthday and it was awesome!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. I wish I lived in DC so I could come back again! I’ll definitely be visiting this restaurant the next time I’m in town
  15. JS

    JSPhilly

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time here. Wonderful servers, with a very accommodating chef and kitchen staff for a member of our party who avoids gluten. Every course of food and the cocktails were fantastic. We’ll be back the next time we’re in DC!
  16. A

    Andrew

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible ambience, service and food! Excited to go back soon
  17. m

    metropeter

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in all regards! Our server Anna was terrific and the sommelier very entertaining! Food was delicious!
  18. JM

    JanetM

    Montreal

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not to be missed. A gorgeous outdoor space covered in vines. Attentive and knowledgeable wait staff and food to die for. Come hungry for the prix fixe. Our only concern would be that the wine pairing was a little pricey for what was served. But the wines were well paired and the server spent time with us discussing them.
  19. D

    Disappointed

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was especially excellent in all aspects
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very pleasant service. Nice surprising extras, including a birthday drink and dessert treat for our table. Ambiance of outdoor seating cannot be beat!
  21. w

    winelover

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Our reservation was at 6:45pm. Only 2 other groups that I could see indoors where we were sitting. Took awhile for our server to get to us for drinks; but she was lovely once she arrived. They were out of bourbon -- 2 different kinds -- that we requested - and of the 2 desserts they offer -- they were out of one of them. Seemed early to be out of things. Supply chain issues maybe? The temperature indoors was quite warm -- seemed the a/c wasn't performing very well. Appetizers were good; my fish was a bit dry, unfortunately.
  22. JG

    JoshG

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    My waiter was disrespectful to me when I didn’t understand his instructions for how to locate the bathroom. Otherwise a nice experience.
  23. GP

    GregoryP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent swordfish and the pesto dish delicious as well...
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    My wife and I came here for a nice dinner out, which we haven't done in awhile. We got the chef's family table which was three rather large courses including some off-menu dishes all served family-style (all said and done, I think there was 13 separate dishes including two breads). All of the food was excellent, and at $75 a person, not unreasonable for the amount and variety of food served. We also had a couple of their cocktails which were very tasty and the wine pairing for the meal. The latter was a bit of a hiccup in that they had some miscommunication and didn't serve us the first glass, so they comped us the remaining two, with the sommelier coming over to describe the choices and give a little bit of extra refills. The wines were excellent, as well. All in all it was a lovely dinner and I'm looking forward to going back when there's a seasonal change.
  25. PN

    PaulN

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The food was good but not worth what we paid. Great service!
  26. J

    Juliana

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the food, the service, and the ambience! Highly recommend the chef's table. Ana was an amazing server!
  27. C

    Chloe

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect place for any special occasion or for simply stellar food. I keep coming back here for the warm, attentive service & the delectable dishes (this time we had the arincini - divine). The staff is so welcoming and helpful. For brunch or dinner, Iron Gate is a winner. This is probably my favorite restaurant in DC - a gem!
  28. w

    willtravelforfood

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed my dining experience and the staff was exceptional.
  29. HS

    HSWM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We ate inside and loved the ambience. The outdoor patio looked really nice, but was afraid to chance a reservation there, given July weather in DC. The food was delicious, but the way they served it was weird. Although a la carte ordering is an option, we chose the chef’s family table, where, for $75/person, you get some of all five appetizers (plus some surprise extras) to share, then share one main course, which also comes with a few sides, and one dessert. We were assured it was a reasonable amount of food, but the portions were generous, and by the time dessert came, we were forcing it into our mouths. Now for the service: They brought a small bowl of excellent hummus with dippers almost immediately. A little later, the appetizers began coming out. First they placed three of them on a lazy susan, and before we could finish those, more apps came out. With nowhere to put those them on the lazy susan, they wanted to clear some dishes, but we were still working on most of the first batch. Finally we finished all the first courses and probably could have stopped eating at that point. But we still had a main course coming, plus dessert. The strange thing was, after the quick parade of apps, it was about a half hour until the second course arrived, and when it did, it was not what we ordered. Given that there were only three main course choices, we were pretty surprised to see fish instead of fowl, but it seemed like an honest mistake. They apologized and quickly took away the wrong order, and we wondered how much longer we'd have to wait for the correct dish. We were more surprised, then, when it arrived in about 10 minutes. There's no way it could have been cooked from scratch that fast, and our waitress didn't have a satisfactory explanation. After all that, it was fine but not as tasty as the first courses. Overall, we enjoyed our experience at Iron Gate and only wish the service had been more even to match the general excellence of the food.
  30. MC

    MikeC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolute hidden gem. We had an amazing experience here, on every level. Great food, impeccable service, friendly waitstaff (thanks Liz!), and a warm, charming ambience. Couldn't be happier that we chose Iron Gate as the spot to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I can recommend the arancini and the burrata; both were scrumptious and great for sharing. We also liked the wines we tried. Can't recommend this place highly enough. We will definitely be back next time we're in DC near Dupont Circle!
  31. JM

