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Tower Oaks Lodge
Tower Oaks Lodge

Tower Oaks Lodge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.clydes.com
  • Phone: (301) 294-0200
  • 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: American, Steak, Seafood
  • 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 (301) 294-0200
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Used to like going to Clyde's but this visit was not good. Salmon was way overdone. Burger was underdone. Waitress was nice but it took so long for her to bring the check once we'd asked for it. Will not be returning soon."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "For a high-caliber restaurant, I'd expect the server to be extremely well-versed in the menu options and recipes. I was dining with a friend with an extreme (but uncommon) food allergy. When asked if items on the menu had the allergen, the waiter didn't know. He went to the kitchen 3 times to find out. This was frustrating as it took time and interrupted the conversation repeatedly. The situation should have been handled by a visit from the chef to find out my friend's likes/dislikes and allergies. A 2 minute conversation would have saved some worry about the meal's content and whether she'd be leaving in her car or an ambulance."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This is a great place to eat with an interesting atmosphere. I have been there 3 times and each time the food and service is consistently excellent. This is one of my favorite restaurants. Each room is decorated differently, but has a constant canoe theme. The exterior as you enter the property has a large wooden arch way as if you are indeed entering a hunting lodge. My grandson was amassed at the decor which held his attention while eating. I would recommend a tour of each room including the bar area. This is a large restaurant that can accommodate groups. You will not be disappointed. I would advise making reservations."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I love the ambiance. Like eating in a National Park. Great waiters. Excellent menu."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This is one of our old stand-bys as the food is always good and the atmosphere is great. The French martinis are great, but ask the waiter to find the bartender who makes them the best. Two people at our table had the steak special and said it was good. I had catfish and it was so-so; somewhat dry and overcooked."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "A terrific spot for fun dining in a great western lodge and Adirondacks decor. Lots of parking. Good service, no pressure to move along and rush the meal. Nice outdoor setting with the fish ponds along the balcony entry fromthe parking lot. Good value"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Service was very pleasant; appropriate for my business lunch."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We have been to Tower Oaks Lodge many times and there is a reason for that. The food is always good the service is always professional and the atmosphere is always comfortable. Right now I would highly recommend the Tomato Salad."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The server was amazing and the food was great. It is always good."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We visit Clyde's Columbia location frequently. Since our guest lives in Rockville, we thought we would give Tall Oaks a try. We were pleasantly surprised at the upscale ambiance at this location. Loved that aspect. Food was Clyde's food. Dependable, consistent, good. I had the monthly special (filet) which was very good. Spouse and guest had the Rockfish, and while enjoying it, said it did not rise to the level of that dish at similar restaurants. All in all though, a very enjoyable evening. Service as spotty, slow at times. The server was pleasant however, and knowledgeable as to the menu."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The July special, filet mignon with zucchini, fingerling potatoes, cherry tomatoes, yellow squash, etc. was absolutely delicious and priced well. We appreciated that there was an option for a 5 oz. filet. We purchased a bottle of the suggested wine, which was perfect with the filet. Kyle Casey, our server, was perfectly professional and friendly. We do not usually get dessert, but his recommendation of the blackberry pie was tempting, so we ordered one to share. Kyle did not let us down! The pie was delicious. Thank you, TOL, for another wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is our favorite spot in Montgomery County for special occasions."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I am a frequent diner at Tower Oaks Lodge. I have very high expectations for restaurants. I've never been disappointed. It's always a wonderful experience, in every way."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Tower Oaks Lodge is a favorite in the DC area. Food, service , and ambiance are outstanding! The only downside was that this Saturday night crowd was much too noisy. We were seated next to a very loud and obnoxious couple, who made us uncomfortable. However, we will return often because this place is otherwise outstanding."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Enjoyable dinner with an outstand atmosphere. More than a little noisy but overall enjoyable. Waiter was excellent!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Very well done from front desk to our server. Very accommodating establishments with a great value and quality."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I listed as kid friendly, but Saturday night was double date night with another couple - after nearly 3 hours - our waitress never said a word or attempted to rush us out. Everything we ordered was delicious - the cheeses, the meals, the cupcake of the day, dark chocolate mousse...The rolls and butter were AMAZING. I loved that hint of saltiness. I also loved that a pitcher of water was on the table and we could refill our glasses easily. My filet and all the sides was delicious. I normally don't eat or like zucchini and squash, but the way this was prepared - puree and diced small - was delicious. I ate everything instead of pushing it to the side."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "with the family - kids 13 and 11 enjoyed the outing. food was excellent. fried chicken livers was a 10! steak salad was perfect and daughter said her sliders were to die for. will return. wasn't our first time but won't be the last. average age of diners was very high :-) our server (called himself short) was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food is usually quite good but the beef filets (this month's special) were terribly tough and nearly inedible. Three of the four at our table ordered them and all were disappointed. I (happily) got the roasted chicken - it was delicious. The calamari appetizer was really good as were the sides for the entrees. We were comped for one of the dinners because it was sent back. The staff and manager were empathetic and offered to replace the meal but still a big downer. We really like the restaurant and have gone there often. We will be back but it may be a bit longer between visits than usual."