Ryan's Restaurant
Ryan's Restaurant

Ryan's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ryansrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3367246132x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday -Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Jon Willis
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Two room available for private parties. The smaller ones seats a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 36. The larger room has a minimum of 35 and can handle up to 48. Both rooms have windows and fireplaces and the smaller one has access to our outside deck. Please call for more information or to book a private room.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager on Duty 3367246132x

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large private, well lit parking lot with numerous handicap parking lot
A word from Ryan's Restaurant
Enjoy the panoramic view of large oaks and a rolling stream from the many window-side tables, or the large, starlight deck. Or, savor the intimate atmosphere from a comfortable sofa, and in the winter, the warmth of a crackling fireplace.

Ryan's Chef creates a tantalizing selection of appetizers such as jumbo lump crabmeat, steamed mussels in garlic butter and white wine, and oysters Rockefeller. Entrees range from thick, juicy steaks and prime rib to the finest grilled fresh fish and live Maine lobster. Choose from the regular menu or from a superb selection of specials offered nightly. Add a cappuccino and a freshly made dessert to seal the dining experience.

Ryan's offers just the right taste with just the right touch. The restaurant has been locally owned and under the same management since 1981. Ryan's has been awarded the Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence" and is often featured in national publications.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Ryan's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (106)romantic (84)scenic view (74)notable wine list (46)neighborhood gem (38)fit for foodies (38)good for groups (36)great for outdoor dining (8)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great for special occasion
    Normalcouple
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We enjoyed Ryan's for the first time for our anniversary. It was excellent and we'll go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HAPPY!
    snork
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Went for our 18th anniversary. Food was terrific! Best steak I've had. She-crab soup was outstanding. Bread pudding was delicious as well. Rarely does a restaurant meet our expectations. We sat toward the back of the restaurant, which was a lot quietier than the front of the restaurant. It was my first time visiting the restaurant. Local newspaper did a review several months back and thought we would try it. We were not disappointed. We even talked about the meal the next day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Ryan's has the best steaks in Winston-Salem, and the scalloped potatoes are wonderful. The servers are always polite and attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Suzeats
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary at Ryan's. The food was excellent. There were so many wonderful choices on the menu we had a hard time deciding what to order. The service was outstanding. The staff went out of their way to make our meal truly enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our experience was excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We have dined at Ryans many times, but never had the pleasure of being served by Teresa. What a gem! She truly complemented our dining experience. Thank you Teresa!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Daddymac
    Foodlover29
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Took my daughter out for a daddy daughter date nite. The staff was great and very friendly. They were very helpful as well. Food was great, my daughters cappuccino hit the spot for her and my steak was perfect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food was excellent. The best wedge salad, brussel sprouts and filet mignon I have ever had. The chocolate cake could have been better. It was just average. Also, the portions of the a la carte vegetables, were very small. Consider them to be a single serving...not for sharing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wife's Birthday
    hmmtz
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We select Ryan's for most of our "special occasion dinners" and have rarely been disappointed. The food is excellent, the wait staff professional and friendly, and the owner is always there to assure a blue ribbon night. We have built a tradition dining with you for 25 anniversaries and will continue to do so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over rated
    John
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    For the money Firebirds is much better. We wanted a quiet upscale setting before an evening out. The atmosphere was nice and the waiter was great but the steaks were dry. We have better mash potatoes at home. Even the bread was rather standard fair. The bill came to almost $200.00 and I was very disappointed. Will go to Firebirds next time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DrueC
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Love the place. Will definitely be coming again. I have been there 3 times and Everytime has been a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening, again
    armitadl
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Ryan's is our go-to place for a quiet, lovely evening with fine food and wine. The service is gracious and one never feels rushed or hurried. We love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    dqwinstons
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Top-notch service. Staff made certain our anniversary dinner was memorable. Food was absolutely delicious. We will absolutely return as it was truly excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Always enjoy coming to Ryan's. Servers and restaurant are always upscale and nice. Thank you
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Melodie
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We have been going to Ryan's about as long as it's been in existence. It is always our favorite for birthdays, anniversaries, or any special occasion. The food is always superb, as is the service. We always feel special when dining at Ryan's.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!
    Beau
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were in town for the Wake forest Homecoming and Reunion and my wife made the reservations (she remembers Ryan's from her college days). What quality gem, a GREAT old style steak house but has a lot of other menu items. The Bar is a bit small but really neat, as you would expect at a great old steak house. The atmosphere in the dinning room is what you think a steak house would/ should be, the service is great and the food was outstanding. We stared with Oysters Rockefeller (excellent), my wife had the fish special (Grilled Halibut) (excellent as well) and I had the Prime ribeye med. rare with their scalloped potatoes (Outstanding and the steak was cooked perfectly). Give it a try, it is definitely well worth going! Neat location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Fine Dining In Winston-Salem
    JCapps
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We have been dining at Ryans for over 21 years and it never disappoints. The standard that I compare all other restaurants too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Anniversary
    CosmeticsGuy
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We took our best friends to dinner for their 47 wedding anniversary. They'll never forget it. Perfect atmosphere, perfect food, perfect service. From the oysters Rockefeller to the lobster and filet mignon, woven together with a fantastic Caymus and a beautiful view, the evening was superb.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ryans Steak & Seafood
    eatmore
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food and service were excellent. Like most reviews, pricey for what you get but everything was still great. I would eat there again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    a resturant that specializes in steaks and then badly overcooks mine is troublesome. still enjoyed myself even tho i left the steak. was not questioned by staff as to why the meat was basically uneaten.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent in every aspect !
