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The Ugly Oyster

21 South Fifth Street, Reading, PA
(610) 373-6791
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Ranked #9 of 282 Restaurants in Reading
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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- Sep 19, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I love seafood and I was told by a friend to visit the Ugly Oyster and try the Crab cake sandwich and it was DELICIOUS!!! Will be going back!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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96 reviews 96 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I was in town for work when a co-worker brought me here for lunch. I loved seafood and was really excited to have lunch here. I asked the waitress what she recommended and she suggested the crab cake sandwich. My co-worker both got it and we were both extremely disappointed. It was dry, bland, overcooked, and didn't even taste anything... More

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Central PA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Quaint is the best word I can use to describe this wonderful restaurant in the heart of Reading. My friend had eaten here before and told me to go there and try the raw oysters. I was not an oyster fan, but I had never tried them raw before. The restaurant had four different kinds on the menu but only... More

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We went on a Thursday night and they had live entertainment. A group of random Irish fiddlers is how I would describe them. It was great and made the evening more enjoyable. They have an extensive beer list and the wait staff are very knowledgeable and helpful in finding a beer you will like. They really aim to please and... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Great Irish pub. We lucked out as they had an Irish jam session on Thurs.nite. Too bad they don't have music playing other nites. The lobster bisque was wonderful as were the salads we ordered.(good, dark greens!) Nice selection of beer on draught. Crab cakes were very dry and NOT lump crab as advertised. Friendly, funny wait staff. If and... More

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Ponte Vedra Beach
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Desiree is a gem. She basically ordered our food. Scrumptious blue point oysters, a seafood sampler & hand cut fries. The food was superb, the atmosphere was just as cool as we expected, but the staff MADE the visit a 10+

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Shillington, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

Who would've thought. A Wednesday evening. Ugly Oyster... been there a dozen times and have been very happy with the food, but tonight, I just had the best NY strip steak ever. No kidding, it was that good. 16 oz., perfectly medium. Simply Montreal seasoning with mushrooms/onions. Tender as could be. I'm afraid to try to repeat it. But I'll... More

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Akron, Ohio, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Had dinner at the Ugly Oyster for the very first time (July 2014), despite the fact that I used to live just a few blocks away in the early 2000's. What a treat! Ordered the scallop dinner. Very generous portion. Reasonable price. Delicious. I will definitely go back, the next time I am in Reading.

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Westminster, Maryland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

One of my coworkers and I stopped by for dinner on July 14, 2014. There is ample parking nearby, either on the curb or in the parking lot/parking garage, both basically just across the street. We parked in the garage and for the 2 hours we were there it was only $3. Some areas of Reading we drove through to... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We stopped in for a quick bite, one person in out party had the Oyster and was very pleased with them, the rest opted for other choices that were ok. Nothing our of the ordinary. The place was clean, service was good and the place was quite busy. This would probably be a better review if I liked oyster.

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