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.
What Insiders Are Saying
Iron Gate in Dupont is known for its prix-fixe dinner, but we like it best for drinks and a light bite.
Sat in the whimsical garden/patio area. It was the perfect place for a date night. Portions were just enough and our server was attentive and knowledgeable. Love the history behind the place and the overall vibe. There is a reason this place is so popular!
It was our first time at Iron Gate but we've wanted to come for a while and finally took advantage of Restaurant Week. The garden space is lovely but because it was so hot we sat inside. Our server was so kind and helpful. Food was delicious. Really liked the selection of wine by the glass. I can't wait to return and try the regular menu.
Great date spot!
Exemplary service. Scrumptious dishes. This was our first dining experience woth Iron Gate and it did not disappoint at all. We will definitely be back!
The experience was great! We went for restaurant week and the food was sooooo good. We got the table in the patio and it was really lovely.
Absolutely love it!
The waistress was super fast with serving us. Amazing decor. Every dish was good except for the dessert, wasn’t a fan. The Sangria was perfect! I would absolutely go back for a special occasion.
Second time visiting Iron Gate and the first experience was much better. The food was good, but Iron Gate’s true quality is the atmosphere. One of the prettiest, more romantic restaurants in the city. However, the service is what really kept this experience from being top notch. Despite having dinner at 6pm on a Wednesday when it wasn’t busy, we had to wait at least 15 minutes for drinks/refills on 3 separate occasions. Coupled with the waitress repeatedly forgetting our drink orders, the service left us slightly disappointed. Overall, we have written it off as an off night. We would still recommend it to others if for no other reason than to experience the atmosphere. We will most likely return in the future.
Food was well-prepared with great flavor. The vegetables were lightly sauced and complimented my blade steak perfectly. The salted carmel was a beautiful foil for the rich chocolate tart and the light chantilly cream provided a nice contrast. Cannot wait to bring friends here.
Incredibly over rated. Most of my food was okay, one dish was very good. Majorly overpriced. Nice setting, but the food fell majorly flat.
They seated us 30 min after our reservation and service was very slow. We arrived for our 8:45 reservation and finally left at 11:15. I thought going on a Monday would be quieter but that was not the case. The staff were very busy and rushed, especially at the bar where they were openly complaining about it to each other. The portions were also very small (entree pasta had 4 ravioli) so recommend having a snack beforehand.
The patio area and lighting is beautiful throughout so at least it was nice to look at for 2+ hours. The hostess was also very understanding and helpful.
Went for Restaurant Week. Menu was great, something for everyone. Monk fish wrapped in bacon was delicious. I always appreciate restaurants that take advantage of seasonal ingredients, like fresh local tomatoes. Stone fruit tart for dessert was also a nice summer treat, and not overly sweet.
We went to Iron Gate during Restaurant Week and had a very mixed experience. We both had the lamb meatballs, which were exceptional. My husband had the monkfish and was very pleased, with both the portion size and taste. I had the zucchini ravioli and was very disappointed. I realize they specialize in small plates, but there were only four standard sized ravioli and two slices of zucchini in the serving. Despite this, the service was good, although our server appeared stretched. We'll definitely give it a second try since most reviews are very positive.
good food and ambiance, our desert took 45 mins to come out after our entree dishes were taken, but it was taken off our bill so overall great experience and management
Great restaurant! Unique menu, wonderful cocktails, excellent and personal service
Always love eating here. The white wine selection is not great since they only serve Greek wines. The red we ordered was great.
Great value for the money. The gnocchi and meatballs dissapointed...but the bruschetta, feta melon skewers and fried halloumi with berries were delicious. Our drinks were fantastic. Especially the raspberry mezcal B starlet. Patio seating is very romantic.
The food was great but the service was lacking. Once we were seated it took about 10 minutes to get our water and then 5 more minutes to have the server come get our drink orders. Once we got our food and had finished our server walked by us at least 4 times, going to every table but ours, when we were clearly finished. We would have gotten dessert but based on how long we had to wait to even be glanced at, we decided to finish our meal else where. We came from out of town for our anniversary so it was a bummer of an experience. I don’t ever plan on returning and wouldn’t exactly recommend it to anyone. The only positives are the beautiful outdoor patio and better than average food.
The food was spectacular. Excellent wine pairing by our server, and the ambiance is incredible. Overall a perfect night. We did the chef’s choice for 2 and I would highly recommend.
