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The Ugly Oyster

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21 South Fifth Street, Reading, PA
(610) 373-6791
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Today
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

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Visitor rating
  • 29
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 7
    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
Disappointing Meal

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

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
BettyL509
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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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77 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Scranton, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

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
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
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
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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hamburg
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92 reviews 92 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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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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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant 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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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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