42nd Street Oyster Bar

4.6
4816 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 4816 people are saying
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Divalivious
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disappointing...waitress was inexperienced. We had to ask for silverware, straws, napkins, refills. She ruined our night. I had a combination 3 items seafood platter $26. Flounder was too light in color, a few popcorn shrimp, and 2 scallops. The food was bland. No seasoning AT ALL. This was my go to spot whenever we go to Raleigh. No more. $112.00 wasted.

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PatriciaS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Really appreciated that the staff made accommodations for my in laws who have some mobility issues. Our server was so patient and made us feel very comfortable.

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vipJoeV
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This spot never disappoints and has a very good atmosphere.

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MartyD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

42nd St. Oyster Bar is a great place for a birthday celebration. Delicious food, warm and friendly staff service!

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TyrR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere is alway exceptional here.

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shinw
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

good atmosphere. good service. most of the foods are good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great great great!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great birthday celebration diner for our family!

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LoriB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

First time there and thought food was not as good as it could be. Oysters were dry (I like for the brine to be left), tuna appetizer was overcooked, ordered snow crab and they were barely warm. Beer was good, but not sure I will go back.

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Richard
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food at a great price with a fantastic atmosphere

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vipJohnO
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, we had a wonderful experience here! This is one of our favorite restaurants when we come in to town, The service is great. The vibe is really alive and fun.

The appetizer special was $1 raw oysters from VA. They were amazing! So was everything else about the meal. Thank you.

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ChipS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly, consistently good. We have been eating here whenever we are in the area, and they have managed to maintain very high standards for over 30 years. Well done

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our sever was great! Very attentive and friendly

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Christopher
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We were very disappointed that the hostess refused to seat us in a booth.
She told us that all the booths were reserved for diners with children.
However the entire time we were in the restaurant, there were 4 to 7 OPEN BOOTHS. The entire time we were there NO PARTIES with children were seated. So, we had an undesirable table while surrounded by open booths. Sad!
And the food was not extremely hot.
But the server was attentive.
The cost of the meal continues to increase.
We’ve been customers for 30 years.
Maybe no longer.

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Datenight
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Clam chowder was too thick and peppery. Service was very good.

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vipDanM
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Disappointed. Scallops were tasteless.

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LarryG
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good Waite staff …………………………………………………….

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Buddy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

disappointed ask for a booth in reservation was sat at a table and there were several booth that were never used. Menu changes were disappointing.

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TenishaB
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great
My waitress was very friendly and helpful she did a wonderful job

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Portion size for the money is very small. This is the type of joint that hasn’t changed in fifty years. Sub par food and low value with very little creativity. Meh.

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BonnieD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had to wait for a table to be ready, but the staff were so helpful, and the food so delicious it didn't really matter.

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RonG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Raw oysters were fresh and outstanding. Our entrees were also excellent. Service was efficient and friendly.

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BrianR
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Outstanding service. Food was just so-so. Maybe just a bad night.

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Kiawahfox
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought our out of town friends here because it’s one of our favorite restaurants. They loved it and can’t wait to come back. The only problem we had was the shrimp and grits was waaay too spicy. We’ve ordered it in the past and it was not nearly as spicy. Our friend had to send it back and order something different. Our server, Marybeth, was wonderful.

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LeslieM
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This used to be a favorite. Really gone downhill with food quality and service. Don’t know if we will continue to return.

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DennyD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing! She was taking care of 6 tables at once. She was courteous and efficient.

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vipvolfaninnc
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. Oysters and all our other food was delicious. Nice wine selection. Sarah did a great job waiting on us. We will be back!

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ChristineC
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Service was fine – our waitress did a good job despite understaffing for the evening. The food was just not good this time. Everything was over-seasoned– over salted or over peppered, and just very disappointing overall

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KimberlyG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

The stuffed flounder was very thin. All of the food was ok, but I ended up sending my dish back. The restaurant did honor our request of a quieter booth for my mother's birthday.

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JessicaB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice dinner with cocktails and desert. Excellent place to take a loved one for a birthday dinner they won't easily forget.

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coryh
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cool place my steak was a 7 out of 10 otherwise had a great time

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Trace
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted steamed oysters but was sitting in a both so waiter said no steamed unless sitting at bar. Bar next time.

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NormanL
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Minus the salad the food was great and the waitress was very good. The lettuce was old as it had a lot of brown on it. Don't know if this was due to shortages or not.

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Winehopgal
Wilmington
21 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been to this restaurant in over 2 years and it did not disappoint! The Food was delicious and the ambience was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was so good we went back 2 nights in a row

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DeborahS
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place. They had my table ready when arrived. Reservations are a most. We will be back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent quality and service at 42nd St. Definitely a great experience.

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HeidiM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was delicious and our server was great! We enjoyed celebrating our son's 20th birthday!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic is all I can say…food, service, ambiance, everything was fantastic for a great date night with my wife.

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MichaelW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We felt like the 4 ounces serving of twice baked potatoes was a little mediocre for the price of the food we paid. We understand the price increase on the fried shrimp but we didn’t understand they cut back on the twice potatoes which are very minimal to purchase. Then it was very frustrating when we went outside and 50 feet from the door had to deal with the pan handler on a bicycle that was cursing at us in the parking lot I had to call the Raleigh city police on that. That kind of made for a horrible evening out in downtown Raleigh

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from 42nd Street Oyster Bar using the Order Online button. 42nd Street Oyster Bar also offers delivery in partnership with 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 4816 OpenTable diners.

42nd Street Oyster Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://42ndstoysterbar.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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