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Oyster

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349 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 10:00am; Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(570) 820-0990
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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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
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Private party contact
Elise: (570) 208-8508
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Catering
In house and take out catering available. Contact the sales office for further information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pennsylvania & N. Washington
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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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 349 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
4.3
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

it was excellent that michael was back everything as usual was excellent

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The food was AMAZING and the service was spot on!!! Had never heard of Oysters before our visit - but will ABSOLUTELY revisit and recommend!!!

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Service was terrible. Sat and had no one approach table for 10 minutes, then no drinks for another 15 minutes. Getting any drinks there after (1 more) took a half hour

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Loved it. Had a wonderful birthday dinner here. Will be returning soon!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Love this restaurant , Very Romantic. Food is excellent and the Service was great

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Awesome food!!!!!!

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Oyster was terrible. Waiter was very rude and never checked up on us. Atmosphere was very weird and awkward. Did not enjoy myself one bit. Food was bland and over priced.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

It was awesome! From the food,and service. Very caring staff!

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Service was great. It’s like walking into a John Waters movie. Different atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2018

A bit understaffed. The bartender was downright ornery. The decor made no sense. The food was tasty and so were the martinis

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We have visited the restaurant on numerous occasions n the food is amazing its the first place I took my girlfriend who i am proud to say is now my wife love the oyster.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

In town for a concert and the Oyster is about a block from the Kirby Center. Oyster had some
staffing issues the Saturday nite of our visit. At the bar, the stand-in bartender while hustling was just not that familiar with the layout. Went to check in for out reserved (5:15) table no one was in that position. Waited about 5 minutes another party showed up, mean while table servers passed by on the way to the bar for drinks. After another few minutes the bartender noticing that no one was taking care of the those waiting, came over and seated us and the other couple. There were already 4 tables occupied. Waiter provided adequate service, but was not very commutative, and didn't recheck with water fill ups, or a "how is the meal". Maybe staffing was problematic with flue season?? The food was good to very good. Both the signature chicken meal and the haddock in butter/lemon sauce were larger proportions than one usually finds in an up scale restaurant. And they were delivered hot. The decor is rather unique and enjoyed the relatively quiet dining environment.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Overall very good. Food excellent preparation.
Service, in my opinion, perhaps under staffed and lack of experience. I would return as a customer.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Friendly, attentive and knowledgeable staff. Nice atmosphere and delicious food.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

My wife and I are new to the area and enjoy finding good restaurants. Oyster did not disappoint, the food was excellent the ambiance was great and the service was fantastic. The wait staff was extremely friendly, I would definitely recommend them.

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2.0Dined on December 21, 2017

I took my girl there for her Birthday. The food was cold and not very good. Our waiter Michael was fantastic and did a great job. Personally i won’t be going back to Oysters!!

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2.0Dined on December 7, 2017

Server was very nice, however no knowledge of wine service. Food preperation was not top quality.

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3.0Dined on November 30, 2017

Unassuming location with an unusual set up but the food was very good and the bartender, waiter and host Michael was great. Get that man some help.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

My wife and I were in town and we ate here for our anniversary. Food was great, very enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on November 9, 2017

Fantastic as usual

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent in everything - service, atmosphere, and especially the food!! Go - you won’t regret it!!

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Took my girlfriend out for a date night after seeing all the great reviews for this place we decided to try it. Was totally worth it. Best meal either of us has had in NEPA. We had 5 star service. Michael greeted as we walked in and treated us like family very thorough and tremendous personality. We had another waitress who was also very helpful. Then to top it all off the owner came over when my girlfriend had to go to the bathroom and took her plate to keep it warm while she was gone. Absolutely incredible service. Best I’ve ever had hands down. Food was amazing too. Would recommend it to everyone. Definitely will go back

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2017

Loved everything about this place the food the waiter the scenery everything

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2.0Dined on October 3, 2017

While the atmosphere was just OK, the service was really good unfortunately the food was not good. I would not feel comfortable recommending this restaurant to other diners.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. From the time we walked in we felt like we were the only people there. we had someone there for whatever we wanted. The waiter made suggestions from the menu which were fantastic. Food, atmosphere, waiting staff were all great!! How had wonderful night.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2017

We were there for a pre-concert at the Kirby Center meal . It's in a Best Western within close walking distance to the venue with easy parking also nearby. The bar and bartender were fabulous, generous and well made drinks with fresh and diverse ingredients, think lots of fresh mint in our mojito and a really interesting botanical gin martini. The restaurant was very noisy and became quickly crowded as the concert time neared. I mention this because the only flaw in the evening was the overworked and underprepared staff. The food was excellent but given this was the night of a concert, they should have had more people serving. The folks there were as attentive as they could be but we had to ask several times for them to come back to our table. I would definitely go there again but would suggest management be more proactive in keeping the place fully staffed.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2017

It would be great to have the option of an Oyster dish for lunch!

