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42nd Street Oyster Bar, Raleigh, NC

42nd Street Oyster Bar

4.6
4.6
5014 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
A Southern Seafood Tradition 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 831-2811

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Joe Rohrer

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Cross street

    West Street

  • Parking details

    We offer one private lot. There is street and public parking also available.

  • Public transit

    RLine stop one block away <br />

  • Entertainment

    Live Entertainment (Southern Rock, Classic Rock, Top 40, Beach, Disco, Dance, Blue Grass, 70's, 80's,) Friday and Saturday 10pm-1pm

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,014 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh

    Most Booked

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  1. DL

    DavidL

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    We’ve been going to 42nd Street for years and we dined as a foursome tonight. We noticed the portions have gone smaller and noticed. Oysters were good but overall disappointed on the portions for our entrees. Two different fish entrees small and the Chipino was not full as we have experienced in the past. Not sure we will return.
  2. RC

    RonC

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner for NC State parent’s weekend! Our server, Anna Kate was the best, very attentive and engaging. We definitely will be back
  3. GM

    GenevieveM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner with friends. It was so nice to be back at 42nd Street Oyster Bar! Good food, great atmosphere, and so clean.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We always enjoy our dinner at 42nd St.! Great service and the scallops were our table’s favorite! We had a table of 8 and everything went super smooth!
  5. GF

    GayeF

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here. Fantastic experience. Great vibe. Casual atmosphere. Excellent service and darn good food. Will be back.
  6. NH

    NanH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed the energetic atmosphere and were actually able to talk even though it was pretty loud. I ordered salmon on the three-piece seafood dinner and was served swordfish. It was replaced but too late to enjoy with other food. I ordered it blackened but the salt and other spices were on the heavy side. Our waitress was sweet and helpful but a little tentative. Overall, we had a good time and will come back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The management for this place has changed. The general manager didn’t address microagression concerns about one of her servers. Carly is the general managers name. A host manager tried to convince me that he was the general manager because they didn’t want me to connect with the general manager over their service and treating a BLACK FAMILY horribly. Our food came out cold, she didn’t bring straws and when we asked about where our straws were, she replied that she was waiting for our oysters (10 minutes). She waited until our appetizers were ready to bring out our straws. All of our food was cold, all 3 meals. The ineffective general manager CARLY handled the situation in a condescending manner, and took off $10 off of one of the three meals. Bill went from $160 to approximately $150 If you are a black, beware. They are very microagressive. Carly had someone warm up the cold dry crab legs, re-served them to me AND charged full price. SHAME ON 42nd ST, SHAME ON GENERAL MANAGER CARLY, SHAME ON THE RUDE WAITER! I will paste the post on ever review board for 42nd St!! YOU ALL WILL NEED TO MAKE THIS RIGHT IMMEDIATELY!
  8. LM

    LarryM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Great Great place to have dinner I mean a delicious dinner!
  9. K

    Knuckles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Only negative no shrimp & Grits on menu this time!
  10. MA

    MichaelA

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent as usual. This is a favorite place to go when we visit Raleigh.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Noah and Chris, best service thank you!
  12. CG

    ColleenG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've had nothing but wonderful experiences here. This meal with my family was no different. We tend to go here for special occasions because we know we won't be disappointed and it will be special. Another BIG PLUS is the parking lot since I have mobility issues. Thank you again for making this special occasion for my family so memorable.
  13. LB

    LuisB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was one of the best experiences at a restaurant yet. The food was good, but their service was beyond great. I will be returning.
  14. KA

    KathleenA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Caitlyn did a wonderful job taking care of us! Looking forward to going back.
  15. BC

    BrandonC

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    We sat at a table where the AC was blowing on us the entire time. It was pretty chilly in there. The waitress was amazing, very personable, nice, responsive, etc. She was the best part of the experience. We ordered a lot of apps and entrees. The food was either too salty, too “blackened”, not flavorful, too burnt, or “too something”. We’ve been here plenty of times but not sure if they have new chefs or what, the food just wasn’t good. The raw oysters were the only good food. We won’t come back, unless we only want to get raw oysters.
  16. AP

    AdrianaP

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious oysters and salmon. The waitress extremely nice.
  17. b

    barb

    Pinehurst

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    In business since 1934 and still going. Kudos for the chefs, the waitstaff, the happy faces there to serve you. Food is always great. We celebrated our special wedding anniversary there last weekend.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food. Eat here often. Always have delicious food and a enjoyable experience. Attentive wait staff, professional and friendly.
  19. LK

