Clyde's of Reston
We moved from the DC area so had not been to a Clydes in quite a while. We decided to go to the Reston restaurant while in town this past weekend. The menu had changed quite a bit with less offerings and no specials we were made aware of. My husband and I had BLT sandwiches which were very good. I missed the larger menu with more offerings but overall found the experience good.
We ate outside on a beautiful Sat. eve at 6 p before the movie.- BAD idea, band that plays in the outdoor square spent 45 minutes tuning up - at top volume, screeches, drum thuds, listening to "check 1, 2" about 100 times (no exaggeration). Music starts at 7:30 which might be fine but tune up time is deafeningly unpleasant. Food was actually better than we expected.
Clyde's gets it right. After all these years the menu offers classics and updates. The Bloody Mary for $4 at brunch was a bargain. And the sweet, warm bread offered was terrific. Our large party of 8 was easily accommodated in the back room. The service was swift and professional. And various tastes were satisfied with the menu choices.
Worst part was the service, but the food was close behind.
The waiter was probably the worst I've ever had. He almost completely inattentive and spent less than 2 minutes with us in a sleepy section of the restaurant. He never stopped by between the appetizers and the entrees. The food, from the appetizer, to the entree, to the dessert, was delivered by different people each time.
He never stopped by to ask how the food was, or asked if we wanted refills. He left a pitcher of lukewarm water - no ice! - for us, presumably to self-serve.
When it came to deliver the check, he literally did a drive-by, while we were talking and just placed it on the table. I noticed he didn't include a pen in the little folder and said, "hey - got a pen?"... and he just tossed it on the table... not bothering to even stop moving. Amazing.
I ordered fried fish, she ordered the scallops. Both were underwhelming. The food seemed like it shared a heat lamp with other plates crowding it... so part of it was steaming, the other part was nearly cold. The oven-roasted potatoes that accompanied the fried fish were missing seasoning -- the were just served plain! But that wasn't the worst part. The worst part is that they had that hard-but-chalky mouthfeel of potatoes that weren't cooked fully, stored in a fridge, and then microwaved.
I've gone to Clyde's before and I remember being impressed. I don't know what happened to their quality and service.
I've had better meals and experiences at Silver Diner.
Normally, my experience at Clyde's at Reston has been lovely. However, tonight was an extreme exception. First things first, the alcohol was delicious and the service was phenomenal.
Now let's chat about the food...
The single calamari appetizer was seasoned very well and tasted amaze balls!
Our table of 4 then ordered 4 entrees.
The fried catfish was overcooked. The "crispy" crust was simply dry and lacked seasoning. Furthermore, it was served in a bed of undercooked and crunchy white rice which stuck in the teeth. The Captain's Sauce was simply overcooked salty tomato pulp, peanuts, and with what appeared to be golden raisins, an absolute atrocity of flavors. The broccolini that was served to replace the rice tasted like they scraped it from the bottom of the broccoli pot, and then added salt. Overall, the dish was underwhelming, but on a positive note, I didn't die.
The second entree, Trout Parmesan, was definitely a crusted trout, but was missing the parmesan. That said, it still tasted really good! The potatoes were cooked properly and seasoned well. They were served next to charred green beans which were decent. However, the "hollandaise" sauce had broken and seemed as though they tried reconstituting it with flour...and no lemon. What makes this meh meal even worse is that there was enough fish to feed the entire table. Overall, it was decent but I will not order it again.
Thirdly, the Summer Veggie Pasta was cooked well, but lacked any sauce whatsoever. After adding a couple tablespoons of butter to the pasta, THEN there was a sauce. Again, another lackluster entree.
The final entree was the Alaskan Salmon. Aside from the salmon being overcooked and not moist at all, and having a soggy skin, the corn fritters were really tasty.
Including alcohol, the bill totaled just under $200, and I struggle thinking I should have paid even half that for this meal.
Such a shame from Clyde's!
The restaurant was terribly under staffed. Our waiter was always rushing but still rarely made it to our table. Drinks took 15 minutes, appetizers 45 minutes. We did not have entrees until we were seated for an hour. The food all tasted very good which saved the evening. But service was extremely underwhelming. Our waiter tried but just couldn’t cover all the tables he was responsible for.
Fantastic night out with great and accommodating service.
