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 WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Ryland Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (99)fit for foodies (76)romantic (71)notable wine list (52)great for outdoor dining (50)good for groups (24)neighborhood gem (20)great for brunch (16)vibrant bar scene (9)scenic view (7)great for lunch (5)hot spot (4)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Disappointed
    Carolyn
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We arrived 5 minutes early and were seated immediately. And then waited 10 minutes to be acknowledged. There was a gentleman at a nearby table who did not stop talking. We had the tasting menu with wine pairings, which was unimaginative and similar to the tasting menu we had earlier in the year.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oldwick12
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    When making the reservation I asked specifically for a private table as some of the deuces are not. When I was contacted to confirm I repeated the request. When we arrived; and it was not that busy we were seated at one of the tables that I had asked not to have. The food was very good but as has been my experience here 5 times now the service is just not that good. A training program that would be commensurate with the prices is in order.
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  • Wow, what a very pleasant surprise
    tlight
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I was looking for a special restaurant, in my home area, that I recently moved to. I had found the Ryland Inn among the "Top 25 NJ Restaurants" list, research provided by njmonthly.com, and just had to see what was being offered. I'll start off with giving credit to whomever wrote the review for njmonthly.com because they were spot on. The courses were well thought out and executed with precision, never wondering what the chef was thinking when pairing ingredients. I won't describe the courses and divulge my opinion of each. I'll just state that the establishment ought to be visited. Pricing is a bit high, but not high for this caliber of artistry. Chef Craig Polignano is sure to delight your senses!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal and Service
    marc
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The meal was better then expected (we fine dine all the time). Two items were exceptionally good, if you go you must try them: Beef Tartare (prepared with a magical egg york (cooked to a butterscotch consistency) and the Red Snapper Crudo (one of the best tasting things I have had). We sat inside, however, they have large and warm patio area, with bar and a band was playing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Superb
    RichInNJVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    While the chef is clearly excellent, the quality of the ingredients is amazing. The greens taste like they were picked 30 minutes before they were put on your plate. The pork is probably the finest I have eaten in 66 years. And the honey, which my wife and I don't typically enjoy but which accompanied the cheese, was perfection. We were told the honey comes for the inn's own bee hive, and the flowers they grow for the bees change with the seasons and so the honey taste even changes. Now that is attention to detail and a love of food. Every single bite we took was flawless from the ricotta to the scallops to the gnocchi to the chicken to the pork and finally to the incredible desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noticeable Change
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This was my first time dining at The Ryland since Chef Craig has taken the helm. There was definitely a vast improvement in presentation, creativity and flavor of food from my previous experiences there. My girlfriend and I both had the tasting menu and were absolutely blown away. Service was fantastic from the Somm down through the service staff. Wine list and food prices are very reasonable given the quality. The ambiance at the Ryland cant be beat and seems like they are really living up to their full potential with the recent changes in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spectacular food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    this dinner was a special going away dinner, and we were seated at the chef's table which is in a wonderful little room off the kitchen. Chef Polignano really took care of us with with a phenomenal tasting menu. We enjoyed two fabulous bottles of wine, and were so excited to find out that Tuesday is half price bottle day! From the amuse, which was a sparklingly fresh raw fluke in ponzu, to the trio of remastered American classics (reuben, pig in a blanket, and buffalo wings), to the wonderful heirloom tomato salad, each course dazzled and delighted. Thank you Ryland!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Glad to have it back!
    Foodiefromnj
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We'd been to the old Ryland Inn and always loved but this was our first time back since the remodel. What a lovely lovely place! Beautiful restaurant, very delicious food, but the service lacked just a little bit. For instance, the first server with a plate of rolls walked right past us but then served the table right next to us. 2 minutes later another person showed up with a plate of rolls but reached over us to serve them. So easy to walk to other side of table but you don't reach across one person to get to next one! Just little things but if a restaurant in the middle of nowhere NJ can charge a minimum of $100pp, it's the little things that make a BIG difference!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Service Average Food
    JustAverageVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Last minute booking, trying to find a different restaurant. My husband and I are foodies and love to dine at different restaurants. The bar was OK. We requested to seat outside, there are just a few tables outside with no ambiance. Our server took forever to welcome us, we had to ask the manager for our menus and after asking 2 waitresses for it we finally got them. We had the squash risotto, which had no taste and my husband had the chicken, which was just average. We never asked for spring water, but were charged for it. When I mentioned it to the manager, he didn't seem to care. I don't mind paying for something I ordered, but it's the principle of just charging us. We took the water we never order when we left, since we had to pay for.
