About Restaurant IRON
Executive Chef, Alex McPhail has returned to his hometown after 6 years studying under some of the finest chefs in the industry in New Orleans. Taking culinary tips he picked up at Commander’s Palace, Restaurant August & the Roosevelt Hotel, Alex has created a dining environment unlike any other nearby.
Restaurant IRON serves Southern contemporary cuisine fueled by local vegetables and herbs from the creative minds of true Southerners. We aim to bring together fresh local and regional specialties with the finest flavors and ingredients to deliver a dining experience you won"t soon forget.
Southern, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday 4:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday 4:30pm - 1:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Feel free to use the parking on North Palafox St directly in front of the restaurant. Should you need additional parking, there is space available a block north on Palafox as well.
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Restaurant IRON Ratings and Reviews
Dinner was truly amazing in every aspect ...
Dinner was truly amazing in every aspect. From the vast foodie knowledge the waiter shared, to cocktails, to presentation, to dessert, it was a decadent experience overall. We had the Cobia dish that was a delicious work of art. The Marcus Caesar salad was carefully crafted with a homemade crouton ring around it, and I'm glad the dressing was authentic and house made; but wasn't fishy ( some folks get too pretentious with the anchovy). The house made ginger beer must be sampled. The ribeye steak was near perfect. The crust was crunchy and it was ordered medium rare and came out just right. It was served with Five different mushrooms, but I do wish the chef added more mushrooms... for a 20 oz steak...you need a little extra of green and shroom to keep the palate percolated. The fried cornmeal oysters with candied bacon was a hit! I only wish there was a bit more bacon to accompany 5 oysters...and I wish it was bit more candied. Otherwise, a perfect sea starter. The desserts were absolutely lovely. The burnt coffee bread pudding was just intoxicating. The pb cookie with raspberry milk was a flashback to being a kid again. I could do without the raspberry milk...it lacked thickness of milk and did not actually compliment the texture or flavor of peanut butter. Sometimes you just want regular milk or not at all. Restaurant Iron is geographically hard to pinpoint, and I love a place that keeps you guessing and yet transports you all over the map. Kudos...can't wait to go back!
The food was amazing and the service was very professional. Unique cuisine experience! You can tell right away with the first bite that this place knows what they are doing.
Always a "10!"
I've eaten at Iron several times over the past few years. I love the relatively "new" location. Iron never disappoints. Danielle, our server, was her usual fantastic self. Very enjoyable time. I always recommend Iron.
Iron made our anniversary very special. ...
Iron made our anniversary very special. They even printed "happy anniversary" on our menu with our name. By far our fav place to dine in downtown pcola! Food,service, and ambience is outstanding! Our waiter Patrick was amazing as usual! Great job Iron! Your the best!
A Real Pleasure
Our 26th anniversary! We were stunned to see at the top of our menus: Happy 26th anniversay, Mr&Mrs xxxxx! Followed be 5 star food,great service, and great ambience.
I'll be back!
I've heard how amazing this restaurant is and I'm so glad that I finally had a chance to try it out. I love how they support so many local businesses. Worth every penny!
Great food and excellent service
First time to the Iron. Can not wait to return. Matt our server was so knowledgable of the menu, very attentive even tho it seemed a sell-out. He earned a 30% tip for just two people. The food was fantastic with the Lamb dish being double outstanding. Catch of the day at half serving was very good and plenty of food. I could go on and on. I want to meet the chef next visit. He is so good with choice and presentation. Drinks were cold!! We have already told 8-10 people. Don and Connie
Service was top notch. All of the food t ...
Service was top notch. All of the food tasted amazing and was presented beautifully. The cocktails were delicious. I would definitely go back!
The food and service were wonderful.
The food and service were wonderful.
Went to Iron before a show at the Saenger. It was our first time but we are locals. The food was great and the service by Laura was excellent. Although different for Pensacola the atmosphere was very nice. The prices were reasonable for the quality of the food and service. We will come back.
Perfect night out!
