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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: Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 41
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  • 49
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Ireland in reading

Good comfort food. The atmosphere is like an Irish pub. The dining area is small and parking can be an issue.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
Richard B
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Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This spot has the best chicken cheesesteaks downtown! When you walk into the place it's beautiful and very cozy for couples. Great fast service.

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Thank Lynnie1963
Reading, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pub food at it's best! Love the oysters and the Portobello mushroom sandwich. Wonderful traditional Irish pub atmosphere. Great efficient fun staff!

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Thank weelass18
West Lawn, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Historic warm friendly pub with good food. Downtown Reading needs more places like this to give people a reason to visit downtown more regularly. There is money in the suburbs, now we need to get those people downtown to spend their money and support an independent business.

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Thank westlawn1507
Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Good comfort food. The atmosphere is like an Irish pub. The dining area is small and parking can be an issue.

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Thank Richard B
Elkridge, Maryland
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212 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

The Ugly Oyster is a wonderfully-welcoming Irish pub that offers tasty bar food, a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and tons of drink options in bottles and on tap. The bartenders are warm and friendly and the live music (if you're there when it's being played) is a perfect complement for the space. Be sure to try one of the handmade... More 

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Thank Christopher M
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

This is a very popular Irish bar with limited seating, so do call ahead for reservations should you want a table for dinner. We went on a Friday night and sat at the bar because no tables would have been available for 2 hours. There's a nice selection of beers on tap and they do know how to pour a... More 

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Thank Sandy B
Akron, Ohio
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130 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Ok, 8 grown men, the neighborhood was not that bad, but this is not a mall out-lot. That said, the food and service was great, and I would not hesitate to visit again or recommend it to other similar groups. The neighborhood would make me reluctant to recommend the Ugly Oyster as a romantic evening, unless you plan on capping... More 

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Thank OscarPhilips
Reading, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Authentic Irish atmosphere. Great beverage selections. Friendly staff. Great little get away in the city. Perfect spot before or after a Royals game or catching a show at the Performing Arts Center. Food is great. There are a couple signature dishes worth trying. The Ugly Pretzel and Chicken Cheesteak sandwich are a few of my favorites.

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Thank Kristy W
Pennsylvania
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122 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The UO does not disappoint. The Oysters were amazing once again. Staff is always friendly. Food is plentiful and the atmosphere is very relaxed and welcoming. Always make it a point to stop here when coming into Reading.

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Thank sunny45
Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We hadn't been to the UO for several years. The atmosphere remains amazing. The Guinness is perfectly poured. However, the fish and chips were just about not edible. Heavy, greasy coating on the fish. Tasted like it was fried in old oil. The wait staff was not interested. Needless to say, we will pop in here for a beer but... 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: Pub, American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
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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