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The Ugly Oyster

) #5 of 272 Restaurants in Reading $$ - $$$ American, Irish,
21 S 5th St, Reading, PA 19602-1005
+1 610-373-6791
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“oysters” (67 reviews)
“fries” (22 reviews)
“steak” (18 reviews)
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American, Irish, Bar, Seafood, Pub
$$ - $$$
21 S 5th St, Reading, PA 19602-1005
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First off, you really need to make a reservation to get in this place. The pub feel was fun. We were looking for a seafood restaurant and the Ugly Oyster fit the bill. We loved their soups which for that particular day were (1) shrimp...More

Thank Janou J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting history here where the bar is originally from Ireland and was disassembled and reassembled in Reading PA. Nice Pub atmosphere. Desiree the barmaid was great. We enjoyed some beers on tap - nice and cold on a hot day. My friend enjoyed a seafood...More

Thank bbbob84
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

Hidden in the heart of reading pa is this gem of a bar with decadent and fun food. We started with a pretzel in a remarkably tasty crab (real crab!) and cheese sauce. Way too rich and big for one but perfect for three especially...More

Thank Laurie V
Reviewed 5 June 2017

If you are in downtown Reading, this is the best option. The interior is awesome, the staff is friendly and the food is terrific. It is small but you are not packed on top of each other like their main tavern competitor over on Penn...More

Thank David R
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

The best steak I ever had. Had the New York Strip with Cajun season. AMAZING! 5 THUMBS UP LOL. Had a window seat with no reservation and was seated for away. The waitress was very friendly. The food was quick and well prepared.

Thank Tiffany G
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Awesome food, we were in town for a concert and ate here because of the reviews and we loved it!!! It was packed but the service was good and the food was amazing, we would definitely go back if we are ever in Reading again!

Thank jaimelee77
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Looks like a fairly standard pub on the outside and is unpretentious with classic decor inside. Our first visit exceeded expectations for Saturday dinner. The service was quite good. The food was tasty indeed ranging from soups, appetizers, entries were selected off the regular menu...More

Thank Leonard M
Reviewed 18 May 2017

I've been there many times throuout the last 10 years and it's a must visit. The food and atmosphere is outstanding. It feels alot like an actual Irish pub (I've been there!) I recommend the chicken cheese steak

Thank Corky132
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Staff was friendly, we had a big group and they kept up with us fairly well considering there was a convention and a concert in town that evening.

Thank Kristin C
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

The pulled pork grilled cheese was outstanding. Cute little pub, service was speedy and prices are reasonable. I would go back for sure if I was ever in the area again

Thank Julie S
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Response from Kurt K | Reviewed this property |
Two blocks down from the arena with parking right across the street. Park at restaurant and walk up - 2 minutes. Plus parking at that location avoids the garage disaster at end of game, and both lots $5. Easy exit out of... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Irish, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 S 5th St, Reading, PA 19602-1005
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: +1 610-373-6791
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