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“Good View Worth a second shot.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Clyde's of Columbia

Clyde's of Columbia
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Ranked #11 of 251 Restaurants in Columbia
Price range: $10 - $35
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good View Worth a second shot.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Good menu selection and decent beer choices. Entree was fair price/portion and was tasty.

Main disappointment was the pathetic size of the pricey shrimp appetizer. Being paired with an Italian restaurant, we expected more then 6 medium/small shrimp. These were not your rock shrimp or jumbo sized that you may of expected for the portion.

It was too cold to sit outside, but they do have a nice view of the lake and we will likely try their Italian restaurant next time.

Service was overall friendly and fast.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
Thank Klutt
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English first
York, PA
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good atmosphere - Yuppie food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

If you're looking for typical bar food then Clyde's is not your destination of choice. The menu is what you'd expect at an upscale lounge, with many items that average dive bar goers probably can't even pronounce correctly.

It's not my typical scene of choice, as I prefer the dive bars, but with 2.00 drafts outside that was good enough for me. Plus it's a good place to meet bands who were there for the event at Merriweather.

Overall it's clean, very nice inside, the staff is friendly and the food was good even if it was different than my norm.

Visited May 2013
Thank Alex H
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Rockville, Maryland
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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Mostly good food, mostly good service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Went to Clydes in Columbia with another couple on a Saturday night. We were seated right away. The atmosphere is very nice, right on the lake. The waiter came to the table very quickly and was very congenial, telling us about the starters and salads and taking our drink order. No bread or anything to the table (although I saw it delivered to another nearby table) before our food came. Our appetizers came out very quickly, the caesar salad was nice, uncut long pieces of Romaine with sprinkles of Parmesan cheese, nothing special. The mushroom and asparagus tempura was very good, and a nice large portion to share at the table. The beet salad was nice, it had a dusting of walnuts and a dusting of goat cheese, it could have used more. The waiter came back and reviewed the entrees with us and took our entree order. The food again came out quickly (?maybe a little too fast). The scallops entree was nice but the size was disappointing, there were maybe 6 scallops on the plate, not really enough for an adult for dinner. The taste was average. The halibut was delicious and a very nice portion. Our friend ordered the single crab cake, broiled, which was also a disappointing size. Again, not really not enough for an adult dinner. We did not order dinner, but did get coffee. After our waiter took our coffee order, he kind of disappeared. We were never offered a refill on the coffee (which was really good), which we would have liked. It took quite a while for us to get the check and get it back with our credit cards. So all in all, not a bad dinner, but could be better.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
Thank sellacar
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Clarksville, Maryland
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Clyde's has an aura within it that you can feel. Classy feel, classy hostess, classy waiters. Very comfortable, great location.

Visited September 2012
Thank Kevin M
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“What has happened!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Those were the days my friend I thought theyed never end! BUT they did. Unless this place gets a huge overhaul, I would not bring a dead fish in!
It smells! Its not superior like the old days were! Its lost its panache! The only thing going for Clyde's in Columbia is the days long gone and the views!

Thank Debora M
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