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42nd Street Oyster Bar, Raleigh, NC

42nd Street Oyster Bar

4.6
4.6
4842 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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Booked 49 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 4,842 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. SM

    ShelleyM

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is the best sea food around in the triangle. Real seafood We’re 4 years living NC FINALLY FOUND GREAT SEAFOOD and tiger deserts yumnnn. Great gluten free menu

  2. r

    randyt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    GREAT FOOD AND AN ATMOSPHERE TO MATCH. OUR WAITRESS, ELLIE, WAS ON TOP OF EVERYTHING AND MADE OUR SPECIAL NIGHT ONE TO REMEMBER.

  3. E

    iEat

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience4

    We've been coming here for years. Food is always consistently good. Good service. Prices are always a little high, but worth it.

  4. AA

    AmandaA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Unfortunately the majority of our food was overcooked and not worth the cost. The side salad and dessert were the highlight which is unfortunate considering the pricetag for 5 to eat.

  5. TL

    TomL

    Greensboro

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Great place if you are an oyster lover. The raw oysters were outstanding. Extensive menu. Nice beer and wine selection. Service was impeccable.

  6. S

    Steph

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious and our waiter was very attentive. Only down side was the small table and it’s location.

  7. A

    Allen

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service with amazing food!! The stuffed flounder was cooked to perfection and the blacken Aha tuna bites were the best we have ever had. Highly recommend for a date night or get together with friends.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious!!

  9. HM

    HMWJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience! Oysters were fantastic as usual!

  10. BC

    BobC

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    It was good as usual.

  11. b

    balex

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Last nights experience at 42nd St Oyster Bar was like a farmer in the field. Outstanding.

  12. SC

    ScotC

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    AMAZING service, great food and evening,!

  13. CA

    CATt

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Portion was less than previously. A little disappointing considering the cost.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day dinner and it was very much enjoyed but the whole table!

  15. CP

    ChristineP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food, great server, awesome restaurant! Highly recommend!

  16. B

    leticiaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food! And the service was on point as well!!

  17. c

    crumptydumpty

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was to die for and so were the drinks! There's so much to choose from and it's all delicious. The waitress was personable and inviting. Very easy reservation process. I recommend it to anyone and everyone who loves seafood!

  18. G

    Graduation

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    When we arrived the hostess made it seems that we wee bothering her. The food was slow and many times we were out of drink and our waitress was not around.

  19. TL

    TerriLynn

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service great Food. Server Luke did a great job

  20. JN

    JayN

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Great table service, food was okay. Oysters weren’t that fresh for raw consumption. C+ overall

  21. F

    Freddie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you are an oyster lover then this is your spit. The wait staff, kitchen staff and shockers are top notch and pay attention to detail. It can get a little pricey but what worth having isn't?

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Buffalo oysters, phenomenal! Cajun fried oysters and scallops were overcooked, and the ribeye was bland.

  23. TL

    TinaL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4

    I have lived in Raleigh for a long time but never experienced 42nd street. I was excited to have dinner here. I ordered the special which was baked stuffed flounder. When it arrived at the table it looked so unappealing. The fish was “baked” in a metal dish-but was actually stuck to the fish.. I took a couple of bites and the flavor was ok but then I took a bite and it was nothing but fish bones!!! Not what I was expecting.. just an unpleasant dining experience-luckily had good company!

  24. PB

    PeterB

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food, great service, great atmosphere! Definitely recommend!

  25. SK

    SayruhK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service! Blackened bacon wrap scallops were delicious.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and reasonably priced. Been around forever and still as good as 30 years ago

  27. SS

    StevenS

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    My only gripe is parking.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal, excellent Service.

  29. DB

    DaleB

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always great food and service. I had the fried scallops and shrimp, cooked perfectly.

  30. R

    Richardw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The food was great. Service was quick and helpful. The muscles appetizer was excellent. This is a great place to bring out of town company. Friends or family. Plenty of room for larger parties.

  31. r

    richardw

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent Steamed Oysters and a Super Oyster Shucker, Cooper ! We had a great time. Thank you!

  32. RG

    RonG

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent oysters on the half shell and good varieties to chose from. Entrees include lots of different seafood prepared in various ways. All of cooked excellently!

  33. AG

    AprilG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was delicious and the server was on point.

  34. c

    chardlover

    Raleigh

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Had a side salad and the tuna appetizer as my entree. The portions are so generous so that is plenty for me. Tuna was OUTSTANDING. My son had the shrimp stuffed flounder with cheese potatoes and said it was delicious.

  35. ES

    ElsaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great as always..service and food one of the best places in town

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous!!

  37. CC

    CindyC

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great choice to eat at 42nd Street! We always sit at the oyster bar area and always get great fun people taking care of us! Food is always spot on and drinks are always perfect! Good times!!!

  38. J

    Johnc

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    MY family and I have been coming there at least once per month for years. Unfortunately alot of times we are unable to find parking in the main lot and go across the street and park in the lot. This time we got a 28.00 citation for parking their and not paying. From now on i'll eat in cary where we have free parking!

  39. BS

    BobS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    One of the best part of raw oysters is the brine or juice. My dozen came in ice water, which diluted the brine. That suggests that my order sat waiting for pick up from the waitress for so long that the ice melted. Another person in my party ordered steamed clams. They were cold upon arrival and with no melted butter. The Ahi Tuna entrees that were ordered came grossly over cooked. Not rare. When I mentioned this to the waitress she said "Oh.. you should have said something when you ordered it" to which I replied. " I would have, if you had asked how I wanted it". She didn't ask us if we cared for drinks, which we ended up placing when the appetizers finally made an appearance. One in our party ordered a dozen raw oysters... received half dozen. Very disappointing experience. I chose 42nd Street Oyster Bar for a special birthday dinner. I won't make that mistake again.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Amazing meal with impeccable service from Jack!

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 4842 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.

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Booked 49 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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