Clyde's of Columbia
Clyde's of Columbia

Clyde's of Columbia

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.clydes.com/
  • Phone: (410) 730-2829
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Late Night Menu: Sunday - Thursday: 10:00pm - 12:00am, Friday & Sunday: 10:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Lewis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have two semi-private dining rooms.
  • Private Party Contact: Billy Ireland 4107302829x
  • Special Events: Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov 27, 2014
    Christmas Eve Dinner on Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014
    New Year's Eve on Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Little Patuxent Parkway, Route 175
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private Lot, Free Parking.
A word from Clyde's of Columbia
Located on beautiful Lake Kittamaqundi in the heart of downtown Columbia, Clyde's has been serving lunch and dinner daily, and Sunday brunch, since 1975. With a seasonal American cuisine menu, diners can enjoy Wild Alaska Salmon in season, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Filet Mignon, or a delicious Bacon Cheeseburger. Sunday brunch features favorites like French Toast, Eggs Maryland and Steak and Eggs. Serving a late-night menu, Clyde's is the place to go after a movie or a concert at nearby Merriweather Post. The Tomato Palace, our delightful Italian restaurant right next door, serves homemade pastas, wood-fired oven pizza, and a variety of salads, sandwiches and Italian entrees.

We do not accept reservations for outside dining.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Clyde's of Columbia reviews from OpenTable diners
209 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (118)neighborhood gem (92)great for outdoor dining (80)great for lunch (75)good for groups (60)great for brunch (51)fit for foodies (50)special occasion (47)vibrant bar scene (46)hot spot (31)kid-friendly (29)romantic (27)notable wine list (23)late-night find (21)Show More
  • Food was really good. Made
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/2/2009
    Food was really good. Made up for the extremely slow service. We were at the restaurant a good three hours and not necessarily by choice. It took about 30-40 mins to get all of our drinks including a bottle of wine. Then it took just as long to get our appetizers and some bread. The service was friendly but not as anticipatory as we would have expected. I don't blame the waitress as much as I blame the management who never seemed to help out the wait staff and never approached our table to offer assistance or ask if we needed anything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We enjoyed our dining experience.
    LocalDiner
    Dined on 12/23/2008
    We enjoyed our dining experience. The food was tasty and the view was wonderful. I got a little crowded--it became difficult for the servers to pass through. But overall an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were seated about 10 minutes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/19/2008
    We were seated about 10 minutes after our reservation. Very noisy, but it's the holidays. Service was good, considering it is the holidays. Crabcakes were delicious.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We asked for a quieter table,
    CapitolHillFoodieVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2008
    We asked for a quieter table, and they put us in what we called the "library," which was quiet enough and relaxing. The calimari were greasy, the BBQ brisket had no BBQ flavor, and the Bernaise sauce on the petite fillets had too much Dijon mustard. The side dishes, mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts, were good, as was the sorbet.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Clydes of Columbia has been
    StanVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2008
    Clydes of Columbia has been around for a long time. It is very noisy and crowded but this adds to the wonderful ambiance that it is known for. The food is excellent. The wine list is extensive but the list is written with such small size font that it is literally unreadable for anyone under age 40. They were out of the wine that we were interested in however we were very happy with the Cabernet that we eventually had.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Clyde's is always reliably
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 12/5/2008
    Clyde's is always reliably good - rarely great. The service is generally very good. The noise level is ridiculous - they really need to do something about that - acoustics or whatever - it is getting worse all the time. Also it is just too tight with the tables along the windows and across from them - people walking by knock into you while you are eating. Only place it is decent is on the "library side" and at the end by Tomato Palace - maybe it is time for a remodel to provide more space. And the tables in the bar are awful at busy times - do not sit there if you can avoid it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The grilled rockfish entree
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/5/2008
    The grilled rockfish entree was excellent as usual and was accompanied by a glass of excellent house chianti.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For Columbia, it's one of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/3/2008
    For Columbia, it's one of the higher-quality finds with the added plus of not being part of a national chain. The menu is not particularly innovative but the food quality is high and the prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food at Clydes is always nicely
    Glutenfree5VIP
    Dined on 11/28/2008
    Food at Clydes is always nicely done. During the lobster and crab specials there is plenty to eat and you go away feeling quite full. Thanks for a great meal.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As a frequent visitor to Clydes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/27/2008
    As a frequent visitor to Clydes I have become accustomed to excellent food and service that is consistent from visit to visit. With few exceptions that has been the case. In this case the only thing lacking was the service. While it was still better than most places on a busy day, it did not quite live up to the normal standards I have come to expect. The food and wine were excellent as always. The soft overstuffed chairs were too short for the table and should be a bit firmer. Overall the experience was a 9 out of 10
