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21 South Fifth Street, Reading, PA
(610) 373-6791
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Today
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Closed now
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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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Visitor rating
  • 27
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Nice place good food

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
gmorganHamburg
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hamburg
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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72 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
hamburg
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92 reviews 92 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

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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Pennsylvania
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62 reviews 62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Huge beer selection. Had a very good evening here. Food was somewhat unique, and delicious. Our server was fantastic and fun!

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Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Well I have to say the place is very Authentic if you like crowded, cramped in pub atmosphere. Look no further, you have come to the right place. If you like your food very salty, and spicy then you will be in heaven. If you like your delicious craft beer served with a bit of attitude do hesitate. Of course... More 

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Tamaqua, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

My boyfriend and I went here before and after a show at the santander performing arts center and decided to eat at the Oyster. BEST choice we had the best dinner, I had the filet mignon very good and he had clams and some kind of seafood dish that was awesome, everything was prepared perfect! We even went back after... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Great friendly service. Delicious food. Hidden gem in Reading. Highly recommended. Fried oysters ROCK!!!

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Waterbury, Connecticut
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91 reviews 91 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This place is a great stop for a person looking for a craft beer and some great food. This was a stop made while travelling through the area and very glad we went. The oysters were fresh and very tasty, the entire place has a great Irish bar theme, and our lunches were excellent as well. Service was good and... More 

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Warm and inviting pub with phenomenal chef specialty choices seafood & salad. Desiree at bar has awesome memory to remember us and our likes.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Stopped in for a meal before the Royals hockey game. Service was prompt, sandwich was very tasty and reasonably priced. Good atmosphere and loads of beer on tap. Put the bar on your list of places to visit.

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I love the Ugly Oyster. We have gone many many times and even if a meal isn't perfect, the staff have always rectified the problem immediately. We love the atmosphere. It's old, it's small, it's often loud, it's extremely packed at times, it's a jolly pub with loads of character. Don't bring anyone here for a quiet date, this is... More 

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Douglassville, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I believe this is the oldest or at least one of the oldest buildings and bars in the Reading area. It looks and feels it at least! Despite the years of dust hanging on the old pictures and antiques on the walls, the food is excellent. Their wings are out of this world -- but be prepared to wait! Perfection... 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?