    LynnK

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The biggest issue was the lack of free parking. Our waiter was excellent and found came out hot and promptly. The menu has been the same for decades. I wish you had some fish specials offered occasionally.
  20. CP

    CharlesP

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointed always meets expectations and then some. A great place to take guest out for dinner
  21. DN

    DateNightatJuJu

    Greensboro

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Everything was great as always. Only item that received comments is that our table was not cleared of dirty dishes prior to arrival of dessert. It was tough to work around them and a bit surprising.
  22. f

    flndjn

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place to get seafood in Raleigh. Alex our waitress was excellent Thank you for such good service
  23. VR

    VisitingRaleigh

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Grilled mahi-mahi was too dry and the key lime pie was not tart. Other dinner companions enjoyed their selections better, especially ally the sweet Beaufort, SC, oysters and the sorbet.
  24. RB

    ReeceB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Big portions of great food, our server was incredible too, highly recommended
  25. J

    Jadeyn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were amazing. We had the raw and steamed oysters, fabulous. We will definitely go back.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Celebrated a friends Birthday
  27. DR

    DeannaR

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Hard to find parking, but overall the experience was great.
  28. WB

    WilliamB

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved every moment! When we discovered that you could have a table where the oyster Shuckers are at the table we would’ve preferred that. But all in all it was fabulous
  29. LO

    LeonaO59

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome waiter. Great food. Thank you for helping us stay on schedule. Our cousin had plenty of time to get to his meeting on Friday evening.
  30. LK

    LinnK

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We have been to 42nd street for years had the scallops this trip and they were really good.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and fantastic seafood! We enjoyed flounder, shrimp, scallops and swordfish. The seafood was fresh and cooked to perfection. The atmosphere was relaxed and vintage with all modern touches. Booking our reservation via Open Table was so easy!
  32. RR

    RayR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food and service great. Isn't that what you want? Done.
  33. C

    Cheesie

    Indiana

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service was excellent. Seated quickly even though we were about 15 minutes early for our reservation. They provide fried hushpuppies and butter. The lump crab was delish but very rich. Sides were very large. Recommend the apple pie a la mode. It was warm and delicious!
  34. L

    Lisagro

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Terrible service & food. I would never go back. The seafood was not great and the potatoes were not edible. The salad was pretty good and our drinks were ok. The server was awful. The experience was just bad overall. I would never go back.
  35. JR

    JRocc205

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife & I celebrated our anniversary and the experience was amazing! Delicious seafood, the environment was pretty relaxed. Our waiter even took extra time to suggest options and even offered a free dessert to celebrate. We’ll be back very soon!
  36. MW

    MiamiWest

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Family was in town and they want something special, especially seafood.
  37. TY

    TYLER

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nothing like 42nd Street Oyster Bar! Fantastic! Will be back soon!
  38. JK

    JennK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was very good, service was good. A little loud but overall good experience
  39. LH

    LyndsayH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    We brought friends here to have “authentic NC seafood.” We got drinks and had to special request a mojito. my husband got an old fashioned that was full of ice chunks, no proper ice cube. My dirty martini was🤢 We got the calamari and coconut shrimp for appetizers. We got ALL TENTACLES for calamari and what was obviously frozen coconut shrimp. We all got the 42nd St. Platter. My swordfish was the thinnest swordfish steak I’ve ever had. The mahi was the same. Scallops were not seared. Everything basically seemed like a frozen meal defrosted just for us. The server was good and did a great job of being attentive. I guess if you’re not getting oysters forget about getting something fresh! Very, very disappointing.
  40. R

    Rusty

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I have been going to 42nd St. for about 35 years. It is not what it used to be. Then again, what is after Covid? The portions are much smaller and the quality of the fried seafood is not as good. My salad did not have any mushrooms or croutons and they used to be standard. Still, 42nd St. is my favorite. Just not quite what it once was.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

42nd Street Oyster Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. 42nd Street Oyster Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 831-2811.

42nd Street Oyster Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 5014 OpenTable diners.

42nd Street Oyster Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today
Google Map for 42nd Street Oyster Bar

508 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    West Street

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We offer one private lot. There is street and public parking also available.

  • Public transit

    RLine stop one block away

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Joe Rohrer

  • Entertainment

    Live Entertainment (Southern Rock, Classic Rock, Top 40, Beach, Disco, Dance, Blue Grass, 70's, 80's,) Friday and Saturday 10pm-1pm

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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