Tony's Oyster Bar and Restaurant
Tony's Oyster Bar and Restaurant

Tony's Oyster Bar and Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://tonysoysterbar.com/
  • Phone: 9194626226x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday: 11am - 10pm
    Monday: 4pm - 10pm
    Tuesday: 11am - 10pm
    Wednesday: 11am - 10pm
    Thursday: 11am - 10pm
    Friday: 11am - 2am
    Saturday: 11am - 2am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Gino Russo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Kevin Elliott 9194626226x
  • Entertainment: Live DJ on Thursday nights from 9:00-12:00 with no cover charge

    Local Bands on Friday and Saturday Night starting at 10:30 with no cover charge

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 64 West and US 1
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Tony's Oyster Bar and Restaurant
Tony's first opened in 1995 as Tony's Bourbon Street Oyster Bar with a distinctly Cajun/Creole flair. Named after the handicapped son of one of the original owners Tony's soon became known for fine cuisine and its live entertainment on weekends. Having won numerous awards from local magazines for its outstanding cuisine and entertainment, Tony's has been a fixture within southern Wake County for over 15 years.

Tony's Oyster Bar & Restaurant serves the best in fresh seafood, steaks and Italian dishes in a casual relaxing atmosphere. We also have a full service steamed bar featuring fresh oysters, shrimp, crab legs and more.

