Big Al's Oyster Bar @ The Orleans

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203 reviews
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Big Al’s Oyster Bar Serving freshly shucked oysters and clams or choose from steamed clams, pan roasts, bouillabaisse and pasta dishes all served with an authentic Creole/Cajun flair.
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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The food was disappointing. We ordered oysters Rockefeller which were awful. The clam chowder was good, the only decent thing. The shrimp scampi was disgusting.

The service was ok but not very attentive.

I was so looking forward to oysters and was let down.

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DR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was very good, wait staff very helpful,prompt, and friendly.

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S
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent seafood! We started with the Shrimp Cocktail which is super simple, shrimp on a plate, little garnish and cocktail sauce. Don't let the simplicity surprise you! The shrimp was outstanding! Of course I love the warm sourdough bread they bring you. The butter could be a little softer. For dinner I ordered the Louisiana Gumbo and my wife had the Manhattan Clam Chowder and Shrimp Wrap. The star of the show had to be the Manhattan Clam Chowder. Don't get me wrong the Gumbo and wrap were great but the clam chowder just outshone them all. Enough that next time I'm ordering a bowl of the Manhattan Clam Chowder and something small. I did see something I want to try next time, the Oyster shooters looked great and a table across from us was sure enjoying them. Can't wait to come back.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The food was Mediocre and that’s being generous. The wait staff were extremely rude. Don’t waste your time or money

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LG
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! This was the first time we tried this restaurant. I love cajun food and had read the reviews. This place is legit. The clam chowder was the best we've ever tried! I had the Louisiana Gumbo! The servings are very generous. You won't leave hungry.

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JF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

seafood was frozen, service slow even though not a packed restaurant. quality was mediocre

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ES
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I attended the the world curling events in the Orleans hotel a short while ago and we stopped in at your bar for dinner. We were so impressed with the great service and quality of food that we returned to your bar several times while we were in Vegas. I think the lady who provided us with the most impressive service was named Abby. Thank you for the service and good quality meals.

Everitt & Jeannette Sanville

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GB
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best bouillabaisse ever! Bar none. I will definitely be back!

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MC
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always love this place. Our favorite entree Pan Fried Asian Salmon , Miso marinated and served with Sweet Chili Sauce, Asian Fruit Relish and Spring Mix over Rice Pilaf.

A full meal with enough leftover for lunch the next day. Always consistently great food. Reasonably priced too!

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L
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious!

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A
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We tried this place out before our movie and it is a new favorite. I had the seafood chowder and ceviche and it was amazing. My daughter had a pasta dish and it was delicious and big enough for 2-3 people. Awesome meal!

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FS
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Always enjoy Big Al’s for lunch but this was the first time there for dinner. As always food was great, but service was terrible. From the greeter, to the server, to the waiter services was poor.
The greeter was so rude I didn’t even alert her to our reservation because I didn’t want to spend another second with this miserable person.
Then after being seated & got our drinks & bread we sat for over 10 minutes with empty glasses of iced tea & water before we had to call over another server to get our glasses refilled.
Then it seemed like we were rushed to leave as the waiter came back to pickup the check before I had even signed the bill.

Think I’ll stick with Al’s for lunch only as service is always on point.

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DR
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic, good tasting food. Great, authentic seafood and Louisianan food in Las Vegas.

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OT
Little Rock
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Don't get the shrimp po boy.. the breading is very thick. It didn't taste beer battered. No menu suggestions were made by waitress. I believe there were better tasting things on the menu.

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KL
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you enjoy raw oysters and raw clams, this is the place to go. The quality and freshness of the seafood is always consistently amazing. This is the only place where I can finish a couple dozen oysters in a matter of seconds. I honestly cannot believe how this place manages to have such fresh seafood in the middle of the desert, but they've done it. I usually love crab, but I hate the work to eat it, especially in a restaurant setting because I don't want to make a mess in public. Big Al's makes it really convenient to eat your food, because every Alaskan crab leg is perfectly split so that the meat is fully exposed. They give you little forks that fit perfectly into the leg for you to eat it like a lady. The wait-staff is also equally as wonderful as the food. We have been lucky enough to have Abby every single time we've been there and she always, not only remembers our family of 5's orders, but she always does a great job. Although the wine selection is not the most expansive, all the wines are delicious and if you're like me and don't particularly like alcohol, order the Zinfandel. It tastes like soda. If you do like that wine-alcohol flavor, go for a red wine or the champagne. We usually spend about a week in Vegas per trip, and if we could, we'd eat there every night.

