42nd Street Oyster Bar

4.6
4779 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"

Support 42nd Street Oyster Bar during COVID-19

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 4779 people are saying
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Mahalo
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A fun evening at the oyster bar. Delicious, fresh, NC oysters.

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HeatherH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

They were incredibly busy and the food took a little longer than usual, however it tasted great and our server did an amazing job with the amount of work on his plate. It is so good to see the amount of teamwork that goes into making for a great experience. This is always our go-to restaurant for special occasions and date-nights. We love the food and drinks along with the interaction with the staff. Can't wait until next time!

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Jenn
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were spectacular. Food is pricey however more than worth the cost. If you can avoid sitting next to the bar I highly recommend that. We had bar patrons hanging on the backs of our chairs and asking to take seats when someone would get up to go to the restroom. Other than that the experience was exceptional. Kudos to the image positive messaging in the lady’s room!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance was amazing.

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Digger
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection on the menu, good food and very good service

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NicholasJ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In love! Thank you! If you're hungry for fresh seafood, you can't go wrong with 42nd Street Oyster Bar!

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vipEileenW
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table of 8. Service was excellent matched by the sensational food and ambience.

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Christine
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A must go to for visitors and locals when you are in the mood for seafood and history! Can't wait until the Saturday night entertainment returns!

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PhyllisS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service was outstanding.

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vipAshleyD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Food was just bad. No idea how this has so many positive reviews. We were super bummed.

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JudyK
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We were disappointed in this experience at 42nd St. We have been there many times in the past, and the food has always been excellent and the service very good. From start to finish the food didn't measure up. The hush puppies were not freshly prepared and were barely warm. The Oysters Rockefeller were completely overshadowed by the topping. The Bacon-wrapped Scallops didn't even taste like scallops - tiny scallops overwhelmed by very salty bacon. My shrimp were tasteless and my husband said the fried oysters didn't taste briny at all and were overcooked. And finally, the key lime pie - ugh. It seemed to have been sitting around for several days. The top seemed to have a 1/8 inch scum on it and the rest of it had a grainy, almost flavorless consistency. As for the service - Jack couldn't be bothered to keep his nose covered with his mask. He was also not attentive, nor did he seem at all interested in providing excellent service. When he delivered our main course, he collected everything except two forks leaving us with no knives, and then he was gone so we couldn't ask for more. One of the worst servers we have ever experienced, especially at 42nd St.

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JimC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening and a great dinner. This was excellent.

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vipLindaA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Well we are long time paytron of 42nd and have over the years held out of town business meetings, multiple company Christmas parties and typically visit several times a month. Food was good however our evening experience was a challenge and we were little disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I haven’t been to this restaurant for a few years. The food quality was not as good as it was when I last went.

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WilsonB
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t have asked for better service and food!!!

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Romantic
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and fresh seafood, the 42nd Street Oysters are outstanding, along with great service just outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday!! Awesome food and great vice!!

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Naskar
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We were late but with notice. They held our table very nice. It wasn’t super crowded, but never got a refill on water. Service was very personable. 2 people wanted crab cakes and they were out at 7pm on Friday. Food was ok.
I don’t think I’ll return

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StanleyT
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was fantastic! The oysters were great raw, and baked. The shrimp were cooked to perfection, and the wahoo was as well. Our server was there when we needed him and not when we didn't, and he knew the difference! A rare trait these days. All in all a great meal to celebrate our 33rd anniversary.
We'll be back

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Mike
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to spend with friends. Service was great.

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vipBailey
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service - always. The value is very good because the servings are more than adequate.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The staff was very friendly and hardworking.

The food quality was poor. The “jumbo lump” crab cakes were mostly filler / binder and definitely not jumbo lump crab, as advertised. They looked almost breaded or like previously frozen patties - not acceptable for $32 crab cakes.

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StephenB
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Not very busy on a Monday. Food was just okay. Kind of disappointed as we have been there many times. Server looked tired and stressed - feel bad for him. We gave him grace

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Noos74
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

There was no wait to get in on Monday night but the waiter tells me you need reservation for weekend. Very diverse menu for a fish lover. Good selection of wine and beers. The service was excellent. The time waiting for courses was very reasonable. The quality of fish we had was excellent. The desserts hit the spot. Very good hush puppies.
Big parking lot on premises and easy to get to in downtown Raleigh.

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Dinnerfor2
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!!! Excellent Food!

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JIMMYJ
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good. It met all of our expectations

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RickR
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been a long time since we had dined at 42nd street, but it did not disappoint. Food was great and so was the service.

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Chris
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were running late after a double overtime NC State game. We called the restaurant and they held our reservation. The wait staff was extremely friendly and the seafood pasta, clam chowder, and oysters were excellent. One of our favorite places to visit when we are in Raleigh.

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Sharon
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The restaurant is outdated and food was not very tasteful. Our server was not customer service friendly nor personable. Much like a robot.

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kingchuck
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Family eating out together

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious. Lobster bisque, crab cake, coconut shrimp and ribeye steak. Our waiter, Tyler, way great, too.

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DanielleB
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The salad was brown and my filet mignon was tough and tasteless. The coconut shrimp was amazing and so was the lobster bisque and cheesecake

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GregS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, drink, and service. Blackened Mahi-mahi with Cajun garlic compound butter a must!

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JoeR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner at the 42nd St. Oyster Bar! Very pleasant, great food and friendly timely service! Even a handy parking lot!

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JackP
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was fantastic! We always try to eat here when visiting Raleigh

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FrankR
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Second time there, found that the food was very salty. Probably won't be returning.

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DwightN
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place to go and enjoy great food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time and it was awsome

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AndresM
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service is very attentive, however not overwhelming.

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vipjgolf
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent attentive service. Meal was mostly tasty. A few issues, minor but should be noted. Ahi tuna tasting plate. The tuna full of connective tissue. About a third was inedible. Salmon delicious! Baked oysters were fantastic.

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 4779 OpenTable diners.

42nd Street Oyster Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.shop.42ndstoysterbar.com/category.sc?categoryId=3.

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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