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  • WORTH IT
    Tunahead
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I was glad to finally dine at the Ryland Inn with my wife and when she agreed to also do the Tasting menu I knew we were in for a fantastic evening. Every course was an adventure but my critique would not do justice, so come experience for yourself!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovefood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent restaurant but very pricey. Appy portions are VERY small but dinner is better. Food and service is outstanding. Great for special occassions but expect to pay around $250 for dinner for 2 (and that is with one of there least expensive bottles of wine).
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    southendfoodie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Finally went with friends during the week and we all were so disappointed. Waiter was so surly, thought he was doing a favor by serving us. Any request was reacted upon with hesitation. An Amuse was served that consisted of one quarter inch dice beets, 3 to be exact and a hazelnut. Silly. I think the wait staff heard our disbelief and we were brought a complimentary taste of tomato bisque. Wonderful, the best part of the dinner. Our salads were served and I asked for no shallots or onions. Atop my salad were shallots, and dressed in a shallot dressing? Main course was luke warm and over salted, my husbands cold. Waiter never asked how were things till we were ready to leave. My husband always tips 20%, not this time. Not worth the money.
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  • Excellent food
    Treehugger
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Food was delicious and well plated - everything looked amazing and had a great taste to match. I had never had tilefish before and was pleasantly surprised how good it was. Service was very good - more pressure then I would have liked to pick the tasting menu. Overall it was a very good experience and we would return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Outstanding
    JohnV
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I often have dinner at the Inn. From the valet parking through the wonderful meal this is a consistently outstanding experience. We're looking forward to staying at the boutique hotel once it's open
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great expereince
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Having moved from CA to NJ recently we were pleasantly surprised with Ryland Inn. The food and service was outstanding and we are looking forward to return many more times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Debra
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The staters and mid course was excellent , but entrees were disappointing . Service was average . We had no Room for dessert and the waiter insisted and pressured us into ordering something so that a birthday candle could be placed for our special occasion . They could have placed a candle in a small pastry on the house at that Point. When we dine at that price we expect a full close to perfect experience.
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  • NAN&JOE
    HAPPYNANANDJOE
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This was our first visit to the new Ryland Inn. We were very impressed with the food, service, presentation, and restaurant itself. Nan had special needs due to her condition and this was expertly handled by the staff with no problem or question. We found the wait staff friendly and attentive, the food was excellent and well-presented, and the meal was neither rushed nor delayed. We will certainly be back and already have recommended it to friends.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!!
    MaineVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was an outstanding restaurant. A bit pricy but would love it for a special occasions. Everything was top of the line. Will return. Yummy, Halibut
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Fabulous
    GerardVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary at The Ryland Inn and were not disappointed. I was not able to book early enough to get a table at Per Se in NYC, and am now glad. Although that restaurant if great, our experience was outstanding at the Ryland Inn. We were seated immediately in a beautifully appointed room. Service was impeccable. The wine list excellent. The wine pairing with each course of the tasting menu was perfect. Will back before the 40th. Still cannot believe 39 years, and she is more beautiful each day! Thank you Ryland Inn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent again
    peacetoallVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This was our third time there recently and the first time under the helm of the new chef. We loved the old chef, and the new one does not miss a beat. One of the best food experiences in NJ for sure. The first two times the service wasn't up to the quality of the food, but I have to give credit to our waiter this time, who was very on top of the menu, our preferences and had great suggestions. Every dish was great, but standouts included the grilled squid, snapper crudo, summer bean salad, and halibut. We already look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent new Chef
    BackdocVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were a bit cautious but optimistic about the new chef, but the food was outstanding as always. Had the scallop mid-course and Maria had squid. We both had the Halibut and it was cooked perfectly. We did not have desert as we were going to a movie after.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    tastyVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    At our server's suggestion, we opted for the tasting menu-- great selections, wonderfully prepared. We enjoyed all of the courses, especially the corn and oyster soup, beef deckle, poached lobster. Certainly agree with NJ magazine's naming thr Ryland Inn as one of New Jersey's finest.
