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“Disappointing visit to an old friend” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Clyde's of Columbia

Clyde's of Columbia
10221 Wincopin Cir, Columbia, MD 21044-3423
+1 410-730-2829
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Ranked #20 of 224 Restaurants in Columbia
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Bar, Sandwiches
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Little Patuxent Parkway, Route 175
Description: Situated between Washington and Baltimore, overlooking Lake Kittamaqundi, Clyde's of Columbia is perfectly situated for good times. Clyde's location attracts nearby shoppers, Merriweather Post Pavilion visitors, businesspeople and families for its great food and friendly atmosphere. The casual setting offers its patrons dining at the long wooden bar, framed by vintage travel posters, or elegant seating along the windows with a view of the lake. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, festivals and concerts attract people from miles around to enjoy the outside pavilion making Clyde's of Columbia a local favorite.
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“Disappointing visit to an old friend”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My daughter lives in Columbia, MD. We went there over a weekend to celebrate her birthday and, as we usually do, had dinner Saturday night at Clyde's on Lake Kittamaqundi. We've always had good food and good service there. . . but not this time.

For an appetizer, I ordered a cup of cream of crab soup. It was just OK; tasted like something out of a Campbell's can. For my entrée, I ordered the special – Swordfish with green bean succotash and chimichurri. If not enhanced in some way, Swordfish can be very dry. I assumed the chimichurri would be enough to take away the dryness. It wasn't, because there wasn't much of it. In addition, it arrived at our table tepid, so I had to send it back to get it heated up. That took an inordinate amount of time – about 10 minutes – and even then, it was just warm, not piping hot like I like it. Needless to say, I wasn't happy.

My wife got the Pork Milanese, a "pounded and breaded pork loin", topped with a load of argula, spaetzle, cherry tomatoes and lemon vinaigrette. She ate only about half of it. She rated it "OK… average". I tasted it and would rate it bland/unappealing.

My daughter got the Wild Alaska Salmon and raved about it. If you like Salmon, get it!

We all ordered desserts. It took about 10 minutes before they were delivered, which again seemed unduly long for things they don't have to cook. Wife and daughter liked theirs, but I didn't like mine, which was the blackberry pie with cinnamon crust and vanilla ice cream. The crust and ice cream were great, but not the blackberries. VERY sour. I left about half of the pie. Unless you like really tart pies, avoid it.

The bill for this celebration was $129, including a $36 bottle of Chardonnay, taxes and tip; about $43/person. Considering that two of us had a soup appetizer and all had desserts, a reasonable cost. My problem with this visit is that Clyde's has in the past been better; better food and faster service. To emphasize the slowness of the service, while we were waiting for our desserts, a couple sat in the table next to us pouring over the menu. When nobody came to their table after ~10 minutes, they left.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Baltimore, Maryland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Clyde's Always Consistently Great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Whenever we want really great crab cakes, we head to Clyde's in Columbia! There salads are always excellent, too. We love eating here for brunch, especially for Mothers Day! Looking forward to eating here soon for my birthday!!!!

Visited May 2014
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Columbia, Maryland
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17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Not a good experience”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I hate to blame wait staff, so will assume they were understaffed, but the service was horribly slow - took forever for poorly poured drinks (cancelled one that never showed up), had to pour our own water, no bread or crackers at the table, the crab cake entries consisted of a small crab cake, a handful of corn, and 4 tiny potato wedges - good, but the appetizers were more filling - there was just nothing to like about the experience, other than we were seated quickly with a reservation. oh... the appetizers were ok - a hummus and calamari. Very disappointed - lived in Columbia 30 yrs, been there maybe 6 times - never crazy about it so don't go often. Too bad - great location and view.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Baltimore-Washington, DC
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Good value-always a good meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

You can't go wrong at Clyde's. It's the perfect place for an informal gathering and the food is prepared efficiently and served with a smile. The brownie sundae is a classic dessert not to be missed.Their salads are excellent too and portions for entrees are also a good size- you will not go wanting. Service is friendly and efficient and though it can get noisy it's the price one pays for this being a very deservedly popular venue. Clyde's is definitely worth it and there is outside seating to enjoy the lakefront view.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Never disappoints!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This is the most popular spot for first time visitors & we took guests to enjoy the Happy Hour by the lake & then dinner al fresco on the Clyde's patio. It coincided with the summer concert series & made it a perfect spot for Clyde's delicious American fare.

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