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“The "Go-To" Place for Liver” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Clyde's At Mark Center

Clyde's At Mark Center
1700 North Beauregard St, Alexandria, VA 22311-1706
+1 703-820-8300
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Ranked #46 of 650 Restaurants in Alexandria
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Oyster Bar, Sandwiches
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Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Seminary Road
Description: Opened in 1998 in the West End of historic Alexandria, Virginia, Clyde's at Mark Center is a vivid celebration of sporting life on the water. Thirty-five years after Clyde's opened in Georgetown, this property showcases our evolution from restaurants to full-scale atmospheres. From an Adirondack fishing camp to a Chesapeake Bay hunt club, each room memorializes the beauty and adventure found on the water. When you can't visit Nantucket in person, Mark Center is gloriously outfitted with antique model sailboats, a replica Potomac boathouse and a cozy beach shack and bait shop that's ready to welcome any sea dog.
Vero Beach, Florida
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“The "Go-To" Place for Liver”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

OK, many of you may be saying "Yuck" right now, just looking at the title of my review. But, it's true, this is the best place for liver I have ever been. Don't get me wrong, they have many other traditional delicious menu items like the steak, crab cakes, and sandwiches, but it's the liver I love the most. The liver is not smothered in batter or flour, it's simply seasoned ad grilled to perfection. It is presented on a bed of tasty mashed potatoes and topped with onion straws that are not at all greasy; there is a light and really delicious wine reduction too. I always order the sautéed spinach as my other side because it's really good. You'd be surprised at the people who frequent Clyde's for this dish!

But if you're not a liver fan, there are other really good entrees. My hubby likes the crab cakes and the steak, and when we went earlier this week, they had scallops. The steak is consistently well-prepared and the crab cakes are too, but the latter has a wee bit too much breading for my taste. The restaurant has a wide-ranging menu and you can even get a sandwich for supper if you want. We like the menu because there are the items that are always there and then there are seasonal items and specials, which makes for a nice dining experience.

The wine list is currently being updated, so it's in flux. I would like to see the restaurant offer better options for wines by the glass; that one aspect that's not strong at all. Dessert has not been a terrific experience for us, but when they have it, their bread puddings are pretty tasty and consistent. They change the contents (fruits) according to the seasons and they are always flavorful.

Service is always excellent and the staff know the menu very well and are always helpful. Lastly, if you get to the restaurant and place your order before 6pm on weekdays, you get 20% off the bill--not bad!!!

I guess each location in this chain is different (menus included), so I can't speak for all, but the one on North Beauregard in Alexandria, VA gets a thumbs up!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Alexandria, VA
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104 reviews 104 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Fabulous Happy Hour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

One of the best Happy Hour's in the WDC area with fresh, large 1/2 priced oysters on the half shell along with many other tasty discounted food items. Get there early (4pm'ish) as the bar gets very busy. Always a fun time!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Nothing impressive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Very normal place. Nothing much to say. Prices reasonable, food average, service OK, wine selection quite normal. Would not look forward to go there, but if it is close to the hotel would go there for a change.

Visited March 2013
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Columbia, Maryland
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great Salads choices for lunch!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

The Clyde's family of restaurant's is an institution in the Washington DC Metro area. The entire group is very well managed. The wait staff is always well trained. The food coming out of the kitchen is consistently very good. They do a brisk business at all locations for both lunch and dinner; plus the bars are always popular with the 40 and older crowd. The menu includes a broad variety of fish, seafood, steaks, chops, and vegetarian dishes. Their tap water is always filtered, which is especially important for the Downtown restaurants. Go with friends and experience great food, drinks and service in a warm atmosphere!

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Albany, NY
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“What An Unexpected Surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We were trying, without success I might add, to find a reasonably priced, good restaurant in the Alexandria area (without too many negative reviews) and came upon this wonderful restaurant hidden in the middle of apartment complexes in Alexandria, Va. Words cannot express how terrific this restaurant is: from the decor in all the dining and bar areas; to the wait staff who are extremely knowledgeable and courteous to the.....food - there are no words to express how delicious the food is - the special of the month was rockfish (which my husband had) which was sweet, moist and cooked over the top to the crab cakes (one of their signature items) which were 95% crab w/o any filler and superb. We had oysters for an appetizers and they were also 'over the top' and the dessert menu was also terrific but we were too stuffed for anything else......we will definitely be back to this 'hidden gem'.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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