Nugget Casino Resort - Oyster Bar

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Seafood
A favorite among locals and visitors alike, the Oyster Bar has been serving the freshest seafood, chowder, pan roasts and cioppino since 1959.
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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

great—as expected.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday, and the waitress was great, as was the food...AS ALWAYS

CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Sat In The Lounge For Happy Hour Instead..Big Mistake..Unstaffed.. Slow And Food Like Warm!

MS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food here. We come fairly often and it has always been wonderful. It can get very loud when busy.

PA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable and tasty food. We dine here at least once every time we come to Sparks.

BF
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Across the board. Still one of the best restaurants in the Area after all these years. Well done!

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Our server was great, but the service was exceptionally slow. There was an event, hosted by the Casino, so I don't understand how they don't have enough staff to handle the crowds. It is a casino with thousands of employees. To top it off, my order was not correct and the food was just mediocre.

F
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our food was good and our server was outstanding 🙂🙂

BS
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

In all the many, many years we've come to the Oyster Bar, I've had only one thing I did not like and that is the lobster bisque ... too dark and strong seasoned. Everything else is delicious!

JB
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good except oysters on half shell had no flavor and were rubbery. Service was slower than usual as they were busy.

SM
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cool old school seafood place. They were slammed when we arrived a little early for our reservation but they were able to sit us after a short 10 min wait. (We were 30 mins early for reservations).
Service was great. The food was really good except the calamari (it was very salty). I had the 10-piece seafood basket, a dozen raw oysters, and the wife has the shrimp scampi.

RS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Wouldn't you think a restaurant named "Oyster Bar" would serve fresh, tasty Oysters?? I mean really YUMMY Oysters??
Well... NOT this place!!
Terrible oysters.
I realize most people don't understand that SMALLER Oysters are generally more tasty (when eaten directly from the shell).
Thus, many establishments offer the Larger ones... (stupidly) believing "larger is better." Not so...
Well, this restaurant sold ONLY Large Oysters. NO Selection, whatsoever. The price was fine... $15 for a dozen. Seemed tantalizing. It didn't turn out that way.
These Oysters had absolutely NO flavor! None.
Not only that, service was extremely slow & inefficient... the free bread was dry & tasteless... and their "Signature" Pan Roasts had VERY LITTLE FISH in 'em. Again, disappointing.
We've eaten here in the past & enjoyed the experiences. New ownership has apparently downgraded this experience.
The place is also EXTREMELY LOUD!! I mean LOUD!! Sure, it was full o' folks getting ready for an outdoor concert this evening... but those loud voices were almost drowned out by the sounds of the STEAM Cookers. It was REALLY annoying when combining the two obnoxious noises!
The Drinks were good... luckily!
Do yourselves a favor... avoid this place.
We also stayed here at the Nugget.
If you LOVE the smell of tobacco smoke in the Casino & on your walk to/from the restaurant, you will enjoy yourself here.
As for our lodging here... the room was fine! No problem with the room. (But pack a lunch for the walk to/from the Guest parking area to the Front Desk for check-in. It's a Long Walk, Folks! A long, smoky walk...)
Yuk! Just recalling our experience here is quite unpleasant...

PD
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Your restaurant is fine and the people work hard.
However, your event center is a joke. Enterance to the place is poorly thought out and does not have the customer in mind.
There should be more entrances and signs to direct people to the different section
Entrances. We are in our late 70's, have been to john cash, beachboys, etc events. We gave up and went home the over priced tickets are in the garbage.

Never again at your place.

ML
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I don't get much sea food living in the Sierras, but I come from a seaside village. The food was deliciously filling, and satisfying. I would go back again. The service was good, with a conscientious waitress, but she was almost running due to how busy it was. The decor was perfect, with a relaxing ambience.

L
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was very slow
My entrée came out and then the appetizer came out did not like that The timing of the dinner was off.

GC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great waiter and delicious food. I would definitely recommend it and come back next time my husband and I are in Reno.

KT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Been to the oyster bar every time we have gone to casino however this time food was lacking flavor and the way the manager was treating employees in front of us was uncomfortable to say the least wont go back

i
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

It took 15 minutes before we placed our order and we didn’t get our drinks until after the food came out chick was 20 minutes after that. We all the lobster bisque which was cold. The oysters we not fresh. The shrimp was warm and bad as well. Very disappointing all around.

b
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Don’t go when there is a large event. We reserved a table the same day as the first concert was being held at the new Nugget Event Center. The kitchen could not keep up with the orders when every table was in use. We waited 45 minutes for our food after we ordered. The wait staff was very friendly and efficient. The food was decent, yet should not have taken so long to be served.

SS
Tahoe
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always fresh bread when you are seated, and pan roasts made to order that are fantastic!
Friendly staff and good service - always enjoy eating there.

JB
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good....Oysters on half shell were bland. Service was very good.

