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“Perfect to enjoy patio dining” 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 #2 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Perfect to enjoy patio dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Whether experiencing Clyde's Willow Creek Farm as a great restaurant or a fabulous museum, try to pick a beautiful day to visit: glorious for eating outside or even snowy, chilly temperatures to enjoy the indoor coziness and extraordinary artifacts collected by the owner/restorer, John Laytham.
I chose a rather mundane food order: hamburger with cheese and avocado, that was cooked to my instructions but had little taste. The garlic fries were soggy, the garlic tasted fake, and was not worth the selection. The side salad was fresh but was only mixed greens with a couple of tiny tomato slices. My husband did enjoyed his crab cake selection very much along with corn, tomato and balsamic side salad. We split a peach crumble that was very good, even if there was too much sugar in the crumble itself.
The wait staff and management were the highlight of our first visit to this restaurant. Friendly, attentive, timely, everything one could ask in personable and delightful staff.
I'm sure we'll try Clyde's WCF again and I'll try to find something a bit more interesting to eat and hope that my selection as well will be of greater interest.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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146 reviews 146 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“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
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
31 helpful votes 31 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
32 helpful votes 32 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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45 helpful votes 45 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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