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was not particularly impressed
    dcdinerVIP
    Dined on 11/27/2008
    I was not particularly impressed with the Clyde's in Columbia. I have been to several other Clyde's in Virginia and DC and they have a much better ambiance, more comfortable seating and generally feel like a fine dining establishment. The Clyde's in Columbia feels like a neighborhood bar, which is fine if that's what you're looking for. I expected something more special.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needed to meet family visiting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/24/2008
    Needed to meet family visiting friends in Baltimore and we were coming from VA. Other than the normal brutal Beltway, Columbia was a convenient meeting place in an easy to find location with great parking. Real familiar with Clyde's from dining often there at Georgetown and Reston. Food, service and atmosphere are consistently very good at reasonable prices. We always enjoy Clyde's clever seasonal local dishes and the way the menu varies as a result with each visit
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Clyde's on the lakefront in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/22/2008
    Clyde's on the lakefront in Columbia is almost always reliable in terms of their menu selection and service. The food is consistently good. Its one drawback is its noise level. Would not recommend Clyde's for a romantic evening out unless you were guaranteed a table in the quieter area of the restaurant at the outdoor dining area side.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A very good place. You would
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2008
    A very good place. You would not know it was a chain. Not a tavern and not a fancy place. A very nice place somewhere in the middle. I've beenthere may times. Never a bad experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We did not enjoy our experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/9/2008
    We did not enjoy our experience and I have sent a comment card directly to the restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I like the restaurant except
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/8/2008
    I like the restaurant except for noise level (seems like it echoes and is loud anyway). On this trip my steak was overcooked (though I mentioned prior that I'd rather it be undercooked because you can't uncook something). Not the best trip but I wouldn't have complained if I hadn't been sent this request for feedback.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I would definitely return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/31/2008
    I would definitely return to this restaurant...the food was very good and so was the service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was ok, and it was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/30/2008
    The food was ok, and it was so loud I couldn't have a conversation with the person across from me.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Clyde's has survived in Columbia
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/24/2008
    Clyde's has survived in Columbia for decades, and remains a favorite hangout with good food and drink in the center of town. The fact that it still draws a crowd speaks volumes for its friendly service and good food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We met friends from out of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/23/2008
    We met friends from out of town here for lunch. They were extremely impressed by the ambiance, view, and especially the varied menu. There were so many wonderful choices that it took us a long time to decide what to order. The food was delicious and lived up to the descriptions on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I always go in with high hopes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/22/2008
    I always go in with high hopes when I am eating at Clyde's/ Old Ebbitt Grill. The food did not disappoint me, but in comparison to the Chinatown, Tower Oaks, & Old Ebbitt Grill locations, I would say that it is subpar. I had the Roasted Pork Loin. The sauce was tremendous, as was the green beans and the chorizo hash. The waiter did a good job allowing my date and I to converse.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I wanted to go to this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/20/2008
    I wanted to go to this restaurant because it's romantic, I requested a quiet table in a corner when I made the reservationbut that didn't happen. It wasn't romantic. It's nice but it's not great when the noise level is so loud you have to speak over it and you are sitting so close to people next to you. The food was good, The paella portion was small and it took awhile for the waiter to ever greet us. But the food is consistantly good and they have good specials. My sweet potato gnocci was great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood stand-by, extremely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/18/2008
    Neighborhood stand-by, extremely busy and bustling. Noise level extremely high. Tables packed tightly; little room to move around. Server was attentive and efficient. Food was disappointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I felted very relaxed this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/12/2008
    I felted very relaxed this evening. Everyone was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time we tried this Clyde's
    nealdc
    Dined on 10/11/2008
    First time we tried this Clyde's location. Have tried Chevy Chase and DC, but found this one to be so substandard it was hard to know that it was a Clyde's. Very disappointed with the food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was quite good, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/5/2008
    The food was quite good, and our waiter was excellent. The setting on the lake is beautifully tranquil. Ask for a table with a view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've been going to Clyde's
    Serentity
    Dined on 9/28/2008
    I've been going to Clyde's of Columbia for over 30 years and it has been reliably a nice ambiance with ok food. On this visit - for a Sunday brunch, theyt must have been having a terrible day. Our food took well over 45 minutes to arrive, and then 2 out of the 4 orders were wrong. Our server made the requisite offer to take it back, but made after waiting 45 minutes for our food we were starved and couldn't wait another 45.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad service, very noisy. This