Our food was very good. Our service was spotty as there was a large group. Felt a bit rushed. Our nice conversation got drowned out by the crowd and our dinner shortened. Didn’t seem like the restaurant was ready for the amount of people.
Food and service were terrific! The shrimp with avocado appetizer and the fried goat cheese appetizer were delicious. The milkshakes are a favorite treat. And the apple blueberry cobbler was really delicious too.
The service and experience were wonderful. My only complaint was that the shrimp in my dish were rubbery, but it was quickly remedied by a DELICIOUS hangar steak. We met with a friend for dinner who is new to the area and I am thrilled we went here. I’ve been going to Clyde’s restaurants for years and they are always consistent and of great quality. Keep up the great work!
Concert night at Reston Town Center, and Clydes was able yo seat my party of 6 outdoors at a primo table. Even the weather cooperated. Dinner was great as usual. I would have enjoyed my Grilled Chicken Salad a bit more if the pieces were bite-size. I spent dome time cutting up hunks of endive and greens so I could eat them in public. Other than that, all good!
Re my less than effusive food rating, it’s b/c the duck pate appetizer was one of the most memorably bad dishes I have ever had. Even the presentation was bad - stuffed in a clear jelly jar like so much dead brown mashed potatoes served on a piece of black slate with a bit of jam to brighten things up. The texture was not like any pate I’ve ever had which should be moist and silky. This was grainy and dry and pretty much tasteless - which is the best thing I can say about it. It looked like it was actually going to taste terrible instead of just like brown sawdust and paste. Bring back the TUNA TARTARE appetizer! The rest of the meal - chilled shrimp on a huge bed of greens was ok but not great. The service however was exceptional! The waiter offered to take back the pate without my asking him too....and he and all other staff were delightful to talk to.
I've had better meals at this restaurant. This time, I experienced two issues. The deviled eggs were too salty; I let the waitress know, and she said she'd let the kitchen know but didn't offer a substitute or comp us. Also, my Cioppino portion seemed very small. I didn't complain about that.
The Alaskan Salmon was excellent, however the Filet Mignon was ordered medium but came close to well done.
The Graham group announced its purchase on the day we dined. We felt the late John Latham was still running Clydes. The food, service and ambiance continues and I hope it will not change for the worst with the new ownership group. The Clydes experience has been a favorite of mine for many years and I hope it will continue.
We have been eating at Clyde's of Reston for 28 years--our whole married life. When we first went we watched the concerts on the grass where the plaza and ice rink were built. It is our favorite place. The variety in the menu has always been fabulous. The desserts, crab and artichoke dip, shellfish were always awesome. Now that I have multiple extreme allergies, it is one of the few restaurants I feel safe going to. They are extremely accommodating and cautious. Their managers, chefs, wait staff, servers are all top notch. It has a nice bar and the ambiance is magical. The lighted planes, sailboats and all of the horses are perfection, as is the fireplace, and the outdoor patio where you can bring your dog and listen to music during the summer. During the winter, it is cozy with the fire going and wonderful to watch the ice skaters. I also have loved when you decorate for Valentine's Day and had special events for other holidays like New Years Eve. I have heard that they are talking about redecorating. That would make me very sad. It is perfect the way it is. If you want new carpet or paint that is understandable, but the rest is perfect. We took friends from Florida there on Tuesday and they just kept snapping pictures. They loved it!!!!! We need some wonderful classic places that we can always come back to and that our kids can come back to. My college age kids have been taking their dates to Clyde's since they started dating. Clyde's of Reston is a gem and our all time favorite restaurant ever.
The food was absolutely horrific. We were celebrating a Birthday. The quality of food had decreased substantially since last year and we will not be returning.
EXCELLENT kids menu (large portioned $6 includes drinks) and easy to get reseravtions for really good food on a busy Saturday night in a popular area. Beer menu and drink menu were great. Prices reasonable for a mid to high end Reston option.
Always excellent for a business or family meal. Excellent service food location and ambiance.
Big crowd on Thursday night. They said kitchen was overloaded. Food was late. They were giving all tables free soup so people would have some food. Kept apologizing. Took our wine off our bill as an apology. We never complained, but it’s not what you expect in a restaurant.