Chef’s Family Table was best bet. Great variety. I believe they somewhat customized based on initial conversation with our waiter.
After walking by this gem for almost three years, the stars finally aligned and I secured a dinner reservation here. We ordered focaccia, ricotta gnocchi, lamb meatballs, and a dessert to share—all of which were excellent. The house sangria was perfect for a summer evening on the patio. Definitely hope to come back!
This was our first visit to Iron Gate for our anniversary. My husband arrived earlier than I did, and enjoyed a gin & tonic in the cozy but ornate bar. We dined under twisted vines on the outdoor patio and the music selection was lively Brit pop. (I peaked into the indoor seating, which looks perfect for a more formal occasion or a winter respite.) Our server was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and wine selections, offering tastings before proceeding with full pours. (This helped as my first choice would've been too sweet.) The menu--Mediterranean-influenced small plates--had enough variety to be lively and allow for trying something adventurous while also having enough favorites to offer safer choices for the less daring. The gnocchi were superb little pillows and the focaccia perfectly buttery and delightful. Our server even presented us with an anniversary dessert gratis. We truly enjoyed the meal, the service, and the atmosphere and look forward to coming back soon.
We and our friends enjoyed an excellent lunch at iron gate as part of our visit to DC for the National Geographic show about Egypt. Both the restaurant and the exhibit were marvelous. At iron gate we enjoyed unusual meals which were unique interpretations of Middle Eastern food taken to another level. Take arancini were a delicious and unique treat as an appetizer.The pork gyros were delicious, beautifully seasoned and nicely presented. The gnocchi dish was a bit spicy for my taste, but our friends really enjoyed it. All in all an excellent lunch, highly recommend it.
Had another delicious lunch at Iron Gate. I really enjoy their food (portion size is just right) and the ambiance within the restaurant. To be honest with you, every time I want to go and have a nice lunch I want to take my guest to Iron Gate that is how much I enjoy this restaurant. Plus it is steps away from the office so I really do not have any excuse not to frequent the establishment.
Bring repellent if you sit outside (they do have some but if you like a particular brand)...DC is a swamp after all.
Everything was beyond reproach but nothing sent us into a stream of superlatives .
We had the lobster for two...it was scrumptious but honestly it could have easily been a serving for one, the lobster though delicious was tiny.
Beautiful space, great service and good food.
You can’t beat the charm and beauty of this hidden patio and historic space. You are transported to a Greek Island as you dine under the grape arbor.
I wanted to love my whole experience. The setting is so perfect, service was top notch and the food was good. There were some items we ordered that were perfection. The grilled cucumbers with yogurt were refreshing and palate pleasing. The pastas has a nice toothy bite and delicious flavor. But many of the other dishes were cumbersome, salty and lacking in balance.
You will have fun perusing the wine list, tap beers and interesting cocktails. The Iron Gate has much to recommend it and is a delightful dining experience.
We loved celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary at Iron Gate. The setting is so atmospheric, the food was sublime, and the service was incredibly gracious. One small recommendation would be to install fans on the patio to help with air circulation. Otherwise the experience was amazing!
Great service and great food- creative menu choices. Very fast and attentive service.
Great service. Very accommodating. Great food.
Fantastic food, we tried the chefs pick and it was amazing! Can't wait to visit again! The cocktail choices were impressive, every single drink was fresh and so tasty.
I took my husband to Iron Gate for his birthday. We arrived a few minutes before our reservation, and even though I requested patio seating, we were told there would be a 30-40 minute wait for the patio. I saw reviews from others describing a similar experience, which really doesn't make sense. My reservation was made before they opened, it shouldn't have been difficult to hold a table on the patio for our 8:15PM reservation. What made this even more insulting was the fact that there were at least four tables open on the patio.
Michelin says the food here is exceptional, but unfortunately our food was bland. We started by ordering the deviled eggs, crab and shrimp youvetsi, and bison. We planned to order the mix grill as well, but before we could finish requesting the small plates, our server took our menus and turned away. I was soon grateful for his poor service, as I believe it may have saved us from further disappointment. While the devil egg was tasty, the crab and shrimp was bland, and the bison wasn't even rare. My husband only eats his steaks rare, and even he said the bison was RAW. Not wanting to go to bed hungry, we requested our check and left to get food elsewhere.