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2008
    Bad service, very noisy. This chain of restaurants can be very hit and miss and this time it was a miss. Beautiful lakeside location and decent food, but very poor service. Impossible to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've eaten in Clydes, Columbia
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/24/2008
    I've eaten in Clydes, Columbia many times over the last 20 years, but not over the last few years. But this week we had three suppers in Clydes Columbia. While the ambience and buzz is truly outstanding, the quality of the food and service has deteriorated significantly. The waiters did not know much about their dishes, service was quite slow and sloppy and we had to remind them to bring bread etc. The vegetables were often different to those stated on the menu. The food presentation on the plate was often crude and unattractive with a tendency to overload and mismatch. The kitchen needs a shake up, more innovation and better service is urgently needed. The quality, presentation and service is miles behind even good pub food in the UK.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The food and wait service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2008
    The food and wait service were very good, particularly on a very noisy Saturday night with a room full of teenagers out for a homecoming dinner. The Maryland Crab Soup is to die for. Still, being placed right in the middle of the room, after having made reservations 3 days in advance, was not conducive to a romantic dinner. Our table had big leather living-room-type chairs, which on the surface appeared comfortable but are really too low and non supportive to be comfortable at a dinner table. I don't think I would go back on a Saturday night, despite the excellent food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My of my favorite places to
    Skip
    Dined on 9/19/2008
    My of my favorite places to go. Alway good, great when you just want to get out. Spent little, enjoy all the monthly specials. Lobster the last time we were there. Great beer on tap.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We arrived at the time of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/19/2008
    We arrived at the time of the reservation and despite several walk-ins who were waiting, we were shown promptly to a very nicely placed table by the window overlooking the lake. This is how reservations should work! The restaurant was very crowded (on a Friday night), so the service was slightly slower than usual, but still adequate. The food was prepared nicely and was enjoyed by all.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent burgers. A bit
    Jmf1
    Dined on 9/12/2008
    Excellent burgers. A bit noisy in the bar area but not unexpected on a Friday evening. Great service and good beer too.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • this review is for the tomato
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/8/2008
    this review is for the tomato palace part of clyde's. my open table reservation was refused because the tomato palace is not part of open table, but my tomato palace bill states "we are now on open table". clyde's has an early bird discount, but tomato palace does not. i had to request lemon wedges for my iced tea. the chicken carbonara was served in soup not sauce. the bacon was soggy strips not crumbled crispy bacon. the pasta was fusilli not the required spaghetti. the rolls were warmed over stale cannon balls covered with olive oil(?). i have been dining at clyde's columbia and tomato palace for over ten years, but this was definitely not a good night.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything as aniticpated.
    HelaneVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2008
    Everything as aniticpated. Clydes is a steady and reliable dining spot. Appreciate that the Wild Salmon is really Wild Salmon!!! Week before paid three times more than Clydes for salmon and it was nOT wild!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was disappointed in the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2008
    I was disappointed in the food and service for what we paid for four people.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been dining here since
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/2/2008
    I have been dining here since 1996. Dinner was the grilled rockfish. Excellent as usual, a favorite of mine. The price had remained the same, the rockfish fillet was slightly smaller than usual. Probably a sign of higher food costs today. Still it was a bargain, and the fillet was large enough to satisfy my appetite. The menu always has many excellent choices from which a satisfying selection may be made.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were seated at our scheduled
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/1/2008
    We were seated at our scheduled reservation time, this was great. The service was extremely slow. We got there at 7:30pm and we did not finish until 9:15. It took 10 to get our order, 30 minutes to bring out the appetizer, 25 minutes for the main course, 25 minutes to eat and 15 minutes to get the check. I have not eaten at this location in 20 years and this will be my last. When I go out to dine, I want the restaurant to cook better than I can. The food was fair at best. Very very disappointing experience. I have eaten a few times at the location in Chevy Chase Maryland. The food and service has been great and I wanted my wife to experience it also, but it was not to be.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service was poor-after
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2008
    The service was poor-after our wine was initially opened, we refilled our glasses ourselves for the remainder of the meal. My fish when it arrived was so overcooked I did not recognize it as fish. The waiter told me another one would be "right out" but by the time it had arrived my husband had finished his entire steak. They did provide complimentary desserts to smooth things over.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too loud and noisy inside.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/25/2008
    Too loud and noisy inside. Recommend you go for an outside table.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic