Kramer's Peanut Bar

★★★☆☆
Yes, you can still throw peanut shells on the floor!
  • 332 Penn St

    Reading, PA 19602

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  • 610-376-8500

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This place was a legend. Now it's just overpriced but unispired food. I have eaten here a few times a year over the past decade and it's been about the same every time. No matter what I order - last time it was a turkey BLT club sandwich -

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★★★★★

This place was a legend. Now it's just overpriced but unispired food. I have eaten here a few times a year over the past decade and it's been about the same every time. No matter what I order - last time it was a turkey BLT club sandwich -

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The food here is absolutely horrible. The second last time I ate there I ordered Veal Marsala and I was given Veal Parmesan. When I told the waitress that I was given the wrong dish which was smothered in chunky spaghetti sauce, she told me that was what I ordered. I told her I ordered Veal Marsala which is always served with a brown mushroom sauce, and her response was, "This is the chef's interpretation!" They refused to take it back, discount it or anything else.

So for Mother's Day this year, we asked my mother-in-law where she wanted to go and she said The Peanut Bar. Masking my displeasure, we agreed to take her there. Against my better judgment I ordered Veal Oscar. It was disgusting. When the waitress asked how our meals were, I told her the hollandaise sauce was horrible; that it tasted like lemonade and vinegar. She said, "Oh I'm sorry. Some people said the same thing last night!" I was floored! People were complaining about it the night before but they chose to serve the same crap the next day. Even my husband who is a huge fan of lemon, hated it. Nobody was happy with their meals.

They seem quite content serving sub-par food at 4-star restaurant prices. Save your money.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food here is absolutely horrible. The second last time I ate there I ordered Veal Marsala and I was given Veal Parmesan. When I told the waitress that I was given the wrong dish which was smothered in chunky spaghetti sauce, she told me that was what I ordered. I told her I ordered Veal Marsala which is always served with a brown mushroom sauce, and her response was, "This is the chef's interpretation!" They refused to take it back, discount it or anything else.

So for Mother's Day this year, we asked my mother-in-law where she wanted to go and she said The Peanut Bar. Masking my displeasure, we agreed to take her there. Against my better judgment I ordered Veal Oscar. It was disgusting. When the waitress asked how our meals were, I told her the hollandaise sauce was horrible; that it tasted like lemonade and vinegar. She said, "Oh I'm sorry. Some people said the same thing last night!" I was floored! People were complaining about it the night before but they chose to serve the same crap the next day. Even my husband who is a huge fan of lemon, hated it. Nobody was happy with their meals.

They seem quite content serving sub-par food at 4-star restaurant prices. Save your money.

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We had not been to the Peanut Bar for nearly 20 years because of previous disappointments. We decided to give it a fresh start - and will not go back. Kitchen service was terrible - we waited forever for our food. It was nothing at all to rave about. (Our waiter was great and very apologetic.) We had reservations before going to a show in town. That didn't seem to matter to the manager at all. We won't be back.

1
★☆☆☆☆

We had not been to the Peanut Bar for nearly 20 years because of previous disappointments. We decided to give it a fresh start - and will not go back. Kitchen service was terrible - we waited forever for our food. It was nothing at all to rave about. (Our waiter was great and very apologetic.) We had reservations before going to a show in town. That didn't seem to matter to the manager at all. We won't be back.

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The Peanut Bar has changed menus recently and we love it. Its not just regular 'bar food'. I enjoy going here with family and friends. We have never had a bad meal. The service is kinda hit or miss, thats why only 4 stars.

4
★★★★☆

The Peanut Bar has changed menus recently and we love it. Its not just regular 'bar food'. I enjoy going here with family and friends. We have never had a bad meal. The service is kinda hit or miss, thats why only 4 stars.

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My husband and I ate here and we were not impressed. The place was dated and the service was adequate. To our disappointment the food was not memorable and did not live up to the hype.

2
★★☆☆☆

My husband and I ate here and we were not impressed. The place was dated and the service was adequate. To our disappointment the food was not memorable and did not live up to the hype.