    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.
  • JCarl
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great food, Great service. Cooked exactly as ordered.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rustic elegant
    JK80
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The best service I ever experienced! They pay attention to the smallest detail. Food was great, a little pricey, but worth every bite. The complimentary tasting appetizer and dessert were a nice touch. We sat at a table next to the bar which Friday happy hours overflowing into the dining area. Next time id like to be seated in the back section. Beautiful ballroom as well as clean kept grounds. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Adult Birthday Dinner
    love2eat
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The staff and chef made our 40th birthday dinner simply spectacular. The food and service were fantastic. Great place for a memorable dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • johnnyc
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Beautiful place; Portions on the small side, but excellent. Waiter could of been new, but overall excellent.
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    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful night
    snowbunny
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Everything was fabulous! My friends from Pa where glad they came to the Ryland INN to meet us!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would give it six stars if I could
    since2011VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    A perfect Sunday dinner! The food was brilliant: creative AND tasty:) My friends and I had the 7-course tasting menu, which became 9 courses including the complimentary amuse bouche of asparagus foam over uni custard (an odd combination that worked amazingly well) and a palate cleanser of refreshing yuzu sorbet topped with a single perfect raspberry. Each course was correctly sized and paced, so that we left feeling well satisfied but not stuffed. It's hard to pick a favorite from such choices as oyster with caviar, or guinea hen roulade, but the butter poached lobster was absolute heaven. Impeccable service. A tray of original petit fours made a delicious finale. You could easily pay twice as much for less value in Manhattan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Ambience Can't Be Beat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Really just a classy establishment, with great service, unique food and drink fair, very tasty and well presented. I normally go to the Ryland Inn for special occassions, as the ambience and awesome service come at a premium (not criticizing the price at all, just letting folks know what to expect).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Choice for Any Occasion
    DeeJay
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is where my wife and I celebrated of anniversary. Great food, atmosphere and service. We may make it our regular go-to spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • AMAZING!
    JennferV
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    What a great place! A true treasure. We went for my birthday and did the chef's tasting....Was completely floored! Our waiter Richard was spectator! The room was quiet, comfortable and romantic. The rose hip ice cream over strawberries was divine!! Can 't wait to go back and bring our friends!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Our only problem was with the noise level that made it hard to converse as the place filled up.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ryland Inn is back and better!!
    SomersetTom
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This is our 3rd of 4th time back to Ryland since Anthony reopened this historic restaurant. The bar and cocktails were outstanding (thanks Andrew!). The food was fresh, delicious, perfect portions, great presentation -- I can't say enough. This has to be considered one the finest restaurants in central NJ if not all of NJ!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Great Anniversary Dinner!!
    romanmt
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My wife and I went on a Wens for our anniversary. Weather was very nice that evening so we dined outside. Food and service were as we expected. Sommelier helped with our wine selections including tastings when we were unsure. We had the Day Boat Halibut and Yellowfin Tuna entrees and both were outstanding. I would also highly recommend the Gnocchi…..absolutely the best I've had since my grandmother was around!! Of course meal was a bit pricey but felt it was very good value for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • suziq
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food and service were great. The restored building is truly beautiful. This is a perfect restaurant for a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic meal again at Ryland Inn
    AdamNJVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My wife and I have eaten at the Ryland Inn a number of time over the past year, and each time we seem to have a better experience. The food was excellent, the service was outstanding, and the bartenders are second to none in their ability to create cocktails based on the drinkers likes and dislikes. We sat outside on the porch where they had and acoustic guitar and keyboard player and the ambiance was perfect. We will be back.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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  • As always -- terrific!
    cathy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food (chef's menu) was great, the wine parings superb, service was grand. We sat outside and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a great restaurant for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • 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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    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.