We had reviewed the website - Intrigued we tried it on a Tuesday night. Great Bartender, great inventive dishes that were wonderful, great service and some good deals at reduced prices for selected wines from the wine list. We have been going to Pensacola for 40 years and now have a new by far most favorite restaurant. WE will go back
The food was amazing and quite possibly the best food in Pensacola! My wife and I were there for our anniversary and they even printed custom menus off for us with our name on them! The food was presented in an incredibly professional manner and the service was as good as it gets. If you're in Pensacola, this restaurant is a must!
Always a great experience...
We live quite a ways out of town, but IRON is our first choice for dinner with friends...interesting food without being goofy...great service...very nice wine (fun bar drinks, too). It's top of our list.
Jessica is a godsend. Wonderful, helpful ...
Jessica is a godsend. Wonderful, helpful and knowledgeable.
Entrees left a lot to be desired
Appetizers were great! (Kale salad and ravioli) The duck and shrimp and grits had a lot to be desired. Could just be my personal preference, the duck should have been cooked all the way thru vice the chef's recommendation of medium rare? The shrimp and grits were ok, both myself and my girlfriend felt that fish house has you guys beat by far in that department. The dessert (bread pudding) was out of this world. To be honest if it wasn't for your apps and dessert I would have given you guys a 2 out of 5 but both the dessert and apps left such a life altering effect on us we couldn't have been happier.
This is now among my favorite venues in ...
This is now among my favorite venues in Pensacola. The dining was a very enjoyable experience and I highly recommend you give Restaurant IRON a try.
The four of us opted for the small plate offerings - so we could try more things - and everything we ordered was delicious. Our server was friendly and very helpful in describing the selections. It was a lovely evening. We look forward to going back.
Wonderful restaurant wonderful staff & waiter!!!
Prices were expected to be high when you have a cheat who prepares new foods weekly. Fresh food and ingredients wonderful ambiance and style to the restaurant great drink menu of you go ask for Matt he is super knowledgeable about the menu and attentive good personality enjoyed a lovely anniversary dinner here everything we tried wa amazing I recommend the veal and purple sweet potatoes yum also their French press coffee is smooth and rich If you do have room for dessert try the salted Carmel bread pudding you won't be disappointed large serving will eat here again!
Best Restaurant in Pensacola!
My husband and I went to Restaurant Iron for the first time as a belated Valentine's day dinner. The service was superb. The food was fabulous. We would definitely go again. We had the fries and the PB&J foie gras as appetizers. The fries were the best I have ever had in my life. We went with the small order (at the wise recommendation of our server) and could not finish them, they were so rich. They are drizzled with truffle oil and are divine. The foie gras was also a treat -- I was expecting something different but it was tasty. If I had to choose between the two I would probably go with the fries (and that is a huge statement since I do not normally even like french fries that much.) For our meals i had the 1/2 portion of the veal tenderloin and the 1/2 portion of the shrimp and grits. My husband did the same. Everything was exquisite. We were expecting the portions to be miniscule like most high-end restaurants, that is why we ordered a full portion meal. We really should have just ordered a 1/2 portion, because we were stuffed by the time dessert came around. We went ahead and ordered it anyway. Best bread pudding ever (I believe caramel was involved?) with homemade ice cream too -- it was the perfect end to a perfect evening. We couldn't finish the dessert -- so we boxed it to go and enjoyed it as a delectable treat later. So my tips: if you are planning on apps and dessert, then definitely go with a 1/2 size portion. Also, if you want a quieter experience, book early in the evening . Our reservations were around 6 pm - -I believe we left around 8 or 8:30 pm. The restaurant was starting to get a little loud by the time we left. We were glad we had the quieter moments earlier in the evening. We will definitely be back -- enjoyed this so much more than Jackson's.
Welcome to downtown pcola!
Exceptional food and service (Matt took care of us). Dusted oysters for starters and the succulent duck for our main. Paired with an excellent value red blend Matt recommended. We will definitely be making Iron a regular habit.
Overpriced bison. Tasty beer.
