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John A's Oyster Bar

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Chowder, Seafood
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1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, NV 89431
775/356-3300
Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 65
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good dining, made the trip.

This place is a sure bet. The oysters on the half shell were excellent. The crab cocktail was plentiful and fresh. I had the crab roast. It was made perfectly, my only knock would be that I like white rice with my mine. The staff was friendly and prompt. The restaurant was clean. Relaxed informal... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
Dave G
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English first
Danville. CA
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

It was late, I was tired and just needed a nosh maybe a pan roast. Ordered a dozen oysters. Not sure if they per-shuck their oysters, because they arrived so fast. Regardless, they were cold and tasty. Boston Clam chowder was tasty and hot. I really wanted a seafood pan roast, but after sitting at the counter and watching how... More 

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24 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

This place is a sure bet. The oysters on the half shell were excellent. The crab cocktail was plentiful and fresh. I had the crab roast. It was made perfectly, my only knock would be that I like white rice with my mine. The staff was friendly and prompt. The restaurant was clean. Relaxed informal atmosphere.

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Sparks, Nevada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This is great little Oyster Bar. The seafood always been fresh and a great value. The best Boston Clam Chowder in the area. I just wish it was a little bigger, waits are common and can take up to 45 minutes to get seated.

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Sacramento, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We have been going to the Nugget for quite some time but had never tried the Oyster Bar.. My sister said they had great clam chowder so we had to try it. BEST in the world! I love it and I know clam chowder! Excellent!

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Saskatoon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Had supper here and found it pretty good. Staff were efficient and friendly and our fish and chips were ok. My husband liked the fries. I found the fish a bit too greasy and dry. Nice decor though and we were seated and served quickly.

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Sparks, Nevada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

If you like seafood, this place is for you. There's something for everyone at the Oyster Bar in the Nugget. The clam chowder is great of course but the pan fried (which isn't in a pan) but comes in a large bowl and has to be considered comfort food. You won't go away hungry.

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El Dorado Hills, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Our group loved the fresh cracked crab dinner platter. really good white wine and dessert. We had a two hour dinner. Justin our waiter was outstanding. The entire staff at the oyster bar were great too. We will return...

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Reno, Nevada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

with new ownership food and service not the same. The Atlantis or Silver Legacy much better seafood bars l

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Sparks, Nevada
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

As a native of the South, I am often reluctant to sample Cajun inspired cuisine in the West. The Oyster Bar at JA Nugget is a definite exception. Their gumbo, seafood platters and seafood cocktails are outstanding. For a great experience, sit down at the bar and watch the chefs prepare your meal close-up. The place is a real gem!

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Sparks, Nevada, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This is the best clam chowder in town by far. Great seafood and setting. I have been going here for years and have always received great service and and excellent food.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, NV 89431
  • Location: United States  >  Nevada (NV)  >  Sparks
  • Phone Number: 775/356-3300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 24 - 24
  • Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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