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Ryleigh's Oyster

#134 of 1,640 Restaurants in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Federal Hill
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36 E Cross St, Baltimore, MD 21230-4036
+1 410-539-2093
11:00 - 22:00
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Roanoke, Virginia
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101 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went expecting better oysters in Baltimore. Atmosphere was pleasant, but nothing special. We had the oyster raw... not great. Service was adequate. There are better spots in Baltimore for oysters.

Thank 2Yummy4U
Laurel, Maryland
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

We had eaten at the Ryleigh's location in Mount Vernon on Cathedral St. and had a very unpleasant experience. A friend posted a gorgeous picture of oysters yesterday on FB and said it was from the Ryleigh's in Federal HIll. My husband really enjoys oysters and decided a birthday dinner was worth a try at this location. He really enjoyed... More 

Thank patricerobins16
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We love the food here. We went to college in the area and whenever we come back to visit, we must eat here! They have the best crushes anywhere! I have never found a grapefruit crush as good as the one here!

Thank emilyrelliott3
Port Orange, Florida
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63 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

We all were invited to Ryleighs Oyster for a pre wedding Happy Hour for family and friends . We were upstairs, the food was delicious, the drinks great, the ambience was cozy. My only issue was they only had one bar tender and she was not very friendly , never smiled, and people waited for drinks.

Thank Rvgoddess1
Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Came to Ryleighs for a soccer match, something I'd never done before. I wasn't disappointed. Our bartender Susan was great and the breakfast items (starting at 10am) were well made. Nice selection of draft beers and the lunch menu and happy hour Oysters looked great. Nice upstairs bar and downstairs dinning area with big open windows. I'll be back next... More 

Thank Nomansisanisland
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Casual dining, seafood (oysters) at the top of the list. Lobster roll sandwich, fried oyster sandwich very good. Specialty drink (Orange Crush) a local special, yet inconsistent "pours' here. For the money, the pour is generally weak. Find your Crush in another establishment. Not inexpensive, but not too pricey. Food is the star, not the cocktails.

Thank Fred F
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Ryleigh's is always my go to. I think they offer the best food in the Cross Street/Federal Hill area. They also offer many fresh squeezed crushes (my go to- Orange). I've also ordered brunch from here and it was also delicious. Always, always get the crab dip! It comes in a cast iron skillet with bread and crackers and it... More 

Thank Jenn P
Buddina, Australia
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180 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We dropped in for a very early dinner on our way to a ball game. We were seated at a table upstairs which wasn't very clean. We ordered raw oysters, which were ok, crab cakes, which were very good, and oyster tacos, which were not too bad. The beer was good and the service was adequate. The music was very... More 

Thank NauticalDreamer3010
Baltimore, Maryland
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117 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We tried the Mount Vernon location before going to the Friday night BSO concert. I ordered a grilled seafood salad and crab soup. Both dishes were good. The service was excellent and our server was friendly and professional. The restaurant is noisy and the background music was horrible, consisting of a low pitched drone with no discernible tune.

Thank paulhollinger
Cedar Falls
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71 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Yes Ryleigh's is "casually elegant" but for a really good time, order the oysters and the crabs, take your little wooden mallets, and go to town. You will have great food and a great time. These really were the best oysters we'd had in Baltimore and the shucker did a thorough job of cleaning, cutting loose, and saving the liquer... More 

Thank JudyG1227

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$23
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 36 E Cross St, Baltimore, MD 21230-4036
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Baltimore>  > Federal Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Federal Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 410-539-2093
With locations in Historic Federal Hill and Padonia Road in Hunt Valley, Ryleigh's Oyster specializes in only the freshest seafood, meats, poultry and produce. Combining excellent service in a relaxed but vibrant Oyster Bar atmosphere, Ryleigh's Oyster has become recognized as one of the Nation's and Baltimore's best.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?