42nd Street Oyster Bar

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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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JL
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great seafood!

A
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every visit has been consistent with great food and good service

s
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The staff was very accommodating with our reservation change. We were seated immediately, and a server took our drink orders. Three of us ordered the same dish -Cornmeal Crusted NC Mountain Trout. Good sized portion, but the fish was bland. It really needs the addition of spice. Our server was great.

KB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Smallest, thinnest piece of swordfish I’ve ever seen! If it was cut any thinner it would have to have been cut by a laser.....

Too small for $33.95......

This famous place is resting on its laurels and concentrating on margin. Sadly, we have likely eaten out last meal here......

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c
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I ordered the ribeye and I thought it was very dry and seemed like it was a little old. not fresh also had fried oysters I thought were dry as well. been there before and it was good this time not so good $270 you expect better.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service!

AM
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The inability to modify dishes for dietary restrictions isn't customer service. Overdressed, soggy salads are unfortunate. Pro tip-dry your lettuce before dressing it and use less dressing.

MP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere. Absolutely fantastic.

p
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We have come to 42nd St. Oyster Bar for years, mainly for special occasions. We always love the seafood, atmosphere and staff. We hope the place never changes.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salmon was delicious! Enjoyed special birthday treat also - key lime pie.

D
Raleigh
39 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful evening with excellent service from Carley.

F
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Wine list and prices need work-not great choices and pretty pricey. Server was good but table next to us had really unhappy children with a mom getting no support.

M
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always happy with 42nd Street! Service, speed, accuracy, and price are great!

VM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Clam Chowder soup was cold. Fried shrimp was barely fried.

SR
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very consistent in quality of food, service, and ambiance. You can depend on it!

RD
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an awesome experience with good friends before a concert. The food and service was outstanding. We enjoyed many apps and yummy salads. It may have been too early for our oysters. It was a very enjoyable evening.

D
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. We even got steamed oysters sent out to our table in the dining room! Never had that happen before, so a big thanks to the manager there.

NK
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and drink. Our waitress was very personable......all around great time!

P
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my anniversary and everything was great

j
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

What a great birthday! Everyone was able to pick something that fit their exact taste.

OT
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a family meal at a Raleigh classic. The seafood was fresh and prepared expertly. The service was outstanding. It was a wonderful stop on our way to Greenville.

SM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Overall a good experience. Had reservations and we seated promptly: wait staff was friendly and helpful; food was delivered fairly quickly. I ordered Wahoo which was overcooked but my husband had fried oysters which were very good. We both had seafood bisque to start which was delicious.

BF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service a Raleigh tradition

OT
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary. Tiffany was our server and did an outstanding job. The food was excellent!

BL
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always such great service and amazing food at 42nd Street Oyster Bar !

OT
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It’s was my wife BD and she enjoyed the seafood .

b
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this gem!! Delish seafood and steak. A must when visiting Raleigh

SB
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

42nd Street continues to be one of our favorites and is the place we like to take guests - especially out of towners.

Service has always been great and continues. Increasing menu prices challenge the value rating.

FT
New Mexico
32 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s no surprise this spot has been beloved by so many for decades. They truly do serve the freshest seafood, always! Everything, from Ahi Tuna, to house made crab cakes packed w/ crabmeat to grilled fish of the day, all are perfectly cooked. We had all of the above accommodating, friendly, timely - the best. Wonderful assortment of local beers and a worthy wine list.

OT
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Our waitress was phenomenal! We will be back for sure!

CW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner, this place is a standard for Raleigh. I love they haven’t changed in 30 yrs!

ME
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

42nd Street Platter and Mountain Trout were amazing! Excellent wait staff and atmosphere. One of our favorite places for sure!

RR
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We went on my wifes birthday and three of us out of five had to return our food. Manager could have cared less. Bill was $158. Would not recommend. Scallops were like bait and dry as can be. Stay away, spend elseware

b
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome time on Saturday night, great staff ,food , and atmosphere!!

CH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place. This was our second time. First time, it was just my husband and I. We loved it, different vibe because we sat at the bar and fortunately were there while the live music was on. We enjoyed it tremendously. This visit was with our teens. We loved dining at a regular table, the menu was awesome. My son has Celiac's so the GF menu was such a plus!!! However, we were a little disappointed because the live music was suppose to be on at 9:30 p.m. We waited until 10 p.m., we wanted our kids to get the full experience. We never were able to hear, we left at 10, the kids were super tired and wanted to go home. Hopefully next time, because there will be a next time for sure!

D
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Wonderful service. I highly recommend.

OT
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The for was outstanding and our server was excellent.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great friends wrapping up a small group on Everyone Communicates Few Connect!

DK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the atmosphere the moment we walked in. I lived in San Francisco for over 40 years and the 42nd street Oyster Bar reminded me of old school S.F. restaurants like Sam's Grill with private booths. My wife and I enjoyed Martini's and Oysters to start and they both hit the mark. My wife had Swordfish which was very nice while I had a great Trout with lump Crab meat, an outstanding choice. The key lime pie for desert was as good as it gets. I highly recommend this place for Sea food and a place to go with friends.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bar area was vibrant and fun Courtney's service was great!

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