CB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Oyster Bar is a good place. Customer service was great and friendly servers

PL
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Receptionist was checking in people and also cashier. She did not know how to cashier. Totally inept. Waited over 15 minutes to be seated and then had to be seated by the person who clears the tables. Then waited 15 minutes for wait person. They never showed. Went to the bar where Gerardo and Lettie did a great job of waiting on us. Meanwhile the chaos in the restaurant continued. The manager on duty for the hour we were there sat up at the oyster bar on her personal cell phone eating a pizza. Not once did she get up to assist her staff. This place is not managed well. Not enough people to handle the customers and not enough people to clean. Although the food was good beware if you eat here service will not be good because of management unwillingness to staff properly and help out when needed.

KA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour menu...delicious!!
We are planning another visit soon.

MP
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Menu was outdated n many things not available. As an “Oyster Bar” they only had raw oysters, fried oysters or oyster shooters. Not the impression you would get from the name.

EJ
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Staff from hostess, waitress and bus boy was attentive and did a great job

WT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

1st time back in a couple of years. Food was every bit as good as I remembered. Service was good considering how packed the place was and they were hustling to get things out. It was VERY noisy made it hard to talk.

JI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great as always. It remains a wonderful dining spot in the Reno area.

H
Tahoe
21 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Myhusband and I stopped in to the Ouster Bar for a dinner before attending the Air Supply Concert. It hit the spot with lots of variety of seafood on the menu and fantastic service from our server Brandon. He was very attentive to our needs and made sure we had a relaxing , comfortable and delicious dinner. If we have an occasion to dine here again we will ask for Brandon !

r
Tahoe
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely friendly service. If not mistaken, a slight change in the menu. The place was full on a Saturday night. Have been patronizing this resturant for years, just keeps getting better.

j
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Made reservations effortlessly via opentable. We were eating dinner before a concert. Restaurant was very busy, long line, but w reservation we were seated immediately. Food was very good. Service was great with a smile. We enjoyed ourselves.

EM
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We got in at our reservation time. Waited at our table for 15 minutes before anyone came over. After half an hour, and no food or drinks, we got up to leave. We spoke with the manager and she said it was busy. No apologies. Funny thing...it wasn't even that busy. Maybe half the tables were full.

JJ
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was way to slow. Food was worth waiting for.

SR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very tasty, with lots of options. Wait staff was attentive. Decor was nautical, and very appropriate. Will go again.

D
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Attentive service but the kitchen was behind on orders and the dining room short staffed. Nevertheless the staff that was there worked very hard and couldn’t have been more friendly.

MH
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Our food was great except the lobster bisque was like a giant blob of cooked cornmeal with pieces of lobster in it. Our service was another story the employees just don't care which is sad this restaurant has been around for a very long time but the regular servers have been replaced with new people who don't seem to care about any customer service at all. Our waitress was terrible it started with her stopping by the table to let us know she wouldn't be with us for 5-10 minutes because she was busy with another table, there was no offer to get us drink while we were waiting which might have worked in her favor better. She did finally come to take our food order but no mention about drinks so we ordered with our food. We had a shrimp cocktail for the appetizer, she came to the table and informed us she ordered a combination cocktail and was that okay with us? Yes it was okay and it was delicious but still no drinks. When our food came it everything was really good except the lobster bisque. Oh and yet still no drinks we had to ask for them. We did eventually get our drinks and finished our dinner. The waitress cleared a few plates and then disappeared again. I did eventually see her return to the restaurant with her coat on (must have been break time). When she came back to the table we told her about the bisque which was still full, she then stated " Yeah not everyone likes it, do you want anything else instead? We were all done with our food at this point so we said no. She then brought us our check with the bisque still on it, and the extra charge for the combination cocktail she messed up the order on. There were two of us splitting the bill and if it were up to me I would have left her 5% for a tip but she did get 18% . Also when we were leaving I let the cashier know we were really unhappy with the service but the lady couldn't have cared less. As a local I'm hesitant to return.

M
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met friends who had never been there before and we were all pleasantly surprised by the overall high quality of the restaurant. I really liked the wine and the shrimp pan roast was superb, usually don’t have desert but our food server stated that the cheesecake was worth having, I said no initially as the strawberry topping didn’t sound appealing to me, but she asked what I preferred and I said some raspberries would go well and she disappeared only to come back with cheesecake coverered in raspberries. It was great.
I will return soon to enjoy another complete meal with all the side benefits.

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

This is my new favorite restaurant. The food is fresh and delicious and the ambiance is great.

k
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

the avocado shrimp sandwich was gross. Gross white bread open style with huge shrimp and chopped up avocado. Disappointed. the stew was meh. won’t be back can get better food anywhere

AN
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious as always. I was disappointed that there seemed to be no hostess. Despite my reservation I had to wait 30 mins for a table

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