Nugget Reno Review

John Ascauga's Nugget is one of the long-time pillars of Reno gaming. It's a large property with a wide variety of services, and everyone in Reno has a story about good times at the Nugget. The experience can be hit-or-miss, though, so pick your rooms & restaurants carefully and you'll have a fun time.


The Nugget always seems to have a mix of people: locals, an older segment, some folks in their 20s, and the weekenders.

Comfort & Safety

Bounded by I-80 and a few industrial areas, the Nugget isn't really in a neighborhood, which probably makes it as safe as anything.

Nugget Reno Gaming

The casino floor at the Nugget in Sparks is quite large. It wanders around the whole first floor, and feels spacious. The slot machines aren't the newest, but the blackjack dealers are quite friendly.

Slot Machines (Review: C)

The slot floor at the Nugget is very spaced out, and winds its way around the main casino floor. Unfortunately, the decor is dated, and many of the games are older and showing their age. More information about the Nugget Slot Machines.

Player's Club (Review: B-)

The Player's Club at the Nugget is called "John's Club". Its standard fare for a club: you need it to earn comp, its gets you on their marketing list, and points (aka comps) expire within a year. More information about the Nugget Player's Club.

Sportsbook (Review: B-)

The sportsbook at the Nugget is large and well laid out. There's a handful of TVs, including several large-screen projects. However, there are two columns that can block your view. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Leroy's also sets the lines here, too. More information about the Nugget Sportsbook.

Nugget Reno Dining

There are some good choices for restaurants at the Nugget, and some not so good choices. Pick the better places and you'll have a great experience.

Restaurante Orozko (Fine Dining, $$$, A-)

The Thursday night wine pairings are a hit! We went because it seemed like a good deal and a good way to "sample" the restaurant. We left laughing with full bellies, and vowing to go back and do that again! Great place to start the night for a group outting.

Steakhouse Grill (Fine Dining, $$$$, B+)

Much better than expected! Back when John Ascuaga owned a cattle ranch, you could always rely on the Nugget to have excellent quality meats. Since then, it's been a little hit or miss, or at least the perception has been that it's hit or miss. But we were pleasantly surprised by the overall dining experience.

Rosie's Cafe (Casual Dining, $$, B)

Rosie's delivers a comfortable coffee shop experience, with good food, friendly service, and a comfortable booth or table. IF you can overlook the dated entrance and decor, the food is good, the bill is inexpensive, and the staff is friendly.

Trader Dick's (Casual Dining, $$$, No Grade)

Noodle Hut (Casual Dining, $$, No Grade)

John's Oyster Bar (Casual Dining, $$$, No Grade)

Rotisserie Buffet (Buffets, $$, C)

There are better buffets in Reno, and there are better restaurants in the Nugget. Barely-average food, a dated interior, and too high prices make for a less than impressive experience. The Buffet at the Nugget is only open from Thursday through Sunday for Lunch and Dinner.

Gabe's Pub & Deli (Snacks, $, B)

Gabe's is a small snack area near the sports book. A quick, inexpensive hot dog or small pizza is the call here. Enjoy.

Starbuck's Coffee (Snacks, $, No Grade)

Its a Starbucks.

Nugget Reno Hotel

There's a wide range of rooms at the Nugget, from the really comfortable remodeled suites, to the older rooms in the tower, all the way down to the motor lodge rooms in a separate building. Staff and services have always been friendly, and the indoor pool here is awesome when it's cold!

Pool (Amenities, Review: A)

The Pool at the Nugget is Excellent. It is a huge indoor atrium, and great for those less-than-summer months. Since it gets windy in Reno a lot, an indoor pool can be a good thing! More information about the Nugget Pool.

Spa and Salon (Amenities, Review: No Grade)

Chonne's Salon and Spa is a full-service spa located in the Nugget. More information about the Nugget Spa and Salon.

Arcade, Fun Center, Activities (Amenities, Review: B+)

The Nugget has a large arcade on the 2nd floor. This is one of the larger arcades in Reno, and has a small snack center located nearby. More information about the Nugget Arcade, Fun Center, Activities.

Fitness Center (Amenities, Review: No Grade)

The Nugget has a fitness center. More information about the Nugget Fitness Center.

RV Parking (Amenities, Review: No Grade)

There is an open lot on the West side of the Nugget.

Wedding Chapel (Amenities, Review: No Grade)

The Nugget has a wedding chapel on site. More information about the Nugget Wedding Chapel.

Business Center (Amenities, Review: No Grade)

There is a small business center located on the 2nd floor. More information about the Nugget Business Center.

Meetings and Conferences (Amenities, Review: No Grade)

The Nugget can accommodate business meetings and banquets of various sizes. More information about the Nugget Meetings and Conferences.

Gift Shop (Amenities, Review: B)

Located on the ground floor, the Nugget gift shop has small gifts and other items. More information about the Nugget Gift Shop.

Cabaret (Amenities, Review: A-)

There are three places to find live entertainment at the Nugget: Casino Cabaret, Orozko Lounge, and Trader Dick's Lounge. More information about the Nugget Cabaret.

Airport Shuttle (Services, Review: B+)

Every 30 minutes from 4:30am to Midnight. More information about the Nugget Airport Shuttle.

Concierge/Bell Desk (Services, Review: No Grade)

The Bell Desk at the Nugget is located between Valet and the Front Desk.

Laundry Service (Services, Review: No Grade)

Laundry service is available.

On-Property Car Rental (Services, Review: B)

We thought the Nugget had Enterprise cars on-site, but we can't verify it. We'll call and repost.

Room Service (Services, Review: No Grade)

Room Service dining is available 24/7 in the main towers, and from 6am to 1pm in the Courtyard Rooms. More information about the Nugget Room Service.

Front Desk (Services, Review: B)

The front-desk and check-in area is large and impressive. We've found the staff friendly and rarely have a long wait.

Lodge Rooms (Room Descriptions, Review: C-)

The Nugget calls their Lodge rooms the "Courtyard", and it is located in a separate building, with a separate check-in area. More information about the Nugget Lodge Rooms.

Standard Rooms (Room Descriptions, Review: C)

The standard rooms at the Nugget are located in the West Tower. More information about the Nugget Standard Rooms.

Upgraded Rooms (Room Descriptions, Review: A)

The Nugget remodeled rooms in their East Tower. When we went for a tour of the rooms, they were quite nice. More information about the Nugget Upgraded Rooms.

Suites (Room Descriptions, Review: No Grade)

The suites here are called "Deluxe Tower Suite", and are in both the East and West towers. The Hospitality suites have a separate sitting area, the non-hospitality suites are extra large, but the sitting area is in the main room area. More information about the Nugget Suites.

Internet Service (Room Features, Review: No Grade)

Internet service is available property-wide, but an additional fee applies. More information about the Nugget Internet Service.

Resort Fees (Room Features, Review: F)

On a $69.99 room reservation, there is a $22.70 Resort Fee and $11.45 in taxes.