Food & Drink

Iron Gate Reopens Its Doors for Dining Splendor

The newest spot from the impeccable Neighborhood Restaurant Group

Once upon a time, a tired dining space transformed itself into a fairy-tale destination.

Opened in 1923, the Iron Gate Inn was, until it closed in 2010, our city’s longest operating restaurant. After a deep sleep (and masterful refurbishment), the 19th century Dupont Circle townhouse has reopened as Iron Gate.

Under the direction of chef Anthony Chittum, the kitchen serves two Italo-Greek menus. The dining room is strictly prix fixe: a four- or six-course progression with optional wine pairings. Sit in the enclosed carriageway, outdoor patio, and private garden spaces for a la carte options. Opening week includes baked oysters, grilled haloumi, charred octopus, hand-cut pastas, and spit-roast meats.

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Reservations are a must, but the bar is first-come, first-served. Follow the candlelit lanterns to the front door, then hop a stool in the newly enclosed carriageway. Sommelier Brent Kroll can recommend wines and pair cocktails with plates small and (very) large. Be warned: the Maryland porterhouse for two is a beast.

We’re confident you’ll slay it.

Iron Gate, 1734 North Street Northwest, between 17th and 18th Streets (202-524-5202 or irongaterestaurantdc.com).

Photo: Kyle Martell / Courtesy of Iron Gate

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Iron Gate
1734 N St NW
bt 17th & 18th Sts
Washington, DC 20036