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“Lovely restaurant; needs work on menu items” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Clyde's Willow Creek Farm

Clyde's Willow Creek Farm
42920 Broadlands Boulevard, Ashburn, VA 20148
+1 571-209-1200
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Ranked #3 of 154 Restaurants in Ashburn
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Bar, Sandwiches
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Claiborne Parkway
Description: When the opportunity arose for a new restaurant at Broadlands, just west of Dulles Airport in Loudoun County, Virginia, it became an ideal chance to create a truly unique destination for dining. This sprawling, rustic tavern features four bars and numerous dining rooms, making the question of where to sit much more difficult than you may have expected. In the 1980s the Clyde's Restaurant Group purchased several antique heavy timber buildings destined for demolition and more than 30 years later these barns, stables, homes, and taverns were reassembled to create the complex of dining rooms for Clyde's Willow Creek Farm. The restaurant which is located on a working farm, is inviting and comfortable, stunningly decorated with original artwork, sculpture, historic artifacts and an over-the-top collection of museum quality 18th century horse-drawn carriages - most strung from the ceilings lined with solid timber struts.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Lovely restaurant; needs work on menu items”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Walk into Clyde's Willow Creek Farm in Ashburn, VA - north of Dulles Airport - and the place appears to be more a rambling country manor house or perhaps an art gallery or early American museum than restaurant. In fact, I wondered ... what is it? Misplaced priorities, clearly!
A fortune in original Audubon prints hang on the walls ... too many to count. The original watercolors are absolutely spectacular. Each dining room of the sprawling restaurant has a different theme. There's even the horse statue from the old "21 Club" in New York.
After a nice-but-not-great lunch, we walked through the place, getting lost a time or two. I looked at all the grandeur and wondered about the owner's obvious obsession with collecting valuable artwork and whether it was misguided. Why hadn't he put the same passion into the menu, food preparation and presentation? That area needs work.
Clyde's menu is nice but nothing clever. Fish, crab cakes, steak, burgers, salads. The usual stuff.
Preparation was good but nothing special or memorable. There were no "wow" moments for my palate.
Service was friendly and genuinely cordial.
The locally roasted Quartermaine Coffee they serve is ghastly. If such coffee were served at any restaurant in Europe, people would spit it on the floor in disgust.
Desserts are heavily-laden with far, far too much sugar that masks any other flavors.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
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74 reviews 74 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Fresh & Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We enjoyed a superb meal -- the vegetables were very fresh and locally grown. They have an extensive wine list and beer on tap. One of my dining companions said the rib eye was the best steak she'd had in a very long time. I had the Trout and it was delicious -- crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside. Definitely worth your time -- your tummy will thank you.

Visited August 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia
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38 restaurant reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Wonderful lunch!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Three of us had lunch today and had a great time, Heirloom Tomato Salad was delicious as were the Crab Cakes and the Chicken Scaloppini. Banana Trifle absolutely delicious! What made the lunch so great were the waiters. I believe Alex was training Kyle who could not have been nicer. Both guys were efficient, pleasant, and helpful. Alex even brewed a fresh pot of coffee so I could have a great cup! For a guy in "training" Kyle did a superior job. Not sure about the experiences others had but we had a perfect experience. This place is a regular for us. Cudos to the Management! They know just who to hire to make the dining experience the best!!! Thank you Clydes!!

  • Visited August 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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Annapolis, Maryland
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Not as good as it was”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Not certain what has happened here but this Clyde's has gone from fabulous to medicore. Food was great now it is OK, crab cakes are now mostly filler, wait staff seems confused and at times really don't care to much about customer satisfaction. THe place still looks terrific but it is not the great place it use to be. Hope mgm't can fix the problems as everyone would love to give this place all 5 stars as it use to earn.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Going downhill think twice about this place”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

We have been going here for years. It has been going downhill and tonight was the topper.
Slow service...the waitress said "on Monday we have half price bottles of wine." We selected a wine and told it was not eligible. Why tell the dinner something you don't intend on offering. Very slow service on a not crowded evening. I had to constantly ask for refills on ice tea. One meal had " Spanish rice which was a funky tasting saffron substitute. The Key Lime Cheesecake had an "orange compote" which was in fact canned oranges dumped on top of the cheesecake. Dinner for three was expensive and all of the diners said it was a complete waste and do not intend on returning.

A giant disappointing meal/experience.

Visited August 2013
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