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Iron Gate

4.6
2011 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

  • PIKILIA MENU

    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 & 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
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2011 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.8
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipASON
New England
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, awesome food, unbelievable service.

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vipJessFitts
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a friends birthday this weekend and enjoyed the Chefs tasting and a few of the a la crate items. Our server Tom was a gem and the food was fantastic. Will definitely be going back very soon!

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Caleb
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience5

Food was not high quality. Some items tasted as if they were taken from the freezer and heated up.

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DavidF
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice setting. Attentive service. Tasting menu is a good choice.

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Ellen
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The salads were very good, as were the desserts. The salmon was way overpriced for the amount served, while the gnocchi was enough for 4 people.

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TimeToKill
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday.

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KikiB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 ambiance delicious food and service was fantastic!

JB
vipJillB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Big fan of Iron Gate from years past. Thus I was very disappointed with this visit. Pros: love the bar, the whole place is very charming, service was great. Cons: it was a warm day and since it's basically outside it got a little warm in there, drinks were not chilled enough, chefs menu was disappointing.
The menu seemed limited so we opted to try the chefs menu, at $75 pp we figured it would be fun and enough food. We were disappointed. It was a few starters: squash arrincini (the best dish of the night), a few radishes, some bread, hummus (this was probably the most generous portion), three small slices of peach with barely a taste of prosciutto. Then the mains were 4 thin slices of red meat but it was not very flavorful, and a few small veggie raviolis. Oh and more bread with a side of few leafy greens. A small mousse type dessert came too which was good.
We had a cocktail while we waited for our table at the bar (which was 20 minutes late), a glass of bubbles and then a bottle of white with dinner. All of them were much too warm.
I'd probably come back for a drink at the bar but I am sad we paid as much as we did overall for the meal itself and would not recommend the chefs menu to others.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service with a very comfortable vibe. Our waiter, Todd, was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and always there exactly when he was needed but never obtrusive. One of our favorite DC restaurants.

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LisaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for my birthday and it was the perfect spot to celebrate. Cocktails, food and service were amazing. But what made the evening extra special was the personal, heartfelt note that came with a surprise dessert. That was such a nice touch and so appreciated! Thank you!

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jabariw
Austin
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional

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viplamg2b
New England
37 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellently executed food in a great environment under the trees.

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SallyE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dining experience at Iron Gate—delicious food, great service and a beautiful atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Received complimentary appetizer from the chef, servers were attentive and kind and had good timing, asked about our celebratory occasion and responded with a congratulatory cake pop. An overall lovely experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the place was beautiful, and they went above and beyond to make my birthday dinner lovely and memorable.

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NamS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious brunch! The ricotta pancakes are a dream, and I recommend the bloody mary! We also tried the tomato salad and whipped feta - small portions, but really well crafted bites. If you choose some of the bigger plates, this is actually an affordable brunch spot with a beautiful vibe. I wish they had some more fans, as the outdoor space gets unbearably hot. Overall, a great experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic upscale experience. Elevated and imagined cuisine

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Limited choices, underwhelming entrees, low value for money

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ElizabethD
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a WONDERFUL experience. Victoria was our server and she, like EVERY staff member we connected with, was warm, thoughtful, and knowledgeable. My gluten-free husband was happy, I was happy, and my 6-year-old was happy!

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Jean
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner with amazing service by Tom! Would highly recommend to anyone!

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CarolineG
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every visit here is truly remarkable. Iron Gate is our favorite restaurant for celebrating special events; they treat every occasion as if they were celebrating with you and always have a little surprise to help make the evening truly memorable. Food prices are extremely reasonable for the quality and experience you get, especially here in DC. Finally, the outdoor patio is gorgeous. Cannot recommend them highly enough!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary and it was great.

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FLAMINGO
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The atmosphere is dreamy, and the food delish. We got the chef's table for our group of 4 and had more food than we could possibly eat. A great night

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vippaged
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, especially good for a special occasion. Food was fantastic and wait staff was so friendly and knowledgeable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Menu extremely limited.not accommodating on menu. Wonderful attentive staff once we were there. Miscommunication regarding menu led to disappointing evening-especially since it was a special occasion.

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PaulA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, as always. Service was terrific and you can't beat the ambiance.

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vipkls9f
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OOh, this patio menu and setting are perfect at 3 PM. What a gem!

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Pete
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and lovely ambiance on the patio. Food was great and they moved everyone inside when a huge thunderstorm rolled through - didn’t miss a beat and poured out some champagne on the house due to the weather issue which was a super fun vibe.

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Josiah
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Actually some of the most amazing service and food that I have ever had in DC. Cocktails are great too!!

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Taylor
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I love the ambiance at Iron Gate. The back patio with the gorgeous vines is a really great place for date night or a celebration with friends. This time I went for brunch and found the food to be not quite at the standard I expected (overall a little underseasoned), but still tasty. Best thing we had were the ricotta fritters with creme anglaise and lemon sugar. Would definitely go back, but maybe not for brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

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Debbie
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Ambience is romantic and beautiful. Service was very good. Staff was professional and attentive. Temperature outside was 85 degrees and there was no air circulation. They needs some fans for the hot days.

We did the chef's menu and wine pairings. The food was good but not great, but they were very generous with their portions - we were stuffed at the end. Has a ton of potential. Some of the food was excellent - the feta and tomato salad from the first course. But the main course fell short: the steak had been sitting and was tough, the pasta was almost the right consistency, but a little dry, the salad was ordinary.

The wine was delicious and plentiful. I especially liked the first course pairing. With a few tweaks, I think Iron Gate has the potential to be great! We had a wonderful night.

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vipElpidaA
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect! Love sitting on the romantic patio and the food was superb. The pork belly gyro stole the show but the gnocchi was also delicious! Always a great spot for food and ambiance…will be back soon!

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vipchantalew
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always good!

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MelissaE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wine. The ambiance was perfect! The service was wonderful, it was just a little hard to hear our server over the noise of some other guests. Iron Gate is a pretty romantic location and we loved drinking wine and spending our evening here. It was a little more expensive than we'd originally expected, but we will definitely be recommending this location to our friends and family.

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vipMacey
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iron Gate was absolutely fantastic. Our waiter was lovely and the food was incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Get the chef’s choice!

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vipCaraB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iron Gate never disappoints! Food is consistently delicious and of high quality. Lovely outdoor patio area and service is always attentive. Great place for a special occasion.

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vipSarahP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Dc! Would recommend the tasting menu!

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DavidA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! The place, food, and people are fantastic.

FAQs

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

Iron Gate is rated 4.6 stars by 2011 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 bookings at the moment.

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