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The Ugly Oyster

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, Irish,
21 S 5th St, Reading, PA 19602-1005
+1 610-373-6791
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“oysters” (69 reviews)
“steak” (19 reviews)
“fries” (18 reviews)
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American, Irish, Bar, Seafood, Pub
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21 S 5th St, Reading, PA 19602-1005
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Reviewed yesterday

Used my trusty Tripadvisor to find this place after another highly recommended was closed on a Monday. Sat at the bar and drank half guiness and half amstel - pretty good, was hoping they had smithwicks for a Blacksmith but they only had the bottles....More

Thank PJM37
Reviewed yesterday

Thought i would give this place one more try after showing up for St Patty Day and they ran out of Food. lol Date night reservation 5pm - traffic is horrible because of the Penn St issues. no one picked up the phone so i...More

Thank Jay S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a pub that certainly makes England look good. The crying oysters on the side of the building is good for a laugh, and catches your attention. To be granted, I was sick when I went, so I can't remember every detail, but it's...More

Thank Black S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there for the first time in many years. We took a chance to see if we could get in after we were at the Fire and Ice event in downtown Reading. We got a very nice table next to the fire. Had an...More

1  Thank aliceheimbach
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After wanting to try this place out for literally years, my husband and I finally got the chance last evening when we ate here for dinner. Here are our thoughts: PROS: The ambiance is wonderful! It's fashioned in the style of an authentic Irish pub...More

Thank GwenP
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ugly O is a great lunch spot in downtown Reading. It is consistently good food and walkable from our downtown office.

Thank Pamela S
Reviewed 11 January 2018

They have more of an upscale menu for a bar. Everything was very good and service was excellent. Just take note tables are small do not order too many plates at once : -)

Thank taurusflwr20
Reviewed 3 January 2018

Great atmosphere, good parking right across the street. The pub food is quite good and the selection of beer is just fine. It can get a bit crowded during event times but it's worth a small wait. Service is very good.

Thank Larry M
Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

Worthy of trying! Friendly service and welcome atmosphere. Nice food at reasonable price. Try the seafood sampler.

Thank Jiamin G
Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

First time to the Ugly Oyster, our good friends took us out. Tried the smoked cheese platter to start. Very good. Decent selection of draft beers and service was good throughout the evening. Prime Rib portion was huge. Also tried the cheese steak, hamburger and...More

Thank PITTparent
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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
Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
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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