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Oyster

4.2
4.2
338 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Fresh Seafood & Hand Cut Steaks along with Italian Classics in Downtown Wilkes-Barre, PA. Oyster is the restaurant that began the revitalization of Downtown Wilkes-Barre. Our skilled culinary team along with our Romantic setting, and out of this world service makes for a memorable evening. The blending of bold rococo architectural design & the flavors make an upscale yet affordable experience. Portions are generous & meant to be shared "family style". With the mostly white space, candle-lit atmosphere, open kitchen & striking exotic mahogany floors the restaurant brims with a hip eclectic crowd of celebrities, families & business leaders. Certainly, Oyster is a place to see & be seen for the elegant as well as the casual diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steakhouse, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (570) 820-0990

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    In house and take out catering available. Contact the sales office for further information.

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room available with appropriate audio and visual when booked in advance. Please contact Elise for further information. 570-208-8508

  • Private party contact

    Elise: (570) 208-8508

  • Neighborhood

    Wilkes-Barre

  • Cross street

    Pennsylvania & N. Washington

  • Parking details

    Complimentary parking is available at the Best Western Genetti Hotel lot and Pennsylvania Avenue lot. Street parking on South Washington & Public Square are available at metered spots.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 338 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. R

    Rick

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Arrived at 7. Took about 20 min for order to be taken. Took over an hour for food to arrive. Kept getting apologies for delay. Food was excellent.
  2. LM

    LouiseM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mike and Leslie were terrific. We will come again when in town!
  3. GL

    GaryL

    Poconos

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have eaten here many times. Always a great meal.
  4. G

    Geno2

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Pleasant, but not special. Not one oyster on the menu. Strange, given its name.
  5. GW

    GinaW

    Poconos

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Michael and Leslie were extremely accommodating. Food was delicious,especially the lobster bisque. Parking was easy. We will be back. Gina
  6. CB

    CathyB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A throwback from a bygone era, Oysters is reminiscent of a 30s dinner lounge in an unlikely spot tucked into the Best Western in Willes Barre. Michael, our server, is a pro who'd easily outdo Smith & Wollenskys finest. His recommendations for appetizers and mains were spot on, and the filet mignon and poached butter lobster was just divine. Leslie, his understudy was equally adept and very pleasant. Dessert was handpicked this morning and was quite the treat, as was the entire experience. Just perfect!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michael is the heart and soul of Oyster. He is the reason we go there. Great food, great service and a great person.
  8. HW

    HemWagner

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A step back into the past for old time restaurants. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby music; old time decorations, wonderful drinks and steaks, and our service was impeccable. Michael was one fabulous waiter- very helpful, attentive, and pleasant.
  9. MP

    MaryannP

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Very disappointed with service and atmosphere. Only one waiter who was taking forever just to take our drink order. We decided to leave before ordering. So sad to see the state of this restaurant.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been to many of restaurants in my life but this restaurant won my heart by a landslide. Greeted by the lovely Rachel who warmed us up. Michael our host was OUTSTANDING!!!! DO YOU HEAR ME???? When I say Michael went above and beyond his job and really made me and my husband feel like family. I love it!!!! Peter the chef was fabulous very accommodating and the dishes were AMAZING!!! Everyone were super friendly. The restaurant was very classy yet comfortable. Definitely will be returning. The services were phenomenal, the food was magnificent
  11. ST

    STho

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michael was a really great waiter. He always had great advice when it came down to deciding on our meals since it was our first time eating there!
  12. DD

    DennisD

    Poconos

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michael did a fabulous job serving us. Recommend Oysters and Michael. Enjoy!
  13. SA

    StephanieA

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I always celebrate the day we started dating 17 years ago on February 12th. We went to Oyster for dinner on Valentine’s Day weekend. Michael was an absolutely phenomenal waiter. The food was amazing and the carrot cake was one of the best we’ve ever had.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a perfect night. The food was excellent, the service was fantastic, and the drinks were good. Michael took care of us and was a great host. Cost was reasonable.
  15. JK

    JohnK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Not too busy but the waitress was a tad slow. Overall great experience though!
  16. S

    Sajomu

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. Food portions are big and decorated beautifully. Our waiter was fantastic and made our New Year’s Eve celebration truly special.
  17. SH

    StephanieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and a romantic atmosphere. Such a great dining experience!
  18. TN

    TraceyN

    Poconos

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was delightful from greeting to dessert. Presentation and taste were fantastic. 5 star service. Highly recommend
  19. RV

    RestaurantVisitor

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Excellent food and service. Beautifully decorated dining room.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere. The host Mike is the most professional and fun server I have ever met. Thank you fkr the great experience!
  21. CD

    ColoradoDan

    Pittsburgh

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great dining experience at Oyster. The Cesar salad was fresh and crisp. I opted for the burger which was cooked to perfection. It’s wasn’t too busy on a Monday night. The server was very friendly and attentive.
  22. RC

    RonaldC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Staff was helpful and informative. Overall a great place to visit and enjoy.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    In town for a sports event. We were the only people in the restaurant. Mikey, our host/bartender/server was fantastic! He was funny and made great recommendations. Food was on par with big name steakhouse.
  24. C

    Chuck

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Off the cuff decision to visit. Michael our server was excellent. Very old school attention to details. Very interactive and proper. Food was prepared to order so expect some waiting. But this is fine dining...The lobster bisque is a most have. Will be back for our next special occasion.
  25. B

    Beth

    Poconos

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We happened upon this place during a trip and were pleasantly surprised at how good the food and the service was. Michael is such a wonderful host and made sure our requests were met and that we had whatever we needed in order to have a great family night out! We will definitely be coming back again!
  26. FB

    FrankB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance, the food and service was fantastic. Definitely will be back.

    OysterResponded on February 20, 2020Thank you for sharing your kind words. Thom Greco

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The exceptional staff, attention to detail and personal touches keep us coming back :)
  28. C

    Cari

    Poconos

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went for an early Valentine’s Day dinner last night. I have seen the sign so many times and forget about it when I want to go out to dinner. Finally we decided to try it and I am mad at myself for not trying it sooner!!! We were greeted by Michael the bartender/Manager on Duty who was incredibly pleasant and very helpful. Parking is a little funny there so he actually walked out with me to show my husband where to park. He sat is in a great area that looked a little like a gazebo with mosquito netting which I thought was very charming. Our server, Cody I believe his name was, greeted us almost immediately. He told us the favorite items on the menu, and brought our drinks back the appetizers followed very shortly after and he took our dinner order. The food was incredible! The oysters, very fresh and delicious, the wedge salad was amazing. I love that they put a little vinegar and oil to contrast the blue cheese and the bacon was so crispy! The calamari was incredible and had some wilted spinach, capers, banana peppers and had marinara on the side. My filet for dinner was perfectly cooked med rare and had a half of a lobster tail in it which was also cooked perfectly. My husband has a NY strip with an amazing blue cheese and prosciutto cream that was so good I started dipping my food in it! Do not leave without trying their chocolate desert, I forget what it was called but it had chocolate cake, chocolate mouse, molten chocolate and was smothered in a chocolate that hardened a little as it cooled off. We were so happy with the wonderful staff, the amazing food and the ambiance! The only problem that we encountered was that the owner (I think) and an event coordinator (I think) just by hearing their conversation, were incredibly loud in their whole conversation and talking about money. Which I thought was very inappropriate in the dining room during dinner service. That kind of a conversation should not be had around guests in the dining room.

    OysterResponded on February 15, 2020Thank you for the great comments. Michael is the best and Corey is fast becoming one of our best servers. I appreciate your comments about the food quality and service. The suf & turf is a favorite. Chocolate Decadence is exactly as you describe it!

