Iron Gate in Dupont Circle
The stunning patio at this historic restaurant space has the feel of a secret garden - perhaps because it’s in a secluded courtyard reached only by walking through an old, ornate carriageway that now serves as an open-ended but covered bar area. Great pains were taken to preserve the 100-year-old wisteria vine that twists and curls above the patio, and chef Anthony Chittim serves his Mediterranean-inspired plates and roasted animals alfresco for lunch, dinner and brunch.
Must Order: Hearth-baked crackers with three dips; faro salad with kale; spaghetti with tomato and basil; the Nicolaki cocktail.
Insider Tip: The outside spaces offer a menu not available in the dining room, which features prix fixe tasting menus - but the tasting menus can be ordered either inside or out.
1734 N St. NW; 202-524-5202