In an old carriage house beneath a stone mansion in Dupont Circle is Iron Gate, a restaurant recently revived from an indefinite hiatus. Opened in 1923 as an inn, the Iron Gate was D.C.’s oldest continually operating restaurant until it closed for several years in 2000.
Under the direction of chef Anthony Chittum, it’s been reincarnated into one of the city’s dreamiest spaces, lit with lanterns and anchored with leather banquettes and a fireplace. Outside, a leafy patio hosts guests nearly all year round beneath the carriagehouse’s original grape arbor. The bar itself is long and welcoming with a focus on brown and bitter cocktails, funky craft beer and Greek and Italian wines—all of which marry beautifully to Chittum’s Italian-Mediterranean cooking.