    jeanieb
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    No better way to celebrate our anniversary, than to do it with friends and with Ryan's. Food is excellent and scenic view gives a very unique and romantic atmosphere. We are always treated like royalty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need to update
    Greyeye
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great bones and good service but needs to be updated to match current standards. For example, plastic menu jackets send an immediate message. The service was great and the ambience was traditional for a nice steakhouse. The food was mediocre though. Great potential and clearly a long time standard. It just needs to be dusted off and the bar raised on the food quality. On a positive note, they went out of their way to replate my wife's steak due to a sauce issue.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional Service/Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food as always was the best; the 16 oz prime rib-eye was perfectly cooked, the duck breast was flavorful and not dry. Brett, as server, was knowledgeable and efficient, yet still paused to have a conversation when prompted. One of the better experiences dining out in Winston Salem. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Winston Salem Classic
    TboneVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Delightful setting, lovely ambience, perfect place for a romantic evening with someone special on a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not great
    Underwhelmed
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The ambience and wooded scenery are wonderful. We were disappointed with the steak medallions. One plate had to be sent back for being over-cooked, which they readily did. Manager even came by to apologize. However, both of our medallions were tough and chewy. Perhpas this was just a bad night in the kitchen. Overall, I'll try other options before coming back. The service was outstanding. I had noted on my reservation that my guest was having a birthday, and they expressed birthday wishes to her as we were seated.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Delight
    jandapm
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We dined here for our 35th wedding anniversary and had a very enjoyable experience and the service was excellent. I had the shrimp and Grits and my wife had a filet. Both dishes were perfectly prepared. The shrimp and grits was as good as I have had anywhere (and I have had it many many places that specialize in this dish). The peach crisp that we had for dessert capped off the meal in a special way. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disapoints.
    luvryans
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Been going to Ryan's since 1978. Never had anything but a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A classic never goes out of style!
    food4thoughtVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We dine at Ryans every time we visit Winston Salem and drop our son at Wake Forest University. It is a welcome treat after a grueling day of move in. Our son looks forward to the steaks and/or lobster-great selection of side dishes, including truffled french fries. A note about our last visit- they ran out of Lobster so if that's what you are drooling for, call ahead and reserve.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ryan's restaurant
    consumer
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We have been eating at Ryan's for over 30 years. It has always been a Winston-Salem favorite and one our personal favorites. Usually excellent food and lovely setting. Our last meal there was disappointing. Rib eye was tough and vegetables undercooked. I hope this was a one time event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Fine Dessert
    WizardOfBalance
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    That white chocolate mousse was the best dessert of any kind I've ever had in my entire life. Amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I came to Winston-Salem for the Winston-Salem Open Tennis Tournament. It was also our 29th wedding anniversary weekend. We looked online and asked some of the locals for a nice place to have a quiet dinner, several recommended Ryan's. Making the reservation online was quick and easy our table was ready when we arrived 20 minutes early. Our waiter, Daniel, was very personable and friendly. The food was fabulous! We will definitely dine there when we come back to Winston-Salem!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great atmosphere
    mrsrmont
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    this restaurant always is a pleasure to visit and never disappointed in the service and great food!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This continues to be a favorite when we are visiting the Winston-Salem area. The food is high quality and well-prepared. The staff members are friendly, welcoming, and efficient. We enjoy the beautiful trees to be viewed from the dining room windows. A lovely and peaceful setting!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My New Favorite
    TylerJ
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I got the 10oz Prime Filet and it was the best steak I have ever eaten! I would actually call it better than a Ruth's Chris Filet! We will defiantly be back! I recomend it to anyone x1000
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place
    mistercritical
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Excellent; service, food and atmosphere! My wife and I have been coming here for years for out anniversary, and the food and service is always as expected... They have a great lunch menu also....
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Date
    Keith
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Ryan's. Atmosphere and service were excellent. I had a NY Strip with baked potato and house salad. My meal was very good. My wife liked her meal as well. However, both dishes were unremarkable. We did not walk away wanting to come back soon. Good food, but I would have liked to have had phenomenal food for the price I paid.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    wake4visit
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Wonderful, attentive service. Knowleadgable staff. Very accommodating, they aim to please. Peaceful surroundings in a beautiful wooded area. The view from our table was calming, soothing. The food was excellent. Good portions, too. I will definitely return to Ryan's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dependable
    jackeb
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    as always delicious and great service and great ambience
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sophieschoice23
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My Lady and I were first-time guests, this was a special occasion for us. The restaurant is nestled away in a little forest, with a stream curling past. The waitperson we had, I believe her name was Sarah, was so personable, so helpfully solicitous, was so educated regarding the menu items...she was OUTSTANDING ! WE'LL BE BACK !
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A+
    piercego
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Ryans offered a classic white table-cloth dining experience with a view into the heart of nature here in the north carolina foothills. The food we ate was all fantastic and we found the service to be excellent. Will return to dine again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best ever!
    TerryB
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I took my wife to Ryan's for a celebration of the end of her radiation treatments. I had not been there in many years, and she had never been there. From the moment that we entered until the moment that we left, we were treated incredibly well. The hostess, the server (Chris), and the manager all made a point of congratulating my wife! More importantly, the food was absolutely fantastic! We each started with a Ryan's salad while sharing a bottle of wine from their extensive list. Our entrees were the superbly prepared and presented (delicious!), with mine being a blackened swordfish special and hers being a small portion crab cake. The complimentary "berries" dessert was a perfect ending to a perfect night. We will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.