The Ryland Inn
The Ryland Inn

The Ryland Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rylandinnnj.com/
  • Phone: 9085344011x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday through Saturday: 5PM - 10PM
    Sunday: 5PM - 9PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Craig Polignano
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Catering: Our newly built ballroom can accommodate up to 200 people. Please contact us at 866.683.3586 for available dates and private tour.
  • Entertainment: Join us for Session Thursdays in the Piano Bar. Jazz groups play weekly starting at 6pm!
  • Special Events: With three private dining spaces and a newly built ballroom, the Ryland Inn is the perfect spot for any occasion. From weddings to corporate meetings and galas to not for profit functions, our beautiful spaces and unmatched cuisine make any event successful and memorable.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We also provide valet service.
A word from The Ryland Inn
The Ryland Inn, proudly offers a casually, elegant dining experience. The cuisine and beverage program both pay homage to the Ryland’s storied past, while showcasing the evolvement of the farm to table movement.

With Chef Craig Polignano at the helm, The Ryland Inn produces true farm to table dishes that are ever evolving, comfortable and delicious. Perfect for any occasion, including a quick bite after work, cocktails with friends and colleagues in the Duck Bar or on our Patio, celebrating a special occasion, enjoying a relaxing dinner on a weeknight or an extended meal featuring our Chefs tasting menu.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Ryland Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (102)fit for foodies (78)romantic (74)notable wine list (55)great for outdoor dining (53)good for groups (26)neighborhood gem (20)great for brunch (18)vibrant bar scene (9)scenic view (8)great for lunch (5)hot spot (4)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • chefs tasting menu was spectacular
    thegoebs
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    A creative and seasonal menu. The food was both simple and complex and perfectly combined.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Restaurant
    Claudia
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We visited the Ryland Inn for dinner to celebrate my husband's 35th birthday. The food was amazing and the service was impeccable. I am pregnant and the staff proactively confirmed for me that the sea urchin in the amuse bouche was fully cooked and suggested cocktails that would delicious if made virgin. My husband was the only one who wanted the tasting menu but the chef made an exception and served just him because it was a slow time of the night. We were even presented with a personalized, printed birthday card and a special Happy Birthday written on his dessert. I would recommend the Ryland Inn to anyone who appreciates delicious food and attentive staff - aka everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A solid come back
    MaCiNJ
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    But I still miss the "old" Ryland Inn. If you're from the area & remember the old days (dating back to the 80s even) it's hard to compare. But the reincarnation is a good come back. I'm happy to see the beautiful property up & running again! Our meal was good. A few misses here & there but overall a very nice experience. Ordered a specialty cocktail & bartender outside said oh we don't have any more of that syrup. Odd it was a Saturday night?!? Who's overseeing prep of the $13 drinks? Grilled calamari was interesting combo of flavors that somehow worked & was cooked to perfection. Gnocchi was salty & soupy. Halibut was cooked to perfection but over seasoned. Short ribs were excellent. Service fantastic and sommelier very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Table 51
    mdp2
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    After creating a reservation and being called to confirm we were shown table 51 for our 45th anniversary, notice of which was part of the reservation. I rate restaurants on atmosphere, service, food, and price. Note the Ryland Inn was one of our favorite restaurants before its tragic closing and reopening. Table 51 offers NO atmosphere, in a pretty restauarant, The restaurant was 1/3 to 1/2 full. A premium restaurant should know how to make a perfect Manhattan especially if it charges $19 for a drink . It does not. A strawberry salad should contain more than 1 strawberry My halibut was fine this portion size was dainty. Dessert was good. Armagnac was not available. Overall not the experience we expected to be able to celebrate.
