Clyde's of Columbia
Clyde's of Columbia

Clyde's of Columbia

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.clydes.com/
  • Phone: 4107302829x
  • 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: Brian Kosack
  • 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, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have two semi-private dining rooms.
  • Private Party Contact: Paul Kraft or 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 Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Clyde's of Columbia reviews from OpenTable diners
237 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (148)great for outdoor dining (124)neighborhood gem (100)great for lunch (80)great for brunch (63)good for groups (61)vibrant bar scene (59)special occasion (58)fit for foodies (50)kid-friendly (35)romantic (30)late-night find (23)hot spot (22)notable wine list (17)Show More
  • Lobster was excellent
    davieVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Four of us had dinner after a movie. Three of us had the lobster special, and one had crab cake. All of us liked our food very much, and the service was also good. I will go back a few times before the end of October for the lobster. I wish that they still served baked potato because it goes so well with lobster. The only negative that I have is that the restaurant is very noisy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overlooking Lake Kittamaqundi
    Hard2Please
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Nice setting. The server was knowledgeable on the menu, helpful on drinks and entree selections though not overly attentive. Had the crab soup, which was good, and Lobster Pot Pie. My only complaint is that it wasn't "Pot Pie" pot pie typically has a pastry crust, this had a mashed potato topping so it was more of a Shepard's pie. Other than the disappointment over the crust the filling was tasty. My spouse had NY Strip, which was good. The deserts were good, Creme Brulee and a Peach cobbler, as were the drinks. The bill for two was under $100. The tables are a bit close together so it felt like we were part of the first date of the couple in the table next to us and the noise level is a bit high. I like it better for lunch.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continues to shine
    Diningout2
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I have been dining at Clyde's for probably 33 years since I began dating my husband . I love the renovations which did not change the local feel and kept things warm and welcoming. The menu continues to have favorites - mine is the crab cake and it was delicious as always. The staff worked hard to be attentive to our needs and requests. Although Clyde's is a chain it remains a Columbia institution.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time and not disappointed!
    JustTrena
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This was my first visit to Clyde's of Columbia and it did not disappoint at all. Our wait staff was knowledgeable on the food selection and her recommendation (crab cakes!) was on point. I would definitely come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Columbia Classic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our daughter was in town and she choose going to Clydes due to the memories. It is hard to leave up to memories but on a very busy Saturday night the Lobster special was terrific and so was the service. Such a great classic restaurant that keeps going strong.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JBART
    JBART
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very enjoyable meal. Sept. & Oct. are lobster months making it a favorite of mine. I ordered two thinking they would serve one at a time to keep each one hot. Guess I should have been more explicit. But both lobsters were very good. My wife enjoyed her meal as well. And the wait staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KANDB44
    KANDB44
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We always love to visit Clyde's after a movie. We can have a cocktail and lite dinner and discuss our movie. It is fun and even a bit romantic. The wait staff is always friendly. Good to make a reservation... It is a popular spot!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clyde's Never Disappoints!
    10gamma
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I enjoyed a mid-afternoon lunch at Clyde's this past Saturday and, as always, it never fails to deliver great food & fine service! The decor and lake view are great for any romantic occasion, parking is free, and the prices are reasonable. I am a frequent patron, and I highly recommend it to all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Clydes closed and reopened
    JawseyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Since the reopening I have found the food not the same quality! It is also more expensive and we left hungry. We had a simple lunch which cost more than some dinners I have which include wine. Very disappointed. Will not come back. Too bad, because Clydes in Columbia was a favorite of mine. Good locale and nice to eat outdoors, weather permitting.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Clyde's was good as usual. But the service exceptional. The best we have ever had at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Clyde's Carries On
    BobbyO
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Clyde's has been a steady fixture in lakefront Columbia for many years and has managed to stay current and relevant. From the excellent reservation system to the food and drink it serves, Clyde's continues to be one of Columbia's gems.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not great
    foodsnob
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It was disappointing. Menu was mediocre, food was underwhelming, and unfortunately, we were the test run for a waiter in training. Had to ask them to speed it up.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good lobster
    davieVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I went there because of the September special being whole lobster. it was excellent. I wanted a baked potato with it, but the waiter said Clyde's no longer serves them; instead, I had mashed potatoes which were good, but not as good as a baked one.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Atmosphere, Food Okay
    LeslieavaVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Lunch at Clyde's was nice because weather was conducive to sitting outside, overlooking a lovely lake and interesting public art. The food was okay for the price, but not great. The service was outstanding, though the restaurant had little business.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continues its tradition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Delivers what you expect in a non-fussy, solid manner. Very good food, very good service, very nice location (for a downtown Columbia site). Two different dining rooms, one more quiet than the other, are good for groups or conversation. The renovation was welcome, but hasn't changed the feel of the original.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good, needs another chance
    hprplxVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Wonderful atmosphere and neighborhood. Menu seems slightly limited and some dishes were over seasoned, but still tasty. Good beer list. Our waitress was not good, only coming to the table once all meal, stood at the server station idly for long durations seemingly doing nothing and was only swift when returning my card after I paid. Will still return to try other dishes, want to bring my son since it seems a great family destination.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Delicious
    Shopper20143VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We always love going to Clyde's because of its lively atmosphere, excellent service, and delicious food whether we opt for a full meal, light fare, or sandwiches. This time we sat in the upper bar area and, while it was a bit loud, it was also fun. This evening we all opted for sandwiches and burgers - two of us had the Reuben with cole slaw instead of sauerkraut and two had burgers which were cooked to perfection. Our server was very attentive and pleasant without being intrusive. We would recommend Clyde's to anyone looking for good food and a fun evening without 'breaking the bank'.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Cliff
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We celebrated our 43rd anniversary and were completely delighted with the food, the service, everything. Kudos to the kitchen for preparing everything perfectly. The salmon and crab cake were beyond our expectations. Also, to the wait staff, for friendliness, courtesy, and promptness. We hadn't been to Clydes in over a year. We will be back much, much sooner next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No bread...huh?
    GeGi
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Lovely restaurant but a little pricey for what is offered.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed review
    eileenreviews1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    3 of us for dinner. Our reservation got us seated on time.Wine list had reasonably priced by the glass. 2 of us shared excellent fresh salad plated separately. One had a very good crab cake but the potato and corn side skimpy. Bread was good but only 4 slices for 3 people. We had to ask 2x for more bread and were informed it was in the oven. When the bread finally arrived it was cold. One had the fish & chips and said it was very good. One had the pork dish and it was perfectly cooked. Desserts were traditional favorites,coffee was good. The ambience spoiled by 2 screaming babies.We made a reservation after 7 pm.to avoid that.We have been coming to Clyde's since it opened;love the decor,location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent and Comfortable
    lobsterloverVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Clyde's is consistent and has good "American " food. Nothing fancy, just good burgers, steaks, lobster and a some fish dishes. The Clyde's in Columbia was recently remodeled and is a comfortable place to dine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Consistency is a plus. You can usually expect good food, served efficiently at reasonable pricing at Clyde's. That is why we come back time and time again. This time for me? Down hone food....Meat Loaf....excellent. Spouse had soft shell crabs....delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seating
    Diningtreat
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We enjoyed our food and the service was good. We were disappointed in our seating which was in the "Library" in a corner. The tables were very close and when a group sat at the table next to us it was impossible to have a conversation plus I was seated on the bench along the wall and when getting up to leave it was difficult as the tables were so close.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as I remembered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I took my husband to Clyde's for his birthday and we were rather disappointed. The service was slow even though it wasn't that busy. When the server was there she was attentive but we didn't see much of her throughout the course of the meal. We thought the entree choices were nice except the sides that they were grouped with were odd. My daughter ordered a caesar salad and it came as a bowl of lettuce. My husband's fish and chips had a piece of fish that wasn't cooked through. My filet was good - that was the only bright spot. To say the least we were disappointed.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as usual
    ColumbiaLocals
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We are long time patrons of Clyde's and usually have a wonderful experience. However we were disappointed this time with the service and potion size of dishes we selected. For example, we ordered the single lump crab cake entrée. The dish came with small crab cake over a small amount of corn and one small potato cut in quarters. When the dish arrived others at our table commented on that the dish looked like a appetizer rather than a entrée for $17.95. In addition, although the restaurant wasn't busy, our waiter was very slow and not attentive. We considered ordering dessert that evening ,but decided against it because of wait. It took almost 25 minutes to get our check...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and Drinks
    me2u
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Inconsistent; I have been here when the food is good and then not so good. My overall opinion is the portions are small and overpriced for the quality. Small wine and beer pours also. Good for dates especially if you can eat outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • enjoyable lunch sitting by the lake
    choco
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    What a pleasant experience sitting outside eating yummy burgers and finishing lunch with chocolate mousse
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as ever
    Ravensfan2
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Clyde's is always a good experience from the viewpoint of service and quality of the food. Only thing I would do different on our last viist would be to have the server ask how we wanted the salmon cooked (medium, well, etc). Calamari was excellent as usual.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Huge disappointment
    silverfox
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Late Sunday brunch with friends. My friend reminded me that the last time we tried Clyde's, the hollandaise sauce on the eggs benedict was pathetic, so I scrapped the brunch and tried one of their specialties that I started ordering back in the 1970's, petit filet bernaise, on a toasted English muffin with sautéed bean sprouts. Well, I guess they were out of bean sprouts and they put it on a bed of soggy spinach. They acted like I had two heads when I mentioned that one of the features I was looking for were the bean sprouts. But I gave it a shot, despite two pathetic looking mini cuts of filet and bernaise that was mostly water. The meat was ridiculously tough and overcooked, They should have been embarrassed to serve it.
