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John A's Oyster Bar

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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: Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 86
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch or Dinner

I always eat at the bar. Great service and I like to watch the cooks prepare my meal in front of me. I'm stuck on the pan roast which is out of this world. Highly recommend the shrimp pan roast a little spicy. I did have a bad experience about a year ago. My wife and I sat at a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Flyfisherman1949
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Sparks, Nevada, United States
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Sparks, Nevada, United States
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I always eat at the bar. Great service and I like to watch the cooks prepare my meal in front of me. I'm stuck on the pan roast which is out of this world. Highly recommend the shrimp pan roast a little spicy. I did have a bad experience about a year ago. My wife and I sat at a... More 

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tucson
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86 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The two of us travel for fishing trips and consequently eat lots of seafood, this place was as good as anyplace I've ever eaten. My buddy had the cioppino and I had the 'Exstavanza" and both were top notch. The staff was great. We will eat there next time we're in Reno.

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Thank michael n
Golconda
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The oyster bar is a great restaurant for seafood they do a great clam chowder. The prices are very reasonable. The service is excellent. Located in the casino hotel makes it easy if you are staying at the hotel

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Thank Mary C
Twin Falls, Idaho
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Food is delicious, service is good and prices are too considering what you get. They have a great selection of Seafood stews, pan roasts, oyster shooters, and more. My favorites are Lazyman's Cioppino, Bouillabaisse and Combo pan roast. The sourdough bread goes great with everything, especially for dipping.

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Thank Jackie S
Sacramento
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We make sure we eat here at least once every trip to Reno. The pan roast are superb!!! One of our very favorite places to eat.

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Thank davidbA4601BU
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

They weigh each portion of crab on paper and have it "ready to go" portion wise for each order. So no the crab is not canned.

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Thank Laurette L
Reno, Nevada
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88 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

I had not been here in years. It used to be quite the place. It has changed!! Although the service was great the seafood combination Louie was so bad I started gagging when I found the crab wrapped in paper. Does that mean it's canned?? I was too embarrassed to upset the host who loves this place and just asked... More 

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Thank Donnaj13
San Jose
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Gumbo was good but not nearly the best that I have had. Not too flavorful or spicy. My daughters sandwich was exactly what they said it was. Shrimp and Avocado. We shared a salad which was pretty basic. My $9 Margarita was like a slurpee from a machine. Wouldn't go out of my way to eat there again. To top... More 

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Redding, California
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121 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

This is the third time I have eaten at this restaurant. The seafood is always fresh and very good. The soups are outstanding. I would not order the deep fried shrimp again. The deep fried shrimp are overcooked and barely visible when they are butterflied and buried in the thick breading. I would urge anyone to avoid this menu item.... More 

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Thank rkickin
Grass Valley, California
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95 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

We've been going to the Oyster Bar for as long as we've lived in the area. I am sorry to see that the casino has been purchased and many changes have been make (My favorite tiki bar was demolished for a 40 yr old movie cowboy bar, yuck!) but the oyster bar has remained the same, Thank heavens! Everything on... 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: 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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