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I've been coming to the Peanut Bar for the past 15 years. It has gone through its share of transformations, upturns and downturns, but on my most recent trip, I was very pleased. The waitstaff is attentive and quick with a refill. Each is professionally dressed and extremely well-mannered. It helps that the owner is present nearly every day and night. He is one of the friendliest men that I've ever met. As for the food, I have never been let down. I eat a wide variety of menu items, from salads, to sandwiches, burgers, pastas, and wings. Not once has the food been even sub-par, and I consider myself a picky eater. The atmosphere could be the best part. Who doesn't like snacking on peanuts then tossing the shells right on the floor? Walking across the hardwood, feeling past diners' shells cracking under your feet; dining here is a very unique experience. Oh, and I highly recommend the fried mozzarella globes (I can't include the word "b a l l s" for some reason) as an appetizer. The cheese is hot and gooey, and there's something special in the breading recipe that makes these the best I've ever had. As a side note, former New York city mayor, Rudi Giuliani recently stopped by the Reading area to campaign for John McCain. Guess where he stopped to eat. That's right, the Peanut Bar!

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★★★★☆

I've been coming to the Peanut Bar for the past 15 years. It has gone through its share of transformations, upturns and downturns, but on my most recent trip, I was very pleased. The waitstaff is attentive and quick with a refill. Each is professionally dressed and extremely well-mannered. It helps that the owner is present nearly every day and night. He is one of the friendliest men that I've ever met. As for the food, I have never been let down. I eat a wide variety of menu items, from salads, to sandwiches, burgers, pastas, and wings. Not once has the food been even sub-par, and I consider myself a picky eater. The atmosphere could be the best part. Who doesn't like snacking on peanuts then tossing the shells right on the floor? Walking across the hardwood, feeling past diners' shells cracking under your feet; dining here is a very unique experience. Oh, and I highly recommend the fried mozzarella globes (I can't include the word "b a l l s" for some reason) as an appetizer. The cheese is hot and gooey, and there's something special in the breading recipe that makes these the best I've ever had. As a side note, former New York city mayor, Rudi Giuliani recently stopped by the Reading area to campaign for John McCain. Guess where he stopped to eat. That's right, the Peanut Bar!

Pros: Great service, flavorsome meals, amusing ambiance

Cons: Eating too many peanuts may ruin your appetite

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The Peanut Bar not only features awesome drinks, but also an awesome and entertaining bartender named Peter. He's one of the reasons to go here on a Saturday night. He's also the creator of many of the delicious drinks on the menu, all of which feature flavored-sugar rims...so good! Bring your thirst and get ready to throw some peanut shells on the floor. This is a great place to grab and drink and kick back.

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★★★★☆

The Peanut Bar not only features awesome drinks, but also an awesome and entertaining bartender named Peter. He's one of the reasons to go here on a Saturday night. He's also the creator of many of the delicious drinks on the menu, all of which feature flavored-sugar rims...so good! Bring your thirst and get ready to throw some peanut shells on the floor. This is a great place to grab and drink and kick back.

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The Peanut Bar is easily my favorite restaurant in Reading. It has a sort of rustic feeling due to the abundance of peanut shells. Each table is served a basket of peanuts, and the diners throw the shells on the floor, making a crunch carpet of peanut shells. Its a pretty unique little spot. The food is very good and of high quality, and has been consistently for years.

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★★★★★

The Peanut Bar is easily my favorite restaurant in Reading. It has a sort of rustic feeling due to the abundance of peanut shells. Each table is served a basket of peanuts, and the diners throw the shells on the floor, making a crunch carpet of peanut shells. Its a pretty unique little spot. The food is very good and of high quality, and has been consistently for years.

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The Peanut Bar just recently started serving Tapas, and they are out of this world! Took some out of town business associates and they were blown away by the quality of food.

4
★★★★☆

The Peanut Bar just recently started serving Tapas, and they are out of this world! Took some out of town business associates and they were blown away by the quality of food.

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