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  • 24th Anniversary celebration
    BigSmile
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Chef's Tasting Menu hit all the high points on the taste-sensation wheel. Odd and unusual flavors paired with multiple textures like sweet peas and carrots with vanilla cream and tarragon broth as a palate cleanser. Savory salmon with pastrami seasoning to mimic and play with the traditional pastrami deli sandwich. Rich, tender lamb bites melted in our mouths. Fabulous experience, especially nice for our own celebration!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Restaurant acoustics required us to yell across the table to be heard. Add to that a piano and vocals from the bar and it was impossible to have a conversation. Eliminate the music on busy nights as the restaurant is already loud. The noise overwhelmed the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food, Amazing Location
    Gharrism
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This was our second visit to the Ryland Inn in the last year and we again had an amazing experience. This time we brought some friends to celebrate their recent marriage and enjoy our time before they move away. The food was all perfectly prepared, the cooking temperatures just right, and the accompaniments fit the dishes perfectly. We love that this restaurant utilizes local ingredients from local farms and changes the menu to fit the season. Though the prices are high, for us this is a very special occasion type of place, which makes us enjoy it all the more. If you can get a table on the outdoor patio in the summer - it is beautiful out there and just a wonderful location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So close...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Our meal was close to being great but it missed on texture and treatment. The seared tuna with pork belly would have been fabulous if the pork belly was fried crispy. The poached duck egg on the tagliatelle was overwhelmed by the sauce. The dishes were undifferentiated and almost too much of the same consistency to finish. The ingredients were all there for fabulous but the meal just was not.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • below expectations
    clementina
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We went there to celebrate a birthday. I asked for a candle on the dessert, I was assured it would be done - did not! My fish was under cooked, had to send it back and was still not done right! My water glass was completely empty before someone refilled it. The service was only satisfactory. Very noisy, a lot of coming and going by the staff, not a relaxing atmosphere. I used to frequently go the old Ryland Inn and was always satisfied with the food and service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Read about the Ryland Inn and it's high quality and excellent menu, It was all that I read and more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not Great
    hunterfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Our table had the tasting menu. Some of the courses were amazing. A couple were only okay. The portions were a bit on the small side. We were still hungry at the end of the meal. Overall it was a wonderful experience. The wine pairings were awesome!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SpiritJC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This was a special treat in which for a couple of hours my wife were able to enjoy the lifestyle of the rich and famous. We enjoyed and appreciate the hard work of the staff in making our anniversary special without knowing the occasion
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Have a drink in the bar, very pleasant. Food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at this wonderful restaurant. We loved the fact that when we asked to be seated outside, the restaurant was very accommodating. It was a beautiful evening, in a beautiful setting. Food was terrific!! Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect experience
    JoeB
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    It was a special occasion for us and everything was just perfect. We started with specialty drinks at the bar and a wonderful discussion with the bartender. Our meal was delicious and the service was attentive. It's great to have the Ryland Inn back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delicious!
    Olorin
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Was a bit bummed that the entire table must order the tasting menu, was looking forward to that. However, what we ordered was very delicious & portion size was decent. Only bad item was my coffee, they forgot to bring it out though they served rest of table. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • qualifed yes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    very noisy; and it took us 3 hours to eat, way too long. They try hard, almost too hard, to be all things to all people. They had a big event, a full dinning room, a bar, and a band. Fortunately far apart. But the noise just from the dinning room made it hard to hear my companions, and was the worst part of the evening. Staff was stretched too thin, and delivery of food uneven. Waited too long between courses and for simple requests. Portions a reasonable size, which is fine. Prices high enough to warrant better service, and a quieter room. Too many hard surfaces bouncing the sound around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    Steamer
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We first visited the Ryland Inn in 1993 to celebrate our 5th Anniversary and then again a few years later. Moved out of the area but when I heard of the restoration we knew we had to come back. A beautiful setting, just as wonderful as I remember. Presentation was 1st class and the dining experience from start to finish exceeded our expectations for this special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food
    peacetoallVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We have been there twice lately, and each time, the food has been just outstanding. Bravo to the chef and his team. This time we had grilled squid, market salad, red snapper crudo, scallops and halibut. We are not red meat eaters, but at the table next to us, all four had meat and they raved about it. It is unfortunate that the service is not at the same quality as the food. The first time the waiter was particularly clueless about the menu. This time the waiter was nice, but not as professional or knowledgeable as you would expect from a restaurant of this quality. Hopefully, the service will get better, because that is the only thing holding the restaurant back from being one of the top 2-3 in NJ. The food is already at that level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service needs honing
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious. We had the tasting menu and every course was excellent, and would love to have more of the uni mousse amuse. Will definitely return for more of the cuisine. However, the service was not of the same quality. It seemed as though they were understaffed, though they must have known from reservations that they had a full house. Though all of the servers were warm and welcoming, water glasses went empty; we had to pour our own wine; and clearing was inconsistent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a fabulous experience
    NJFoodlover
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Chef Anthony Buco is innovative, talented and has created an amazing menu. His staff and everyone at the Ryland Inn and their impeccable service maje this a dining destination to not miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    LovetoTravelVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Every dish we got was fantastic. One person got the short ribs a year ago and since making these reservations, she started craving them. They were still fantastic. The only negative is - each course came out very quickly with not much time between. The bread arrived after we were half way through the appetizers. I understand the petit fours are served last but they came out way too long after we were done with our dessert and our coffee/tea. During the meal there were times when we felt forgotten and other times when we felt rushed. The food is wonderful and we will definitely be back, they just need to work on the timing.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place for a special occasion
