Unless you know where you’re going, Iron Gate Restaurant could be easily missed.  It has (surprise) a huge iron gate that’s open when they’re open. 

Iron Gate  Iron Gate Entrance

  • Food: While I was there for lunch, we received a basket of bread with a spread that had capers, roasted red peppers, and a bunch of other things.  It had a consistency of a very thick hummus, but I have no idea what else was in it.  But it was pretty good. I ordered the lamb shank with orzo and goat cheese and spinach.  While the lamb was cooked properly, it had a bit too much garlic.   My sides were great though.  Here’s a photo of their dinner menu (and if you click, you can actually see what’s available)
Iron Gate Dinner Menu

  • Service: Our server was polite and our ice tea and water glasses were always refilled.  Although when I’ve been there for drinks after work, they have a tendency to forget about you if you’re sitting outside and they’re not busy.
  • Atmosphere: Considered a romantic spot with their outside water fountain in their main outside dining area, it is a cute spot.  I’ve been many times for drinks after work with friends and love coming here for their courtyard.  They also usually have a special on wine and their hummus is good.  Inside is dark with fireplaces — you can see where it was once a stable and carriage house. 
  • Attire: Business casual
  • Price: $$
  • Overall: When it’s a beautiful day outside, this is a perfect spot to go when you want to discuss the finer things in life over a bottle of wine and a few small plates . 


  • Reservations accepted and recommended.
  • Address: 1734 N Street NW; Washington, DC 20036 
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 AM-2:30 PM and 5:30-10 PM; Sat 5:30-10 PM; Sun closed
  • Ph: 202-737-1370