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John A's Oyster Bar

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1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks, NV 89431-5750
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sparks, Nevada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went to have cioppino. Usually go for New Years Eve but could not wait. Again It was great as usual because it has no shells. The service is always great and the prices are reasonable. The place has not gone down like a couple of other spots. cant wait to go back in Oct.

Thank blkjacs7
Mission Viejo, California
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had the California Catch. Deep fried shrimp, scallops and cod. Absolutely the best I ever tasted. My wife had a tuna sandwich she said was average. Service could not be better.

Thank Walter H
Berkeley, California, Usa
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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The quality of food and the prices are great. The service is a puzzle. The staff seems unsupervised and lacking basic server skills..

Thank Bear519
Kaneohe, Hawaii, United States
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55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the Palace Station Oyster bar in Vegas. So thought we'd try this one. Service was pretty slow in the beginning. I think the waitresses didn't arrive yet. But it was ok.The bread was good. The pan roast was good but the shrimp was fishy tasting. Very strong in old bay seasoning?? My husband had the clam chowder. He said... More 

Thank Shari I
Sparks, Nevada
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's all a bit worn out; the staff, the carpet, the furniture and the menu. We had a birthday dinner with a group of 7. I've been hearing about the "famous pan roast" for years. So gave it a try. I found it to be pretty much boiled to rubberization. Service was sketchy but cheerful. The staff is required to... More 

Thank LeTina V
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The pan roast is as good as Las Vegas Palace Station Oyster Bar. The you have to wait two hours in line, not here big restaurant, plenty of bar seating and respectable service. This is our second trip here and we will return.

Thank HobieCalifornia
Sparks, Nevada
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our favorite local spot on a cold night! The pan roast is so yummy, full of flavor and seafood. We always start with the steamed clams to share.

Thank trcyfmly
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Hubby and I stopped in for lunch since it was in the hotel (see review regarding hotel) and ordered some appetizers and one of their signature drinks. After 45 min of waiting for the drink, we cancelled and told them not to worry about it. The waitress got snippy with us, saying, "well. I told you someone was on their... More 

Thank slhardcastle
Omaha, Nebraska
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61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

We had such a great experience the first time we went, we went back the next night. The first night we both had a stew, that was made fresh at the open kitchen bar. The next night I had the Bouillabaisse that was excellent! I do recommend. Also the poor mans Coucilla was very good too! ( not sure on... More 

Thank comp5185
Rohnert Park, CA
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Crab Louie was flavorful and just the right amount. Prices higher this year but worth it anyway. I will go to the Oyster Bar again on my next trip to Reno/Sparks.

Thank Ronald L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$24 - $24
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks, NV 89431-5750
  • Location: United States  >  Nevada (NV)  >  Sparks
  • Phone Number: 775/356-3300

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?