Clyde's of Chevy Chase

4.3
3058 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM; Sunday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00PM - 10:00PM; Friday - Saturday: 4:00PM - 10:30PM; Late Night Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 10:00PM - 12:30; Friday - Saturday: 10:30PM - 1:30AM
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Phone number
(301) 951-9600
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eric Frisch
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Private party facilities
Semi-private cocktail reception space is available in The Race Bar. Limited availability for semi-private seated dining.
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Private party contact
Brian Dominick or Any Manager: (301) 951-9600
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Catering
N/A
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Willard Avenue
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Parking details
Free parking in the adjacent lot (up to 2 1/2 hours) with validated ticket. Please note the Wisconsin Ave parking entrance is temporarily closed. Wisconsin Circle, Western Ave, and Montgomery Street (Near Tiffany) entrances are open.
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Public transit
Red Line, Friendships Heights Metro
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Entertainment
Free live music in the Race Bar area on Fri & Sat nights.
Tuesday Night Trivia, Every Tuesday 7:00pm - 9:30pm
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Special events & promotions
Free live music in the Race Bar area on Friday and Saturday night.
Tuesday Night Trivia 7-9:30 pm in the Race Bar.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3058 People Are Saying
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B
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

we walked into a moderately empty restaurant and were served as if 99 people were ahead of us. Server could only say "sorry, its the kitchen" repeatedly and never even tried to move the process along

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DE
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dining alone can be off putting and a hostess can help guests to feel welcome. The hostess that checked me in took me to the worst table then tried to take me to another awful location saying that the restaurant was filled. Quite the contrary proved to be the truth. Clydes had many unoccupied tables. When I specified a preferred section, I was seated at a terrific table with an outstanding server, Joe F. Other than the initial experience, the food was delicious and Joe was excellent. Please be kinder was seating single people. Thanks for listening.

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N
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The food at Clyde's is generally good, but the service is spotty. This time, we had trouble getting our waiter's attention for things like coffee refills, and the food took quite a while to arrive. In the past, our food has often arrived before our drinks. I think they need better coordination between the kitchen/bar and the waitstaff and also more waitstaff.

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MA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

We've been eating at Clyde's for years. It has always been a place where adults and children can find good food for a decent price. We were shocked at our poor dinner Saturday. Many things were very overcooked (hamburger, trout, fish and chips, salmon) while the veggies under the salmon were almost raw. At least when we complained, the staff responded by bringing us a new entree and giving us free desserts. But I'll be hard-placed to convince anyone to return.

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JC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Unlike previous dining experiences at Clyde’s in Chevy Chase, the service was disappointing. While our server apparently gave clear requests, the Irish whiskey from the bar was sad (and was returned for a regular coffee). And though my dining companion requested no hollandaise sauce, her fish arrived with plenty of it. We actually inquired about the reason for the spotty service since we were not accustomed to such.

To their credit, the server didn’t charge us for beverages (coffee and iced tea, both inexpensive choices). Before we left the restaurant, the manager stopped by to offer apologies. We left a reasonable tip, but we won’t visit that location again.

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d
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was excellent, as always. Great atmosphere! We love to go there - the food is good and the booths are very comfortable.

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OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great oysters and catfish!

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OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

When I arrived at clyde's it was closed with no explanation

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R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was fine, but it took too long to get our meal.

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C
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My Rueben sandwich was as good as I have ever had in Washington, D.C.

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Hadn't been in many years and thought we'd give it a try. Service was great - friendly, patient (we had children), and the atmosphere is "fun upscale." Signature cocktail was yummy. Food was big disappointment. Chicken parm was bland and disappointing, same for their signature burger. Only hit of the night were the crabcakes, which were good. There are so many great food choices in the DMV, I can't justify returning to Clydes.

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e
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Reliable, unpretentious, good value for the money, good service, comfortable, and good for multi-generational groups.

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S
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Tried and true Clyde’s....I just wish the menu selections could be a bit more inspiring and even unexpected. I do realize it is difficult in a chain restaurant operation.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-service dinner

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OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We are long time custormers of this restaurant. The service was totally unacceptable

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WF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Waiter (from the country of Geogia) was outstanding. Well mannered, prompt and friendly.
I cannot say the same about the young lady who was taking takes reservations this Wednesday and “un-welcome” clients.
She was rude on the phone, rude when we arrived, and left two sets of clients waiting. We waited so long that another person from the reataurant had to sit us.
This is the first time I run into such rude service at Clyde’s. I was surprised.

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s
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers were friendly and wonderfully helpful. Lobster week, and busy, but great. They even split our salad, so nice. They know how to keep things moving. Love this comfortable place.

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MA
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fun! Bringing the food was little slower , but we enjoyed the food and the service .

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m
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I love Clyde's and the area is great and parking was free on a Sunday, but our waitress never checked on us. It was concerning. We kept stopping random people including the hostess to ask for refills. We were a party of 10. We didn't like the feeling of being ignored.

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K
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Will never return. Rude staff from the manager at the host stand, the lead hostess to the server who completely ignored us. What was once a wonderful casual and friendly to what it has become is the reason we will never return

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SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clyde's is always great; kid friendly and consistent in terms of always providing excellent food.

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M
London
16 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

This place is okay but seems to be slowly going downhill. The service is consistently awful. The food is okay but overpriced for a neighbourhood restaurant.

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B
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The lobster special has been great. I was there 4 times. Just so noisy!!!

