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Big AL's Oyster Bar at The Orleans Las Vegas

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Big AL's Oyster Bar

Fire up your taste buds with a little Cajun flavor at Big Al's Oyster Bar at The Orleans.

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Location

The Orleans

Today's Hours

Sunday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Monday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Wednesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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Price

$$

Cuisine

Seafood

Phone

(702) 365-7111

Website

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Big AL's Oyster Bar | Las Vegas Restaurants

Located at The Orleans, Big Al's Oyster Bar is known for its freshly shucked clams and oysters served with an authentic Cajun and Creole flair.

The menu consists primarily of an extensive selection of seafood. Some of the items on the menu include Big Al's Ceviche, Cajun Ole Oyster Shooter, Shrimp Cocktail, Louisiana Gumbo, Oysters on the Half Shelf, Big Al's PoBoy Sandwich, Seafood Sampler, Steamed Clams, Oysters Rockefeller, and Louisiana Crab Cakes. They also have an extensive wine collection that includes both foreign and domestic selections that go well with any meal. The menu also includes gluten-free options.

Big Al's Oyster Bar offers a very casual and friendly atmosphere. Reservations are not required, and you can even order carry-out of any cooked items.

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Pixel5Lif7

500 Points
7/18/2024

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It is always difficult to leave a negative review, but unfortunately, my recent dining experience at Big AL's Oyster Bar was far from satisfactory. I must admit that the chef who prepared our main dish did an exceptional job, as I remembered him from previous visits and he truly excels in his craft. However, the overall quality of the restaurant has declined significantly since my last visit before Covid. Upon arrival, we requested bar seating to avoid a long wait. The hostess took our phone number and assured us it would only take a few minutes to prepare the bar area. However, after 15 minutes of waiting at the podium, my husband noticed that there were several available tables and bar seats. We finally sat down and I ordered the seafood gumbo, which was inedible. It was extremely thick, salty, and tasted like it had been cooked days before. I exchanged it for the clam chowder, which was equally disappointing with its overly thick consistency. Throughout the meal, I observed tension between the staff and the manager, with the employee behind the counter visibly struggling. Service was chaotic, with waitresses rushing to attend to customers and fulfill orders. We had to repeatedly remind our waitress to take our orders and bring us drinks and food. We decided to order a dozen oysters for $45, which were not worth the price in terms of quality. Feeling disappointed and disgusted by the food, we ultimately left. Despite the friendly attitude of the manager towards the end of our meal, the overall experience was subpar compared to previous visits. If you do choose to dine at Big AL's Oyster Bar, I recommend sticking to dishes prepared by the head chef and avoiding the soups, gumbo, and salads. Proceed with caution and be prepared for a potentially disappointing dining experience, as the restaurant seems to have lost the charm it once had.

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Hobby4Art

203 Points
7/10/2024

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I absolutely adore Big AL's Oyster Bar. I've dined here multiple times and the food never disappoints. The service is top-notch, with a super-friendly waitress who actually remembered me from one visit to the next, even with months in between. A must-visit spot in Las Vegas for sure!

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V3L8Nev

306 Points
7/6/2024

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Looking for delicious gumbo at a reasonable price without the long lines at other oyster bars in Las Vegas? Look no further than Big AL's Oyster Bar. I recently enjoyed a seafood chowder and Caesar salad for just $13. The atmosphere was great, and even though I passed on the strawberry lager, I had a fantastic time at the bar on a Monday. The gumbo at Big AL's is a must-try!

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Bball4You

656 Points
4/28/2024

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The Louisiana crab cakes, Seafood chowder, and Big Al's Pan Roast at Big AL's Oyster Bar were all delicious. The flavors were well blended and seasoned perfectly, and everything was served hot. While the service started off mediocre, it did improve and became a more pleasant experience. I highly recommend trying the Big Al's Pan Roast, with shrimp and crab simmered in brandy, white wine, bell peppers, and spices, finished with a rich lobster and tomato cream sauce. It was so good that we had to take some back to our Airbnb because there was so much food. The atmosphere at the restaurant was lively, as it is located in a casino. After your meal, you can enjoy a movie or continue your evening in the casino. Overall, the food was great and I had a positive experience at Big AL's Oyster Bar.

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Miami5Life

606 Points
4/26/2024

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This review is going to be a negative one, unfortunately. The dining experience at Big AL's Oyster Bar was truly terrible. If it were possible, I would give this place negative stars. The only redeeming quality was the chef who prepared the main dish - he was hardworking, friendly, and talented. I had visited this restaurant years ago before Covid and it was a completely different experience. The food was fresh and the service was exceptional. However, in 2024, things have taken a turn for the worse. We requested bar seating to avoid a long wait but ended up waiting over 15 minutes for them to clean the counter, even though there were available tables and bar seats. The seafood gumbo I ordered was inedible - thick, salty, and clearly not fresh. I tried the clam chowder as a replacement and it was just as bad. The caesar salad was basic at best. Throughout the meal, there was an uncomfortable tension between the staff and the manager, with one employee even walking off. The service was chaotic and we had to constantly ask for everything. We ordered a dozen oysters for $45, which was not a bad price but the quality was lacking. After spending over $100, we left feeling disappointed and disgusted. The manager was friendly but it was too little, too late. It's clear that Big AL's Oyster Bar has declined from its former glory days. Proceed with caution if you choose to dine here. I would recommend sticking to dishes prepared by the head chef and avoiding the soups, gumbo, and salads.

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KidA9z

406 Points
4/17/2024

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We arrived at Big Al's Oyster Bar near closing time and the staff was kind enough to accommodate us even though we weren't very hungry. We quickly placed our order for the Louisiana crab cakes, which were full of crab meat and paired perfectly with the creole mustard sauce. We enjoyed them so much that we ordered a second round. The salad was also delicious, packed with crab meat and topped with crispy bacon. We asked for ranch dressing on the side to avoid overpowering the salad with it. The seafood chowder was a highlight of the meal, with clams, shrimp, crab, and fish in a hearty and flavorful broth. Surprisingly, the chowder wasn't overly salty. We noticed the New England chowder at a neighboring table and were pleased with our choice of the seafood chowder. The prices were reasonable, but the atmosphere at Big Al's Oyster Bar was nothing special. Located in the older Orleans hotel, don't expect the glitz and glamour of strip properties. It's a no-frills establishment that shows its age, but the food more than makes up for it.

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