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Iron Gate Cafe

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182 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210-2304
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7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good breakfast/lunch place in an historic building

This is a great brunch place, although it gets very crowded around noon. The omelettes and french toast are delicious, and the specials honoring David Bowie were excellent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great brunch place, although it gets very crowded around noon. The omelettes and french toast are delicious, and the specials honoring David Bowie were excellent.

Thank JaneF80220
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My favorite brunch spot in Albany, NY. Be prepared to wait on a Sunday, this is a very popular brunch spot. Extremely reasonable and perfect portion size. They make unique breakfast sandwiches, both sweet and savory options. The pepper-jack hollandaise is my favorite sauce, and they always cook the eggs perfectly. The food is very good and the servers are... More 

Thank StephM22
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33 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stumbled upon this little gem, while perusing trip advisor. It turned out to be an instant hit from the second we walked in. The food and servive were spectacular. I'll definitely be a repeat customers.

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Schenectady, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

There recently for breakfast and the food and coffee was outstanding. They do great things with corn bread and other standard breakfast items with interesting combinations (eggs, bacon and cheese sauce on great tasting corn bread, for example). Their sandwich selections are innovative and worth stopping by for on my way back to the office so that i can enjoy... More 

Thank Richard W
New York
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

As you walk down Central Ave, you may not notice this lovely little cafe, that in fact, is a good sized cafe. The food is all fresh and homemade. There are lots for the vegetarian as well as the carnivore. I had brunch and had the Phoenix Rising.- Their signature black bean burger topped with perfectly poached eggs, avocado, &... More 

Thank cheriwphoto
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

I visited the Cafe with my mom a few hours before my cousin's wedding in town. The outdoor eatery behind the gates is so cozy and intimate while allowing for patrons to enjoy the pleasant fall temps (while they lasted!). The waiter was very attentive to our experience which was greatly appreciated. My mom ordered a Lobster Bisque and I... More 

Thank Rei T
New Haven, Connecticut
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Perfect soup and sandwiches lunch on a cool autumn day. The cup of soup was more like a bowl, and sandwiches were generous and tasty with quality ingredients.

Thank amy_joseph
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We wouldn't have minded the 40 min wait had the food been amazing but, it wasn't. All 3 of us had omelets and they were average at best. The cheese wasn't melted and the veggies weren't cooked well. On a positive note, they were careful with the order for my daughter who has a food allergy.

Thank JulieN315
New York
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125 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Brunch at the Iron Gate. The food was much more appealing as described on the menu than it was on the plate. The sweet potato hash benedict was nothing more than two poached eggs with tasteless hollandaise over lukewarm, mushy sweet potato home fries. The accompanying toast was so cold that the butter that had been smeared on it before... More 

Thank Keenefleet
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

The food was quick and excellent. I had the Megan wrap which was awesome. Their bloody Mary's are good, and mild. The staff was very friendly and attentive.

Thank Lauren Y

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 182 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210-2304
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: 518-445-3555

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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