42nd Street Oyster Bar

4.7
4551 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4551 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
service
4.7
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JessicaD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted raw oysters as well as fried seafood and the food did not disappoint. We had a great time with the wonderful staff.

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vipdisappointing
Pittsburgh
57 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. It’s been over a year since we have been there. Soft shell crabs were delicious. Wife had swordfish prepared to perfection. Our waiter Billy was outstanding!

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RonaldH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to spot whenever we visit Raleigh. We arrived early for our reservation and were seated immediately. Great food, service and atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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Robert
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was Excellent like it always has .
Oysters was Excellent as well .

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SusanF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun place to go! The food is excellent, the service top-notch - we LOVE 42nd Street!

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RyanC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. We sat at the bar which was sectioned off by party size with plexiglass due to covid which was nice. The bartenders, Blake and Chance, were personable and very attentive. The food was also great.

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StephanieR
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner. Billy provided great service, made appropriate recommendations and kept us up to date on our orders. We very much enjoyed our first dinner out since the COVID pandemic began and felt very comfortable with the precautions they were taking. The atmosphere was pleasant and I really appreciated the fact that they noted I'd mentioned it was our 25th anniversary when I made the reservation. We will certainly be going back!

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SandyC
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great seafood. Now that they have put up partitions noise level is great for conversation

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SheridonJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was good but towards the end of the evening we seemed a little rushed to leave the table, I am guessing was because up coming reservations. We where not there over an hour and half.

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JamesM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Generally good food. People should know they will need
reservations on a Saturday night. I really admire the
patience of the hostess, who in some instances had to
deal with a less than classy clientele.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The apps where awesome! but the entrees where not even close to acceptable. I was really looking forward to lobster tails and they came out like rubber 4 times. The server was very polite but I couldn't believe a seafood place could get lobster wrong 4 times. I hate to be a complainer but the filet and vegetables were nothing to brag about either but we honestly felt awkward sending that back as well. I will be coming back for the atmosphere as well as great apps but I don't think I be ordering a main course again. For the price this place should have nailed the meal easy.

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MCat
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious fresh seafood.
They provide excellent service, great food and fun atmosphere.

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17and21
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not happy that we had to pay for parking!! There were no spaces available in front of the restaurant or on the street. We were celebrating 2 milestone birthdays and shared this when we made the reservation online. We also took in balloons. Our waitress didn't acknowledge this or ask if we were celebrating a special occasion. Food and drinks were good, but pricey. Not the special occasion I had hoped for.

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BizTravlr
Orlando
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

If you want seafood and want to enjoy a local landmark restaurant, you must go the 42nd Street Oyster bar. If you like shrimp & grits, they have one of the best dishes I've tried.

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MarciaB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service outstanding and love bed the ambiance

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AltonB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place for fresh fish, shrimp cocktail, and any other menu items. Favorite place in Raleigh. Friendly staff and managers. Cant go wrong here.

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KatheyB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We went to 42nd st for anniversary dinner. everything was perfect. Excellent oysters and cioppino!
waiter was awesome, drinks were great, we were just very pleased with all of it.

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OllieA
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tons of menu choices, great bar and wine selection. Service was prompt and efficient. Oysters prepared multiple ways all delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were accommodated very quickly when we asked for different seating arrangements. Service was very attentive and food was excellent. Love the atmosphere as well. A Raleigh institution! So grateful to still have 42nd St after all these years.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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SusanL
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Family gathering for grandmother’s 85th birthday.

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vipTraceyM
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was great!

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vipSGPlumb
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

42nd is always the most consistent restaurant in Raleigh. Great meals, portions and menu options. Nothing is over complicated and it just works.
I’m hoping as we get away from COVID restrictions, they hire more staff. There wasn’t as many servers, and staff to make the service 5 stars. It’s getting better though.

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nataliep
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Michael was fantastic!

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Anne
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had the crab legs and they were perfect. Salad dressing was very good.

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Gayle
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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vipDinerfromRaleighNC
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience4

The blackened chicken was way too spicy. Collards were also spicy. I don't eat seafood so it would be good to have a few more options like pasta without seafood.

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Edbo
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love 42nd St fried oysters. We had reservations for Monday at 5pm which is when they open. The doors were unlocked when we arrived at 4:50. Anither couple walked in ahead of us to the hostess stand where we were asked to wait outside until 5pm. What? Other than that utter silliness, it was an awesome experience as usual. Bartender was superb.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my friend are at the counter for the oysters. Our waiter was amazing and very attentive. The food was great

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, attentive service. Food came out promptly and as ordered. For those worried about Covid dining safety, protocols were well established and in full force. All around lovely meal and would highly recommend!

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vipChinton
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!

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KeithT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was great to be out and first time back since Covid. Service good overall but we had a particularly great server.

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RVV1
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always very excellent food and service. A Raleigh NC landmark restaurant. Always reminds me of being home in San Francisco. They sort of have a Tadich Grill vibe. If only they could figure out how to serve Sand Dabs from Monterey Bay. The way they do it at Cafe Fina on the wharf in Monterey, CA.

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ChandlerLeeL
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great experience at this restaurant! Tons of fresh options and a very enjoyable dinner.

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JGeorge
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food1service5ambience2

This was our second visit since we have ventured out after COVID. Both times everything was as expected, the waitress very warm and attentive, the wine was good and our reservations were honored on time. The problem is the shrimp, both times the buffalo fried shrimp have come out mushy, not crisp as we had enjoyed before last year. Oysters were fine and enjoyable.
When mentioned to the manager on the way out, she said, "Ok, I will relay your message" in a rather brusque, I don't really care attitude. There are too many good restaurants in town for us to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Overall dinner was excellent, and our server, Meia (sp?) did an excellent job and was very attentive to our needs. Entrees were all very good.

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PeterB
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food.

Well laid out to give patrons space.

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JaneH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and felt safe with the social distancing and partitions.

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staceyg
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Not like it used to be. The food was nothing special. A little bland, except for their hush puppies which thankfully are still tasty. We had to send a few things back to the kitchen and order something else. Service was excellent at the bar and she was very accommodating when we needed replacements. Not sure I'll be back anytime soon.

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 4.7 stars by 4551 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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