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Iron Gate Cafe

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182 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210-2304
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
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Pittsburgh PA
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89 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We probably waited about 15-20 minutes for a table of 3, starting around 1:30 on a Sunday. But it was well worth the wait. Service was friendly and the food was excellent. Order the John Denver - it was one of the most creative and delicious things I ever ate. The pancakes were really good too. The menu also had... More 

Thank jfranco77
Albany, New York
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78 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want one of the best sandwiches in the area this is the place. Great staff and food always they have great lunch specials.

Thank Sean Q
Albany, NY
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311 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Among the best brunch places in Albany. Great food, great service. Quirky locale. Parking is rarely a problem, but there is no lot.

Thank eluper
Dover, Vermont
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68 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Iron Gate Cafe was a wonderful surprise. We stopped by for breakfast and found a variety of menu choices. The food was excellent, tasty, and imaginative. The staff were helpful though a bit "perky" but very nice folks. The restaurant itself is a 19th century home that has been restored to resemble decor of that era. There is a... More 

Thank Ira C
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been here twice in visits to Albany. If a friend asks me where to go this is without a doubt the place! I love their food and their atmosphere is very relaxed.

Thank Chris K
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52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Iron Gate is a great choice for a brunch. Interesting menu items, fairly priced, excellently prepared and served by friendly professional wait staff. The outdoor dining is particularly nice during good weather, but inside seating is cozy and the rooms are nicely decorated. Works for lunch too, as there are several sandwich and salad options. Unfortunately there is no... More 

Thank 88AVANTI
Kensington, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Iron Gate is a friendly little spot with good breakfasts. It was very near our hotel, so we ate there several times during our trip to Albany. If the weather is nice, you can eat outside in garden-like setting. Only downside was that the "background" music was often rather loud (for us old folks) and focused too often on... More 

Thank rjsquist
Fairfax Station, Virginia
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I had a wonderful breakfast. Such a friendly atmosphere and good food. Sat outside surrounded by historical authenticity. Would definitely go again when I am in town as it is a hideaway from the city but right in the heart of the government district.

Thank Leeeser
Medford, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Busy restaurant serving very good food. Vegetarian and Vegan options are available. (But be careful- they put a wrapped butter pack on the plate for one of the diners to use in her Vegan French Toast!! When asked they said they did not have vegan "butter"). Great Service!

Thank Karen R
Baldwin, New York
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78 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

This cafe is Located in downtown Albany. This time of the year, we had the option to eat outdoors or indoors. It is nice either way. It is a popular cafe. Definitely family friendly. We had to wait about 20 minutes to be seated. Food was fresh and delicious. Our sangria and Bloody Mary were good as well as our... More 

Thank Carmen S B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 182 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210-2304
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: 518-445-3555

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?