Clyde's of Chevy Chase

4.3
3008 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 3008 People Are Saying
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4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DH
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservation was made less than 15 minutes prior to our arrival and they received us efficiently and effectively along outstanding friendly service

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was done well as all Clyde's locations do. Decor was very cool, loved the train track. However, I docked points for service. The server seemed rushed to take our order, didn't spend much time going over the menu..noted in the reservation it was a birthday..only got a little profiterole with no candle and no happy birthday wishes.

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f
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Clyde's is a classic you have to try if you live in the DMV. I prefer the Tower Oaks Lodge location as the ambiance is cozier and more welcoming but I like to come to this location occasionally. It's great for groups, as they have plenty of space for large parties (plus they have big booths!). They have a pretty "versatile" menu, but beware that there are allergens in most of their dishes, which limits the options for some us. The server was very friendly, but she did not know the menu very well. She suggested a few items that I knew I could not eat, so that made me skeptical that she would double check my order. In the end I chose a safe option and it was fine. Make sure you check out some of their cocktails, they have some pretty delicious options! It's also very easy to park and you have the metro steps away so it's very accessible.

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H
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have a lunch meeting....menu diverse to meet all tastes and the ambiance though lively was still quiet so that we could all hear each other around the table. Location is the best a block from Metro and a major bus depot...no reason to drive

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MB
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I have eaten at this Clyde’s for twenty years. The experience is usually very good as is the food. This time I found the service lacking from reception at the door through attentiveness at the table. My food was cold. I could not even find the waiter to mention it. I will try again and hope this was an anomaly and that the restaurant has not deteriorated.

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Y
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food is generally good but service can be spotty. The crab cakes were not especially good at this outing and also had a couple of shells. Cole slaw is always good as is their trout.

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K
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent lobster special - we will return again, as great value and delicious, fresh tasting. Always dependable and pleasant setting for families or groups.

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AA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Because of the time of the year (end of August), the restaurant was not packed to the brim as it sometimes is so that did lower the noise level (not that it is ever super noisy). I ordered the lobster special and it was superb. My request for a substitute for the french fries it came with was immediately accepted. Service was attentive, but not intrusive. All in all a positive experience.

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EW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I've been to this location several times and to the Mark Center locations MANY times. Mark Center is consistently better on all fronts! As for Chevy Chase, my last two visits have been mediocre at best. Inconsistent food prep, sloppy and inattentive service, slap-dash service by the food runners. Small touches like table lights not working and the train not running.
At least the oysters were up to Clyde's reputation!

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L
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful! Togo waited on us. Great personality and kind.

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SK
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good. I ordered the boiled lobster which was very tender. Service was very good - a big improvement since my last visit several months ago. The server was very attentive.

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L
Washington DC
117 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always appreciate the attention to my low sodium/salt free medical diet and the kitchen's willingness to adapt some of their dishes accordingly. Wait staff are pleasant. Staff are welcoming as they seat you where you prefer when available. The down-side at the moment is the nearby construction, making parking a bit confusing. They do validate parking and that is a definite enticement to come to this restaurant.

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GB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We are regulars. The lobster specials were great.

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DA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Kept waiting for 20 minutes despite having a reservation, not because of a lack of tables, simply because of insufficient servers being available.

My first drink was fine. My second had no alcohol in it whatsoever.

Also, parking validation did not work and I was left paying for the complete parking bill after a bit inexpensive dinner.

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E
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Clyde's of Chevy Chase can always be relied on for a wide choice of food, well prepared, and excellent service. Last night, its filet mignon special was delicious. Also of note is its willingness to accommodate people who have food allergies, like my dining companion who cannot tolerate salt.

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G
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Customer Service I would recommend Clyde’s to everyone.

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j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very nice restaurant. Good food, capable wait staff, pleasant environment. A neighborhood plus: everything from burgers to lobster well presented and nicely cooked.

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JB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The meal selection: fish tacos was forgettable. Fried pieces of fish but overwhelmed by the amount of coleslaw on the taco. Would not order again. Previous visits chose menu options which were very enjoyable.

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L
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My daughter and I had two of the best burgers in town and she had a brownie sundae ( her favorite) the night before leaving for college. Our waiter was kind and attentive and we had a great time. Thank you.

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VH
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was great, food was yummy, chooses on menu was great.