    Grumpyoldman
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The venue is stunning, the staff friendly and responsive without doting, the food was good. My only comment would be that the menu is a bit "fussy" and the descriptions of the dishes are too cute and try too hard to be exotic. After reading the breathless prose of the menu, we chose steak. The scallop and gnocchi mid courses were excellent and the steaks were perfect but it was impossible to get a simple salad. The asparagus side was delectable. My test of the bar is whether they can make my favorite drink, a Bombay Sapphire martini up with a slice of lim it should be cold. This one was perfect with a thin slice of lime instead of the wedge often provided. The Cabernet by the glass was well chosen and a generous pour.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hasn't skipped a beat
    OenophileVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My memories of the Ryland Inn were almost 20 years old but I'm pleased to see them back and serving up great farm to table fare, with impeccable service. The Chef Tasting menu was excellent, well timed and a real treat - with wine recommendations that were spot on. The first course of yellowfin tuna sashimi with foie gras really set the stage and was excellent. Service was professional and attentive without being rushed nor cloying. Prices run high, as they always have, but the Inn is more inclusive than before and worth a special night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful meal
    FoodieFamily
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    First time back for my family since the Inn reopened and we can't wait to go back. The service was outstanding and the meal was off the charts. Party of 5 and all ordered different entrees and they were all wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat b 4 u go
    7yranniversary
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    French food comes in French portions. Although the food was outstanding we left hungry. Very expensive for very little food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The food was great at this place and prices are good. We had a lunch outside which is a very nice location. Serving the drinks took a bit too long but staff was very friendly and helpful in general. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Great food with fantastic presentation, waiters very professional, beautiful surroundings
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dar from Bridgewater
    NJluvsfood
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We entertained a small group of friends, one with culinary training. The menu offerings were imaginative and tasty. The service was first class. We had a wonderful experience and especially liked the fact that the dress code was casual to formal, everyone is accepted and it creates a comfortable experience. We would highly recommend to foodies and wine lovers.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining
    ct24lu
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    A great place with an interesting menu and a great wine list. The food was outstanding presented with flair. The wait staff was knowledgeable, cordial, pleasant, and always making our dinner a very special occasion. It is a place will we visit again.
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    This was our sixth visit sine the Inn reopened and the experience has improved each time - particularly the service. We tried the tasting menu for the first time and it was superb. A great place to celebrate a birthday (which we did) or anniversary. Can't wait for the patio to open.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 328 reviews are from the The Ryland Inn reviews archive.
  • No thanks
    Tuccirules
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Fabulous ambiance, food quality and presentations. Diver scallops and halibut the best ever! Attention to detail and service was well-beyond five stars.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Went to the Ryland Inn for my birthday. It was a great evening. Great Food, Great Service, Knowledgeable server, and very nice setting. Flavers in food were outstanding. Will definitely be back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still a nice place
    Boutiquetraveler
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We ate here prior to the flood. The new menu seems a bit more modern and farm-to-table which we liked. Not as stuffy and quiet as it was under the previous owners. The grilled octopus appetizer was the best part of the meal. I had the tuna entree and it was delicious also. The service was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch
    Jimf
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Glad to see the Ryland has not lost it luster. Great service and over all dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • duck bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    sat down at the duck bar for dinner ... great food and excellent drinks ... love just going in to sit at the bar for a bite to eat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced for average food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We were very disappointed with our Mothers Day experience. The main dining room was not being used-not sure why.. so all the tables were set up in the banquet space (which we were not aware of). It had a banquet feel. We were seated for 15-20 minutes before we finally had to flag a waiter to take a drink order and the room was not crowded. Unfortunately we were not told it would be a buffet so maybe the food is better on a regular evening but we felt it was average. The chilled seafood was great but most of the entrees were your average buffet fare and at $65/person without drinks we expected a lot more from a restaurant of this caliber.
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  • Mother's Day Brunch was great
    Butch
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The Ryland Inn was a beautiful setting for their Mother's Day brunch (although we ate at 5 pm). The banquet room is awesome. The food was great. A wide variety of items so the diner could choose breakfast, lunch or dinner items. Service was very good. The only downside was that a few food items had been in the buffet too long when we went through the first time. They had all been replaced by fresh items when we went back for seconds. Maybe it was just poor timing on our part?
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    SoulcagesVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was the first time we dined here since the original Ryland Inn closed. The new incarnation cannot compare in any way. The food, service & ambiance were just "good". We were very disappointed & will not return. We went for Mother's Day at 4:45. Neither the Ryland Inn's website nor OpenTables mentioned that there would only be a buffet for Mother's Day. food, just mediocre . There were two risotto dishes, neither of which was creamy, no poultry other than the standard carving board turkey. Some of the seafood did not taste fresh. Desserts were mostly custardy little creations.We had a choice of sitting in a ballroom or an area that was somewhat like a hallway. The nicer rooms were not used on this occasion.
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  • Mothers Day Dinner
    DoctorWho
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Took my mother here for Mothers Day. Food and service are top notch. Wine list has a good variety, both in styles and prices. Most definitely worth every penny.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.