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MB
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went here for our Xmas date night.All of the appetizers that we chose were so good.The sauce on the crab cakes was delicious.We enjoyed our main entrees too and the cheesecake was the perfect ending to our meal.Everyone there made us feel so welcome and the service was excellent.Will definitely go there again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, extremely fast service!

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SB
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Oysters were flavorless, clam chowder was pastey and tasted canned with little to no clam flavor. The crab cakes were good and the sauce was decent.

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m
Portland
136 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and variety

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T
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We ordered 2 clam chowders but only received 1 after tasting it I was happy we ordered only 1 it was to heavy in cream base. I loved clam chowder but this was not my favorite. Sorry

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Reservation system at OpenTable was a joke. Made a reservation and received my confirmation number in my email but when we arrived and waited in line, hostess said we didn't have a reservation. So frustrated with the inconveniences so we left. Came back the next night and got seated almost immediately. Food was delicious and made up for the crappy service from hostess.

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RE
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and service! Tried numerous places , hands down best cioppino in town !

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PD
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was awesome and the amount of food they gave us was great for the small price I had to pay. I will be back.

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JB
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

For an oyster bar, i was expecting good oysters. They were awful. I asked the waitress if they were east coast or west coast (which for an oyster bar you’d think they’d have both)—they were “From Louisana.” They were awful. The seafood chosen was good. The service was slow and inattentive. I will not return.

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R
Fargo
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I am 53 years old and my meal at Al’s was easily in my all time top 10!

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h
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal at Al's, My wife had oysters and loved them. I had a great big bowl of Gumbo. Spiced just right and full of tasty seafood and Taso ham over rice. Full of sweet shrimp, scallops and crab. It was delicious and authentic New Orlean's. If we ever get back to Sin City we'll eat there again for sure. Thanks for the great service too.

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N
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great oyster bar/cajun restaurant! Love this place. Best clam chowder I ever had.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

You need to change your shrimp po boy. It’s too hard to eat and it’s not good.

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JA
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service.

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MC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pan Grilled Asian Salmon the best as always. Salmon is top with a delicious mango relish and accompanied with a wonderful rice pilaf and mixed green salad. More than enough!

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O
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I was disappointed with the food. It was not good and taste lacked the Nee Orleans flavor that I was expecting.

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m
Portland
136 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great southern food influence located conveniently inside the Orleans.

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t
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The hostess and waitress could have been more pleasant. It's not that they did anything wrong, they both did their jobs but neither went above and beyond. No small talk from either. Just what would you like and here you are. Also, I ordered a bloody mary and while it was quite tasty, I'm pretty sure there was no alcohol at all.

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K
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place to watch the sunset! Listen to music and enjoy Aloha!

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MT
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was spot on - very attentive wait staff and our meals were delivered with everything we asked for. Raw oysters on the half shell from New Orleans we’re CLEAN, with no shell remnants and not tasting like mud. It is after all the month of September and oysters are generally tastier in months with an “R” in it. Entrees were HUGE even the salad AND all were delicious too!

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DH
Tucson
20 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time we had been to the restaurant. Had read about it online and were interested in trying it. Although off the strip in the Orleans hotel it was well worth it. Great food and great prices, with outstanding portions. Will become one of our go to places when we are in Vegas.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

what moron thought you could only make a reservation on line ?

what was wrong with talking to people ?


bad attitude for the hostess

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K
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best steamed clams you will have trouble finishing them there is so many.

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LK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Big Al's is my traditional go to spot on every trip to Vegas. Besides the excellent food each and every person on the staff makes a point to come over to me to welcome me back. I visit twice a year and it amazes me how wonderful the staff is to me.
Definitely check out the New England chowder and crab legs!

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LK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent as usual. I visit Big Al's several times on each visit to Vegas. The entire staff is wonderful!
Definitely try the crab leg special. Well worth it!

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