Happy hour only applies to bar seating - minor thing. Steak was tough, service didn't deliver a steak knife so had to use a butter knife with a chewy steak - painful! Couldn't even wave down server to get a steak knife. On a positive note steak was flavorful. My guest had fish which is oily as it is but was cooked and delivered to the table with a lot of extra oil, said they wouldn't order it again. I wouldn't order the steak again either. Other restaurants in the area are better for the money.
Clyde's of Reston was an excellent dining experience with great food, drinks and atmosphere. We love all Clyde's restaurants and recommend to visit one today.
It was fine. Clyde’s is usually really consistent and excellent. The service was mediocre at best, the decor looked worn and the food portions were tiny compared to what they used to be. It was not the quality I have known to be synonymous with Clyde’s.
Not as good as I remember. Haven’t been in a while. Onion rings were under done.
Great place! Food was awesome and waiters was great
We were traveling in the area and found Clyde’s by chance. Our waitress, Sophia, was pleasant and very sweet. The service was relaxed and perfectly executed. The mussels in beer as a starter was delicious. I ordered the crab cake which was served with the sweetest corn I’ve ever tasted. Special kudos because my husband left his credit card there and when I called at 8am the next morning, the manager answered, checked the safe and let us pick it up before they opened. I’d recommend it
Clyde’s is one of our favorite restaurants in Reston Town center. The food is always tasty and the service is excellent!
Birthday! Wonderful meal - fresh and flavorful
I had to remind them it was my friend’s birthday. And only one waiter sang Happy Birthday. The table across from us had multiple singing waiters???
A bit rocky... 3 appetizers ordered for the table were slow to appear. After a longer than expected wait we were informed that they were delivered to the wrong table. Why the other table accepted is unclear but it pushed out our wait time. Manager did right the situation by supplying what was ordered at no charge but not until we asked where our order was!
Food itself is marginal. It’s been awhile since I’ve gone to a Clyde’s so can’t say if this is normal.
There are several other options @ the town center.
Medium rare steak came out well done. Scallops were small and also overdone. Reuben had so much meat that none of the rest of the flavors could be tasted. Dark.
new waiter was very slow. We had a time crunch and I requested that he process our bill first before clearing our table. But he cleared our table anyway and wasted time. Then he went inside and never came back, was helping another table. After 15 minutes we finally got our check
Too many seafood/fish items on menu currently
Should add at least a couple more other options with chicken or pork
Main course Salads are really pathetic, a bunch of field greens with a paltry amount of shredded vegetables, and stingy with the chicken if you request that it be added. I keep expecting better from Clyde's, but continue to be disappointed.
Food was really subpar. We’ve never been disappointed at other Clyde’s locations, but this one needs work on food quality. Will not go back.
We made our reservation on the same afternoon and got a great table inside for 4 at 7:15 PM. We arrived a few minutes early but were accommodated immediately and seated. Our wait person was Chris and he was very good and provided more than adequate service. We ordered an appetizer of the deviled eggs as only two wanted anything extra and they were very good. The were the right match to light our hunger fire. We had beers and a coke (the driver), water all around and the bar items came quickly as did the appetizer. We cover surf and turf in our main course orders; a NY Strip with onion rings, a bacon cheeseburger with fries, and two trout orders with veggies. Everyone enjoyed their choices, a second round of beers, and what appeared to be a bottomless coke tap. Between the main course, a loaf of hot bread with butter, and the eggs everyone was so full we didn't have room for dessert. The whole experience is what we are accustomed to at Clyde's in Reston and any other location for that matter. A pleasant evening with family and friend, in an inviting environment, with friendly and efficient wait staff, and good food. What else could you ask for. Thanks!! L. Payne
Enjoyed dinner the service was good and the food tasty.
Best pork chop preparation I've ever eaten. My guests likewise enjoyed their food. Server was very courteous and competent. Plan to return soon!
We waited in line at patio area to inform of our reservation only to be told we had to go to a different line inside. We did that and were seated shortly after. We ordered drinks and our food and after one hour and fifteen minutes with no sign of food or indication when it would arrive we told the manager we would be leaving. We were disappointed because we looked forward to eating here and heard good things. The waitress was very good, she made every effort but unfortunately the kitchen was not keeping up on this evening. Our first disappointment in six years of using Open Table.