The space is romantic, but the service was average. I only tipped our server 20% to avoid being stereotyped, but he honestly didn't even deserve 10%. I'm sure we won't be returning to Iron Gate, as our experience from start to finish was a pure fail.
Food was delicious and the restaurant design is beautiful. However, service was very slow and our business lunch took almost two hours, most of which was spent waiting.
First time at Iron Gate for anniversary. Staff (hostesses, wait staff - even chef) accessible, kind, helpful and down-to-earth. Food was excellent -
seasonal, inventive, cooked to perfection, and very tasty. We ordered the bison skirt steak, blue crab and shrimp yiouvetsi (similar to risotto) and tomato salad with goat cheese and kalamata olives. Portions were perfect so we were full but not stuffed. For dessert we shared the peaches and cream which combined fresh cold peach (gelato?) with pistachio sponge cake and crispy phyllo triangles. Delicious and not too sweet. Extensive and interesting (in a good way) wine list. We got a bottle of the 2018 Doulofakis, Vidiano, Dafnios - a crisp white from Crete - which was refreshing given the hot humid evening. Looking forward to going again!
The food was quite delicious and nearly every dish, with the exception of two of the breads, was amazing. Standouts were the octopus salad, bruschetta, fennel salad, and carrots. However, the service for a non-crazy Monday night, was somewhat awkward. Our waiter was very friendly, but it took a little while to get a drink order. We ordered the chef's special 3 courses and the dishes came in fits & starts, with both the second and third courses coming out almost simultaneously, which was off-putting and, while delicious, not as enjoyable. For dessert, we had an allergy in our party and the waiter said he'd have something else made. That dessert came out way after the other desserts had been finished - we thought they had forgotten about it. It was lovely they agreed to make something else, but very odd to wait until after the rest of the party finished dessert to bring it out. Collectively we've been to Iron Gate a number of times and it's a great space and always a treat, but for the price, seems as though quality and service have slipped a notch.
Amazing restaurant for a birthday. Quiet patio and sitting under canopy is great. Service was fast, drinks came fast, as did much of the other food after we ordered. Great cocktails. Great seafood. Overall seriously nice location/aesthetic and dinner/drinks.
Iron Gate was a terrific anniversary spot for my wife and me. It was reminiscent of our honeymoon in Greece - from the delicious food to the beautiful canopy to the terrific service. We might as well have been at a Santorini resort. Great spot for a romantic occasion. I highly recommend it!
The front of the house (host station) was amazing, extremely friendly and willing to help with seating, quick tour of the restaurant and took my information for a 20 person party I’m planning. The bartender at the front of the house didn’t really seem all there, something was off with the guy. He even forgot to transfer our drink bill to our table for dinner. It was told to us twice that they would transfer the drinks tab over to our table- which never happened. We could have walked out never saying a thing but we made sure to tell the host and bartender that the bill was incorrect and that we still owed the house more money. So we paid again to be square with the house.
The service at the table was fine, although 4 of the 5 dishes were over salted and they couldn’t be eaten. Ok, we were starving ...we took as many bites as possible, but still way to salty. It’s unfortunate because I’ve had a great $150 lunch here before with a client. The place is beautiful but I can’t in good conscience hold a 20 person dinner here (as much as I’d like to).
Will I try Iron Gate again... sure, i just don’t know when.
Good food, great ambiance in a very pretty setting. A few small things on service - would have appreciated a smile and some attention from any of the servers, barman/woman, chefs ... would make a huge difference. Also would have been nice to get sparkling water that sparkles, ice when asked, or iced water rather than lukewarm .. like I said, small things that could be improved on.
We had the prix fixe meal. Theoretically only three courses, but each one had 3 things. So a ton of food. The food was not the sort of spectacular that makes you just go Wow. Dishes ranged from very good to pretty good. (Octopus salad could have used more flavor - even just a bit of lemon; Fish could have been cooked a half minute less. But bread was fabulous, pasta and salad wonderful, and one of the best chocolate desserts I’ve had.) So doesn’t compare to Komi, Little Pearle, Minibar, etc. BUT: it was $60 per person. There are very few restaurants in that price point in DC. Generally it is 30-50 or jumps to 100 - 200 and up. In terms of quality for money, one of the best places in DC.
And the space is just incredible. Outdoor patio with a ceiling of grape vines that lets in just a bit of sun, while remaining cool. Truly one of the most beautiful places to eat in DC.
Our first night in DC and we were so pleased with the food and ambiance at Iron Gate. We will return.