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b
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Cheerful server, delicious food, adjustments were made for items we wanted changed. Some items, like coffee, could have arrived faster.

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e
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious spicy San Marzano tomato sauce on a tasty seafood pasta...made even more so by addition of large pinch of pepper flakes, which I requested! Don't recall noise level because it was neither too noisy nor too quiet!

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DC
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Service was excellent but unobtrusive. Let us get on with our meeting without having to ask to be left to in peace.

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m
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

For the second time in a row (we selected Clyde's again for our monthly gathering), the service was poor - no problem with the server personally, but the wait time for taking drink, and then food orders was way too long.

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D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s been a few years since our last visit so we weren’t sure what to expect. We were seated within 5 minutes of our arrival. Our waitress was very attentive. Everybody enjoyed their food. My ceasar salad with shrimp was delicious. We will be back.

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K
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A stand-by for last minute dining. Good food, good value.

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U
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and service at Clyde's (any location). I always recommend it to out-of-town visitors and regard it as my local dining standard.

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d
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Clyde's is consistently very good, moderately priced, excellent service, quiet. Food is very satisfactory.

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A
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed my crabcake dinner! Guests from California were also very happy with their selections. Right now, parking is a challenge though. Once construction in the area is finished, I would recommend it to anyone.

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CT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A friend was in town from Atlanta. Four of us met for an evening of catching up. The food was great, drinks good, ambience perfect. Our server was a bit cocky but no big deal. The evening was very nice.

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HM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst experience ever. Still waiting for the pita and hummus. Waiter did not listen to any of our order. Had to send my food back. Will never go here again. Service was horrible and it wasn’t even busy. I do not recommend you waist your money here as we did! Food was not good!! Service was horrible! I wish I complained to the manager!!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Clyde’s was empty when we arrived, so it was surprising that the hostess sat us in a booth at far end of restaurant. My 89 year old Dad moves slowly with a walker so sitting us closer to the front wouldn’t seem to be a problem.

Food was excellent. Bread took 7 minutes to arrive after we eventually were able to get our drinks and order. My daughter’s entree and mine were delivered 4 minutes before my father’s entree. The waiter apologized and offered an explanation that the order for his trout was sent late.

Clyde’s serves an older, even elderly clientele in wealthy Chevy Chase, MD. So we were somewhat disappointed in the phlegmatic service. This has never been an issue at the Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge.

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a
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite spots. EVERYTHING is fabulous... except that the bathrooms are one floor down, but we can live with that!

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OG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointed, quite. Seems things are getting somewhat sloppy.
The bread was not cut adequately, we had to wrestle to try to separate the precut slices.
Trout crust was hard, over fried-potatoes and beans were good.(Decided to take the whole thing home and do some rework on it.)
Lamb gyro was ,lets say, somewhat difficult to tackle: the "pita" was more a cold fajita was stone hard, the -admittedly good size of lamb was dry and hard,the filling had hardly any onions and meager parts of tomato.The side-Caesar salad's few croutons were stale and hard. It seemed that he single crab cake's size is getting smaller, with a corresponding increasing price, and there was an overwhelming mount of just plain corn, hardly justifying the $20.
The 2 decaf cappuccinos came late and cold, we asked the waiter to take them back. Meanwhile my reg capp was nowhere to be seen. when the decaf capps reappeared, they were cold. Finally my capp came, hot and great.We declined the cold ones and asked no charge for them, which the water complied with.
As we have been coming to Clyde's for ages, there is hope that this is not a trend of decline, just incidental -tho my Brussels sprouts at the previous visit 5/22/19 were also burned but under cooked.

The very difficult( especially for us somewhat old people ) and greatly restricted parking-admittedly can not directly be blamed on Clyde's.

Geza Illes

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SN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Clydes in Chevy Chase always satisfies. The table servers are competent and attentive. The menu is good. Food is good. Price is ok. The electric train overhead and the sportscars below are attractions even after many visits.

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EH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another fine meal. What do you good service.

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m
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food at Clyde's is reliably good, and it's an excellent location for a lunch gathering. Being close to Metro is a plus!

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E
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tyler was our waiter and he was very attentive.
The last time I was there out waiter was awful. I can't remember his name.

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RA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the decor, food great, good service, if you park in the parking garage, they will validate it

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ED
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It is always a pleasure to enjoy consistently well-prepared food served by competent staff.

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