I love that IRON uses fresh local produce and adds a fresh spin to classic dishes. The drawback is they are overpriced. My date and I both ordered bison ribeye. For $42 per plate, I thought maybe it would at least come with a side salad. Instead, it was just the ribeye with some mushrooms (and 2 pearl onions) on top. Instead of being medium rare they were very rare, "blue" in the center and were half fat. Also, for that price I thought at the very least it would be seasoned properly. I found it to be rather bland. Next time, I will stick to grilling my own bison at home (ordered from NebraskaBison.com) for better quality and a fraction of the price. If I return to restaurant IRON it will be strictly for their Back Forty Truck Stop Brown Ale and their white truffle fries.
Food was outstanding! ! Absolutely one o ...
Food was outstanding! ! Absolutely one of the best places we've ever eaten!
I only gave them a four because they wer ...
I only gave them a four because they were out of the Buffalo tenderloin.
Everything about Restaurant IRON, from the clean, urban interior to the service to the food on the plate, is simply perfect. Chef Alex's menu of locally-sourced ingredients, cunningly combined into deceptively straightforward yet complex flavor pairings, is incredible. The service was excellent and the bar menu whiskey list was surprisingly extensive. I would eat here every night if I could.
Iron has great food and atmosphere . Our only quibble was that our waiter started out great but became scarce as the occasion wore on. Perhaps this was due to him having to take care of too many tables ?
Nice dinner out
We ate here the Saturday before Valentine's Day. They had a few specials which all seemed great, excellent wine menu, and very prompt service. It's pricey but good quality so be ready to spend $40 a person on entrees and $50 on wine at least. This is before tax and tip. We spent $220 for 2 people ( with tax and tip) and didn't go too crazy. Areas for improvement : - It was a little odd that we got there spot on reservation time and had to wait a few minutes for a table. Totally not a big deal ( realize you can't control all timing ) but the odd thing was they just left you stand there by the hostess stand ( no seating) and everyone kind of looked at you. They should tell you to sit at the bar or reconfigure that area in some way. - Also, there is one 2 top table about 10 feet from the door which I would have been horrified to get. Luckily we did not. They shouldn't have that table there. Make sure you request not to have that table. - i felt a little food shamed when I asked for equal with my French press. " we don't have any of the artificial sweeteners" was the response from our waiter and it was just a little snarky in the tone. I felt as if I had committed food sin by asking. - Chocolate flourless torte s a little dry. I compare everything to the Ruth Chris classic which is always spot on. This one was lacking. I realize these are nit picky suggestions but at a premium price point these are the kinds of things that can make a difference. I would clearly go back (good ratings).
Gourmet in Pensacola. Fresh, local ingredients prepared with great skill, served by a knowledgeable wait staff. Great wine pairings and a quality stocked bar. Portions were reasonable with the focus on quality not quantity. Presentation confirmed you were in the hands of a chef who loves his/her work. The balance of flavors perfect in every dish. This was on a Tuesday night so not very busy and the food arrived fast and hot - I have a feeling it will be the same on a busy night. Not a huge menu (a positive thing) but varied so that there is something for everyone. The cheeses from a local small farm were an incredible find - European like in quality. Hats off to the chef - a gastronomic maestro. Why did we wait so long to go here?! Wonderful experience and highly recommended - in fact I would rate Iron as best in Pensacola.
Upscale and Special
Iron is for those who appreciate fine dining and/or are looking for a restaurant for a very special occasion. The food is outstanding, service is exquisite with knowledgeable servers who are committed to providing personalized service, wine list is varied and unique for the area. The chef offers seasonal dishes and uses what is available locally to the greatest extent possible. It is our "go-to" place when we want the very best. Its only draw-back is that it is small and can feel crowded since they try to seat as many as they can in the space available. However, your server never makes you feel rushed. We love Iron and recommend it highly!!
Fantastic dinner and service.
We cannot say enough about our dinner at IRON. The food was superb. The drinks were delicious and our server, Matt, was incomparable. He was very knowledgeable about the menu options and cocktail offerings. He was thoroughly attentive without being overbearing. He even gave us recommendations on other places to visit in Pensacola and surrounding areas (which we visited and also enjoyed). The salads were wonderful, with the best bacon I have ever tasted. He suggested to we a "surf and turf" dinner, getting 1/2 sizes of two entrees. They don't always do this when busy. The salted caramel bread pudding was amazing. We will definitely return. Go to IRON. Ask for Matt.