  29. BP

    BrianP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2020

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    The food was over priced and just not good at all. I would not recommend this place to anybody. The cuts of met wre mediocre at best. Very disappointing.
  30. BB

    BoBoF

    Atlantic City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Show at Kirby Center

    OysterResponded on February 15, 2020Thank you for the great rating!

  31. JB

    JohnB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent & service was great! Definitely would recommend it for dinner!

    OysterResponded on February 15, 2020Thank you for your great comments! Thom Greco

  32. C

    Carrie

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We walked in and there was one table taken. The ambiance was unusual in that it almost felt like an old Vegas lounge...to the point we were expecting Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra to come out and do a show. But our waitress, Ajanae, and the host/bartender were extremely personable and attentive and the food.... Oh, the food! We ordered crab cakes, a dozen oysters Rockefeller, meatballs, a tuna tempura sushi roll, and a lobster cocktail....and that was just for appetizers! We also had a filet mignon au poivre, the menage a trois (filet, scallops, and lobster), and a pork cutlet parmesan. There isn't one thing we could find about any of it that we didn't like. I mean, we darn near licked our plates! We ended with a creme brulee that was as perfect as everything else. Don't let the dated interior fool you.... Everything was superb! And all of that food plus three beers and two martinis came to just a bit over $200. Definitely worth every penny!

    OysterResponded on February 15, 2020Thank you for the great comments on food and service. We are undertaking a remodel and trust you will enjoy it! We do favor Sinatra and Dean Martin music!

  33. MH

    MarkH

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Good value for the food- inexpensive and large portion. The real Achilles heel of this place is the decor and ombiance...the lobster tails were pretty good however.
  34. M

    Mskarla

    Columbus

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2019

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Service was very good. Food was not. My salad, described as mixed greens with a ginger sesame dressing, was mostly iceberg lettuce and the dressing would have been good had it been much less watery. My husband got ravioli, which I tasted. The red sauce was boring to the point of being tasteless. Our server was wonderful and attentive, but that couldn't make up for the food, unfortunately.
  35. JA

    JayA

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent wait staff! Gentleman making drinks for us (martinis) did a top notch job!!!
  36. D

    Dave

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    GREAT Service, Food was very good. Nice variety on the menu.
  37. AL

    AmyL

    Poconos

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    The bar manager made amazing drinks and had good conversation. When we were seated is when it went downhill. The waiter was not educated on the menu and when the other couple's food came out wrong, he just stared blankly at us and just removed it from the bill. Appetizers were delicious, entrees were extremely bland. Not the same Oyster it used to be.
  38. CS

    ChristineS

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2019

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    The "filet mignon" meatballs were inedible. Hard, dry and tasteless. Raw oysters were beautifully presented, but in fact were chewy and didn't taste fresh. The wine list included multiple wines by the glass, but the waitress said only one was currently available. Fortunately, it was the wine that I wanted. I'm sure my expectations were too high for the place, but the prices should match the quality, and they do not. It's overpriced for the mediocre quality.
  39. h

    huggybear

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent--great meal--good location --theater across street-- very clean & neat-- good service
  40. JA

    JoAnnL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food at Oyster was exceptional, prices were a bit high but expected at a fine dining establishment. Only negative was the service had 6pm reservations and was seated immediately. There was only one other table being served when our party of 3 arrived. We did not receive our entrees until 7:40 would not have been a problem but stated several times we had a show at 8pm. If you are not in a hurry or have plans afterwards Oyster is a must.

FAQs

Oyster is rated 4.2 stars by 338 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Oyster

77 East Market Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pennsylvania & N. Washington

  • Neighborhood

    Wilkes-Barre

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steakhouse, Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary parking is available at the Best Western Genetti Hotel lot and Pennsylvania Avenue lot. Street parking on South Washington & Public Square are available at metered spots.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (570) 820-0990

  • Catering

    In house and take out catering available. Contact the sales office for further information.

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining room available with appropriate audio and visual when booked in advance. Please contact Elise for further information. 570-208-8508

  • Private party contact

    Elise: (570) 208-8508

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