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1.0Dined on July 22, 2017

The staff was rude to new clients. Salad did not have ingredients listed on menu. When I asked for bread the waitress said she had to check they said I could not have bread. They offer cold pizza as an appetizer that was awful. The steak au poive was doused in pepper balls. Just awful

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3.0Dined on July 13, 2017

Had the calamari for a appetizer and a tuna tempura roll the calamari was good the roll was all rice don't order. Main course was scallops which was good but very salty drank water all night mouth was so dry, wife had the chicken Marsala which had no taste the waiter was very nice,but I think you could find a much better place to have a nice dinner than here. I came here because of trip advisor

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

My boyfriend and I order one meal to share (I wasn't hungry). First came the complimentary cold plate pizza - it was kind of weird, tasted like cold pizza with an average grated cheese on top. BF ordered Spicy Sushi Tuna Tempura Roll which he liked a lot. We shared the Menage et Trois (filet with lobster and scallops) with citrus salad, mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. Everything was delicious. Michael was a very attentive waiter and made sure we were satisfied the entire time. If we were in Wilkes-Barre again, we may go back.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2017

We here before a show at the Kirby. Food was awesome, wife had filet mignon and said it was one of the best she'd ever had. Service was outstanding as well. Could use a little remodeling, dated.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2017

We were seated early for a pre-concert dinner . We were greeted warmly by our server, Michael . He inquired if we would like to begin with cocktails and was made aware that my wife could only drink sugar-free, decaffeinated beverages and could not consume carbohydrates. He sent his mentee for the herbal tea box. My wife made her selection and I placed my drink order, Michael took it upon himself to brew a carafe of the tea, ice it, and bring it to table with an extra glass of ice. When he brought my cocktail, he also brought a second carafe of tea for her to enjoy. An Amuse Bouche of a garlic and cheese flat bread was brought to the table. When Michael realized that a plate was also presented to my wife, he whisked it away and brought her a goblet of fresh melon instead. A wonderful gesture on his part and greatly appreciated! I ordered the Wedge Salad which was drizzled with an olive oil and vinegar dressing, garnished with crisp lardons of bacon, tomato concasse and bleu cheese crumbles. Delicious! My wife's lobster bisque was equally delightful! The tomato forward potage, velvety rich with lobster essence and a swirl of crème fraiche, had large chunks of lobster meat and was fished with a dusting of Old Bay. I selected the 10 ounce filet au poivre with brandy peppercorn sauce. The dish was done to temperature and served with steak frites and a vegetable mélange of sautéed asperge, baby spinach and summer squash. My wife's entrée, the ménage a trois, consisted of a butterflied 10 ounce filet, a butter poached lobster tail and sea scallops with drawn scampi butter and a side of the vegetable mélange, as well as an enormous side house salad . I could not resist Pastry Chef Diane Demarco's Chocolate Decadence! A Triple layer chocolate cake with dark chocolate shell and white chocolate drizzle. Sinfully good with a cup of brewed coffee! Kudo's to our server, Michael! His warm personality and accommodating ways made us feel as if we were dining in his home!

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2017

We made a reservation and we were seated promptly. Very upscale, but my fiancé is allergic to eggplant. The waiter was very honest and said there was eggplant all over the kitchen. We could not take that chance. We were glad for the honesty of our waiter. No hard feelings on our end.

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2017

The server was very good- fast, engaging and solicitous.
The food could be prepared at home in less than half an hour and is way overpriced.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2017

Very good restaurant overall; excellent food.

Our second time there and we will certainly come back again.

Conveniently located in the Best Western Hotel where we stop on our way back home.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Awesome find ... great food, excellent service, quiet atmosphere. Will definitely be going back next time I'm in Wilkes-Barre, PA!! Highly recommend it to anyone!

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2017

Drinks were okay, but moderately priced. The app Calamari saute was superb. Cold pizza served in lieu of bread showed a lack of class. My son's steak was crispy on the outside and soggy on the inside. My rigatoni and my husband's chicken parmesan were ok. Food was reasonably priced but not exceptional. Service was excellent. Decor and ambience looked tired. Overall a pleasant experience

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

We have dined at Oyster before and always had the same server who we came to adore. We were dissapointed to learn that he was no longer there but no worries our new server was equally as attentive. I say this only because the food was and still is AMAZING! We have never been less than amazed by the fact that they always get it right! Best Filet anywhere! I usually choose the Cheesesteak filet and I did again and it was butter tender and cooked to perfection. My husband went with the wasabi encrusted filet and WELL........he has no words to describe how good it was. We can't wait to return!

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3.0Dined on March 6, 2017

Not worth the money we paid. Strange decorations, reminded us of an old Officer's Club.
Attached to the hotel

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Food was decent, but as others have noted, service was slow and the atmosphere was bizarre. The reddish/pink lightning was odd, and the lacy curtains throughout the place gave it a hazy vibe. The drink menu is robust but has almost too many choices. The food menu is laid out strangely, and needs updating.

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