Restaurant Review: Iron Works Tavern

The centralized bar area provides a perfect spot to travelers and local businesses.

Looking for a new place to dine this weekend?  Interested in being part of a historical site while enjoying a 5-star dining experience?  A short 20-minute drive down I-295 will land you at Iron Works Tavern in Warwick, Rhode Island, one of the state’s most highly rated restaurants.  Iron Works Tavern is placed within the old Rhode Island Malleable Iron Works Factory.  Originally built and opened for business in 1867, R.I. Malleable Iron Works factory manufactured iron castings and provided the nucleus for the growing community surrounding it. The restaurant is now surrounded by the hustling and bustling of the neighboring T.F. Green Airport, giving it a more modern look than it had a century and a half ago. The main office building of the factory is now home to the popular restaurant, which is evident from the moment you walk through the entrance.  Much of the original foundry has been preserved, while others have been constructed to replicate the times.  This gives the restaurant a rustic and quaint look, allowing for diners to have a relaxing and intimate meal.   

Iron Works Tavern blends great customer service and comforting food to provide its guests with the best experience possible.  The wait staff is very attentive to its customer’s needs, and the food was delivered quickly, while maintaining great quality and temperature.  The menu at Iron Works Tavern may be small, but still offers a wide variety of American cuisine.  Beginning with appetizers, diners have the opportunity to experience common favorites, such as Hand Cut Fries with truffle parmesan or slow cooked St. Louis Ribs.  They also offer various specialties, for example Lamb Lollipops served over a white bean hummus, or Baked Eggplant Rollatini topped with ricotta cheese, basil and marinara.

Moving onto the main entrees, Iron Works Tavern offers something for everyone’s taste buds.  Whether that be from the raw bar, grilled pizzas, seafood dishes, steak plates, sandwiches, and even two succulent vegetarian dishes with quinoa.  According to the waitress Olivia, the two most popular dishes among customers are the Bacon Infused Meatloaf including garlic mashed potatoes and buttered green beans, and the “2-Hour Braised Beef Short Rib” also served with garlic mashed potatoes and garlic spinach.  Some of the specials you can find while visiting are duck, shrimp and grits, lemon-caper sole, and pork, among others.

For those self-proclaimed beer connoisseurs, the Tavern would be your place of choice for a night of drinks.  They offer several rare IPAs and lagers on tap, including “Dogfish 60 Minute IPA” and “Whaler’s the Rise APA”, along with the normal drafts found in any bar.  Also offered in bottle or can form is “Foolproof Augtoberfest” or ”Breckenridge Vanilla Porter”.  For those that prefer a sweeter cocktail, the Tavern offers two full pages’ worth of drinks, offering something for everyone’s taste.

Iron Works Tavern offers their full service dining area, complete with a full bar centralized within the venue.  Also located on the upper level of the building is a unique space for private functions and events.  Some features that the restaurant offers are half priced appetizers before 6pm every night and live music on Friday and Saturday nights, beginning at 9pm.  For any dog lovers, Iron Works Tavern bakes their own dog treats for your favorite canine.  This truly makes Iron Works Tavern a perfect stop for the entire family.

Iron Works Tavern is a must-visit spot for diners of all ages and cultures.  Whether it be a quick stop for a bite to eat before you catch a flight at the neighboring airport, or a weekend night out for drinks with live music, the Tavern has something for everyone to enjoy.  So take the family, reconnect with some old friends, and drive down to Iron Works Tavern for a night you will not regret.