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The Ugly Oyster

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21 South Fifth Street, Reading, PA
+1 610-373-6791
11:30 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 02:00
Sat 12:00 - 02:00
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Pottsville, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I called for a reservation for our anniversary. The girl that answered the phone was extremely short and rude. I asked to make a reservation for today she sighs disgusted and says "well how many" I say a table for 2 please. She replies with another exaggerated sigh and a sharp "well what time" I say 5... More 

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Douglassville, Pennsylvania
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107 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Wouldn't make the effort again..loud, crowded, and food nothing to write home about. Maybe a place for younger crowd...not an overly crowded night but definetly not a great experience..I had a headache when I left!

Thank 753kathleent
Reading, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is our go to restaurant when we go to concerts/events in town. Great food and service. Good array of beers and drinks. Neighborhood pub atmosphere.

Thank 56scottk235
Boyertown, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Friends stopped with me on the way home from golf. I've been here many times, and always enjoy it. These friends were first timers. We should have made reservations but I overlooked it. They still got us a table and asked if we could finish in a little over an hour which was not a problem. Fast efficient service and... More 

Thank 1977DougT
Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

So glad we found this gem in downtown Reading! We loved the raw oysters, the service was excellent, and the atmosphere has an old world feel that we enjoyed very much, Can't wait to go back!

Thank Tonya C
Gap, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

I went as part of a mixed-aged group to celebrate a birthday. The place was crowded; the service was bad; food dribbled out over the course of a half hour; the food was so bad that most of us in the party got sick on it. The men's restroom should never have passed code. I wanted to look at the... More 

Thank gnd46gnd
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Awesome oysters! All four in my party had different dishes (seafood, steak, veggie options) and all loved them. Get a reservation! We went hoping for a table and had to sit at the bar. Not the worst thing in the world but service is a bit slower due to business. Still highly recommended!

Thank SteveG13
Queenstown, Maryland
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239 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Great food and a wonderful atmosphere. Our server was outstanding. Cheesesteak and fries, burger and lamb burger. All were really good. The wine and the Guinness were all good as well. Worth the stop if you are in Reading.

Thank Denver7889
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Some of the best service we've had in a while. Great waitress (Rachel), neat atmosphere, really good soup and seafood. Also great beer selection, as the waitress guided us through all the microbrews.

Thank Sam W
East Stroudsburg, PA, United States
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

I have gone to this place for years. It is privately owned by a hands on owner, Glen. All the food is great. I love the soups, oysters, and burgers, but it is all great. The beer selection is also nice, with rotating taps, as well as lots of bottles. Nice decor and parking is easy. This place has a... More 

Thank Kent G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
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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 South Fifth Street, Reading, PA
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: +1 610-373-6791

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?