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This was a birthday dinner for my friend Nancy. We really enjoyed the shrimp appetizer. Her Parmesan crusted trout was worthy of the celebration. Her Blackberry pie on the house came with a birthday candle. My Chocolate Milkshake was the best ever."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Although my crab cakes had numerous shells, the visit was nice. The crabcakes seem to be shrinking but the price growing! The waiter didn't seem to care that I had so many shells in my food, and joked that it was "wild crab" and didn't offer any consolation. The manager was very professional and accommodating."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food is XOXO and the service is unbeatable. We enjoyed our lunch ane the experience is unforgotten. Thanks a billion."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The Clyde's group is a known-quantity, and when Tower Oaks opened, locals flocked to a place where we could enjoy consistently good American food. At a recent lunch, the menu seemed more limited than usual, and the service was somewhat lethargic. Our promised corn bread failed to appear, and the usually solicitous wait staff was remarkably absent. For a noon lunch, the room was much quieter than usual, and the energetic vibe was missing. The food was okay, but again, not up to the usual standards, and the french fries were tired and over salted. The usual high standards of the Clyde's group appear to have wilted in the heat. I have been dining at Clyde's since 1973 and have visited all but two of the restaurants in the group."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We have never been disappointed but not always thrilled. The fish is always good; the crab cakes were met with indifference. Filet Mignon not that exciting. Service was a bit indifferent this time, though usually very good. Loud place; the sound tends to bounce off the walls, at least in the room we were; I believe the other room, where they have regular tables, not booths, is quieter. Stay away from the bar, specially during world cup. Suggestion: when you see a very old lady coming in, do not seat her near the bar."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great lunch at Tower Oaks - tried the Alaskan Salmon and it was wonderful! Great service, very prompt and attentive. The server recommendations showed a great knowledge of the menu and what was special about each item."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We went to celebrate a wedding anniversary. My wife felt the menu was quite limited and we were not informed of any specials. She ended up ordering a hamburger with fries. I had the filet mignon, which was good but not outstanding. It was cooked as ordered, but the quality of the beef wasn't as good as I would have expected. As far as ambiance, the noise level was high. Our waiter was reasonably attentive but pre-occupied with a large table close by so we had to flag him down when we needed his attention for things like bread and butter."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This is my favorite place for a good, relatively quick meal. We had the wild salmon salad and wild salmon entree. Both were excellent. Would definitely order again. (If getting the entree, consider asking for double veggies rather than the orzo salad.)"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The steak salad at this restaurant was not nearly as good as the same one at the Clydes in Town Center Reston."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food was excellent, service was wonderful and friendly and the restaurant was fairly quiet due to our early seating time. Very pleasant experience."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Pretty setting, excellent service, but the noise level prohibited conversation across the table. Food obviously prepared with great care, but so over salted that it was neither tasty nor pleasant. Even salad was over salted--ruining the freshness of the ingredients. When food is not edible, it doesn't matter how cute the environment is nor how pleasant the servers were."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "the food was excellent but there was not enough of it. the veggies were very scarce."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Meet my date at the bar then moved to the dining area. The staff was especially polite and gracious. Treated us like old friends and made us feel welcome. The food and drinks are top shelf. quite enough to talk but nice ambiance so no one was listening into our conversation. Stayed all night."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Always a great experience. Friendly service, very nice surroundings, good food, lots of choices."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "As usual, TOL did not disappoint. The host and waitstaff were super courteous and attentive - and the food was first rate. We'll be coming back again and again to be sure."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "An excellent and pleasant dining experience. Since salmon is a favorite of mine I wanted to be certain that I enjoyed it one more time while it was on special this June. The asparagus and quinoa accompaniment was also delicious. My husband enjoys the liver and is appreciative that they will prepare it although it is not on the current menu. We always enjoy the beautiful setting of this place. All goes together for a most pleasant experience."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We sat in the bar to see a soccer game. It was not crowded. We had half price oysters and shrimp cocktails and a few drinks and later dinner. Everything was good and our team won."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The brunch menu has something for everyone. Where else can you get a steak salad and a stuffed donut in the same meal?! The steak salad was a good size for a full meal; split three-ways, it would make a nice a salad course. The steak was tender. Split the donut with a friend as a little-something-sweet after the main course."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Clyde's Tower Oaks is consistently good food. Prices are moderate. We often have the monthly specials. We enjoy meeting friends there because it is handy. It is a beautiful restaurant and surrounds, but parking can be a problem."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I like using OpenTable because it is very easy to do and you know exactly what times are available when making the reservations. It is much quicker and smoother than calling and talking to an individual on the phone."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Was a very nice, different place to eat. Was worried about having to dress up but shorts, etc are all acceptable. Everyone was dressed how they wanted to be comfortable. To look at the place you wouldn't think that, especially with the valet parking. Can't say anything bad about the food or the service; didn't wait very long at all for your food. Desserts were especially delicious and the "cupcake of the day" is a nice touch."
    Dined on 6/27/2014