Iron sources food locally and enjoys a g ...
Iron sources food locally and enjoys a good reputation with local farmers. Recommend their soup de jour for starter, duck for the main, bread pudding for desert. Top three restaurant in Pensacola.
My party ate there last week and Laura was our server. She was absolutely excellent! She took care of us very well and did so with a smile and a wonderful attitude. Don't let her go!
My husband and I went to IRON to celebra ...
My husband and I went to IRON to celebrate my birthday. First, every staff member we came into contact with told me "happy birthday". Our waiter was knowledgable and friendly. He had great suggestions for a before dinner cocktail, the dishes and the wine. Our food was EXCELLENT! We started with the escargot and a salad. I had the chicken and dumplings while my husband had the duck. Both were outstanding! Lots of great flavors that blended perfectly. For dessert we shared the bread pudding. Overall it was a wonderful experience and we will definitely be dining here again in the very near future!
Amazing menu, foodie gem!
Amazing menu, foodie gem! If you know fine dining and appreciate culinary art, Iron is a winner!
Food=Great, Service=Great, Courteous=No
Food was delicious, Service was great. Restaurant had 10 people in it. I had reservations and they sat us by the front door and it was 40* outside. We asked to move to a table or bar further from the door, twice, they said no. We won't go back. Sad.
Didn't Live Up to the Hype
It was a fun atmosphere, our waitress was well-prepared, but the food was only fair at best. Other area restaurants offer a much finer dining experience for the money.
Very good, but overpriced.
I took my wife for our anniversary, and we may go again for our next anniversary, but probably not until. Make no mistake, the food was very good. It was just WAY overpriced for our area. We each had an appetizer, main course, and dessert. My wife had one alcoholic beverage, and our bill was $126. After the tip, it was a $150 dinner, and the portions were a little small. Again, the food was pretty good, and the service was good, although my glass spent some time empty. I can think of a dozen other places to get a great meal, with as good,or better service, for a third of the price. Just a nice place to go, once a year.
One of the Best
Iron continues to be one of the best restaurants in Pensacola. The food is fantastic and the menu is always changing to provide great new options. I especially enjoy sitting at the counter by the kitchen to watch the food cooked and plated for service.
Attentive service, perfectly prepared entrees. I'm quite certain my prime ribeye was the best steak I've ever ordered. The bread pudding was also great. Great drink selection and signature cocktails. The smoked old fashioned is superb.
From all the media talk, I had high hopes of a 5-star culinary experience at Iron. At the time of our arrival, the restaurant was not busy. Yet we were stuffed into a tiny 2-top where a baby highchair was stored. Since I had recommended Iron to my friend, I took the lesser view and let my friend look out into the small but well-appointed restaurant. The waiter was quite pleasant and our cocktails arrived in a timely fashion. That's where our experience began it's descent. The waiter presented small white dishes each with one thumbnail sized piece of melon to "cleanse our palates". It was hard not to laugh. The Caesar Salad while lovely to look at was flavorless and one had to work at cutting the full size Romaine leaves. My friend's snapper entree was laid unappealingly upon vegetables that looked much like overcooked onions and carrots. My salmon entree was supposed to be "the most beautiful presentation on the menu" . The salmon was perched upon a black block that I assume was "iron" (hence the restaurant's name) accompanied by 8 teeny tiny baby carrots and an overly generous portion of tasteless red quinoa. Perhaps that's why they have a bowl of sea salt on the table. The price was slightly above that of other fine dining restaurants downtown ($142.00 before tip) but I was greatly disappointed in the lackluster culinary skills, the presentation and the atmosphere. The white cotton napkin left tiny specks on my black outfit. Thank goodness the wine was on par.
Iron comes on strong cook is man of steel
Exellent as allways - fantastic bar and drink selection. Always something new on menue
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