The Ryland Inn

4.5
1074 reviews
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Executive Chef Chris Albrecht uses farm-to-table, local and sustainable ingredients making menus of fresh food and flavors that change with the seasons. The creative cuisine and spectacular dining experience shows why the Ryland Inn received four stars from New Jersey Monthly, an award that has not been given out in over a decade.

Guests will also enjoy the historic Duck Bar with its unique classic style and craft cocktails , curated by some of New Jerseys best mixoligists.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time!! Thank you!

t
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was superb for our anniversary dinner! Not only in taste but presentation. The setting is lovely.

My only complaint is my table didn’t have a tablecloth and for fine dining I feel that’s a must.
I would love to go back for the brunch.

GO
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The ambience, setting, and especially the food were excellent. Our server faded after a strong start and we didn’t see her for about 25 minutes after we had gotten our food. She brought the check over and we didn’t realize she had put the neighboring table’s martini on our tab. She did catch it and took it off of course but I’m not sure I should be giving kudos for getting a bill correctly.

Not sure about the ‘noise’ rating but it seemed just right. Would recommend again. Great food.

f
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff took amazing care of us for our anniversary on short notice. Excellent food, drink, and service. Will return!

P
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

All aspects of the evening were good, except that the air conditioning didn’t seem to be working ( or not well if it was).

OT
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting town for the QuickChek balloon festival. We happened upon this place in search of an impromptu brunch. It was a bit pricey but worth every penny. Food was to die for and staff was very friendly and accommodating. Would definitely love to go back if we are in the area.

DB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I haven't dined at the Ryland Inn in many years because it's a good 45 minutes from our house. Loved it before and loved it now. We had a wonderful experience celebrating my husband's birthday.

b
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Exquisite meal, fabulous balance of flavors in the grilled peach salad along with a wonderful scallop dinner. Food is always great and live music in bar area is a wonderful touch. Comfortable , cozy, classy and costly. But worth every dollar.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was so nice!! The food was outstanding!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful evening, very nice out on the patio

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT!!!! So delicious!!! Highly recommended. Service was great, food was delicious

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

We are new to the area and was recommended to eat here. Very close by. We had a good view of the outdoors. My husband looked at the menu online and noticed the rabbit and want to try it to his disappointment there was none on the menu as it is now summer( please update online menu). Salmon was amazing! Blueberry bread pudding was good to many blueberry for me but fine. Cocktails were great. The star was our waiter who made you feel at home. I will be back just because of his knowledge and friendliness. The bathroom seats are low girls so be careful. I would remodel the ladies room. I felt bad for our waiter as we put him on the spot for finding other places to go for dinner in our area and since he didn’t live in the area went to get manger to come over, we waited 10mins and waiter just hand us a book told us the manager didn’t live here and told us we can look through the book to fine other restaurant. It would have been nice to talk to the manager. I would come back to eat outsides on the patio.

OT
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Talk about a long time between visits! Live in Warren and initially ate at the Ryland Inn at least 25 years ago. Never went back as I thought wine list was massively over priced and atmosphere a bit stuffy. As there really is a dearth of really good places to eat here in west central NJ, decided to give it another try. Very happy to report everything was great, good food nice craft cocktails(prefer them to wine these days) and great service, no real complaints. My wife’s tile fish was outstanding, my steak good and appetizers ok, desert delicious. Certainly must be among best restaurants anywhere near there in rural Hunterdon County, can’t understand why it wasn’t more crowded. Will return. Regards. Ned.

LG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Music on the patio was particularly great.

S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall we had a fabulous dinner and experience. The waitstaff was very attentive and in fact patient with us as we just wanted to talk and took a good bit of time to decide on entrees. The cheese board is perfect for a table to share, which we did, and the cheese samplings were great. As for entrees, I had the tile fish which was outstanding. The presentation, en papillote, was very cool and it was all perfectly prepared. My husband ordered the steak frites which was very tough and he really didn’t enjoy it very much. He said he kept cutting very tiny pieces just to chew it. Everyone was hungry and he chose not to make a fuss about it, which was fine because cooking a new steak would have taken a while. In fact he didn’t tell me until we had left the restaurant. The problem was the cut, not the preparation, and this should not be at a restaurant of this caliber - and cost. We had a great time in a lovely atmosphere, but the chewiness of the steak keeps this from being a 5-star experience.

