Iron Gate

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Mediterranean
Iron Gate offers multiple menu options nightly in our Dining Room as well as our outdoor Patio Garden and Bar Carriageway. The seating for reservations is on a first come first serve basis for all areas. 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 ($59 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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Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, always was exceptional. Lovely warm evening, outdoors seating fabulous.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Wants to be a DC staple, but falls short on both service and quality. This is my first OpenTable review. Plenty of superior options in DC.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Good service was sporadic. Our cocktails and appetizer were brought to the table in a timely manner as were two other dishes. However, the last and most substantive dish was not. My friend and I did not pay attention to the time as we were engrossed in a conversation. When we noticed that 20 minutes had elapsed, one of us asked about the status of the dish. The server for our table never checked in with us while we were eating and did not inform us about a delay in the kitchen if, in fact, that was the reason for the long wait.

EC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks were tasty, the food was excellent, and service was great. Best value by far.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Overall the food was good. The oysters were good the gnocchis were enough tried share. The scallops were good but there was only three for two people. Way overpriced and the bruschetta was good but the crust on the bread was way too hard to bite or cut. The dessert was good but there was only three small crouton size pieces of bread in the pudding.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic time at Iron Gate. The outdoor space is beautiful and great for a date night. The food was delicious and the service was superb. Highly recommend!

JM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb start to finish. One of the best settings in town. Fantastic food.

RD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely experience at the Iron Gate, food was excellent and the service was great. The menu is not expansive but the offerings were interesting and varied.

OK
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional. The service was first class and every dish was amazing. Both the presentation and the taste.
A foodie paradise.

N
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is perfect for an intimate celebration of a special occasion. It’s all shareable tapas, with a couple (though quite filling) vegetarian options. Though if you are a vegetarian, I’d suggest a snack a few hours before your reservation. The outside patio is the perfect blend of fancy but approachable. The staff were so very sweet and helpful. Would 1000000% return

RH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Our Reservation was at 12;45 on Sunday for Brunch, We had to ask for water, we had to ask
to order, we had to ask for more drinks, we finally got served at 2;45!!!! 8 couples came after us and were served and left before us. Waitress disappeared for most of the time and the restaurant just isnt that big.
This was our second time going and our last.

EM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect dining experience, as always. Service was excellent as well as the food.

CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience!

BN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Iron Gate for our 6th year anniversary and we had a fantastic time! The staff all signed a card wishing us a happy anniversary as well as complimentary glasses of champagne and a dessert. We appreciated it very much and thought it was a very nice touch! Our server was great at answering our questions about the different dishes. Everything done at Iron Gate made our night!

OT
Washington DC
176 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Hadn't been to Iron Gate for at least 30 years since I'd worked in the neighborhood - it is always admirably written up so wanted to try it again. I wish it had been cool enough (it was humid) to try outside as it looked beautiful. Our server was very friendly, and the food with 4 of us was wonderful - the crispy potatoes - wow I could have eaten the whole bowl! My entree, gnocci with pork sausage - just delicious - i will not be waiting so long to go back!

g
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a charming spot that is quite a departure from the bustling, noisy Jose Andres restaurants of downtown DC. Tucked away into the intimate corner of a largely residential street, this delightful spot serves excellent (though not cheap) fare, including top-notch gluten free options (house-made bread!). While the outside courtyard of rustic brick, vines, and string lights provided a lovely setting for a meal in warmer months, the bar and indoor sections looked cozy for winter dining. The courtyard also seemed like the perfect venue for a private event like a small wedding.

s
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, creative cocktails — amazing selection of hard to find amaros — tasty food and exceptional service. Will definitely put this on my go-to list for great dining!

JL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic courtyard seats set the scene for a quiet date night out. We opted to order a la carte and received plate after plate of well executed tapas. We ordered fairly safe (focaccia and lamb meatballs being staples of ours) and the food definitely met expectations. After dinner we enjoyed a nice stroll around nearby Dupont Circle.

