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“Not Ugly at All!”
Review of The Ugly Oyster

The Ugly Oyster
Ranked #5 of 314 Restaurants in Reading
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
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.

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Thank gwenrich8
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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 bisque and (2) curried scallop. Their crab imperial pretzel was not what we expected; however, we loved the taste with a hint of horseradish, we believe. But the pièce-de-résistance was the incredible steamed seafood sampler with clams, shrimp, mussels, and crab legs. We took out time and savored each item. Service - prompt, attentive, and personable. Parking: there is a lot next door. The kiosk is $1.50 hour. Fridays 3-6 is free for Ugly Oyster patrons. After 6 pm you don't need to pay.

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Thank Janou J
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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 salad. Nice arrangement of greens with chilled seafood on top. No complaints. I had the Crab Cake Sandwich. Nice size crab cake prepared nicely. I had tartar and cocktail sauce on the side. I chose the chips and a pickle over the fries. Ample paid parking at the municipal lot across the street. Menu had a lot of choices. Worth a return trip when I visit the area.

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Thank bbbob84
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Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

Hidden in the heart of reading pa is this gem of a bar with decadent and fun food. We started with a pretzel in a remarkably tasty crab (real crab!) and cheese sauce. Way too rich and big for one but perfect for three especially with a Guinness. Also tried mussels, veggie melt, and salmon coated with crab. All were delicious with very generous portions. Service was incredibly friendly and helpful and the space had a wonderful old pub vibe with tin ceilings, dark wood and a beautiful bar. Very family friendly. If you find yourself in reading a true must!

Thank Laurie V
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Reviewed 6 June 2017

If you are in downtown Reading, this is the best option. The interior is awesome, the staff is friendly and the food is terrific. It is small but you are not packed on top of each other like their main tavern competitor over on Penn Street. I always order the Filet here but friends report that everything they ordered was good.

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Thank David R
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