Clyde's of Chevy Chase

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$30 and under
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American
Situated in the heart of the upscale Chevy Chase shopping district, the decor of this two-level restaurant celebrates the golden age of travel with steamships, planes, and the famed Orient Express rail line. Chef Eric Frisch uses flavorful, fresh ingredients to prepare American-style cuisine in the Travel Rooms on the main level, or in the casual atmosphere of the downstairs Race Bar and Dining Room. Travel bar on main level, and a seasonal outside bar and dining area.
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W
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perfectly acceptable food and atmosphere! Good place for work lunch as table spread out and you can actually hear people talk!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was the consistent quality that I expect from Clyde’s but the service was the worst experience that I have had there (despite the fact that it was relatively empty). My server never checked on us to see if we had what we wanted or how the food was and, when I needed something, I had to find another server to help. The manager also never checked on us because he was busily flirting with his young female staff.

When I paid the check, I asked if the server could please validate our parking but she said I had to go to the receptionist’s area to have that done. It was a minor issue and normally I wouldn’t mind at all but, given the general issues around the service, I think she could’ve easily done it herself but didn’t want to bother. When I went up there the manager was again flirting with the two women at the front and, although he validated it, he never asked us how we were doing or thanked us for coming or checked to see if we were satisfied. Instead he just continued with his banter without ever addressing us directly or making eye contact. So, while all the food was quite good, the overall experience left a bad taste in my mouth.

H
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience2

I made a reservation. My client arrived first. The table - of ALL the free tables the host chose was immediately next to a messy noisy child. When The second guest and I arrived, we could ne hold substantive conversation with the running the climbing and the messiness going on 12” from my left side. It took all of my self control from hailing the host and making them resent us - but that would have been further disruptive. To say that I am disappointed and annoyed is an understatement. Clydes can/should do better.

P
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Our server may have been new as she had difficulty with our drink order, which was a bottle of Prosecco and a Negroni. Our dinner over, she brought one dessert menu for 4 people, cleared most of dinner service, left empty glasses, bottle, bread plates and brought dessert to a table that had not been cleared. All in all, service was abominable. Not what we had in mind for a birthday celebration.

SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always reliable, always very good. Nothing exceptional. Just what you want from a neighborhood institution.

LG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had Saturday evening at 7:30 reservations and we were seated promptly. Service was very good and the food was excellent for all three of us! The Chevy Chase Clydes dining room is also so pleasant - rarely loud. We will be returning for sure- thank you.

CC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Unfortunately, the food was not what it used to be. Clyde's Chevy Chase needs to improve its kitchen. Salads are blah, oysters were average, pancakes were fair (syrup was supplied in very small dosis). Service was sparse.

JC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to dine. Love the atmosphere and decorations.

EP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have come to Clydes in Chevy Chase for 23 years! Our first date was at Clydes. The food, service and ambiance are great, and has been great for 23 years!! For everyday dining and special occasions this is one restaurant you can count on for a nice evening out!

m
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An excellent spot for a casual friends’ gathering.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came to Clyde's as 1 of a party of four. We tried 3 different dishes - 2 chicken bowls, 1 liver and one catfish. All were perfect! Our waitress was unobtrusive but always there when we needed her. The ambient nose level was just right. We had a great experience and will be back there again soon!

TM
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was good (as usual) but we must have gotten a new waitress. Fairly slow with drinks, didn’t go over specials. Probably just needs some time on the job. Would not keep me from returning.

BH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch!

LK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

The restaurant was packed for Sunday brunch. A party of about 10 people were next to us. They had finished their meal but their 6 small children were running around the restaurant shouting and screaming as if they were in an outside playground. The adults in this party allowed their children to behave in this abominable way. Clyde’s staff completely ignored the situation. Meanwhile our waitress was a little ‘ditsy’. She was surprised when we said we wanted to place our order! After our main course, she offered to bring us a dessert menu - then disappeared for 25 minutes and never came back! So we had to ask her out and just asked her to bring the bill. Having said all of this, we have dined in this Clyde’s restaurant at Chevy Chase on numerous occasions. This was the first time we were disappointed with such a noisy situation and mediocre service. Normally, we would highly recommend this restaurant for both brunch and dinner.

SR
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprisingly good! Food, wine tasty. Excellent service. They accommodated our party of 6 without a hitch.

R
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

A bit challenging tonight. Had to ask for empty plates to be cleared before dessert arrived and we love babies...but not when they won't stop crying and the parents are slow to act. Check please!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

My server wasn’t that polite and we waited a long time for our food that wasn’t hot, but I enjoyed the scenery with my date.

M
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was mediocre and ran out of many entrees. My crabcake entree was fine but wife did not enjoy the flounder. Also not enough bread served with the mussels. Decor is very busy and carpet is dated, all though train is cool. Downstairs lounge seemed nice and this place seems like it would be better for a happy hour instead of a nice dinner,

BG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We were not able to eat at Clyde’s. By around 8:30 they ran out of all the top options for my date and I. They were out of the Valentine’s Day Surf and Turf Special, the only steak option, crab cakes, beef tenderloin, swordfish, and catfish. They may have been out of other options but those were the ones we inquired about. Horrible preparation for one of the biggest dining evenings of the year.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It’s was good Valentine’s Day date night

WL
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Normally would say yes but food was cold, trying to get water was horrible and there was so much visible dust everywhere especially on the planes - literally hanging down! Our waitress had 3 holes in one shirt sleeve and it was obviously a size too small as was pullling at every button and gaping inbetween - whcih fortunate the long men's tie covered. Asked for more what berfore appetizer arrived, asked for it 3 more times before receiving it. Halfway through dinner started asking again. 3rd request was the chrm that time. Tables were far too close together - there was absolutely no privacy - the couple to our north commented several times on our conversation! Worst Clydes experience ever. Was their worst Valentine's dinner experience ever.

RJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We usually attend Clyde's Chevy Chase for special occasions, e.g., Valentine's, birthdays, and often for New Year's. The service is always excellent, menu items tasty, and wine more than acceptable. I would prefer more entree items on the menu.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful meal on Valentine’s Day! Could not have asked for better service, food, or overall experience.

L
Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT FOOD EVEN FOR SPECIAL DIETS!
Always reliable, Clyde's wait staff and kitchen staff are eager to oblige special requests for my low sodium/no salt diet. Substitutions on the menu are okay and the result is what you like to eat and can be healthy, if you choose. A wide variety of menu options and a monthly special help whet the appetite though one of my favorites is fresh hamburger patty and wings without salt or sauce.

SD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The whole experience was tainted by a horrible waiter. He first walked up to the table and the first thing he said to us was, "Yeah, okay...." My wife interpreted that to mean what would you like to order so she gave him her drink order. He then asked, "Would you like to start off with an appetizer or starter or are you ready to order?" I said I think we are ready to order and then my wife started with her order for dinner first and then I gave him what we wanted to start with and then gave him my order.

He then interrupted and asked with an angered tone, "Uh... What did I ask you when I first walked up?" I was about to say you walked up and just said, "Yeah, okay..." but I had a puzzled look on my face. He impatiently said, "I asked if you wanted a starter and you said no and then you ordered two... Nevermind." And he walked away. I tried not losing my cool as this was supposed to be a romantic dinner with my wife for Valentine's Day.

Throughout the meal he barely interacted and when I asked for the check he said nothing. When he dropped off the check he said nothing. I was tempted to when I was writing the tip to leave nothing but I didn't want to make my wife uncomfortable so I promised myself I would pass along my feedback via this review and a note to management.

If you get Joe F for a waiter here... Run or request someone else! The food was decent but it was all overshadowed by a very bitter, rude and obviously untrained employee.

TR
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Clyde's has always been one of our favorite restaurants for many years, which has a lot of sentimental value--especially the DC location. But that location is really difficult to visit because of the parking restrictions in downtown DC. So we chose the Chevy Chase location to celebrate our special day! It was great! The food was very good and the ambiance, service, live violin music and even the validated free parking were wonderful! We will be sure to check it out again soon and try some of the other impressive features on the menu!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food took forever to come out

SE
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server said salmon was skinless, but it nearly was. It was sooooo good!

GC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A friend suggested this for lunch, and although it was not one of my favorites, it was convenient and I agreed. It turned out to be really good! I had a steak salad that was delicious! It had a nice dressing, something resembling salsa, excellent blue cheese, nice freshly cut baby romaine, and a perfectly cooked steak. My friends had meatloaf and steak and were equally impressed. I haven't been here for over five years, I had tried it 2-3 times but didn't think it was anything to write home about. If you haven't been for a while, I suggest you try it again. Service was also very attentive, although it was a late lunch hour and not very crowded.

p
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Clyde's is always reliable, and a good place to get together with friends for lunch. My two friends enjoyed different pasta dishes, which they liked, and I had the fish tacos, which are always good. Also, it was not too noisy, as many places are these days.

JC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Our server had far too many tables in a restaurant that was only half full, and a party of ten was seated near us. So we never saw her after the order was taken.

The food at Friendship Heights is always good and the service is usually good. But not so this time.

R
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Usually, this is a wonderful restaurant to celebrate a happy occasion. This time, however, the waiter did not seem to realize that we were celebrating a birthday, even though I told him that we were. He brought the ketchup instead of mustard for my daughter, which was important bc she is not allowed to have ketchup. So she had to wait for her food. He neglected to bring us bread; only when I asked him for it did he bring it. Clyde's is known for terrific bread, which it was. The food was excellent, as usual. I just wish our server had been more attentive to our needs.

GS
Washington DC
146 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Never disappointed dining at Clyde's. Had reservations and was seated promptly. Daughter and I both ordered mixed drinks that were prepared to perfection and served at the right temperature. I ordered an excellent wild rice and chicken soup that was loaded with pieces of chicken and seasoned to enhance the overall taste.
She had the salmon burger and fries and I had the fish tacos that come with a side order of rice. Both delivered together, hot and flavored to tempt any palate. Service was on-the-spot for such a busy restaurant.

WD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband’s Bday Brunch was so good especially for his sister and her husband’s 1st experience at Clydes! French toast took brother in law to his childhood brunch with his dad at a Manhattan New York restaurant. Return in April scheduled for next Bday Brunch!

JB
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The kitchen seemed slow. It was about 25 minutes between ordering and receiving our meal.

DJ
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mi wife and I had been to Clydes a few weeks ago and did not like our food and the service was terrible. We went back this past Friday basically because our grandson wanted to go there, and we let our two grandchildren choose where they want to go Friday nights (they take turns choosing).

This time the service was superb, my cheeseburger was good and my wife loved her salmon. Our grandchildren always enjoy the chicken nuggets and kids pasta at Clydes.

G
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Server was attentive.

M
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My friend and I like to meet up at the Clyde's in Chevy Chase and have done so many times. She eats gluten free and so is always interested in finding what choices are available. Unfortunately, she was wanting to order a turkey burger, which she had ordered at another Clydes recently. It was not on this menu.
Our server was Jay and once we got his attention, he was very accommodating.
It was a good time, we didn't feel rushed, and I'm sure we'll go back again.

EC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had a lovely lunch. We enjoyed everything from meatloaf to crab cakes. Not crowded, as I feared it would be. Noise level was acceptable.

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