It was our first time there, but it won't be the last
Great value for money and staff were lovely
Arrived on time for our Mother’s Day celebration, the maitre d greeted us rudely by looking us up and down and proclaiming that there was a 30 minute wait. No hello, no smile, and no inquiry if we had a reservation.
We informed him of our reservation for 5 and were told to wait. After a few minutes the maitre d took us to a table for 4, which we rejected. We were directed to leave the restaurant and wait outside again.
5-10 minutes later he called us in again and directed us to a table. My wife sat down but was creeped out by the obvious filth left behind by diners before us. I started to try to clean the seat I was about to sit in but decided that wouldn’t fix the problems at the Oyster bar on this day.
We walked out and enjoyed our dinner in another restaurant.
Having dined at the Oyster bar on other occasions, it was a huge disappointment. We refuse to patronize establishments with rude, or indifferent, customer service employees or cleanliness failures. I doubt that we will try to spend our hard earned money there again.
I had a reservation for 1:30 pm on 5/13 Mother's Day. Was there at 1:20 pm. No hostess or cashier there until 1:35 pm. A waitress came and seated us at 1:40 pm. That was poor planning for management.
The waitress was excellent.
Our service was terrible. So sad that they have made so many changes.
My husband and I were out on a date night for the first time in a long time. We were at the Nugget to see the Charlie Daniels Band concert. We made a reservations at your restaurant for 6:30 so we would have enough time to eat slowly, enjoy and get to our concert at 8 p.m. We were seated approximately 10 minutes late after our reservation. Our waitress didn't come to see us for 10 minutes and when she did she took our drink order and did not come back for approximately 15 minutes to take our dinner oder. I had to track her down to tell her we needed our food because it was 7:20 at that point and we had a half an hour to eat, pay and walk to our show. She did take our 2 sodas off the bill. My husband watched her and all she did was walk around. It was busy but she was not delivering food or clearing dirty plates. People seated after us were eating before us. The food was meagre, we paid $26 a plate for the seafood Extravaganza which was minimal at best and the rice was as hard as a rock. Not a great experience at all.
Yuck.. Overpriced mediocre food.
Night did not start off good. Had to wait 15 minutes after we were seated to get a waitress to come over. Ordered a full bottle of champagne for the two of us and they brought over a split. Still no dinner order being taken. Might got better when finally waitress came if and comped the champagne and gave us dessert comped as well for being patient. The food was on point. Oysters were fresh and the linguini and clams had a very nice garlicky flavor. Would definitely go back.
On the recommendation of a friend, we ordered fried calamari appetizer, which was excellent.
We enjoyed the delicious Lobster Roll with coleslaw. Our server was attentive and prompt. The menu is a bit limited, but what they have is wonderful. We would certainly recommend The Oyster Bar to anyone who wants a good seafood restaurant.
I soon I got to the restaurant got a table, took more than 15 minutes to get something to drink, the plate I order, only have 2 small size Shrimp. And maybe 20 really tiny shrimp. The Waiter took so long to get back to the table , to ask for my bill.
Your food is very good but every time I was there your service was bad. Sincerely considering about not going back
great food as always. Split the Cesar salad it is huge. Love the prices not too high.
Foot at the Oyster Bar is always good and reasonably priced. If you get one of the waitresses who have been there forever, service is fantastic.
Haven't been to this oyster bar for 29 years now. I had a combination pan roast. It seemed fine until I discovered foreign, non-food items in the stew. I think perhaps it was the wrapper that the seafood came in. The waitress ran off looking for a manager that was not located. Then she offered me a free dessert, which I declined. She then directed me to where I could pay my bill.
Years ago I frequented this place. I will not eat here again and will be sure that all of my friends are aware of my experience.
As usual our dinner was excellent and our server was outstanding!
The food was horrible and the service was the same.
Really? They didn't have our reservation. 30 minutes after you sent me a reminder. Sooo bad for Open Table. Not blaming Oyster Bar.
Great place to spend with your family
The combination pan roast is the best available in Reno.
Went to dinner with family (party of 5) prior to attending comedy show at a different casino. We purposely chose oyster bar as prior experience has been great and close proximity to our final destination was convenient. The show started at 8 and thought that a 6:15 dinner reservation would be more than sufficient. Once we placed our order, we waited a half hour for 2 salads that were ordered. By the time 7:30 rolled around we still didn’t have our dinner and had to ask manager about our order and explain we had to leave. We didn’t get to eat and had to take our food to go. The manager was very nice and apologetic and comped our bottle of wine. It was pretty apparent the restaurant was short on wait staff as well as cook staff, but we watched several tables seated after us get their meals. Very disappointing experience.
My wife's meal (Pan Roast) was what she has always remembered, I had the stuffed ravioli and it was not cooked throughout with the mushrooms in the sauce very tough. The food server was very pleasant. It was her birthday and since she enjoyed her meal I was satisfied.
