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Ryleigh’s Oyster Bar

Ryleigh’s is the latest offering in the building that used to house the original Sisson’s brewpub.   Ryleigh’s offers many wines and has a few craft beer offerings.  I really like the atmosphere inside the restaurant.  The old brickwork is still intact but now supports several bars.   The place is wide-open and there always seems to be a “buzz” in the crowd. Ryleigh's Oyster Bar on Urbanspoon
We started with the grilled calamari and the steamed mussels.    The sauce with the calamari was delicious but sadly, the calamari was rubbery.  The mussels were middle of the road – not bad but not great either.   Onto our entrees, fish ‘n chips (Cod) and a steak sandwich.     The fish was good, flakey and beer battered.   The steak sandwich was really good.    Charred flank steak, blue cheese and roasted mushrooms on a baguette.    The potato chips were clearly homemade and were also quite good. 
Sitting at the upstairs bar, the service was good but could have been better.  The bartenders not only were covering the bar but all the tables upstairs.  I appreciate their effort but they could have used some help.
My take – this place fits in nicely with the relaxed feel of Federal Hill.   You won’t have you best meal ever here but judging by the number of patrons, Ryleigh’s is clearly popular.   I felt the price point was fair and I’m sure I’ll be back at some point in time.
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