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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Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner. We had to flag down our waitress several times.

F
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our 5-yr-old granddaughter was thrilled to celebrate her birthday here! We checked in and the host wished her a Happy 5th and took us to us to a table where she could see the train. They had a great children’s placemat and menu with crayons. The food is always consistent and good for a Washington Restaurant Chain that’s been around a LONG time. We had a good waiter who did his best to keep up with a busy Saturday night crowd. They brought our granddaughter a complimentary warm brownie/vanilla ice cream sundae with chocolate sauce complete with lighted candle. It was plenty for the three of us! I would recommend this restaurant for all ages and all occasions. You can count on a legend!

l
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We had to wait for a table to be cleared when it looked liked the restaurant was fairly empty.

Sadly the service was not what I expected of Clyde’s. It took a long time to get drinks and then dinner. And our dishes were not cleared when we finished eating.

E
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

My local and reliable restaurant.

KH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

First time in a while the service was off and food was not hot.

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

Clyde's of Chevy Chase is my go-to restaurant when I want to treat personal friends or business associates to a wonderful meal in a comfortable atmosphere. From the minute I arrived, the service was tailored to make me feel right at home. The menu is varied and the food is absolutely delicious. Our server gave us enough attention to fulfill all our needs, and discreetly disappeared so we could discuss business matters without being disturbed.

Thank you for providing just the right place to relax and enjoy a meal without feeling rushed. I'll be back.

NC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for a causal meal. Definitely on the list to come again.

CT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed dining outside - beautiful evening! Service was not as good as we've had in the past, but understand the server had a large, busy area to take care of.

F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was GREAT and our server was THE BOMB!!! Excellent service!!!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch!

C
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Brendan, our server, could not have been more accommodating. The food was very good - up to typical Clyde's standards. And the band downstairs, Moxie Blues Band, added a nice finish to the evening.

E
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sat on the newly expanded patio, which was lovely. The lobster special was delicious, and the fried potatoes were nice and crisp.

f
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The server, Rose G. was efficient, competent and delightful. The lobster I ordered was delicious. The ambience was fine except for a brief problem with the screaming of an out of control child at the next table. This, of course, was not the restaurant’s fault. In summary, I enjoyed my dinner and look forward to returning soon.

GS
Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The best bangs for the buck in the DC area. My date took advantage of the whole lobster special and a dozen oysters. I had the seasonal salad and the Lamb Giro sandwich. Both entrees came with excellent French fries. Dessert was a great apple crisp and two espressos. The food is top notch, the service was timely and considerate. Looking forward to another visit and another fine dining experience!

G
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went there for the seasonal lobster special. At just $21.95, we got a very tasty 1.25 lb steamed Maine lobster, fries and coleslaw, all done right. What's not to like!

c
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

They did not have my reservation, but they did have a poor attitude. Ordered meal plus takeout. The takeout came too soon and was spoiled by the time the meal was over. Come slaw and Cran ales should not be sitting out that long. The worst value. So unlike Tower Oaks where you feel welcome and appreciated.

A total waste of money. Server was okay but never to be seen once the meal arrived. Such s disappointment

RG
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Always a good standby. Yesterday's lunch was on the so-so side, which isn't usually the case. "Jumbo" lump crab cake wasn't terribly lumpy and was small, especially when listed as jumbo and costing $20. OTOH, they gladly provided off-menu bacon and eggs to my friend. Never a really bad experience here. And the low noise level, increasingly rare, is a huge plus.

C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Restaurant honored request for window table made through open table. Food and service were very good. Only complaint is they served warm water and we had to make a special request for ice to add to the warm water. This was the first time that happened so we’ll give them a one time pass.

M
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The liver was delicious and the service very good.

HL
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My guest and I were able to have a nice visit once we moved to a different table.