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  • Very Nice Dining Experience, but...
    10gamma
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have been to Clyde's on several occasions, and although I order varied entrees on different visits, I do always order the fried calamari as an appetizer, and I was disappointed and dismayed that they evidently no longer offer the excellent Thai sweet & sour sauce as a condiment. That was the only thing that lowered my rating of the dining experience down to a "4", and I REALLY hope that the supposed "new" management wisely returns the popular sauce as an option. The calamari is just not the same without out it, and my overall dining experience there is just not the same without the calamari appetizer!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    FellsFoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The french toast was great! The "Three Little Pigs" was OK, but could have been much better. Attentive service during the first seating for brunch. The restaurant indoors was quiet because the outside seating was packed! (Beautiful Saturday morning in Columbia). Great view. Great ambience inside and outside the restaurant. Great set-up for Clyde's. We will go back to try the dinner menu and bar scene.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Unremarkable
    Bigkitty813
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great location and view. Food not so much. Menu was average. Options outside of burgers were blah.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RRRR.
    RRRRVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The service was excellent, ask for Tammy. The food has gotten even better with the new chief. I have the rockfish special with the corn milk sauce. Outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Brunch
    NJFr
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Lots of choices of great entrees. Attentive wait staff. Perfect for a relaxing Sunday brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Busy busy.
    AuntieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Had a reservation, but opted for the bar inside instead. Saturday night was hopping. They had outdoor seating, right by the free concert on the lake, but the wait was very long for an outside table since no one was leaving! Hubby had carnitas tacos and brick chicken - very yummy! I had onion soup and fish and chips. The soup was overloaded with bread, and fish in the main course was soggy. I would go back for my hubby's choices. Bartender Was outstanding (Pookie, you know who you are!)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We 5 minutes before out confirmed reservation time, only to have to wait 15 minutes for them to "check us in and reset out table". Our server took about 10 minutes to acknowledge us, and although he brought out drinks rather quickly, this was the only bright spot of out dealings with him. We ordered an Appitizer and out dinners at the same time, as we had ample time to preview the menu while looking for our server. The table next to us was sat about the same time we were and received great service, as they seemed to be friends of the GM. Out bread came out and was very good but come in really...1 slice of bread cut in 1/2?? Then we got our dinners shortly after. Oh our appetizers you ask? Yeah they never came. HORRIBLE WILL NOT RETURN!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fish and Chips
    try2eatagain
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I ordered caesar salad but it took 15 min for the waitress to return and tell me there was no romaine lettuce. I re-ordered one of my favorites elsewhere, fish and chips. That order took another 15 minutes but it was obviously rushed because I sent it back since it was not fully cooked. The large portion order finally arrived but I was disappointed in the flavor of the fish or the batter, not sure which so only ate a quarter of the serving. My friend loved the brick chicken. Clyde's did offer me a free dessert. WE ate outside and I would have preferred softer music for talking but we were probably just too close to the speaker. The manager was attentive and the waitress pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We were very disappointed with our Clydes party of 6 dinner... For a party of 6, we all left with the same impression - disappointed and all agreeing we would not make that mistake again. Drinks ordered never came, single crab cake was a 'small plate' version - four wedges of a tiny new potato was the garnish to a small bed of corn relish, we literally left hungry. A burger order wasn't served with the bacon requested. To refill our water glasses, we had to go retrieve a water pitcher from the bar and serve ourselves. Other tables around us looked equally upset. The waitress admitted they were short staffed. Once our order was taken she was not seen again until the check was brought. We spent over $200 for a disappointing meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jose
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Good food, good atmosphereGood food, good atmosphere
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clyde's/columbia
    PJPJ
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We have a great dinner at Clydes of Columbia to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We had table looking out onto the lack with subtle background music and quiet surroundings. Our waiter was exquisite. He was able to describe the various dinners we were considering in precise details. He was attentive to all our needs and directed us to some delicious desserts. Upon leaving the restaurant we couldn't think of anything that could have gone better.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.