Ryan's Restaurant

4.8
1997 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steak
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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 menu or a superb selection of specials offered nightly. Add a cappuccino and a freshly made dessert to seal the dining experience.

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. Recently awarded the DiRoNa Award for Distinctive Fine Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday -Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(336) 724-6132
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jon Willis
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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.
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Private party contact
Manager on Duty: (336) 724-6132
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Large private, well lit parking lot with numerous handicap parking lot
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Ryan’s has been consistently good for years. The food and service was excellent.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

First time to go to Ryan’s and it was wonderful. Exceptional food and excellent service. Even went back the next evening cause the food was so great.

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

My wife and another couple went to Ryan's to celebrate a birthday. We were seated near the windows as requested, but then things went downhill. The waiter was inattentive and somewhat scatter brained. We had to repeat our orders several times. One person had rack of lamb, another a filet, and another NY strip...all were ordered rare to medium rare and all came out medium to well done. While mistakes do occur, I was surprised that all 3 were incorrect. The fourth ordered crab cakes, which arrived burnt. Our expectation of a restaurant that charges premium prices is that they will be much more attentive to detail and not get all 4 dinners wrong. We all ordered coffee and dessert. If there's one thing that really bugs me is the dessert comes out and 30 minutes later the coffee shows up. I want my dessert with my coffee, not as an additional course. In the past, Ryan's has been an excellent restaurant that we have visited several times. They seem to be on a slow decline. Perhaps it's time for them to reassess and correct their flaws.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

I like this restaurant and we went there for our 45th anniversary. Holy Moly. Couple of little glitches that I observed. Even though I had designated our preference for a window table, and there were window tables available, we were not seated at one. The one where we were seated had a good view, but it really wasn't what we requested on Open Table. The other glitch was a little puzzling. I ordered a dry gin martini. It was listed as having olives. When the drink came, there were no olives and I had to request them. Is this some sort of new trend? That has happened in other restaurants over the past year or so. Our server, James, was outstanding. He was attentive, but not overly so. He was friendly, helpful, and accomodated our requests. Our steaks, potatoes, and salad were excellent, as were the warm breads. It was a lovely evening.

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The food was good. Service was great. But, with so many amazing options in Winston-Salem, Ryan’s isn’t my top choice for fine dining anymore. The scene and the menu are a little dated. And, while very high quality, you can get food just as amazing for better prices elsewhere now.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

We had a wonderful meal at Ryan's. It was our first visit so was a surprise place and a delightful meal. The service was great. Thanks Rebecca!
We don't live in the Winston-Salem are but we will definitely be back!
JanG

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

The restaurant is a lovely surprise, tucked up against this little wooded ravine with large windows overlooking the scenery. The food was delicious and everything was perfectly cooked. The creme brulee was perfect. And I loved that the restaurant was quiet so that my boyfriend and I could hear each other talk!

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Always Delicious! My favorite place to eat in Winston-Salem.

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3.0Dined on July 10, 2018

The overall experience was great but I was disappointed in my rib eye. It was slightly over cooked for med rare and not that tender or flavorful. The Ryan's butter helped but for the price I was not impressed. Also the waitress was clearly over booked and slow. We were not in a hurry as we were celebrating an anniversary but either she was new or simply had too many tables at once.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Outstanding service and food

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

We celebrated out 53rd wedding anniversary the other night, and had a wonderful time. The food was great - as always - and the service was spot on. And the restaurant is beautifully appointed and maintained. We enjoyed out visit, and look forward to the next time.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Ryan’s never disappoints! Food was amazing as was the service. Highly recommend!!

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Wonderful service and outstanding food. I cant wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Incredible everything! Food, service, comfort, ambiance....thoroughly enjoyed it all! Highly recommend and will return! Best ribeye I’ve ever had!

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

This was our first time at Ryan's. The atmosphere was nice and quiet despite seating for a large number of people. The service was slow but the server was very knowledgeable of the menu. The menu offered a wide variety of items. Unfortunately, they were out of the first two items we tried to order. We went with the ribeye steak and it was excellent. We will definitely try this place again.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We always enjoy visiting Ryan's but our most recent trip was outstanding. Our waiter was awesome and the food was even better than it normally is, which was already hard to beat.

Lovely evening!

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Shrimp and grits were top notch!

