Clyde's of Chevy Chase

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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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FB
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, as always.

b
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Slow service. All else was great.

E
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for the lobster special...third time.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

October’s lobster special (shepherd’s pie, in my case) was excellent and delicious. The Monday night half-price-wine deal adds to the enjoyment.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

No acknowledgement of occasion that it was booked for and waiter kept overfilling wine canister with water and mopping water off the table. Got water on one of guest’S iPhone.

UM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Steakfrites and they were heavenly ! The sauce was the best I ever had in my long life as a gourmet !
My husband, however, found the crabcake a bit bland. We’ll come back for more Steakfrites.
Service and ambiance made us feel welcome and important - necessary for full enjoyment. We had lived in the Northwest for 13 years after living in D.C. for decades, when we had often gone to Clyde’s and so Clyde’s was our first choice again and we were happy to see that it had maintained its standard.
YES, we will be back and I will recommend it to all my friends! Thanks for a great experience!

GS
Washington DC
131 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Clyde's is my "GO-TO" place when I want to rendezvous with friends and family. Sunday brunch menu was sensational and our party of 5 were totally satisfied. Love your Happy Hour and Monthly specials. Wait staff is always attentive and facility immaculate.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was not good
Service was very slow

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clyde's is always a favorite go-to restaurant whether it's Chevy Chase or Tower Oaks

HL
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My guest and I enjoyed a corner booth and delicious crab cake. Our server made our dinner experience wonderful.

OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Service was unusually poor but it is usually decent

l
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

New waitress needed additional help but no one came by. She was pleasant and tried.

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

Unbelievably SLOW service and ATTENTION.The food was great, but itI took ages to order drink and then forever to get a bill and pay.

S
Washington DC
92 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always fun to go to Clyde's when they are having their lobster special! Yummy! The service is always spectacular without being intrusive. Also, for fans of Clyde's in Chevy Chase, the "Orient Express" is once again running above the dining room. I missed it while it was being repaired.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Drinks took 15 mins. My wine came out first and then another ten minutes for the rest of the drinks. Told the bar was ‘backed up’. Ordered chicken and broccoli salad w dressing on the side. It came out w dressing, no chicken, and dressing on the side. Asked to have it corrected. They put some chicken on the same salad. We had waited so long at that point that I ate it. I shouldn’t have. Waiter apologized for his mistakes and then asked us to request him next time we’re there. He needs more training and this location needs better staffing. Won’t be back.

EM
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I love Clyde's but this was not our best experience there. Service was slow. The server spilled a drink on my brother. She apologized and and at the end took his dessert off the bill. I think that she could have done a little more. It took almost 5 minutes to get the drink replaced. Food as usual was excellent . Three of us had the lobster and loved it. The others had chicken, salmon and a child's meal. All the plates were clean when we left.

Clyde's will remain one of my go to places...just hope for better service next time.

JN
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had to been to this Clyde’s in a while. Still good. Still reliable. Always has interesting changes to the menu as well as the favorites. You can never go wrong at Clyde’s

DC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was disappointing and not up to what we expect from Clyde’s. I would no return.

FR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

return customer almost always have a good meal. especially enjoy happy hour raw bar

A
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

You can not beat the lobster special at Clyde's! We wait for it every fall.

d
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

We recently dined at Clyde's for our anniversary. It has been many years since we've been there and we wanted our family to enjoy it. There were five of us in our party. Our server was outstanding. She was personable, courteous, took care of every request, and answered all of our questions with a smile. Unfortunately, the remainder of our experience was just ok. The food wasn't the quality we expected, nor what we remembered. The burgers were overcooked, as was the calamari. The crab "beignets" were too salty (much like the calamari) and were not beignets, but mini fritters. The Reuben sandwich was average. My daughter's pizza was under cooked and the crust was doughy. The restaurant was fairly empty when we arrived, but we were seated next to the kitchen and there was someone always standing behind us folding table linens. We were happy to see that the train still runs. Sadly, we will not return. We do not eat out more than a few times a year and we need to choose wisely where to enjoy the experience.

DD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Rather limited menu options - I remember Clyde’s being much more inventive and diverse. Also, very poor “wine list” if you can even call it that. The Clyde’s at Tower Oaks is far, far better.

JH
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

I’ve been going to Clyde’s for 40 years and the quality has gone downhill. Mediocre food and service and the coffee was terrible. Lobster was over cooked and the plate swimming in water. Minuscule portion of coke slaw which was bad. Profiteroles for dessert tasted like they were from the grocery frozen section. Very disappointing. After all of these years of eating at Clyde’s, I’m not sure if I’ll go back.