All in all, exactly Iron Gate is what you'd expect. Great execution and service at a DC price point. I wish there was a signature dish I could write about; though maybe that's what the tasting menu is meant to accomplish. Maybe we'll try that next time we go in, but the lack of substitutions made it difficult to delve in when there were 1 or 2 things we knew we wouldn't like.

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful setting. The food is small plates but they bring out each dish one at a time instead of like some small plate restaurants that dump several plates on your table making you feel rushed and crowded. Iron Gate was a much more sophisticated small plate experience and the food was wonderful, particularly the cheese dishes and the pork gnocchi.

DB
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience at Iron Gate. Highly recommended. Food, service, and drinks were all fantastic. Well worth it for a special occasion.

MM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We enjoyed our visit to Iron Gate, but I must admit, it left much to be desired. Based on its reputation, I was expecting more. The hostess was very pleasant and walked us through some of the wines when we sat down and even brought us some tastings. We ordered four dishes a la carte so didn't do the tasting menu. They were good, but I wasn't blown away. The service we received didn't make up for my lack of being wowed either. Our server was terrible. It took forever for her to come by and take our order and then it took forever for any food to arrive and when she tried to make it up to us by offering to send us a complimentary order of focaccia, it never showed until we asked the food runner about it. And then, we were billed for it. Our reservations were for 6:45 and we did not get out of there until 9:45. We did not have dessert or coffee or linger, it just took this long to get four dishes out to us. I don't feel the need to go back, unfortunately.

RF
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful outdoor courtyard, perfect for a date night! We celebrated our anniversary and everyone made us feel the love - champagne to start and a sweet dessert finish.

SE
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Lovely place, great food, beautiful patio.

The downside: incredibly slow service and waitstaff was insensitive to volume/not interrupting conversations, which was especially uncomfortable for a business dinner. Would definitely return privately, but I would not come again for a business meal.

HH
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, amazing, amazing. From the beautiful ambiance, to the incredible flavors, to the super attentive staff - I honestly cannot say one negative thing about this place. 10/10 would recommend. :)

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was unique and delicious! Should definitely be on your list if you are in DC!

D
Baltimore
112 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wine. We wanted to do the chef's tasting, but with a food sensitivity, that was not possible. Fortunately, our server was careful to suggest dishes that would work with my needs, and coordinated with the chef to ensure my comfort. We had a fantastic meal and enjoyed the experience immensely. Would definitely return. A world apart from the "typical DC scene".

BD
Wilmington
52 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server had some terrific recommendations. We especially love small plates so we can taste a number of dishes. Everything was wonderful start to finish, we especially loved the octopus (best we ever had!) and their signature gnocchi lived up to being a signature dish. Perfect birthday celebration!

LG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was excellent for the most part. Service slowed as the meal concluded. Desert came and was finished before coffee arrived which was disappointing.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was awful

A
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostess was extremely rude, but the rest of the experience was top notch

9:15pm reservation and we were seated close to 10pm, bartender was amazing and comped us a drink

J
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner. Superb food. Wonderful service.

s
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the grilled octopus if you can! We had the tasting menu, with chicken dine perfectly as the main dish. Who would have thought? This place does not disappoint!

JW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, but not a huge selection. A little costly as two small plates and no drinks was $30 with tip.

G
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Food was delicious, and the ambience was great. Service did not meet my expectations. Our reservation was at 9.00 pm, by 10.00 pm it kind of felt like they want to wrap it up.

AE
22 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small plates

h
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a treat to eat outside at lunch! The service and food was great. They did not rush us which was nice as we were catching up with an old friend in from out of town. I would recommend it to a friend and will return soon.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Service was perfect. great wine list

m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance!!!! Go here for great service, romantic ambiance and good food.

One star off because we arrived 2 hours early for a 915pm reservation on our wedding anniversary and they were so Slammed that we didn’t get seated until 945pm.

Walus at the Bar is wonderful. Order the merguez taco.

OT
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 1

Did not acknowledge our anniversary, even when noted in reservation. Would not let us sit on patio, even with reservation. Food was okay service was attentive.

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