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GS
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I have never been disappointed at Clyde's. Our server Harrison, is just the type of person that exemplifies the 100% satisfaction you get from dining at Cylde's. Our martinis, Grey Goose vodka were crafted to perfection. Soup of the day, butternut squash, was amazing, house salads fresh, crisp with a delightful house dressing. I had the fish and chips and my date the lobster. My expectations were met and I shall return.

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E
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

VEry disappointing, after previous agreeable meals, Luke warm mussels, returned warm with peas and carrots. handsomely crusted tastseless bread, bitter cofee. excellent service.

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E
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went, specifically, for October monthly special.
It was delicious and reasonably priced.

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a
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Waited forever for our food. Not sure what the hold up was. I don't know if they were understaffed, but really had to try to get coffee refills and such

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P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect eggs Benedict. Roasted potatoes - not greasy or oily. Even the coffee cake was delicious. Bloody Mary could have used a bit more depth of flavor. The space is decorated with beautiful vintage models of aircraft, ships, cars and trains.

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m
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This is the second time we have been to this location in the past 6 months. I was hoping the second time would be better, but I was wrong. The hostesses are rude and dismissive even if you have a reservation. Service is sub-par and the food is just ok. We had to send out steak frites back because they weren’t cooked right. Our drinks weren’t refilled or offered to refill. You are better off going to another location. A positive of this location is the manager who is lovely and tries really hard to make things better.

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GS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I think most people would be very happy at Clyde's. My only gripe is with the service and it was probably one of those things that happens. Drinks came quickly the appetizer came much later and was served just before dinner was served. If you were in a hurry to get out, you might be disappointed. The check appeared at the table without us being aware. I was just barely aware when the waitress came to see if the cards were there. Good for us, not for some, we were not rushed in any way. We had a leisurely evening without anyone seeming to rush us along. So the place is nicely decorated, comfortable, food well prepared and presented. It was busy but there was enough staffing to take care of it. There is a predictable wait. Even with reservations we had to wait about 10 or 15 minutes. All and all, I like Clyde s and will visit again in the future.

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor, good food, interesting menu, very accommodating with dietary issues. I always enjoy going there except parkng is a bit difficult - too much walking for my disabled husband. Parking cost $9 - way too expensive.

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K
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went with a good friend and her two children who loved seeing the train, model boats and planes. Kids menu is varied and great value, and lobster special was a big hit with adults. Fresh and tender, and perfectly prepared. Fun experience and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly - were not rushed and delightful.

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AE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

My friend and I were celebrating mutual birthdays. Sorry to say the experience was disappointing. The waiter was scarce, so the gracious host ended up bringing our wine and taking our orders. When the waiter finally appeared, he brought the main course -- the lobster special -- just a few minutes after he'd brought our starters. We asked him to take it back, and it must have just sat out in the interim, because when the lobsters were brought back they were cool; in fact the claw shells were literally cold to the touch. We also had to ask the server for the traditional crackers, bibs, etc.

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C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Everything about our meal was really very good. My only complaint is that our reservation was for 6:30 pm but we weren't seated until 6:55. And, we weren't the only ones who were waiting beyond our scheduled reservation. There were 4 other dinner parties who also had to wait and who were seated before we were.

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MP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The crab cake sandwich was delicious....a great value for the $$.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Dissapointed ..... Had to wait for a seat even though I had a reservation. There were sections that they were closed so they were understaffed for their capacity. The waiter was not attentive and I had to ask passing staff for refills on drinks and to find our waiter. I totally understand a waiter being overworked but not checking in with their table during the meal is unacceptable having been a waitress myself. The food was mediocre at best. Their crab cakes used to be wonderful but now they're overcooked and dry. The food arrived "warm" not hot. Really? This is not a one time incident regarding their food quality. It has been steadily declining for the past year. Not sure if the issue is with lack of management skills at this location or if the responsibility lies with Chef and kitchen staff support skills. Either way, skip this location and spend your money at one of the other fine restaurants in Friendship Heights.

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RJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

I have noticed over the last eight or nine visits that the service has really become very spotty. It appears you don't have sufficient wait staff and or Busboys to handle the various rooms and or sections of the restaurant. I found often times that the server is overwhelmed by the number of tables that he's or she is responsible for there by leaving us often times asking another server for bread, for a check, for more iced tea a dessert menu or whatever. Not that usually good service I've come to appreciate and value with Clyde's over the many many years I've been coming there.

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FS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

IMy husband ordered a lamb gyro in a warm pita. He has had lamb gyros in middle eastern restaurants inDC, MD and overseas. His lamb gyro from Clyde's was awful. As he tried to eat it he had a mess in front of him but got thru half and pulled out two large string gobs of fat. Learn to make an authentic lamb gyro to drop it from your menu. He didn't get what he paid for when comparing it to the food quality or cost at, for example, Shemali's or other authentic restaurant. The other three meals we had were ok. There was toomuchof a wait forefoot...about 1/2 hour.

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j
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

we used to love Clyde's of Chevy Chase, our neighborhood favorite once. But the service is to put it gently -- spotty. Twice in the last 2 months the waiter or waitress (we had both) acted like they didn't care what we ordered: the result being they got our orders wrong, shrugged shoulders when told the order went awry -- and didn't bring condiments even though asked nicely 3 times.
they could and should do better

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SK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the lobster special and it was cooked to perfection. Local ingredient salad was quite nice. Crab soup a bit spicy. Bread not as good as I remember from past but still nice consistency. Wine pairing quite good. Service was top notch.

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