Iron Gate Cafe

Perched on the edge of Center Square, Iron Gate Cafe offers the sweet combination of historical charm, rock and roll style and delicious foods.

Since opening in 2004, Iron Gate Cafe has been serving delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch on their charming garden patio and in their indoor dining rooms. The restaurant is connected to the historic Holroyd Mansion. At different points in its history, the building was a school, a private residence to an Albany industrialist and his family, a physician’s office and is now home to the Iron Gate Cafe. In addition to the unique architecture and history of the mansion, the restaurant’s dose of rock and roll style combines to create an eclectic feel!

Homemade and Family Owned

Stop in to Iron Gate Cafe to try their variety of homemade soups, salads, wraps and sandwiches, prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Some fan favorites include the Raspberry Brie French Toast, and The Iron Gate, consisting of poached eggs, applewood smoked ham and Pepper Jack hollandaise on an English muffin. The restaurant has a variety of vegan options as well. With a large brunch menu with weekly specials, the cafe will surely please anyone’s taste buds. To view their full menu, visit here.

Interested in having the restaurant cater for you? Visit their website to fill out a catering form. Call the cafe before 11:00 A.M. for same day catering.


The restaurant is open Wednesday to Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is closed on Tuesday. It can get busy, so consider adding your name to the waitlist before arriving. 

In the area

Just outside of downtown Albany, the restaurant is within close proximity of many great attractions in the capital region. Within walking distance is the 81-acre Washington Park, designed by the people who planned NYC’s Central Park. Also nearby is the New York State Capitol building, the Albany Capital Center and more!

“Such a great experience! Food was delicious and the staff is so friendly. I’d definitely come again. Thank you Iron Gate Cafe for making this Buffalo girl’s first trip a memorable one!”

—Jill R., Facebook

Take Amtrak to Iron Gate Cafe

Experience Iron Gate Cafe via Amtrak to Albany-Rensselaer Station in Albany-Rensselaer—Don’t forget to use the Amtrak See New York and Save 15% discount!

Get picked up from Albany-Rensselaer Station and taken to your reserved NYTRAIN Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Click here to reserve your car or call the Albany-Rensselaer office today at: 518-472-1111.