Tower Oaks Lodge
Tower Oaks Lodge

Tower Oaks Lodge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.clydes.com/
  • Phone: 3012940200x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 4:30pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 4:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Eng
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private cocktail parties in the Saranac Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Any Manager 3012940200x
  • Special Events: Monday: Half-Price Wine
    Easter Sunday Brunch & Dinner
    Mother's Day Brunch & Dinner
    Father's Day Brunch & Dinner
    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: Wootten Parkway
  • Public Transit: Bus 81, Monday - Friday until 7:30pm
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking also available. Complimentary valet parking offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
A word from Tower Oaks Lodge
With the look and feel of one of the "Great Camps" of the Adirondacks, Tower Oaks Lodge serves an American-style saloon menu. Adjacent to a 21-acre nature preserve, Tower Oaks Lodge is located just off I-270. The raw bar features oysters from both coasts.
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Tower Oaks Lodge reviews from OpenTable diners
504 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (228)special occasion (224)great for lunch (222)good for groups (203)great for brunch (158)fit for foodies (106)vibrant bar scene (102)scenic view (89)romantic (87)kid-friendly (86)notable wine list (48)late-night find (38)hot spot (36)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food and atmosphere are great! Good oysters which are half price during happy hour. Also have very good brunch options. Love to go here with family and friends for any ocation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion
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  • Consistently good
    fathersday
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Once again, Tower Oaks was reliably good. The regular menu is varied enough to please everyone and we have not had a disappointing dish. This time the lobster specials and the trout Parmesan from the regular menu were excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We did not dine there that night
    DaveysMomVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We cancelled the reservation by phone because my husband was late & they told me if we came in 15 minutes later we would have to wait behind all the people who had reservations we made another reservation at The Grilled Oyster nearby
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Terptime
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Recently attended for anniversary dinner. As usual the restaurant was packed. As busy as they were the service was outstanding. No long waits for anything. We've eaten there a number of times and as usual the food was outstanding. The menu has enough variance to satisfy just about anybody. Recommend for any type of occassion except possibly for a quiet romantic meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but....
    DrsJVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food and service were good. I had the Lobster Pie. The portions at this Clyde's for the same entree was noticeably smaller than the Clyde's at Mark Center. At Mark Center I was told it had all the meat of the 1 1/4 lb. lobster...and it did. The portion at Tower Oaks was about 1/2 the size of that at Mark Center. It was mostly mashed potatoes (which were delicious) but not what I was expecting. That is why I did not give the overall rating more stars. Our waitress was very pleasant and did not rush us at all. Everything came as ordered.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Overall another delightful experience at a restaurant which we always enjoy. Just one thing this time - attention needs to be given to the front desk. The personnel did not even greet us, nor did they seem aware that we had a reservation, and they were basically rude--not what you would expect as the front door to a very nice restaurant.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Less than anticipated
    disappointed
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I had made a reservation for my husband's birthday based upon glowing recommendations made by an acquaintance of mine and was sorely disappointed. I had the parmesan trout which was more of a "fish & chips" quality. My husband loves filet and great fish dishes and didn't really see anything on the menu that appealed to him. I was rather disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice night
    Lab2mom
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Out with my husband, daughter and son-in law, good food, reasonable prices, good selection and rustic atmosphere, you feel like you've gotten out of the city. Very enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TOWER OAKS
    DaveNBettyVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We always enjoy the Tower Oaks. The food is always good, the service friendly and the location easy to get to. This a place to keep in mind if you're looking for a place to eat after a concert or play as it's one of the few GOOD resturants that are open late at night. Maryland is not exactly a late night hot spot as most places close up by 10PM even on weekends. Thanks Tower Oaks for being there!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Difficult for One-on One Conversing
    BusinessPartner
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    There is the occasion when an ability to hold a discussion over dinner is needed. Don't seat parties of two next to boistrous 6+ table seatings! While fortunate to receive a table relocation, include in the options for reservations and rating recommendation opportunities this type of seating. Not everyone wants to shout at their dining partner(s) to be heard. The noise level rating of energetic doesn't address the din of "too loud".
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!
