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The Ugly Oyster

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$$ - $$$
American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Seafood
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21 S 5th St, Reading, PA 19602-1005
+1 610-373-6791
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 02:00
Sat 12:00 - 02:00
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Reading, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Favorite. Atmosphere fantastic, Transports you to an ole pup in another time. Menu is excellent, delicious interpretation of the menu. Wait staff fun and professional at the same time. If you do not have a good evening it could be your fault!!!

Thank 740phil
Auburn, Alabama
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time. The oysters and muscles amazing. We will be back! A perfect intro to Reading restaurants for us.

Thank 1Sunny111
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our first time here for dinner and drinks with friends. The food was delicious! Especially the salmon!! The atmosphere was like stepping into an Irish pub!! I only wish they served Shepards Pie!

Thank bird103
Baltimore, United States
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 March 2017

This eclectic little joint showcases a compact menu of local favorites, featuring delicious seafood in an unlikely city. The dishes all feature a signature spin, highly recommend the steak and cheese, portobello sandwich, hand-cut fries and the mussels. Fantastic beer selection but our server never informed us about just how extensive it was, and I settled for draft Stella. Check... More 

Thank X3157LUmegans
Reading, United States
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Stopped in before the hockey game and had a great dinner with friends. The awesome beer line up, every one was happy with there meal. Would go back again!

Thank George T
Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

We had a drink after the Miranda Lambert concert. There was good service at the bar and a good crowd. The place has nice decor and a good selection of draft beers.

Thank Saljunebug
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Cozy atmosphere. Friendly staff, great food. Reservations not required but sometimes necessary. Really Irish.

1 Thank E1509ZXdennisc
Reading, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We absolutely love this place! Beautifully replicated Irish pub! Cozy,warm, inviting! Great food and even better draught beer selection! We have always had wonderful dining experiences here! The staff is friendly and helpful. Definitely worth the visit if you are coming to the Reading area.

1 Thank carol w
Reading, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Ugly Oyster. The bar and restaurant has a great atmosphere and the fish and chips were amazing! Service was friendly and attentive.

Thank Tracie N
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Loved this place. A new favorite when we are in Reading. We stopped in on a busy Saturday night, not knowing they take reservations, we were greeted by the hostess and owner. They did everything they could to get us a table. We were very thankful. Atmosphere was fun. Food we ordered was delicious and hot. Fish and chips, burger,... More 

Thank AprilCol428

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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
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?