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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 good36%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“oysters” (69 reviews)
“fries” (18 reviews)
“seafood salad” (3 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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1 - 10 of 191 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I've never had a bad night here . It starts with me ordering the crab dip which I never share with anyone ( you'll know why if you have it ) then moving on to the main course. I've spoken to the owner several times...More

Thank szechman4
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a cozy pub with great service, good food and the selection if alcoholic beverages was expansive to satisfy just about anyone taste.

Thank Burnny
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Desiree is the best stop after work on Thursday always good food and service gets packed if something going on at Sandtander

Thank kloppy1576
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

The pub was recommended by our hotel, we had a group of 10 and called ahead, and they reserved tables together for us. The food was very good, no complaints out of 10 people is almost unheard of. Lol I had the fish n chips...More

Thank Sandy Z
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

We ate dinner here after reading rave reviews. We were very disappointed from start to finish. The wait staff were overworked and we waited a long time for our order to be taken and an hour for our food to come out. The fried oysters...More

Thank MAP218218
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Great service and food. Desiree is our favorite waitress. The burgers are made to order ,so take your time and relax.

Thank lollipop3694
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

We stopped in looking to find something different on travel. Great atmosphere...great food! Prices very reasonable.

Thank coachboo84
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Finally made it to the Ugly Oyster...the only downside is the location! Loved the atmosphere, waitstaff and food. The crab cakes are delicious! Prices are decent, and a nice selection of bar and entrees. Parking is a pain, but free after 6 PM.

Thank gwenrich8
Reviewed 1 August 2017

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 28 July 2017

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
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Nearby Attractions
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128 reviews
.55 km away
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108 reviews
.33 km away
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11 reviews
.84 km away
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7 reviews
.60 km away
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5 March 2015|
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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 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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