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Ryleigh's Oyster

36 E. Cross St. (Light St.) Send to Phone
410-539-2093 | Menu
Among the new breed of restaurants that add a “fine dining” gloss to casual tavern fare, this handsome Federal Hill bar shines in the seafood department.
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Ryleigh's Oyster Restaurant Review

: Fine dining no longer necessarily involves white tablecloths and waiters in formal attire. Some of the city’s most interesting food can now be found in casual bistros, such as Ryleigh's Oyster, a handsome Federal Hill restaurant and bar. (Longtime Baltimoreans will remember this spot as the pioneering brewpub, Sisson’s.) Fine-dining experience shows even in burgers and other standard bar fare, but seafood is where the action is: the signature ingredient shines in such dishes as “Maryland Heritage” oyster stew, char-grilled oysters with herb butter and Parmesan, panko-encrusted fried oysters with garlic-chili aïoli, and an oyster po’ boy; a goodly selection of the freshly shucked goods are available at the slate raw bar in back. There’s also a romantic loft complete with a wine bar, and in warm weather, retractable doors turn the front of the restaurant into a sidewalk café.

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