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The Ugly Oyster

21 S 5th St, Reading, PA 19602-1005
+1 610-373-6791
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good36%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“oysters” (72 reviews)
“steak” (19 reviews)
“fries” (19 reviews)
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American, Irish, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
21 S 5th St, Reading, PA 19602-1005
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had fried oyster dinner and my guest had Ribeye steak. The oysters were large, lightly breaded and pretty good. Came with fries which were ok. The steak was a large portion and cooked medium rare as ordered. Nothing special about the food but our...More

Thank safe_foodforyou
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I go here almost every Thursday night after choir practice. There is a live Irish group playing and after 10 the burgers are half price!! The atmosphere is fun and friendly!

Thank Tama M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Live music, excellent food, friendly staff, awesome fun and lovely atmosphere. I can't think of anything to improve except not to run out of mussels...lol.

Thank Rob17578
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Look at this amazing food. Curry chowder, Seafood Bisque, Raw Chesapeake oysters, just incredible and good beer too!

1  Thank Suzee B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a recent visit to Reading,PA and the most wonderful Fire Company Museum we had lunch at this not ugly at all Ugly Oyster Pub. As a long time lover of Fried Oysters I can report those served today were among the best I have...More

Thank Dreyfus01
Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

We recently spent a night in Reading and we loved the Ugly Oyster so much we stopped in twice. Great beer selection and the oysters and snow crab were amazing, also our bar tender was great.

Thank chetndeb
Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

Food is very good with a friendly staff, just make sure you make reservations well in advance if your going to concert or sporting event at Santander as the place is very small and without them you won’t get a table.

Thank Naabemga
Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

Got into town for a concert a little before check in at the Double Tree... this pub is only a couple blocks away and perfect stop for a draft, sandwich and bowl of soup! We had the Rueben and their special was a Awesome Shrimp...More

Thank mjrgnsn
Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

This is truly a great place to eat in the City. Their raw oysters are incredibly fresh, their prime rib on Fridays and Saturdays is legendary, and the atmosphere is so cozy! We have eaten here many times and the food is always great. Definitely...More

Thank Jill M
Reviewed 7 March 2018

Went there for a pre-concert dinner but did not have reservations as place is not very big and was booked the week before. We had to sit at the bar which was fine. Had a very good philly cheesteak and hand cut fries. Many beers...More

Thank Mike B
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Andrew H
9 July 2018|
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Response from Dreyfus01 | Reviewed this property |
There is a extensive menu including sandwiches, soups and salad specials, chicken fingers, french frieds. There is a large bar area but also areas removed from there which are more family friendly.
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
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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