    JackM

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    What a gem! The "chef's table" option brought a constant stream of completely delicious small(ish) plates for the two of us to share. We were so full at the end we could not finish the Tirimiso Cheesecake with espresso ice cream and chocolate crumbs -- something I would have ordered a second one of in other circumstances. Only complaint -- understaffing, likely a result of the pandemic. We waited a loooong time to get our check and a longer time to pay it. It was unfortunate after such a wonderful dining experience to sit at an empty table for 20 minutes waiting for someone to run our credit card.
  32. p

    pnka

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary last Sunday. Everyone from the hostess to our waitress Liz and helper Max made it a wonderful evening for us. The rarity of good service since Covid made it all the more special. And most importantly, the food was fabulous. Thanks for a great evening.
  33. GW

    GladWeReturned

    Washington DC

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I had a great dinner and Iron Wood; the ambiance was perfect, you couldn't ask for better service and the food was absolutely delicious. We last dined there in 2018. Neither my friend nor I are big on dining al fresco during a D.C. summer. The dining room has a warm intimate feel with raw brick walls, a high vaulted wood ceiling, dark paneling and the big fireplace that first served the restaurant. Top restaurants obviously are paying top dollar for good servers. The manager at Iron Gate told me Ben, our waiter, was a new hire. I told the manager he made a good hire. We went with the Chef's Family Table, three courses made to share. We began with eight small-portion appetizers served in two waves. My favorite two appetizers were the heirloom baby beets, served with sesame-crusted feta cubes, pistachios & purslane in a maple-tahini emulsion and the lightly-fried catfish pieces, served chilled with onions in a vinaigrette. The dissonant appetizer of the eight was the sweet corn arancini because it was bland and mushy. The entree was Atlantic swordfish kalamaki: grilled swordfish skewers, served with cured olives, chili, pistachio, saffron & fennel salad. Our sides were caramelized ricotta gnocchi, kale caesar salad with a unique cream-based dressing and spelt flatbread. The gnocchi sauce was so tasty, but we aren't fans of dumplings whether you call them gnocchi, knodle or glissants. For dessert, we had the Ode to the Opera: a bittersweet chocolate & hazelnut cake with a scoop of gianduja ice cream.
  34. AY

    AmyY

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our 3rd or 4th time going to Iron Gate. Always love the variety and changing menu. Food and service were amazing as always. We really enjoyed our evening!
  35. C

    Carper

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time had Iron Gate. Many, many dishes, all great. Lots of delicious vegetarian dishes offered. Really good, relaxed, informative service. Very nice ambience.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    I remember Iron Gate being a charming little restaurant with fire pits and really nice ambiance. I guess I was there in the Fall last time, but the atmosphere was much nicer. Additionally, the menu has changed quite a bit too. It is now a price fixed menu that does allow for a la carte ordering, but the menu is so limited with less than desirable options. The old menu was amazing and the food was far more superior. The new menu is ok and food was ok, but not for the price. The Hen that is offered on the menu was shared between two people and it was dried out and bland. Additionally, it took 15 minutes before a waiter came to our table and took a total of over 30 minutes to have any food placed at our table.
  37. B

    Brendan

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It is a beautiful space, but it was really too hot to enjoy the food. The had fans sitting nearby but not turned on.
  38. SC

    StephenC

    Miami - Dade

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was a revelation. Unique flavors with every course and dish. We’ll return!
  39. GS

    GusS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful night at Iron Gate. Started out at the bar til our table was ready. We don’t drink and asked the bartender if they had mocktails to which he produced a specific mock tail menu. We picked a couple of the options and the drinks were amazing. ( forgot the drink names 😋 Our hummus starter was great with some great flat bread followed by sweet corn arancini and hand pulled buratta. We then ordered swordfish and strozzapreti pasta dish and side dish of house salad. Sword fish was good but a little small in portion size. The strozzapreti was very tasty and a good portion size. Last was the dessert of amaizing financier. Blueberry ice was fantastic and the polenta financier was good. Not sold on the candied cornflake However. That could be skipped in our humble opinion. Overall the food, bartender, servers and all staff were wonderful and we had a lovely evening at IG. Thank you !
  40. LH

    LisaH

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best belated bday/anniversary dinner. Wes, Ariana, and Ben were particularly exceptional. We were sent complimentary bubbles for a toast and many other small bites throughout the evening. Like my time living on Thassos and Crete, the hospitality was elevated and generous from the moment we walked in. The food was, as always, exceptional. The swordfish this season is not to be missed.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Iron Gate offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 524-5202.

Iron Gate is rated 4.7 stars by 2337 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 51 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Iron Gate

1734 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    18th Street

  • Neighbourhood

    Dupont Circle

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:30 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Italian, Greek

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street parking

  • Public Transit

    DuPont MetroFarragut North Metro

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Anthony Chittum

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 524-5202

  • Private party facilities

    Hold your next event at Washington D.C.’s oldest continuously running restaurant. The property, built in 1875 by retired navy admiral William Radford, offers a unique combination of indoor and outdoor spaces. Reach out to our events team at events@irongaterestaurantdc.com and book today!

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (202) 524-5202

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