42nd Street Oyster Bar
42nd Street Oyster Bar

42nd Street Oyster Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.42ndstoysterbar.com/
  • Phone: 9198312811x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Mon-Thur 5:00pm-10:00pm Fri - Sat 5:00pm-11:00pm Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: David Greenwell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: At 42 St. Oyster Bar we work with our clients to develop a catering event that fits their menu and budget needs. For more information visit http://42ndstoysterbar.com/Catering.html
  • Entertainment: Live Entertainment (Southern Rock, Classic Rock, Top 40, Beach, Disco, Dance, Blue Grass, 70's, 80's,)

    Friday and Saturday 10pm-1pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West Street
  • Public Transit: RLine stop one block away
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer two private lots. There is street and public parking also available.
A word from 42nd Street Oyster Bar
A Raleigh Tradition Serving the Freshest Seafood Since 1931.

The 42nd St. Oyster Bar is one of the South's most famous landmark restaurants, satisfying thousands of grateful patrons since its humble beginnings in 1931 as a grocery store offering oysters and draft beer.

Our Mission: To provide a remarkable experience by recognizing and appreciating that each guest is the most important person in the world while dining at the 42nd St. Oyster Bar.

We invite you to join us for dinner tonight!

“Eat seafood … live longer

Eat oysters … love longer

Eat clams … last longer"

