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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: Reservations, Late Night

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  • 29
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  • 37
    Very good
  • 8
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  • 4
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nicely Done Pub & Grub

A fun Pub, a touch of Britain in Reading, PA. I have enjoyed the Fish & Chips in Guiness batter with malt vinegar and very good burgers. Set your expectation for Pub fare and you will not be disappointed. Great beers on tap and bottle. In a downtown area with not alot of good choices it is my go... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
Dreyfus01
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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I'll just say we weren't impressed with either the food or the service. Both were tolerable, but I'd never go back for oysters (which is a bummer, since the place has "oyster" in its name). If you're looking for decent fish fry type food and a cold beer, this works. And the fries (made to order) are indeed quite good.... More 

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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

A fun Pub, a touch of Britain in Reading, PA. I have enjoyed the Fish & Chips in Guiness batter with malt vinegar and very good burgers. Set your expectation for Pub fare and you will not be disappointed. Great beers on tap and bottle. In a downtown area with not alot of good choices it is my go to... More 

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Meriden, Connecticut, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Great local bar and pub! Pub fare food, cold drinks. Definitely one of the 2 bars in center city I would recommend. Service is very good. Only problem is the actual bar was brought in from Ireland and I guess they are really short because it's hard to get adjust your legs at the bar. I'm 5'2

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We stopped for an early Saturday dinner.There were not many patrons there, but there were a lot of reserved signs on the tables. We were quickly seated. They have a nice tap beer selection. The drink service was quick, and our food orders were taken. We both had steak sandwiches with fries, and they were excellent. Nice size portions. service... More 

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Standard bar fare, expected a really good crab cake on a roll but it was mushy and not seasoned well.

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Pensacola, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Probably won't go back here again. Waitress was rude and grumpy. Took forever to get our drinks, when they did come, they were the wrong drinks. Food was so-so.

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Old style bar in the heart of Reading. Lump Crab Meat Sandwich with Old Bay Fries. Meter Parking or Parking Garage.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We don't go into the city often, but when we do this is usually where we go, I love this little "pub", we have never had a bad meal here, from steak sandwiches to oysters. It's quaint and small and do no even think to go here when there is an event in town, it gets packed. We like to... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

My husband and I visited The Ugly Oyster on a Saturday afternoon. The location is not the greatest as it is located in Reading, however, there is convenient garage parking within a block of the restaurant. The look and the atmosphere of the bar are great. This was an old English pub that was shipped here from the UK and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I stopped in here for the first time with a couple of friends for dinner I was surprised being in Reading as to how nice it was inside, The food was good the service was great the only downside is the place is small but has a very nice atmosphere with Irish music playing, I would definitely recommend the ugly... 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
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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