We made a reservation for a party of seven on a busy night in the holiday season for a family birthday. They did inquire if it was a special occasion and gave us a table for exactly the time we requested. We were both adults and teenagers and everyone found something to enjoy on the large and wide-ranging menu of mostly modern American standards with many seasonal specials. Our server was prompt and pleasant. Particular favorites were the calamari starter, crispy and tender; the shredded Brussels sprout salad; and the soups (French onion and chowder). We liked the complementary bread service. For entrees the teens had good sized burgers that were served with fries--others enjoyed a good Cubano sandwich, and the delicious crab cake served over a farro and sweet potato pilaf. Clydes is known for their burgers and their crab cakes and these did not disappoint. The burgers were prepared as ordered and the crab cake was jumbo lump and tasted fresh (although at this time of year it was probably not local crab, it was just as good as the crab cakes I remember getting at Clydes many years ago with my dad). Some of us tried desserts, including chocolate mousse, pumpkin cannolis, and a caramel Blondie (my favorite) that arrived with a candle and the birthday song being sung! The only less than excellent item was the decaf coffee, which was good tasting but not quite hot enough in very small cups. The restaurant and parking lot were both packed full, and right now construction makes it hard to find off the main road. But the valet parking was prompt and FREE. Inside the place was really bustling with holiday parties. The noise level was high but not really excessive for a weekend night, we were able to converse down the table. Overall, Clydes is at the high end of dressy casual in terms of price, but we were well taken care of.
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