This Georgetown establishment has been a favorite watering hole for a diverse mix of Washingtonians since it opened its doors in 1963. The brick walls ... More
Clyde's of Georgetown
This Georgetown establishment has been a favorite watering hole for a diverse mix of Washingtonians since it opened its doors in 1963. The brick walls are covered in a cloudy color and vintage model planes circle near the glass ceiling. With a menu that changes daily, Clyde's offers a large selection of fine food, including items such as T-bone steak, rotisserie chicken, mahi-mahi and barbecued ribs. Brunch includes old favorites: omelets, waffles, steak and eggs, and is served on weekend days.
Describing the food as exquisitely wonderful would be an understatement. We sampled each others meals; I haven't had fish (the swordfish, halibut, and salmon)that great since my trip to Alaska. And the chocolate brownie sundae was to die for!!! Our waitor was polite, friendly and attentive without being overbearing or intrusive. The ambiance was nice; we were not sitting to close to the adjacent table and I enjoyed looking at the model planes hanging from the ceiling and pictures on the wall.
What I liked was the dark red walls and ceiling, dark wood and nostalgic atmosphere created, nice mix of people. It was my first time there on July 4th and I ordered the crab dip and a Caesar side with a glass of wine. The crab dip was spectacular although the bread that was given to dip into the crab was as stale as they come. I had to order a second roll, which was only half as stale but I didn't want to complain too much or cause too much of a raucous. The salad was tasty, the service was good. No deduction was offered though.
Clyde's provides ambiance that is comfortable, intimate, but not so high class you can't walk in in jeans. The booths privide the initimacy best.
Service is good, with the signature 10 dishes being balanced on one waiter's arm a continually pleasing sight.
Food is outstanding. The prices are perfect for DC, allowing those on a budget to have a great appetizer or burger, while those with a bit more can enjoy everything from swordfish to the crab tower appetizer (risotto cake on bottom, crab cake, and marrinated crab on top).
My boyfriend only eats hot wings at this restaurant (even I was converted).
I highly recommend Clyde's, especially as you can buy half-bottles of wine, and wine is 1/2 price on many days.
Good, but don't know what all the fuss is about....
By A Yahoo Contributor, 3/11/05
My fiance and I were really excited to eat here; it was one of the few "planned" things we had on our list when visiting DC for a week last week (03/01/05). We have friends in DC who told us it is a Washington "must-do", and we had also saw it on that Rachel Ray's $40 a day show on the Food Network (LOL). We went to the original, of course, in Georgetown. G-town itself is awesome and this restaurant is right in the heart of it! We were a little disappointed with the prices on the menu-we are grad students who are on somewhat of a budget, and most things were about $15 to 18 dollars and of course, some were much more. So we both had to order burgers to keep it on the cheap side. The burgers were delicious!!! We both also ordered salads-half portions. When my salad came there was a little bug crawling on it, and the waitress saw it and came and took it away immediately! The manager came right away and offered us our meal "on the house", so we ordered dessert too! lol All in all, the food was tasty, but don't know what all the hype is about-it was extraordinary. Maybe if we were able to splurge a little bit more, we would have been able to try something a little more pricier and perhaps more awe inspiring. After talking with our friends in DC, they said that the prices at Clyde's are pretty average for DC. I don't know how the college kids in the area can afford to eat....
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