AS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

we have always been a fan of this clyde's but sasw a definite downturn in food quality. The service was excellent and the ambience remains excellent. The quality of the crab cake was poor- the crab tasted and looked warmed over and there seemed to be filler in the crab cake. Also disappointing was the quality of the dessert. The apple crumble used to be outstanding. This time the crumble was not crisp or crunchy- rather it was soggy and doughy. The only positive thing was the excellent server. We hope this was just a down day in the kitchen and that Clyde's cuisine will return to its excellent level.

U
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tasty meals combined with friendly service and a fun early 20th century travel-inspired decor make for a pleasant dining experience - even if we were seated between ship models of an ocean liner that burned and capsized (the Normandie) and one that sank (the Andrea Doria). Luckily, no such tragedies befell our brunch.

d
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

They didn't have enough staff. Food and wine are always reliable and reasonably priced. We love sitting outside.

NR
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

When I had host tell me to walk straight back and my friend was on the right, I was shocked. There was no showing me to the table. The server was very inexperienced. Our salmon burgers fell apart. My fruit bowl contained peaches that we as hard as the pit. The profiteroles were hard and impossible to cut. For a birthday lunch, this was a major disappointment. I will not be returning with so many wonderful options available.

MF
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Other than the long wait between ordering and receiving our dinners, everything was fine.

r
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Caesar salad was extremely watery.. no taste! The crab soup was nice and hot.... bread was ok...

b
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way.

CH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance very good, service was fast and friendly and food fantastic. Prices reasonable for what you get.

f
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food at a fair price. Attentive server. Good for family dinner

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

My mother loves Clyde’s and it was a celebration dinner. We have had slow service at Clyde’s before and overlooked it. But after the wine wasn’t delivered, my sisters food was cold and my moms tea glass sat empty, well it just started to dampen the mood.

m
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

On a busy Friday, our server was hustling to accommodate several tables that turned over at the same time. The manager slipped in seamlessly to assist, neatly alleviating the situation. The assist was done so neatly that is was impressive to this long time restaurant patron. I was impressed at the way it was handled. We expect good service at a Clyde's location, but this was so beautifully executed that it merits attention.

My wife and I grazed, working our way through several appetizers and some wonderful fresh oysters. An unusual but delightful French Petit Verdot paired nicely with our eclectic choices.

i
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was good overall was a bit disappointing with chicken pot pie and peach crisp they were both soupy

E
Tampa
156 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Clyde's is one of our favorite restaurants. It serves great food with excellent service.

SR
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is the place to go for a traditional Washington dinner. Good menu, reasonable prices with a light, inviting atmosphere. My server recommended the crispy chicken and she was right. Delicious and plentiful.

f
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints consistently great.. Thanks for your excellent restaurant. Hope the new owners will continue the excellent food and service.

e
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing special, just lunch. But, as usual, everything was excellent. Fish tacos, salmon salad, gazpacho. Being able to converse without having to shout is rare in restaurants these days and, by itself, is good reason to return.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Poor service this time around, mainly because we had a trainee server who it seemed was not adequately supervised. No bread for 20 minutes, then foul-ups with what really was a simple request (salad with no dressing). The server was very apologetic, to her credit. The food was dependable, as always.

SM
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I particularly prefer brunch. Due to my fish/seafood allergies it has the best offerings for me.

JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great experience with Clyde's of Chevy Chase.

SJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We have been going to many of the Clyde’s since the restaurants first opened and have been pleased with the ambiance, food quality, preparation, and presentation, and also the fine service. However, our recent experience at the Chevy Chase Clyde’s was a disaster. We were a party of four and only three dinners were delivered – one was lukewarm at best. The waiter was notified more than once that my dinner never came and, finally, we asked for the manager. After more time, my dinner came to the table. The wonderful recipe for the crab cake at Tower Oaks Clyde’s was altered and, instead of lump crab meat, the patty had thin shreds of crab and filler and the top was burned. The three diners had finished their dinners when mine was finally delivered. The Chevy Chase Clyde’s must address these issues so that it is consistent with the other Clyde’s restaurants.

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