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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
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Ranked #2 of 197 Restaurants in Ashburn
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $35
Cuisines: American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
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Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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53 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Manassas, Virginia
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161 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 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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Thank Tribe93
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Alexandria, Virginia
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103 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 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
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Annapolis, Maryland
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218 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 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
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank wblu
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“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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