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The Ugly Oyster

21 S 5th St, Reading, PA 19602-1005
+1 610-373-6791
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“oysters” (66 reviews)
“fries” (21 reviews)
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American, Irish, Bar, Seafood, Pub
$$ - $$$
21 S 5th St, Reading, PA 19602-1005
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The best steak I ever had. Had the New York Strip with Cajun season. AMAZING! 5 THUMBS UP LOL. Had a window seat with no reservation and was seated for away. The waitress was very friendly. The food was quick and well prepared.

Thank Tiffany G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Awesome food, we were in town for a concert and ate here because of the reviews and we loved it!!! It was packed but the service was good and the food was amazing, we would definitely go back if we are ever in Reading again!

Thank jaimelee77
Reviewed 1 week ago

Looks like a fairly standard pub on the outside and is unpretentious with classic decor inside. Our first visit exceeded expectations for Saturday dinner. The service was quite good. The food was tasty indeed ranging from soups, appetizers, entries were selected off the regular menu...More

Thank Leonard M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been there many times throuout the last 10 years and it's a must visit. The food and atmosphere is outstanding. It feels alot like an actual Irish pub (I've been there!) I recommend the chicken cheese steak

Thank Corky132
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff was friendly, we had a big group and they kept up with us fairly well considering there was a convention and a concert in town that evening.

Thank Kristin C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The pulled pork grilled cheese was outstanding. Cute little pub, service was speedy and prices are reasonable. I would go back for sure if I was ever in the area again

Thank Julie S
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Favorite. Atmosphere fantastic, Transports you to an ole pup in another time. Menu is excellent, delicious interpretation of the menu. Wait staff fun and professional at the same time. If you do not have a good evening it could be your fault!!!

Thank 740phil
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

We had a great time. The oysters and muscles amazing. We will be back! A perfect intro to Reading restaurants for us.

Thank 1Sunny111
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Our first time here for dinner and drinks with friends. The food was delicious! Especially the salmon!! The atmosphere was like stepping into an Irish pub!! I only wish they served Shepards Pie!

Thank bird103
Reviewed 9 March 2017

This eclectic little joint showcases a compact menu of local favorites, featuring delicious seafood in an unlikely city. The dishes all feature a signature spin, highly recommend the steak and cheese, portobello sandwich, hand-cut fries and the mussels. Fantastic beer selection but our server never...More

Thank X3157LUmegans
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Nearby Attractions
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
118 reviews
.55 km away
Santander Arena
98 reviews
.40 km away
Reading Co. Technical and Historical Society
8 reviews
.77 km away
Miller Center for The Arts
7 reviews
.60 km away
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Is the restaurant in walking distance to the arena? I'm surprising my boyfriend with tickets to an event and want to try to find something close by. Never been to Reading, so I'm not sure about parking or how busy the area would be.
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
American, Irish, Bar, Seafood, Pub
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
  • E-mail