Reading PA Restaurants

reading-pa-restaurants-291x250What would a relaxing trip to Reading, PA be without some great food to top it off?! There are so many restaurants to choose from in the area and too few meals in the day to try them all! We have some recommendations for local favorites, and a few hidden treasures that are big on flavor and fun for the entire family.

Stokesay Castle

141 Stokesay Castle Lane, Reading

Bet you weren’t expecting to find a castle in Reading! Inspired by a 13th century English castle of the same name, Stokesay Castle was once the vacation home of the Hiester Family. Today, it’s one of Reading’s favorite places to go for contemporary fine dining. The American cuisine emphasizes organic, fresh and locally-sourced ingredients, with fresh seafood, steaks, veal and chicken entrees, and exquisite specialties, such as Roast Duck Breast.

Dine in the fancy Lord’s Dining Room on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:00pm to 9:oopm (reservations recommended), or drop in any time to the Knight’s Pub, a traditional English pub on the castle’s grounds, for casual pub fare with a modern twist, including soups, sandwiches, burgers, pastas and their Signature Roast Beef Sandwich and Lobster Mac & Cheese.

The Knight’s Pub has quickly become a Reading treasure and is open Tuesday to Thursday from 4:00pm to 12:00am, Friday and Saturday from 11:30am to 1:00am, and Sunday from 11:00am to 9:00pm.

Judy’s on Cherry

Located at 332 Cherry Street in Reading

Often described by customers at as “simply the best,” Judy’s on Cherry serves 5-star Mediterranean-inspired food at customer-friendly prices in the heart of downtown Reading. Chef-owner, Judy Henry, presides over a beautifully renovated farmer’s market that now features vaulted wood ceilings and a relaxed environment.

Enjoy everything from freshly baked focaccia bread to crispy, gourmet pizzas, pastas and tapas, or try one of the delicious seasonal specials, like Roasted Lamb Shanks with Saffron Couscous and Kumquat Sauce with Pomegranate, or a perennial favorite like Three Cheese Ravioli with Lobster and Tomato Vodka Rosa Sauce. Judy’s is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11:30am to 2pm and for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5pm to 9pm.

The Peanut Bar Restaurant

Located at 332 Penn Street in Reading 

Don’t you just love the combination of beer, peanuts, great food and great fun? Then head over to a Reading landmark, Jimmie Kramer’s Peanut Bar, which was once featured on the Travel Channel and selected as one of USA Today’s Top 10 places in the country for wings.

In addition to an amazing selection of draft beers and other bar favorites, you’ll enjoy an extensive menu of lunch, dinner and late night dining choices, featuring homemade soups and desserts, and house specialties like Peanut Bar’s Famous Pan Sautéed Soft Shell Crabs with Almond Brown Butter Sauce or Spicy NY Strip Steak.

The Peanut Bar is near Reading’s downtown attractions and is open Monday through Thursday from 11:00am to10:30pm, Friday from 11:00am to 11:30pm, and Saturday from 12:00pm to 11:30pm. You’ll often be treated to live music too.

Reading’s Italian Restaurant Favorites

If you and your family love Italian food as much as we do, you’ll be pleased to know that all your favorite dishes are available at Italian restaurants right here in the Reading area, including:

  • Russo’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant – Eat in or take out at Russo’s in downtown Reading. Located at 527 Penn Street, you’ll find a great selection of Neapolitan and Sicilian pizzas, Russo’s own specialty pizzas, stromboli and calzone, as well as terrific lunch and dinner menus featuring pasta dinners, and special entrees like Veal Parmesan, Shrimp Scampi and Penne a la Vodka. They’re open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 10pm.

Other Italian favorites in the Reading area include Sebastiano’s Restaurant, Mom Chaffe’s Cellarette  and Anthony’s Trattoria.

These are just a tiny sampling of the many mouth-watering restaurants in Reading, PA. For many more options, check out Pennsylvania’s Americana Region’s Visitors Bureau’s website or visit us inside the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in historic downtown Reading. Bon appétit!