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed the tasting menu. Service was excellent. The sommelier did an outstanding job with the pairings.

d
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We requested a special table and were very happy where we were seated near the window. We appreciated the personal note acknowledging the special occasion. Our waitress was outstanding throughout the dinner - she made the experience special. Mixed reviews on our dinner. Charred octopus appetizer and pork chop entree were excellent, pea salad and beef entree ok but not memorable. We did not have a drink at the bar but it looked welcoming. We will return to give it a try

SD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to restaurants all over the world, and the Ryland Inn is one of my favs (and it is right around the corner of my house)! Excellent food, great ambiance, attentive staff. This is an exceptional restaurant!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I am have been a frequent diner at the Ryland Inn for several years now. I know many of the staff (both front and back of the house) on a first name basis. Overall, the Ryland is a wonderful little treat nestled in the rolling hills of Hunterdon County and the food, by and large, is very good. Chris has done an excellent job of updating the dining menu and incorporating local ingredients; however, I may have done a few things differently. For example, doing away with the fan-favorite Ryland Burger, replete with the bacon jam, was not a wise move. Some of the new dishes like the Kale Pancake are also overladen with cheese and feel like a pound of bricks in your stomach - not something you'd expect from a vegetarian option. The salt content of some dishes can also feel a little heavy handed at times, too, but I am nitpicking an otherwise splendid menu. HOWEVER, one aspect of the Ryland which has changed for the worse, particularly in the past two years, has been its tendency to be overcrowded. The venue now hosts TWO wedding receptions as well as a la carte dining in the dining room, bar and patio. On several past visits to the Ryland, the crowd was too big for even the wait staff to handle properly. By the staff's own admission, the venue was overtaxed and service and food quality suffered as a result. If I am to make one recommendation to the Ryland management, it's this: Plan your receptions wisely and make sure you have appropriate staff count. Otherwise, If you continue down this path, your reputation and quality will diminish. To the diner looking for a superb Ryland experience, ask when you make reservations whether they will be hosting a wedding or two when you dine. If they do, perhaps you may want to rebook your reservation for some other time.

J
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and every course if our dinners were served well and delicious.

d
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, excellent food. Wait staff is a bit young and green, but they were all diligent and giving it their best efforts.

KK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 5th anniversary and the chef came out and said hi.

m
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place! Great experience all around!

F
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went there for Father’s Day. Good experience.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I think the chargers are too much.
Food was exceptional. Service was good however slightly aggressive. Overall wonderful dinner.

FF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional atmosphere. Great sevice. Delicious food (the trout, and salmon). Our first, but not our last visit here.

E
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good. Certain portions could be more generous. Would like more veggie side options

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marriage anniversary

T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Entrees came out before appetizers. Drink orders came after apps. It was not a good day for this particular server.

s
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

Menu is too fussy and misses the mark. Usually the food is amazing when the menu is unique. Not bad here, but not great either. Service was hit or miss and overall we would not go back. Food was just meh. The property itself, is one of the nicest I have ever been to. Just stunning and worth going at least once just for that alone.

v
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great.

AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! This was a dining experience. Every detail was expertly addressed from seating, to the artful voyeuristic pleasure of the plated presentations, up to the orgasmic delight of each scrumptious bite. Make sure to try the duck! Awesome.

A
Naples
25 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Dinner was good but not as good as in the past. We were disappointed in the steak.

CW
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our experience was good as usual. My only disappointment was that I mentioned we were celebrating my husband’s promotion when I made the reservation and nothing was done. In the past, we’ve had “Congratulations” written in chocolate on the dessert plate for anniversaries. Won’t prevent us from returning or recommending Ryland Inn. Just a small disappointment.
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JL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

bar meets fine dining

crowd and service does not match menu or decor - a beautiful place with so much to offer but the staff - from the front to the table - do not follow through

we had questions on the wine list which were unanswered, were not asked bottled water or tap, any allergies etc..all basic restaurant questions.

disappointing overall

LR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at the Ryland helped make my birthday celebration extra special. The food was delicious and the service was attentive.

JH
New York Area
138 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our Mother's Day celebration and everything was great, and what we have come to expect from the Ryland Inn. Innovative menu, superior and professional bartenders, and amazing food. Of course on this evening they had a wedding and a private event going on so the service was noticeably slower than normal but who cares? it is SO worth the wait ;-)

OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was for my husband’s birthday that I made reservations at the Ryland Inn after over 20 years since I had been there. I remembered that it was a wonderful meal and I was hoping for the same. I really wanted our evening to be an experience. The Ryland Inn did not disappoint! We chose the Tasting Menu with the wine pairings. It was beyond amazing!!! Food was creatively presented and delicious! Wines were exquisite! Service was extraordinary! It was a 5 Star experience! We had traveled from out of state to get there. We will definitely go back! Wonderful evening. Thank you, Ryland Inn

PA
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice food and great ambient! Nice people around!

l
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual, the meal was wonderful, and the service was quite professional.

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