As one of the few "made from scratch" restaurants in the area, we invite you to enjoy our fine food and beverages and hope you will make Tony's Oyster Bar & Restaurant one of your favorites!
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Tony's Oyster Bar and Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
10 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.6
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
50% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (5)special occasion (2)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)fit for foodies (1)romantic (1)scenic view (1)neighborhood gem (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Loved it
    Lauren
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had an awesome dinner here! I had the oscar steak special with vegetables and salad and everything was great. The steak was cooked perfectly! My boyfriend loved his crab cake sandwich! We always drink coors and bud light but our server told us about a local beer they have on draft that would taste similar and that was really good too! The place looks a lot nicer and just has really welcoming feel now. We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The worst experience in Tony's
    MaggieV
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We just had our worst dinner in Tony's oyster bar. We always celebrate special dates in Tony's Oyster bar. However, I think this would be the last time for us visiting Tony's. The menu is changed. The food not only taste bad, also it is over price!!! $30 for a piece of crab cake?! You gotta be kdding me!!! Seriously, stay away fron Tony's oyster bar!! We felt like we just got robbed!!!
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  • Tony's Rocks
    SherryS
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Love Tony's and been coming for years. The flounder was exceptional and the service was excellent. Roomy dance floor with center stage for the band to set up.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Groupouting
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We were very pleased with the service, the staff was very cordial and efficient. Food was very good and we did not have a long wait for our group of ten. We had made reservations and we were seated as soon as we arrived.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SmileyFaceVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Not the best experience. Made a 5:45 reservation, restaurant was nearly empty, yet our table for 6 wasn't ready. Apps were good, first round of drinks took a while. Our server was knowledgable and polite but didn't check back with us until we were nearly done with our entrees. The fish entrees were dry and poorly seasoned. Oysters and crab legs were tasty and done well. We were all underwhelmed by Tony's. We will go to 42nd Street in Raleigh next time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.2
    • Food3.4
    • Ambiance3.2
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 150 reviews are from the Tony's Oyster Bar and Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Been better...
    WishItWasBetter
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Overall, it wasn't bad. The service was just horrible. Long time to get drinks, even longer to get appetizers, much longer to just get food. At one point, one of the meals still wasn't out and the rest of us had just about finished eating. The manager did comp that meal - I will give credit for that. But, this was a graduation dinner and mother's day. We went early (it was not busy at all - 1/3 full at the time) and yet, the service was brutally slow. I have read complaints of this in the past, but thought it would have been rectified by now - guess not.
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  • Fresh oysters
    wineandineVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Warm welcome, attentive service, and hot food. The oysters were delicious, piping hot, and juicy. Excellent pinot noir at a very reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Dinner
    suz73
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Food (steak and lobster mac) was good and price-appropriate. Server was very professional. Manager stopped by numerous times which was nice. All in all a good dinner.
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  • Tony's Oysters are great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/22/2012
    Wonderful fried oysters! Not to be missed. Everything else (shrimp, tiny bay scallops, veggie sides, lobster) only acceptable--not memorable. Excellent server-- added a free dessert with candle for my birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our first time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    This was our first time at Tony's. We had a great time here . The food was excellent as well as our waitress Jackie..She really made our dining experience enjoyable!We will definitely come back!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prepare to stay awhile
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/7/2012
    The food was really good. The service was so-so. Seemed a little unorganized and slow. A great place if you're planning to stay awhile to eat or watch a game -- not so good if you're trying to get in and out in an hour. Save room for the homemade desserts!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We came for dinner at 8:00
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    We came for dinner at 8:00 and it was not noisy or crowded, but we stayed for the live band that started around 10:30 and it was loud, crowded, and lively for the live music. But that was what we expected and hoped for, so it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great birthday dinner at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/2/2012
    Great birthday dinner at the oyster bar at Tony's! The oysters were delicious and the fried shrimp were perfect!! The clam chowder was a little thick for some. Would definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food here, much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    Very good food here, much better than expected, will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud (but it is a bar, after
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/9/2012
    Loud (but it is a bar, after all). Most folks ate at the bar; we were the only "table" used for dinner on a Sunday evening. Waitress was pleasant and efficient. No prior notice, but as we started to order steamed oysters, she informed us that they don't serve steamed shell fish to the tables, only at the bar. It was 20 feet away and we were the only folks not at the bar!! Are you kidding me? They can't carry it across the room?! Bizarre. Food was ok; nothing special. If you live really close, this may be a "neighborhood bar" you'd frequent, but it's not worth a drive when better seafood and more extensive menus are available at many places around the Triangle.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a great time...food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    We had a great time...food service seating and price perfect.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2012
    The service was excellent but the food was terrible!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The clam chowder is amazing.
    Dave
    Dined on 8/22/2012
    The clam chowder is amazing. The oysters were fresh and delicious. I got the Admirals platter and, while it was good, they only gave you 2 scallops and a fillet the size of a postage stamp. Would have given 5 stars if they didn't cheap out on the portions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall was a very good experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/19/2012
