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“This Ryan's is working hard to help you enjoy dinner” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ryan's

Ryan's
8671 Highway 17 Bypass, Surfside Beach, SC
(843) 215-0878
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Cuisines: American
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Portsmouth, Ohio
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“This Ryan's is working hard to help you enjoy dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Ryan’s can be different in each city based, of course, on the management and staff. This one is pretty good. The place was fairly clean for a buffet that turns over hundreds of people an hour in the summer, and most of the food was about what you expect from a chain buffet. There was ample variety and while some of the staff up in the grill area and around the buffet areas seemed to be more confused than organized and efficient, the servers seemed to really have their act together. That is what makes a buffet experience better, and these servers looked to be on the ball.

This place would be one that we would return to more than once in a vacation if we needed to, as they seem to be trying to make it right. Saturdays and Sundays the regular buffet is kicked off early in the day with a breakfast buffet from 7:30 to 10:30. We suspect it would be good, too, based on what we saw at dinnertime.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
NC
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“just okay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

There are a lot of foods to choose from but it didn't seem like they put much effort into making them taste good. I choose quality over quantity. Some items looked like they'd been sitting there a while. My steak wasn't cooked as ordered. Consists of salad bar, dessert bar, country type cooking with lot of veggies, and a place where you can get your steak fixed like you want it (if you're lucky). For $9.99 plus the price of your drink, I'd recommend going somewhere else.The hot rolls are the best thing.

Visited June 2013
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Sayre, PA
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235 reviews 235 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 112 cities Reviews in 112 cities
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
“Great bang for your buck!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

You can't beat the value for senior citizens with lunch under $7, including a drink. There was plenty of choices, rolls delivered to the table, and delicious desserts. If you can't find food to suit your appetite here and leave hungry, it's your own fault.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Walkertown, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“It was ok”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We just ate there on the way home.Cause we could not fined a place to eat with out a long wait.the food was fine the service was ok too.It's fine if you have alot of kids price was fine for the food.

Visited April 2013
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Newfoundland, Canada
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308 reviews 308 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 86 cities Reviews in 86 cities
630 helpful votes 630 helpful votes
“Bad lunch”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Not a lot on the lunch buffet, fried chicken,BBQ chicken,chicken strips, pork rib pieces drowned in sauce, good salad bar lots of veggies,taco's. I wanted milk with my lunch and had to ask three times for the server to bring it!! when it arrived I drank one and it had a funny tatste of the two only to discover it was out dated.We told our server and she left to get a manger which never did come to our table. The server comes back and scoopes up the milk and says we cant serve it and leaves!! never asking if I wanted a soada, coffee or refunding the $1.99 I paid.
On our way out my wife stopped by the cashier to ask for our 1.99$ to be refunded the cashier says she cant do it but will get a manager which she did.The manager said he knew nothing about the out dated milk but gave us two free lunch or dinner coupons for our next visit. Golden coral is much better than Ryans and only a short distance away even with two free buffet I doubt we will be back as if you cant see milk that is clearly labeld when it is out of date what about products being used in the kitchen which is un marked.Service was very poor as they are under staffed.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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