Much better experience than last week. Elsa, our server, knows us and what we like, appearing at the table with water and lemons (we both like to put lemon in our water). We ordered the delicious Seafood Extravaganza, which we totally enjoyed. It arrived in a reasonable amount of time. This is a great place.
We had a reservation, but were shown to a booth in the bar area. Took awhile for the server to come to us, but eventually we were served. We really like the food there, and prices are reasonable.
Hokey setting, terrible bread, decent enough oysters and mussels, good wedge salad, little seafood apart from shellfish. Won’t go again (hopefully something else at The Nugget is better?)
New Year's Day with family
The food is always good. The cooks were a little slower than usual. But well worth the wait.
We we very disappointed. This was our anniversary dinner and we had high hopes. Will not return to or recommend this restaurant.
Food was great. Service was horrible. Understaffed
Server was horrible. We had to continue to ask for this or that and bill. Never checked on us
The food was good tasting but would have liked bigger pieces of seafood in the cioppino.
Fantastic dining as always. The pan roast was fabulous and there was something for everyone, even our picky grandson.
Had the Combination Pan Roast—was very good. Slightly smaller than I remember and the scallops and fish have been removed. Dessert was nothing to write home about... The decor hasn’t been touched since John Ascuaga put it in years ago... kinda kitschy but brings back memories. Noise was fine for not being in a casino. Otherwise a good night out.
It was exceptionally easy to set a reservation, even day of, for the Oyster Bar. When we arrived we were greeted by a very friendly, helpful hostess who seated us immediately. Our waitress was fantastic and offered us an option of food that fit exactly what we wanted. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was great and timely even for every table being full on a Saturday night. My husband and I will both continue to return to this gem of a restaurant on a frequent basis. Highly recommended!
We were a bit disappointed with our meal at the Oyster Bar. We have eaten there many times and this evening dining was not the greatest.
I had the seafood Louie salad, and half the ingredients on the top, like egg, olives and asparagus were all missing. And they throw and old canned green bean on top. The shrimp and crab meat was all shredded, not good!
Service very poor that evening.
My husband had the shrimp pan roast and he enjoyed it.
It will be awhile before we return to the Oyster Bar.
All I can really say is that for John's Oyster Bar "I'd walk a million miles"!!!!!!!!! It is unquestionably my favorite restaurant in the Reno - Sparks area and way beyond. I NEVER go to Reno without having a minium of one meal at the Oyster Bar during my stay. This time around I had a lady friend with me for her first visit to the restaurant and she was dully impressed with the cuisine as well as the inside of the Bar. It really is one of a kind atmosphere.
I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Took a long long time after we sat down to have service, the pasta sauce is like thin soup, gumbo was good. Also took a long time to get the bill. If you are short of time dont eat there. Price is not great value for the poor service and lack of ambience. Restaurant looks very dated.
We had plans for the evening so we decided to have lunch at The Oyster Bar. This time we had lobster louies and bowls of their delicious clam chowder. You certainly don't get out of there hungry, as there is plenty. Our server was attentive, refilling our glasses and giving us more bread when we asked for it. Highly recommend this place.
We've been coming here for years and always enjoyed dinner and the service. Unfortunately that wasn't the case at our last dinner meeting. Service was slow, the food was terrible. Calamari was under cooked and soggy, the pan roast cream was broken and the shrimp was not fresh. Then we had to stand in line to pay for our check. Waitress would not do it for us.
Being locals, we often visit the Oyster Bar. While our past experiences have been very good, this time was very disappointing. We repeated had to ask for common things (water, bread plates, extra place setting, etc.), I had to remind the waitress about my soup before dinner even though 2 others in our party received theirs. I had ordered Calamari from the dinner menu with fries as the side. I was the last one to get dinner, and the fries were missing. The Calamari was not very warm, like it had been fried a while ago and left sitting. When I finally got the waitresses attention, she said they forgot to include the fries, but they would be right out. She came back and said the manager was going to take the fries off the bill, even though it should have been included to begin with.
Since we have had better experiences, we will be willing to try it again to see if it was a fluke or this is the new norm.
This is the first time I was disappointed eating here I normally love going to your restaurant. But this time I was kind of shocked I know it was a Friday night but basically it was the food quality. My always stirs were like almost invisible there were two out of six and the others just seem like slime no meat, like it wasn't worth buying. I almost complained about it and asked for for other oysters but didn't want to complain. I normally never ever have anything bad to say about your restaurant but this one trip I went by myself eat by myself and I was disappointed with the salad the oysters especially and the lobster bisque. Dirty dishes dirty dishes were left on my table as I watched a young man walk back and forth back and forth past my table probably 15 times and he wouldn't even look at me even though I pushed all my dirty dishes to the edge I still tipped well I was just disappointed for the first time ever.