    Overall was a very good experience. Raw bar might be the best around, will go back. Great specials, drinks were very reasonably priced, and the service was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible terrible experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    Terrible terrible experience! I would absolutely never recommend this place to anyone and would not eat there even if my meal was free. Tried it out since I got a living social deal for the place and when I got there the menu that I could choose from was terrible. Nothing at all like their actual menu. Not sure if this was a living social issue or the restaurant's. Either way I felt they should have shown the menu online before I purchased the deal because I absolutely would not have bought it. On top of that our waitress was the worst possible server I've ever had! She acted like she did not want us to be in the restaurant at all, she had an attitude the entire time, she never came to check on us and rushed us through the dinner.
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  • This place had awesome food
    Dave
    Dined on 8/5/2012
    This place had awesome food and a great feel. Our friends hit a home run suggesting Tony's.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • Popular place with a large
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    Popular place with a large selection of seafood nicely presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A touch on the pricey side
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2012
    A touch on the pricey side for the amount of food. I do realize that it is an oyster bar, though. The service at the oyster bar was outstanding, and our group had a lot of fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK atmosphere. Bar cannot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    OK atmosphere. Bar cannot accommodate 'frozen drinks'. Really only beers & spirits. Way too much salt in food. Very basic dishes (nothing really stands out / differentiated from any other place). Service was poor - parts of orders were forgotten & when reminded waitress, she acted as if we were bothering her. Location is poor - hidden corner of a slowing 'dying' shopping center (lots of vacant retail spaces).
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  • A party-atmosphere restaurant,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/22/2012
    A party-atmosphere restaurant, not a place for a quiet romantic dinner. The service and staff were very nice and cooperative. I used a Living Social voucher and enjoyed the food. I would not want to pay menu prices for this food, since it is pricy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You can always count on a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2012
    You can always count on a good meal and service at Tony's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Pretty good restaurant. Food
    WolfpackbrandiVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2012
    Pretty good restaurant. Food was fine but service was excellent!
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst Oysters Rockefeller
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    Worst Oysters Rockefeller I've had (covered with Brocolli) and the best Jambalaya I've had - service was OK.
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  • Hidden Gem
    myPeak
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    Tony's is certainly a hidden gem! Their $5 app specials will get you in the door but their warm and friendly service and fantastic seafood will make you stay. Be sure to try the Raspberry Martini.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Breanna was an excellent server,
    MfscrnaVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2012
    Breanna was an excellent server, and did a wonderful job. We used a living social coupon, though, and were limited to very few menu items, most of which were fried. Our meals were just average, but we look forward to eating there again when we can choose from the regular menu.
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  • Most of the issues dealt with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/2/2012
    Most of the issues dealt with the staff. The poor guy who was our server must have been new. He was very confused with the menu and had no clue what we were ordering. The food was good and the oysters were awesome. Again the server was very confused when it came to the bill. I was over charged by $20 and had to ask him to fix it. It took us almost 2 hours from time seated to the time we left. The food was slightly overpriced. I might return if I am with a group who was interested in going.
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  • Manager on duty was terrible.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2012
    Manager on duty was terrible. He was our server for the evening, and took our order by saying "What did you want?", and was irritated that we asked for a list of beers. The server we spoke to afterwards gave us comment cards to fill out because she clearly did not enjoy him either. I will not go back, or recommend the restaurant because of this. There are too many other great restaurants in Raleigh!
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  • Satisfaction!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/1/2012
    Food, absolutely delicious. Service, awesome. We are so pleased with everything with this restaurant.
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  • disappointing food, slow service
    TommygunnVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2012
    This was unfortunately the single worst restaurant experience we've EVER had. They were so disorganized that the staff forgot to wait on us for the first 20 minutes after we were seated, and afterwards other random waitstaff would come to the table and ask if we had been helped yet. Very very strange! It took another 20 minutes to get our drinks from the bar, and then the food took about an hour to arive...we were there for nearly 3 hours for a casual Sunday night dinner! The waitress totally forgot one of our drinks, and then laughed when we reminded her about it. The food really wasn't very good either. We'll never go back.
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  • We had dinner at Tony's on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/30/2012
    We had dinner at Tony's on Saturday night. We were in a group of six. We were promptly led to our table. The waiter was friendly and capable. We received our food in a timely manner and all of it was delicious. We had 3 separate checks at our table. Each one was correct. We would go there again.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Despite using open table,
    mnp3081
    Dined on 6/28/2012
    Despite using open table, we still had to wait over an hour for our table. Our waitress didn't bring us menus, but asked what we wanted to order..... generally poor service, very loud, and expensive for what you get.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good restaurant though in
    Tipster
    Dined on 6/26/2012
    Good restaurant though in a declining shopping center.
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  • Food was HORRIBLE and definitely
    KimmyVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2012
    Food was HORRIBLE and definitely not worth the price. Don't waste your time or money.
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  • Food was good, but over priced.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/23/2012
    Food was good, but over priced. Service was horrible, beyond horrible, dinner took us over two from when sat down to when we finally left.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Used to be a great restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/18/2012
    Things have changed. Walked in and waited for a hostess to acknowledge us. At the oyster bar we waited again for someone to acknowledge us for a drink. We were given cold and hard hushpuppies. We noticed they were pre-making raw oyster platters and many other dishes. While having our oysters shucked, by who appeared to be a manager, we asked what was going on and were told that the restaurant has new owners. We told him about the terrible hushpuppies and how Tony's was known for great hushpuppies. He didn't apologize or replace them, he just shrugged it off. To summarize the changes: mediocre food, understaffed and poorly trained employees, premade dishes(like fastfood) and apathetic management. They risk alienating their loyal customers.
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