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Excellent service. Excellent steaks. Of our party of 3, each had a different steak -- filet mignon, NY Strip, and Ribeye -- and all gave very high marks. Cooked exactly to order, and very tasty. Truffle pomme frittes were excellent but huge portion for one person. Two of us had a salad, one "Seasonal," can't remember the other, but both of us thought way too much cheese spoiled it; like eating fondue with lettuce. The dressing -- blueberry vinaigrette in my case -- was as thick and globby as 60s era commercial French or Ranch dressing out of bottle; made an already heavy salad even worse. The bread was boring, bland, nearly tasteless. Excellent dessert -- strawberry-balsamic ice cream with choc sauce and pecan shell was very good but too much for one person, especially after a big steak and all that cheese on salad; we split it 3 ways, and were perfectly satisfied. Excellent waiter, though his name escapes me now; calm demeanor, knowledgeable, attentive without being intrusive. Atmosphere is pleasant but pretty staid. I don't need faux decorations or bells and whistles, but this place reminded me of restaurants my grandparents frequented in 60s. But overall, a very enjoyable meal.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

My sister, 97 year old mother, and I loved this place! We would cone back in a heartbeat!

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

We always choose Ryan's for "special occasions". We love the food and atmosphere, as well as the special treatment by the waitstaff. Each time we go, the chef comes out to met us and we get some lively conversations with him. We took some "new to the area" friends with us to celebrate my "Birthday" dinner, and they loved it too!

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Hands done THE best steak I have ever had. My girlfriend and I went to celebrate our one year anniversary. The service was amazing and they even gave us each a free glass of champagne for our anniversary. 11/10 would recommend!

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was equally good- Excellent is every aspect. The Halibut
that i ordered was outstanding. It was a wonderful evening that made my wife's birthday really special.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Ryan’s was awesome!! Food and service were top notch! Perfect for all those special occasions!

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Outstanding food and service. Beautiful view and nice quiet dining room. Our favorite place for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Awesome restaurant. Great food and service. Highly recommended. One of the best in the area.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Everything was excellent as it always has been.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Great experience

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

As always, the food, service, scenery, and southern hospitality at Ryan's were all front and center as expected.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

This was the most enjoyable dinner I could ever have had! Great service, would recommend to anyone.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

There is no better place to order a steak. I have eaten at Ryan’s on special occasions for the last 30 years and I have never been disappointed. The food and service are always superb.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

We were celebrating our anniversary, and Ryan's included a complementary glass of champagne to begin our evening. The setting was wonderful, and the food and service were excellent. Definitely a place to return to.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Ryan's is nothing short of amazing our server and the staff were accomodating in everyway imaginable. We were here last year to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and they helped us announce the arrival of our baby girl. This year we went back with our new addition and they welcomed us with open arms. 1st class service! Thank You Ryan's and Staff!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Everything was great except steaks over cooked the second time

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Prime rib was delicious! We would highly recommend Ryan's for a great night and meal!

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3.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Great food. Terrible ambiance. Horrible musky smell, damp, dark, grandma's cellar feel and smell. This place has excellent food, but I highly recommend a remodel/makeover. Thankfully, it was not raining (but at least 92 F) so we ate outside on deck by ourselves. Our deck at home has better ambiance, but without the outside option we would have turned around and left upon entering the place. Sorry, I cannot recommend a $80+ per person place that I could not enjoy the space.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I’ve gone to Ryan’s 2 times the service there both times was great, each better then the last.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Ryan’s is our go-to (literally!) for special occasion dinners. They have a great wine list and a menu with something for everyone. They have the best steaks in town! It’s a little pricey, but for a nice night out you can’t go wrong. Lovely setting, well trained staff and excellent food. Be sure to request a table by a window!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We were celebrating our anniversary. The food was exceptional, as always. However, the pacing of the meal seemed to be a bit rushed in comparison to past visits.

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

I have been to Ryan's several times before and had good experiences but the decor is really showing it's age and the food just wasn't that great this time. My steak was cooked properly, but it was really tough. A medium rare ribeye. The mashed potatoes tasted grainy, like they had been mixed with instant potatoes or something. Our waiter was very polite, but not so great on seeing if we needed anything for long periods of time. We found another person to give a drink order to and our waiter brought out the wrong drink. It was quickly corrected. I don't think I'll be going back anytime soon.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Always enjoy dining at Ryan’s. The food is awesome and I can count on my cosmopolitan being perfect! I am especially pleased that you hav the expresso martini as you are about the only place in Winston that can make them. I first drank them in Chicago as they are very popular there. The pecan pie you gave is most delicious served warm.

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