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The Ugly Oyster

21 South Fifth Street, Reading, PA
(610) 373-6791
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Ranked #14 of 279 restaurants in Reading
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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- Jul 1, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
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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Reading, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a good place to order seafood and know you will receive something good. We also enjoy other items on the menu but always my choice for some seafood.

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Madisom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Wow. You never know what you are gonna find in the strangest places. I was passing through Reading, and needed to find some place interesting. I stumbled on the Ugly Oyster, and what a great find! I had traveled through Ireland last year, and felt like I was back there again. A live irish group played all night as I... More

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Wonderful venue. If there is no room at the tables or few booths, sit at the bar. Try the fantastic mussels! You get a choice of three styles. I prefer the white wine and garlic (Provençale) style. Never thought to try a burger till my cousin had one! Now, it's my burger place of choice. And top it off with... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The Ugly Oyster exceedeed our expectations! We thought we would have a fun pub experience, instead we had the most amazing food and drink, caring serverss; overall an excellent experience.

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Newark, Delaware
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

In town for the jazz festival. Went there for dinner tonight on TA recommendations. Food was pretty good and service was nice. We tried the ugly pretzel, which was ok, not outstanding. I ordered the scallops over rice. I found it to be boring but my husband loved his Cajun salmon. The salad was really fresh and the fries really... More

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New Hartford, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Definitely a bar atmosphere. Fantastic burgers, crab cakes are awesome too! Beautiful woodwork. Great draft beer selection with some awesome IPAs.

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

Irish themed pub whose best days are obviously behind it. Overwhelmed by the smell of Pine Sol upon entering.. Less then friendly bartender. Ordered the crab dip that actually was quite good but served with an assortment of stale crackers and pretzels.. The men's room was in a word .. Disgusting.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

This is a Reading gem. The Ugly Pretzel was amazing. Melted cheese and crab on a huge soft pretzel. For Dinner I had the seafood Sampler and it was amazing. I think it was like 15.99 but it came with a ton of seafood. By Buddy got the Fried Oysters and he loved them. Great Food, good beer, excellent prices.... More

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

The service was terrible . Our food was super salty. Our salad arrived one minute before our hot food , and they had whole carrots and celery stalks in them that we had to cut down before we could eat them ... And it was a Monday night , not busy at all . I will not be returning

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