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The Ugly Oyster

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21 South Fifth Street, Reading, PA
(610) 373-6791
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11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious food and fun atmosphere

Love love love the food here. Everything, even the pickles are homemade. And the atmosphere is so fun and relaxing. Great place to go after a long day at work. And the tootsie pop at the end just makes it that much more awesome.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Sarah L
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Ephrata, Pennsylvania
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Ephrata, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Love love love the food here. Everything, even the pickles are homemade. And the atmosphere is so fun and relaxing. Great place to go after a long day at work. And the tootsie pop at the end just makes it that much more awesome.

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Chevy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Wow. The Ugly Oyster makes you think you've stepped into a fantastic Irish Pub. Interesting stained glass, great brew, great menu. Definitely a win!

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Last night, I ordered an entree - beer battered fish & chips - to be delivered via Reading Food Express. My order arrived in less than an hour, which was great, but the food from The Ugly Oyster was horrible. Both the fish and the chips were more than just overcooked - they were nearly incinerated. I'm not a professional... More 

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The ambiance was super.....but it stopped there. The food was below average, the waitstaff was friendly, but inattentive and slow. The beer could have been colder and the AC was not working....so it was overly warm. Probably be a long time before we return.....disappointing.

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Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Our food was overall very good. I liked the seafood choices and what we ordered was not overcooked. The atmosphere is quite interesting, could use a little cleaning but they had been busy that night. Drinks were not watered down, Tangueray and tonics. Will definitely visit again.

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Saint Simons Island, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

By the name of the restaurant, who would know just how great the filet would be. Well, I do now you you will from this review. The filet was a high grade of beef. It was has tender as it could be. And the flavor was as good as ANY steak I have ever had at any "steak" restaurant. Add... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This is a great little Irish Pub that is a favorite hang out place for the locals. The food is typical pub fare and is good but nothing out of the ordinary. The best part of this place is the atmosphere and fun crowd.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Being Irish, I like the Ugly Oyster. The décor is wonderful, and it definitely has a good Irish atmosphere. My Irish relatives have all enjoyed visiting the UO. It's more a place for drinks and socializing than for a gourmet meal. A lot of locals seem to hang out there and it gets a little crowded sometimes, so reservations are... More 

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Food is never really good, usually over seasoned. If your not well known with the staff you'll probably wait for service. Doubt I'll go again.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This is a place that you would want to come more often. If not for the oysters, you definitely come back for some good beer on tap that the owner gets through exclusive partnership. The place is decorated in such a manner that it makes you feel comfortable and at home. The owner is awesome and most likely will stop... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 21 South Fifth Street, Reading, PA
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: (610) 373-6791

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Pub
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am

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