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The Ugly Oyster

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21 South Fifth Street, Reading, PA
+1 610-373-6791
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 02:00
Sat 12:00 - 02:00
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Cozy atmosphere. Friendly staff, great food. Reservations not required but sometimes necessary. Really Irish.

Thank E1509ZXdennisc
Reading, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We absolutely love this place! Beautifully replicated Irish pub! Cozy,warm, inviting! Great food and even better draught beer selection! We have always had wonderful dining experiences here! The staff is friendly and helpful. Definitely worth the visit if you are coming to the Reading area.

Thank carol w
Reading, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Ugly Oyster. The bar and restaurant has a great atmosphere and the fish and chips were amazing! Service was friendly and attentive.

Thank Tracie N
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved this place. A new favorite when we are in Reading. We stopped in on a busy Saturday night, not knowing they take reservations, we were greeted by the hostess and owner. They did everything they could to get us a table. We were very thankful. Atmosphere was fun. Food we ordered was delicious and hot. Fish and chips, burger,... More 

Thank AprilCol428
Manahawkin, New Jersey
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We travel to Redding once a year on business. We were referred to the Ugly Oyster and loved it! Quaint Irish Pub serving delicious dinners and yummy bar food. Can't go wrong for a casual meal.

Thank Cheryl D
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was ok. I had fried oyster sandwich, my family had fish and chips. Waiter was busy so wasn't spending time to explain us with the menu. Over all it wasn't too bad. Good place to hang out and have a glass of wine or beer.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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533 reviews
320 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My spouse and I dined at The Ugly Oyster Drafthaus for lunch on a Saturday afternoon in late October 2016. This bar/restaurant opened, which opened in downtown Reading in 2000, occupies the oldest pub in Berks County (founded in 1700). The bar is located two blocks from the Santander Arena (previously called the Sovereign Center). The Ugly Oyster is open... More 

1 Thank fluffnfold
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I used to go to this place when it was a total dive!!! It has become one of the spots in Reading to go!!! Food is good & the service is awesome!!!

Thank Dubrodlic
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Going to the ugly oyster reminds me of our first meal in Ireland without the overnight flight. The beautiful wooden bar was imported from Ireland and the Guinness is as close as you can get to the Temple bar area . The fish and chips come in 2 varieties ,old school or new school. And the oysters are as fresh... More 

1 Thank Sharlene M
Reading, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Oyster is a beautiful pub in downtown Reading. The food is very good. I enjoy the old woodwork and the bar was made in England.

Thank Allzee

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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, Bar, Pub, Irish, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, 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 South Fifth Street, Reading, PA
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: +1 610-373-6791

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?