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Clyde’s Tower Oak Lodge: Restaurant Review

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Clyde’s Tower Oak Lodge: Restaurant Review
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The Bottom Line

Clyde's Tower Oak Lodge is a unique restaurant with an ideal setting for an intimate dinner or a large gathering. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The food is tasty and prices are reasonable.


  • Decor provides a rustic elegance
  • Food is well-prepared and portions are generous
  • Prices are reasonable


  • Menu is not as adventurous as the decor


  • Address: 2 Preserve Parkway, Rockville, MD
  • Phone: 301-294-0200
  • Price Range: $8.95 - $23.95
  • Attire: Casual dress
  • Hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night fare and Sunday brunch.

Guide Review - Clyde’s Tower Oak Lodge: Restaurant Review

Clyde’s Tower Oak Lodge is a wonderful restaurant in the center of Rockville, just minutes from the bustling shopping and business districts. This huge restaurant, which can accommodate 400 people, feels like a cozy ski lodge, a refreshing surprise for this cosmopolitan area. The log and stone structure has four separate dining rooms: the Boathouse Bar, Saranac Bar, Great Room and Tack Room. Each room has its own unique atmosphere. The décor provides a rustic elegance with its extensive collection of art and antiques more commonly found in mountain lodges in the western United States.

This restaurant is one of the newest of Clyde's, with its other locations in Georgetown, Reston, Alexandria, Chevy Chase, Tysons Corner, and Columbia. Clyde’s restaurants are famous throughout the Washington area for fresh ingredients and classic American recipes. Each location has its own favorites and specialties.

The specialities at Clyde’s Tower Oak Lodge include prime rib, Maryland-style crab cakes, salmon, scallops and mussels sautéed in pesto linguini, pecan and sage crusted trout, grilled pork chop and wild mushroom ravioli. The food is well-prepared and portions are generous. There is enough variety to please any palette. However, given the atmosphere, I was surprised not to see dishes like venison, elk or pheasant on the menu.

Reviewed December 2004 - Prices are subject to change
User Reviews

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 1 out of 5
Mediocre at best, Member ozzie1963

I have eaten at Clyde's many times because it's close by and has a nice atmosphere. Unfortunately, the food is disappointing. Mediocre on a good night - very poor on a bad night. Last week I had the steak salad - it was terrible - the meat was incredibly tough and the salad itself was tasteless. To add insult to injury, when the server asked how the meal was and I told him the steak was very tough, he was completely uninterested - wonder why they bother asking! Also, parking is a major headache. They take half the parking lot for valet parking so if you want to park yourself there are very limited spots (and having seen how the valets drive, I wouldn't let them near my car - it's hard just trying to avoid a collision with them in the driveway). Go to Clyde's if you want to have a drink at the bar - but eat before you go!

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