L
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Went for lobster special.

T
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wings, crab cake and salad was delish!!! Very nice waitress!!!

TD
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It’s a good place for a leisurely lunch with friends. The food is fine, you can have a drink, service is good and no one pushes you to hurry up.

S
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I go to Clyde's in Gallery Place-Chinatown and like it very much. Unfortunately, my last twop visits to the location in Chevy Chase have convinced me to take it off my list. There were three of us. One in the party arrived first and been forwarded the reservation via Open Table. She was told there was no reservation. After calling me and wondering if she had gone to the right Clyde's location, she went back and they found it. The service was abysmal. This is not the server's fault since it was clearly is first night, he had not been properly trained, and he had been given more tables than he could handle. Had to ask for things 3 times. He didn't know one soup from another. When we had finished with our main course, we sat and sat and sat waiting for the dishes to be cleared. People from management walked by our table and paid zero attention. I had a similar problem the previous time we went a couple weeks ago. I had to fine someone who would give me the check so I could pay. I had already sent my guests outside to get warm since the temp in the restaurant was freezing and our requests to adjust it had gone unheeded. And there was no one at the front desk to validate my parking. Management problem all around.

y
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Wait service seemed overwhelmed, and that our waitress was stretched between the bar. There was a major disruption/disagreement at a table nearby that the restaurant staff should have intervened.

WD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Terrific meal. The waiter probably had too many tables but he was excellent.

ST
Hawaii
30 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome service and lobster special. We always come for the September lobster dinner

TD
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brian P was an excellent waiter. He was engaging without being overboard. It was a lovely Saturday lunch.

WF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Don’t expect quick service or water refills. Waitress seemed preoccupied.

MS
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Clyde's, in my opinion, is an upscale/expensive diner. So, it was just fine for a quick late dinner.

T
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our food was fine, particularly the "Lobster Shepherd's Pie". However the service was just not up to par. We had to flag down somebody to get in an order of pre-dinner drinks, after waiting for quite some time with nobody showing up. More water had to be requested multiple times. It took forever to get the final bill. On top of that, Clyde's marked us as a "no show" with Open Table.
Unfortunately this was not the first time at Clyde's that we had these issues.

AD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food service especially top rate. Lobster well presented and easy to remove meat.

J
Washington DC
103 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was a bit disappointing this evening. The fish and chips had a tasteless batter and none of it was hot. The catfish was good and the Reuben sandwich was very good. Friends had the lobster shepherd's pie, which was good and the crab cake, but no one's food was served hot. It was an early, but busy Sunday night and it seemed like our orders must have sat for a while in the kitchen. The waiter was cordial and friendly.

A
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went for Clyde's famous lobster special and were not disappointed. It was fresh and delicious! This is becoming a regular fall event for our family.

JS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

This was not a great experience. The food was fine but...
1. The service staff was completely overwhelmed.
2. I ordered a beer and it took over 20 minutes and multiple requests for it to arrive and then it was not what I ordered. More delay.
3. Had to ask for bread (love your bread) twice and it only came with the meal. As did the soup we ordered.
4. The poor waiter was running around like a maniac trying to hold it all together but was clearly overwhelmed. You NEED more staff at dinner time on a Saturday.
5. We were given WRONG directions for the new parking (the maitre'd told us that whoever gave us those directions didn't know what he was talking about).

Far from your best night.

DH
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

My husband and I have been big fans of Clyde's for decades. We take many guests there. Last Friday night, my husband's birthday, we were expecting a special evening. In addition to cocktails, we ordered an appetizer. We had hardly had a chance to enjoy our cocktails when we were served our entrees. I don't know what happened. When I asked: where is our appetizer, I was casually asked if we still wanted it. Well, we said no and ate our entrees which were fine. Our waitress said she'd make up for it by buying us a dessert. Well, since I had already said it was a BD celebration, I think that was a given, not something special. Mostly I feel disappointed. I've written several positive reviews in the past so this is a real departure. Clyde's was a go-to, dependable place for us but our attitude has changed. There are many other choices for eating out.

p
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I have been there twice this week. The lobster was delicious, and a nice waiter both times, but the bar service is just awful, on both occasions, we waited at least twenty minutes for our waiter to bring our drinks. You need a lot of help with the bar, why not try to hire more bartenders, especially at the dinner hour.

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