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42nd Street Oyster Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
282 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (161)special occasion (153)fit for foodies (109)neighborhood gem (98)hot spot (68)vibrant bar scene (54)notable wine list (48)romantic (47)kid-friendly (42)late-night find (36)great for lunch (24)great for brunch (9)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Review of 42nd st Oyster Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I really enjoyed this place! I have been in Raleigh for over 10 years now and have been hearing about it and have never had a chance to get there. It was everything that everybody said it was!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Sushi
    PDS77
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Amazing Sushi lunch specials. The Angry Tuna Sushi and Screaming O were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The food is excellent. Service is okay, but nothing to shout out about. We had to ask for many different things such as eating utensils, extra serving of hush puppies, hand wipes, etc. Slightly noisy and ambience is pretty much nonexistent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We took our daughter here for her birthday. Glad we did. Awesome experience. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 42nd St. Oyster B has Great Energy.
    Crablover
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    When you first walk into the doors at 42nd St. Oyster Bar, you can feel the great energy. The food was amazing, but the energy of the friendly staff and the customers make you feel like you walked into a friend's dinner party. The staff is very attentive. They great you as you walk in and thank you on the way out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Waiter was experienced and knowledgable. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my favorite places
    Luv2Eat
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This place has the best seafood around! Priced very well, outstanding service, kids loved it!! Needs a changing table for babies but other than that no complaints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good time
    giveMeSteak
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    As always, loved going to 42nd Street. One of the few places in the Raleigh area to get lobster, which my wife loves. Very good steaks for me. A side and a side salad are part of the entree price, which isn't always the case in more upscale restaurants. And they were also very good. Excellent key lime pie and cheesecake to round it all off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Premium Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Although we were thinking steamed oysters heading in, we rebooted to a table for daily fish that was a very good call. My 17 year old had the filet w/ bacon wrapped scallops which as it turned out replaced his "most" favorite meal to date (he's been to some pretty hefty competitors around the country and not counting out Mom). My 20 year old son had the 42nd Street platter w/ the daily grouper. One happy college student he was. My bride of 27 years & I enjoyed a couple of martinis and our various food choices immensely but our outstanding meal was enhanced to a premium experience by the attention and knowledge of our server. She carried us through a fantastic hour and a half of dining excellence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not up to the hype
    Danielle
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    While we didn't have a bad experience there, it didn't meet our expectations. The construction in the area made parking a nightmare. I'm glad that we made reservations, because the place was packed. The ambiance was interesting, but extremely noisy. Both the petite filet and crab legs and the shrimp and crabmeat fettuccini were good but not great.The steak was beautifully done, but the crab legs were not up to snuff. The meat stuck to the shell (a sure sign that it was dried out or overcooked). I get crab legs as a treat only once in a blue moon, so I left disappointed. The service was excellent, but I didn't mention the crab legs. Perhaps I should have. For what was spent, I can't recommend it.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Administrator
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Great group dinner, staff was helpful, food was excellent and management was very helpful to keep us within budget.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    GREAT FOOD GREAT SERVICE MY SERVER WAS INCREDIBLE!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Seafood Around
    SherryS
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Seafood is excellent. Flounder is best around along with their famous cheese potatoes. the Service is always "spot" on. Live entertainment on Saturdays nights make it a great spot for dancing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Luv To Luv 42
    SeaSalt
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Been going to this establishment for years (i.e., since the 80's), and I'm always impressed. The food is always excellent and the service is pretty darn good as well. Love the overall experience at the restaurant. Thanks for another great time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Shrimp next time
    kat4pack
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Crab cakes were excellent! Everything else was very good. Four people for dinner. Seated before reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food didn't match price
    LuvFineFood
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I would go back and try something else, but the platter with broiled shrimp and scallops plus a grilled piece of fish and 2 sides was a disappointment for $29.95. I counted 3 scallops mixed in with maybe 5-6 small shrimp in a bowl that looked like it came from K&W Cafeteria. The grilled grouper was a nice size. Since my friend loved her shrimp creole, the service was GREAT and the ambiance very nice, I'd give 42nd St Oyster Bar another chance, just to be fair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our Favorites!!
    Durhamfoodie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    42nd St. Oyster Bar is one of our all time favorite Raleigh Restaurants. We have been here dozens of times, so when it was the big birthday, there was only one place to consider. We have never been disappointed by the service, food or atmosphere. Love It!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointment for six
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had checked the internet for a seafood restaurant in Raliegh, NC. The reviews seemed promising. Six of us visiting the City from various states decided to try it. The fish was overdone. The flounder had a metalic taste. A friend's grouper was dry. Another had salmon that was tasteless. The crabcakes were good, but of 6 entres, that was the only one that was not mediocre. Our server was also good. We have to go back to Raliegh in six months. Fortunately, we don't have to go back to that restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good Seafood
    RDUYumminess
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We had a great dinner at 42nd Street Oyster Bar. The seafood tasted fresh.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbeatable Oysters
    simplyme
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Succulent plump oysters were our experience, both fresh on the half shell and fried. The house sweet potato chips were an excellent accompaniment to my cajun fried oysters. A tasty Caesar salad was much to my liking with its dressing. Very enjoyable dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rushed and gritty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We sat at the oyster bar and our server was very friendly and prompt. Our problem was with the food.We order 3 appetizers. We wanted to spread then out, so we ordered them about 10. They each came about 5 minutes after we ordered them. The Buffalo shrimp and bacon wrapped scallops were pretty good. The ahi tuna was not. It had no flavor. The ginger was flavorless. There are 6 small pieces of tuna for $16!And there was no soy sauce mixture with it. Now the worst part. The oysters were sandy and gritty in every bite.Never had this problem in the past. I had recommended 42nd street to friends and they also had bad food experiences. Now i understand .The hushpuppies were awesome as always!We were in and out in an hour. I felt rushed
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  • Great food
    DateNightNoKids
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    A wonderful find in downtown Raleigh. The food and drinks were great. They had so many choices and everything we had was delicious. They offered a wide variety of drinks and specialties. Even my husband who is not a huge fan of seafood thought the place was awesome. Highly recommend the 42nd street oysters app!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible oysters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The oysters were small, and shriveled up, as well as overpriced.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Classic
    caneat
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Great seafood and fish. I have never been disappointed in the twenty years I've been going there. The atmosphere is relaxing And casual. I have never felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steamed Oysters
    ryalspack
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    While I understand not serving the Steamed oysters in the Main seating, was a bit disappointed I could not order oysters and seeing as we had a party of 14 all sitting at the bar would not have worked. Maybe come up with some way to order Oysters (Peck) while enjoying the dining area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Dining Experience
    gr8tfood
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a very enjoyable dining experience at 42nd Street. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We will definitely be going there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood
    seafoodjunkie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We received Excellent service and the meal was delicious. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our favorite Oyster Bar
    JessandNick
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We absolutely love 42nd st Oyster Bar! The food is amazing and the atmosphere is perfect! Service is always outstanding!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time!
    Cate
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    the food is fantastic and the service is wonderful. We had a great time. The environment is awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I like this place for its food, drinks, and ambiance. It's a good, old-fashioned seafood place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Had a great night as always. Great food, great service. My parents had not been here in years and we had a lot of fun. We'll be back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay. Just Okay.
    GALATEAVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Been going to 42nd st OB for some years now and I'm starting to wonder why we go back. The food is just OK. They excel at steamed oysters and fried stuff, but the fin fish is too often either over or under cooked, veggies are tired and prices are equivalent to places where there is more attention to detail and imaginative preparation. I'd forgive the boring sauces and choices if the fish were cooked well, but everything just seems tired. Mixed drinks were loaded with ice and puny, and although the server was pleasant and tried to be attentive, she clearly had tables all over the room and spent more time walking between tables and the various stations she had to visit to get food etc This old school fat cat hangout has seen better days. Meh.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Night out
    Wendynightout
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Went to have great night out Had oysters and it was romantic My wife loved it all Really enjoy each and every time we dine or visit bar
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oyster lover..:-)
    Mimi
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great Oysters...! Noisy and crowded, however service and food was excellent…!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Speakeasy about 42nd Street Bar
    ChainRestaurantSnob
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Our son just started Freshman year at NC State and his birthday was September 9th. Driving from Greensboro to celebrate, I looked for a restaurant close to campus, with good food and where the locals eat. Throw in a little history, great beer and wine selection, good food, and fun atmosphere. Don't let the name 'oyster bar and seafood grill' deter your visit
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome place
    Kfromohio
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    There were 11 in our group and everything was great...the food, the service, and even had a special dessert for my mom, the birthday girl!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • twintoo
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I always take my sister when she visits me from Atlanta! They have so many when I go down there, that this always stands out for her visit here.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BIRTHDAY
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were extremely pleased with the food (except the cheese potatoes, see note below), service and all other aspects of our visit on Friday night Suzette was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • laurVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food and service was great. Waitress went the extra mile to please. Food was great. parking is the only problem. Lot gets filled and overflow lot gets filled also and there is very little street parking. need more parking!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    JimTrittenVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    First time there and we were not disappointed. Great crab cakes, oysters, and cheesy potatoes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate