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The Ugly Oyster

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

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great food and atmosphere, but the neighborhood seems a little sketchy

Ok, 8 grown men, the neighborhood was not that bad, but this is not a mall out-lot. That said, the food and service was great, and I would not hesitate to visit again or recommend it to other similar groups. The neighborhood would make me reluctant to recommend the Ugly Oyster as a romantic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Akron, Ohio
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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English first
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very popular Irish bar with limited seating, so do call ahead for reservations should you want a table for dinner. We went on a Friday night and sat at the bar because no tables would have been available for 2 hours. There's a nice selection of beers on tap and they do know how to pour a... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ok, 8 grown men, the neighborhood was not that bad, but this is not a mall out-lot. That said, the food and service was great, and I would not hesitate to visit again or recommend it to other similar groups. The neighborhood would make me reluctant to recommend the Ugly Oyster as a romantic evening, unless you plan on capping... More 

Thank OscarPhilips
Reading, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Authentic Irish atmosphere. Great beverage selections. Friendly staff. Great little get away in the city. Perfect spot before or after a Royals game or catching a show at the Performing Arts Center. Food is great. There are a couple signature dishes worth trying. The Ugly Pretzel and Chicken Cheesteak sandwich are a few of my favorites.

Thank Kristy W
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121 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The UO does not disappoint. The Oysters were amazing once again. Staff is always friendly. Food is plentiful and the atmosphere is very relaxed and welcoming. Always make it a point to stop here when coming into Reading.

Thank sunny45
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We hadn't been to the UO for several years. The atmosphere remains amazing. The Guinness is perfectly poured. However, the fish and chips were just about not edible. Heavy, greasy coating on the fish. Tasted like it was fried in old oil. The wait staff was not interested. Needless to say, we will pop in here for a beer but... More 

Thank JillpainterMoyer
Myerstown, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Food is awesome .. It's called the Ugly Oyster for a reason.. Try the seafood it will not disappoint you.. Plenty of choice when it comes to beer! We love to order unique ones and trying them out.. The staff is awesome .. Just real down to earth bar people .. Makes you want to comeback anytime we go the... More 

Thank Meam172000
Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

We go here for lunch from time to time and enjoy it very much. An pub standard, Fish & chips are great, Guiness battered fried til crisp. Staff friendly and professional.

Thank Craig M
Ephrata, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

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.

Thank Sarah L
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

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!

Thank SWCSnowflake
Reading, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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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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: Pub, American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene


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

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