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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, Lunch, Reservations

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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
Great local Irish Pub

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Nathan S
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English first
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

very good local bar restaurant gets very busy at dinner time so make reservations. not a large place. food is very good and cooked to order. staff is long term and they recognize and interact with customers with excellent service. atmosphere and design is of Irish pub and feels authentic as we have been to Ireland. some tables very small... More 

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Reading, Pa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This is a favorite spot to grab a bite or to have a full meal. Lot's of fresh seafood, great crab cakes, oysters, mussels....etc. Also they have a great filet mignon for an even better price. Lots of locals visit so make sure you have reservations on the weekend or go late afternoon for an early dinner. The furnishings came... More 

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Dunnellon, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

My wife had a craving for Crab Legs and I was reluctant to go to the Red Lobster. So I did a search for them and located The Ugly Oyster. We arrived there around 7:00 PM. I was dismayed to find that their menu was mostly seafood and very limited for a person like me who cannot eat sea food.... More 

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Sinking Spring, PA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The Ugly O is a decent Irish Pub in downtown Reading. It might be a more regular stop on our list if the kitchen was open a bit later on event nights in town. The beer is good, the atmosphere is good and the food is no better than just OK. Fun place ... just not special.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This was our first visit to Reading, PA, and we didn't hear a lot of good comments on the food scene. We were pleasantly surprised at the places we found. As my wife put it, "We didn't have a bad meal the whole time in Reading!" We stopped at the Ugly Oyster with friends on our first night there. We... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I've been to Ireland and this is as close as you'll get in this area. Great authentic food and atmosphere. Excellent beers on tap and in big bottles. Very knowledgeable staff about the beers too. It might sound crazy but after you've tried the more traditional Irish foods, try the wings! They're amazing! Some of the best I've ever had.

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Additional Information about The Ugly Oyster

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

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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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