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The Ugly Oyster

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$$ - $$$
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21 S 5th St, Reading, PA 19602-1005
(610) 373-6791
11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some of the best service we've had in a while. Great waitress (Rachel), neat atmosphere, really good soup and seafood. Also great beer selection, as the waitress guided us through all the microbrews.

Thank Sam W
East Stroudsburg, PA, United States
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

I have gone to this place for years. It is privately owned by a hands on owner, Glen. All the food is great. I love the soups, oysters, and burgers, but it is all great. The beer selection is also nice, with rotating taps, as well as lots of bottles. Nice decor and parking is easy. This place has a... More 

Thank Kent G
Reading, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

The property itself is really unique with loads of charming features. It could be cleaner. The menu has some standouts, I've ordered the prime rib several times and its always great! I LOVE the oysters they really get them fresh and tasty and have more variety than most places in Berks. The bar also carries a lot of variety so... More 

Thank Jaime P
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

Have been there several times, the selection of beers is typical of an Irish pub house. Usually order some sort of seafood and I not been disappointed. The steamed seafood sampler, listed as an appetizer serves as a meal and the shrimp bisque is always good. When I have guests in from out of town the Ugly Oyster is a... More 

Thank Dave G
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

We have been coming here for years and seen the neighborhood change from good to bad to good and bad again but this place stayed consistent and good. The service is friendly and the food is good and plentiful. Huge portions for the price. Our faves are their salads and soups bit everything else is good too. Parking is across... More 

Thank Yokohawaii
Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

I pride myself on giving fair reviews and it disappoints me to have to give this place 2 stars. I have been to this restaurant probably 6-8 times or so over the last several years. (I live 40 mins away so it's not close to home.) It's my kind of place, I like pubs with good food and a good... More 

1 Thank adshelgren
Mohnton, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

We usually try to stop in 1 or 2 times a year for the prime rib. Our last visit was about a year ago and will probably not come back. The prime rib was extremely tough and the drinks were very expensive. We'll look elsewhere as there are too many choices that wouldn't require a trip into Reading..

1 Thank dkrieb
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

They advertise that they have the best steak in town and they were right! But it is a bar and mitre ally for a family. They did have two small tables at the front we were able to sit in with the kids.

Thank Megan C
Brussels, Belgium
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88 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

First visit in this place and I feel like disappointed. Nice place, friendly service and I had not to wait to be served but the platter crab is not at the level of what a good crab is. If I go back there (and I think I will do because they try their best ), I will go for steak... More 

Thank PFlament
Norwalk, Connecticut
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193 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

We were in Reading for one night and I could tell from the reviews we would love this place, and we did. Truly amazing and creative seafood, well-made martinis, fun and friendly staff, and a terrific casual atmosphere. We had a great time talking to the owner and the bartenders. We loved our meal: Blue Point oysters (better than the... More 

1 Thank shell202020

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 S 5th St, Reading, PA 19602-1005
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: (610) 373-6791

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