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The Ugly Oyster

21 S 5th St, Reading, PA 19602-1005
+1 610-373-6791
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good36%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“oysters” (70 reviews)
“steak” (19 reviews)
“fries” (19 reviews)
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American, Irish, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
21 S 5th St, Reading, PA 19602-1005
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We recently spent a night in Reading and we loved the Ugly Oyster so much we stopped in twice. Great beer selection and the oysters and snow crab were amazing, also our bar tender was great.

Thank chetndeb
Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

Food is very good with a friendly staff, just make sure you make reservations well in advance if your going to concert or sporting event at Santander as the place is very small and without them you won’t get a table.

Thank Naabemga
Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

Got into town for a concert a little before check in at the Double Tree... this pub is only a couple blocks away and perfect stop for a draft, sandwich and bowl of soup! We had the Rueben and their special was a Awesome Shrimp...More

Thank mjrgnsn
Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

This is truly a great place to eat in the City. Their raw oysters are incredibly fresh, their prime rib on Fridays and Saturdays is legendary, and the atmosphere is so cozy! We have eaten here many times and the food is always great. Definitely...More

Thank Jill M
Reviewed 6 March 2018

Went there for a pre-concert dinner but did not have reservations as place is not very big and was booked the week before. We had to sit at the bar which was fine. Had a very good philly cheesteak and hand cut fries. Many beers...More

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

My husband and I went to this restaurant this past weekend before heading over to the arena for a concert. We ordered the crab dip which was delicious and a couple drinks to start. Our server came back and took our order. I got the...More

Thank Jackiev3307
Reviewed 27 February 2018

Went for dinner Saturday night and had a great meal. Place was full and still the service was very good. Meals were both prepared the way we asked, and yummy! Couldn't believe the beer selection. Wish we would have been told there was stuff on...More

Thank MDK176
Reviewed 16 February 2018

Used my trusty Tripadvisor to find this place after another highly recommended was closed on a Monday. Sat at the bar and drank half guiness and half amstel - pretty good, was hoping they had smithwicks for a Blacksmith but they only had the bottles....More

Thank PJM37
Reviewed 16 February 2018

Thought i would give this place one more try after showing up for St Patty Day and they ran out of Food. lol Date night reservation 5pm - traffic is horrible because of the Penn St issues. no one picked up the phone so i...More

1  Thank Jay S
Reviewed 4 February 2018

This is a pub that certainly makes England look good. The crying oysters on the side of the building is good for a laugh, and catches your attention. To be granted, I was sick when I went, so I can't remember every detail, but it's...More

Thank Black S
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5 March 2015|
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Response from Kurt K | Reviewed this property |
Two blocks down from the arena with parking right across the street. Park at restaurant and walk up - 2 minutes. Plus parking at that location avoids the garage disaster at end of game, and both lots $5. Easy exit out of... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 S 5th St, Reading, PA 19602-1005
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: +1 610-373-6791
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