    WWAdvocate
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Ambience is outstanding! Decoration, with historical collectibles in display added to the sophistication and attraction of Clyde's at Tower Oaks. Good food selection from the menu. Food taste and presentation is excellent. Staff server could be more attentive, 'tho, she was appropriate, friendly and good. Staff who brought in the food was outstanding. Clyde's Tower Oaks has been one of our favorite restaurant. We always meet here for lunch almost every 2-3 months. Besides, Clyde's has been extraordinarily kind and supportive of our Wounded Warriors. I am a retired U.S. Army medical officer. Thank you very much, from all of us!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster special
    Flowermom
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Excellent lobster special yearly. We have it on our calendar as a reminder. We go several times during those months. Excellent oyster happy hour; half off. Been there as a couple as well as large group ,with kids ,and just adults. Do wish they would return the complimentary cheese and bread they used to have in the past.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    BGGalVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The lobster special was great and so was the baked haddock.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent value
    UzBuz
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    High quality food at a reasonable price, well presented and served. The only criticism is the noise level in some if the areas.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oysters and lobsters
    MCatsVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Clyde's restaurants, especially Tower Oaks, has the best oysters in the entire DC-Baltimore area, in my opinion. And their yearly lobster specials are wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    HoulihanCrew
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We go there frequently for evening meals, luncheons, and special occasions. Everyone we've introduced to Tower Oaks loves it and asks to go there whenever we invite them to dinner. Cost is reasonable and service is always superior. The casual atmosphere is wonderful. It means a sensational meal, without the fuss of having to dress for it. The children and adults love the pond and exterior scenery. Reminds me of a lodge in Rockies. We try to sample all the monthly specials and wait for some to come back each year.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delectable brunch bread
    OHBoyVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Only had omlettte but the coffee bread w cinnamon crust is out of the world, not super sweet, but with plenty of flavor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very great lunch
    DoLi
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We've found this restaurant via tripadvisor, being just a few days in the city. When we arrived we were very suprised (positive) of the location and it's furniture. It was very nice! The food was fanastic and prices were more than ok! We can absolutly recommend this restaurant
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  • frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This restaurant remains one of our favorites when in the area. I ordered a watermelon/cucumber salad, having no idea what to expect, but it was refreshing and delicious. The salmon which I ordered for an entree was also delicious, nicely prepared and presented. The theme of the entire building and the lovely wooded setting are unrivaled in the area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Went for a business lunch. It was quiet so we had no problem with the noise level. The services was great as was the food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    SteakLoverVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    A great evening out. The food is consistently good and the service is too. The valet parking is also a nice touch!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Halfway to St. Patrick's Day
    Rhosue
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We went there for dinner on the day that was halfway to St. Patrick's Day. A bagpipe player and a drummer were making their rounds to celebrate this special day! They agreed to play "Happy Birthday" to 2 of my friends who had recently celebrated birthdays. So while the restaurant was noisy with their music, I think it added to the charm of this place. I had a lobster pot pie - it was great to have lobster without paying a lot and doing all the work. The pot pie was tasty, although it could have used more vegetables. My friends all enjoyed their meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise level ruined the evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    While the food was good, the noise level was so high that my friend and I had to raise our voices to hear one another across the table. We almost left the restaurant. It was obnoxiously loud.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's okay..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We have eaten here a number of times for a number of reasons..the place is huge and very interestingly decorated. There is always something to look at. The menu continues to change..which is good..and the food is tasty..not great..not bad..but somewhere comfortably in between. The one issue I have with this place is the noise level. There are 3 separate dining rooms plus a bar. We always seem to get seated next to the noisy groups..birthday celebrations, retirements, screaming kids..you name it. I don't undersand why they don't try to set aside one of the dining rooms for quiet diners. We'll go back, but we won't go out of our way.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place to Celebrate
    tqstormrider6
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I took my parents here for a nice weekend dinner while they were in town, and we had a great time. The food was great and affordable, the decor is very rustic and classy, and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent Quality
    George
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Always consistent service, food, atmosphere at Tower Oaks. We had excellent service. The food was good although not great. Raw bar items are overpriced for what you get!! The 3 teeny, tiny clams, 1 shrimp , and 3 oysters were ridiculous to serve for $16. Beautiful tomato salad and as always, excellent crab soup. Was overcharged for the wine but by the time we realized it, had already paid and left the restaurant; ordered a half bottle and was charged for a full bottle!. Great dessert and coffee.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Dined with 5 other companions and all had great meals. The Haddock and Boom Boom shrimp are well recommended choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected
    cinamongirl
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went on a recommendation and it was SO pretty inside. I can imagine it being even nicer with the fireplaces going and the view out the window of fall leaves. I had looked at the lunch menu online, but we were given brunch menus (3:00 on a Saturday). I had really wanted a pasta I had seen online, but there was a wide variety and everything we had was good. The service was top notch. Everyone who interacted with us was super friendly and not in a fake rehearsed kind of way. We will definitely go back for another special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal
    JandKE
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We love the décor at The Lodge. You feel like you are dining at an upscale restaurant but with reasonable prices. We went specifically for the September lobster special. One member of our group was in a wheelchair and they located us at a spacious 4 top that allowed my dad to maneuver to and from the table without any difficulty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MarvinVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The quality of food and service is above the average and new look menu works very well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    internetwiz
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went there for a last minute lunch and enjoyed the lobster special. It was cooked perfectly. Yum!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AlwaysEnjoyGoodFood
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great raw bar! Combined with lobster dinner, this is fabulous dinning. We love to invite friends and family during this time of year because the ambiance is great and the food is varied so everyone has a choice that fits their taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food; don't plan to converse
    Sonicallyaccosted
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Clyde's Tower Oak Lodge is tucked back in a grove of trees slightly away from the big chain options along Rockville Pike. The food is consistently very good to excellent, with high value for money. My lobster pie was an excellent twist on a pub food staple. One drawback is that if you want to have a conversation, you may want to look for one of the smaller restaurants in the area with a more ambient atmosphere. The management of Tower Oak doesn't seem to understand that wooden panel walls and high ceilings - the things that attract people in the first place - mean acoustics that do not work if you have the sound system blasting as though you were in a downtown DC bar.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good4you
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Service was very good; we had reservations and were shown to our table right away. Food was good, some plates better than others. Caesar salad was outstanding, lobster, for the price, good, panko-parmesan crusted, baked fish was excellent. Atmosphere is always vibrant, partly because of the size of the restaurant, and number of diners. Easy access and valet parking make it a relaxing place to go on any night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service!
    Wangel9VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Thankfully the food (their lobster special and oysters) made up for the terrible service and poor attitudes of the server. By the end of the night we still weren't sure who our server was but you would ask for something, like to put in the food order because you had already waited 15 minutes and they would act like it was the worst thing you could have asked them to do. We asked for a set of lobster utensils and bowl because one of us didn't get it and we got the utensils and no bowl, so lobster shells went on the table! Really going to have to rethink about going again...
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  • The Right Dining Room is Key
    Sinnickel
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I visited with a party of six older adults and we were seated in the bar area, which was so noisy we couldn't hear ourselves think. We were moved to just outside the bar area and it wasn't much better. Next time we requested a quiet room when making the reservation and had a great experience. The food never disappoints (the cream of crab soup and trout parm are spectacular), and the staff is friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service was not the same as others
    foodluvr
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    It was my husbands birthday dinner. Our friend asked for no cooked spinach... it was on her plate. I asked for a different entree' than I was served and had to wait for my food while my family ate before their meals cooled down. The piece of birthday cake was brought over by a different server and we had to wait for different items to be brought to the table for extended periods of time. Not the best experience we have had at your facility.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tower Oaks Lodge wins for brunch
    DrDonVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We went as two couples. One pair clearly wanted breakfast (omelette, pancakes), the other pair wanted lunch (Reuben, cheeseburger n fries). We all had brunch I appropriate drinks, and had a great meal and reunion. Clyde's wait-staff is always attentive and friendly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beware - menu has changed
    FrequentDinersVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Tower Oaks has been a long time neighborhood favorite. Although part of the Clydes family of restaurants, they have long had a different, more expansive (and IMHO better tasting menu), which is why we always go to Tower Oaks although we live half way between this restaurant and Clydes in Friendship Heights. To our great dismay, on Friday when we went to the restaurant, we learned that Tower Oaks has changed its menu to now match Clydes -- fewer choices (e.g., no longer even a basic grilled chicken breast dinner on the menu) and not as tasty. Bad move in our view.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great food, excellent service, reasonable price for the quality. These people consistently execute. The decor is also very interesting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.