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John A's Oyster Bar

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

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  • 76
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The biggest little city has a least kept secret - John Ascuaga's Nugget

John Ascuaga's Nugget, a place of infamy. This casino/show house/multi restaurant has only improved with age like top shelf scotch. Dressed up with recognizable memorabilia from the 70's which first won international acclaim, I felt like walking thru the magic glass. The original Oyster Bar is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Ajo
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

John Ascuaga's Nugget, a place of infamy. This casino/show house/multi restaurant has only improved with age like top shelf scotch. Dressed up with recognizable memorabilia from the 70's which first won international acclaim, I felt like walking thru the magic glass. The original Oyster Bar is still there but surrounded by a modern full service restaurant and the food is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Go see maria at the bar. She is awesome. She will cook you up the best pan roast in sparks-reno. The Oyster shooter is also something we enjoy. This place is a gem & we visit from sacramento at least once a year

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

From what my son had heard about this place, we were probably expecting more. Server was nice but slow... Since we have eaten at so many restaurants on the coast, we had to rate this one as average. Nothing wrong, just not up to par to coastal restaurants. My husband did enjoy his shrimp cocktail.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The atmosphere could use some freshening up. Our server was attentive and polite. My husband had the gumbo which he really liked and thought it was better than some others that he has had. The serving size was generous. I would have liked a piece of grilled fish or a more plain meal than the fish stews or gumbo but... More 

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San Ramon, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

For decades I have been dining & John's Oyster Bar .... On my last trip to Reno I just had to visit. It had been about 3 years since I dined there .... not a problem. Still serve the greatest Oyster Pan Roast in Northern Nevada! The service by the staff makes sure you receive the best treatment and that... More 

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Seaside
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Thank you so much for a wonderful chilled seafood platter. The server was so kind as to split it for us, on two plates with no extra fee. A real treat since we were given a $10 dining discount coupon with our Groupon. We love how well the Casinos treat their guests. Yes, we gave them back the money via... More 

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Madera, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

John A's is a good choice when staying at the Nugget. Fresh seafood well prepared. Not the best I have ever had but good. Nice service and reasonably priced.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We decided to eat here because it was in the nugget hotel where we were staying and we had looked over the menu here on trip advisor before going, it looked and sounded delicious! We weren't disappointed. I can't remember what the dish we had was called but it was very yummy and we ordered some steamed clams that were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

My first time I ate here and it was very good. They give you hearty portions of food and they have a pretty good selections of food on the menu. It has nice surroundings. I enjoyed my meal here very much.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

After reading great reviews I thought I would try. Keep in mind I grew up on the OR coast and enjoyed fresh seafood all growing up. Maybe I have higher expectations of seafood? If you've never enjoyed fresh seafood you might love it. I know a lot of locals do love it. Here's my review. Ambiance: 10 makes you feel... More 

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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, Soups
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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