Iron Gate Restaurant is a historic restaurant and wedding venue located in Washington, DC. It was built in 1875 by retired Navy Admiral William Radford, and is the city's longest running restaurant. It offers both indoor and outdoor event space for intimate ceremonies and receptions. Iron Gate Restaurant prides themselves on their experienced private events team who will work with you to craft the menu of your dreams.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can accommodate up to 100 guests at this elegant venue. They offer a warm and intimate Dining Room where your guests will enjoy a multi-course, family style menu prepared by their executive chef. For a wedding during warmer months, their outdoor Garden Patio is perfect. It features a retractable awning and beautiful wisteria and grape vines. They also offer their Side Patio, perfect for your guests to sip cocktails and mingle.
This full-service venue offers all-inclusive packages to accommodate all of your planning needs. Their experienced staff will help you create your customized menu, pick wine pairings and design custom cocktails for your guests to enjoy. They offer a full restaurant buyout, so you'll have access to each of their rooms if you would like. Their services include:
This romantic restaurant set in a garden setting specializes in Greek and Italian-inspired local cuisine. Many of their mezze dishes are centered around their wood burning hearth and rotisserie. They have almost 400 bottles of award-winning wine, and 60 craft beers to choose between. Couples can select service in the form of hors d'oeuvres, a cocktail reception, a buffet, stations or family style. In addition to dinner, they also offer brunch and lunch menus. Sample fare includes:
In addition to hosting your wedding, Iron Gate Restaurant is also happy to host your rehearsal dinner. Additional events include:
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Recommended by 100% of couples
Jessica · Married on 09/17/2018
We can't say enough about the staff that helped us execute the wedding dinner for our client. It was a rainy night but the Garden Patio still worked for our group. Sarah and Emily and the team that night got us through it - can't say enough about the way we were taken care of, the amazing meal or the quality of service. THANK YOU! - Jessica Badger & Lauren Black, Black Badger Event Owners
Caitlin · Married on 05/05/2018
In the stress-inducing world of planning and executing a wedding, Iron Gate stands as an exception. Choosing this restaurant for my wedding was one of the best decisions of my life (secondary to my wife and wedding dress of course). The event planner Emily is thoughtful, organized, timely and detail-oriented. If anything didn’t happen exactly as I had envisioned, I had no idea - she quietly stayed on the edges of the evening conducting her well-orchestrated timeline of arrival, ceremony, dinner and drinks. For brides who are more interested in getting married and eating instead of making a strict schedule with decorations and cakes and dances and vendors and all the other associated nonsense that takes away from your mindset, Iron Gate is your venue. I merely showed up to a simply yet magically decorated outdoor patio, with hanging vines and delicately romantic lighting over my tables, an elegant iron staircase for the ceremony and potted greenery everywhere to complete the background of every photo. Chef Chittum’s masterful food was my centerpiece, reminding everyone of what attending a wedding should be like: happily delicious, just enough, and paired with excellent wine. The food was complemented by servers and bartenders who far exceeded my expectations. Mass-produced mediocre dinners and service staff who are half-trained and only partly care were two things I did not want - and Iron Gate delivered magnificently. Both myself and multiple guests I spoke with were impressed by their professionalism, knowledge of food and drink, and willingness to serve with a genuine smile even nearing the end of the admittedly boozy night.
I realize I have used an extraordinary amount of adjectives and thesaurus-laced superlatives in this review, but I do feel strongly that it is well deserved. Iron Gate is a beautiful restaurant with impressive food and drink options, and backs it up with exceptional service to its guests. I can only give Iron Gate my highest recommendation.