42nd Street Oyster Bar

4.7
4348 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 4348 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SkyyBlueGirl
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great vintage Fish House!
Oysters! Fried Green Tomatoes! Shrimp & Grits! Crabcakes!
Fantastic!

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JessicaB
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely from beginning to end. Shoutout to Cole, our server. The food was super.

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Chris
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food was good. The service was attentive and pleasant. I appreciated the plexiglass dividers on the booths.

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JohnF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect as always! Our waitress Isabelle was one of the best servers we have ever had! We will be requesting her section our next visit, Thursday!

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shieldsB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is good reason that the restaurant has been a landmark in Raleigh for so long. Our experience was OUTSTANDING!

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AlexN
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time dining here and definitely will be going back. Food and service was great and affordable.

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Vdubya06
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a delicious meal at 42nd St. Impressed with precautions taken with new COVID-19 regulations.

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ChrisH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nate was great. Put a liner inside your yellow garbage bags if your gonna align them around the food. It’s gross and unsanitary . Otherwise really has a great time. Love the place.

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DoLo
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1/2 peck oysters. YUM. Always fresh. Coleslaw rocks. Love all the fixings. Best hush puppies in town but need skip them if we have a chance of eating all the oysters. 1/2 peck was ~32 good size oysters

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Julez
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband loves this restaurant & we had a wonderful time celebrating his birthday! The service was outstanding & our waitress was phenomenal! ❤️

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HarryT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Attentive, but in no way intrusive. Food was good. Nice evening. We were seated in a booth which all have plexiglass between them tables.

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TeanaR
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing place !! Hasn’t let me down yet ! Will be coming back again . Food was on the spot. Service was on point ❤️

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SallyK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were previously scheduled for dinner on New Years Eve but it didn't work out. So we rebooked for Saturday, January 9. Our reservation was confirmed at the front door and even though we arrived 15 minutes early, we were seated immediately. Mark was our "shucker" and he was very attentive, never let a glass go empty. He communicated with us during the entire meal and Cynthia who also worked in the kitchen joined in the fun. Hunter came by and spoke to us a couple of times. What a wonderful experience and yes, we will be back.
We had oysters, scallops, ahi tuna, crab legs, calamari - everything was fresh and delicious.

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AshleyB
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Usually this is great. Oysters just didn’t taste quite right. Shrimp and grits were great

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AbbyC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as usual! Excited to go back again soon.

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ScottH
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did a great job, food was great, felt safe. Always a great place to take people new to the area or out of town guests.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was amazing! Would absolutely go there again!

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StephenV
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food; drinks made incorrectly initially (espresso martini - initially they served coffee with vodka), but they remedied it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters! Excellent dinner experience

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LauraR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great location - as always!

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JonathanT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time there and I will definitely be back again soon! Fast, prompt, and friendly service! Food was out of this world good!!! Best shrimp and grits I’ve ever had!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose 42nd street for our anniversary due to their gluten free menu. Everything was amazing. Can’t wait to go back.

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HenryJr
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

42nd Street never disappoints. If you've never been, it should be on your list.

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Claire
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood was very good, especially the oysters (raw and baked)

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KendraF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! The very best, as always. Their blackened bacon-wrapped scallops are superb.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas dinner with my in-laws from out of town. It was the perfect spot! The value was perfect the food was delicious and I can’t wait to go back!!

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Lovestojam
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful!

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TinaS
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service. Definitely plan to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service ( bartender entertained my pregnant wife with non-alcoholic drinks. As we were celebrating our anniversary. Oysters were delicious as usual and steamed correctly.

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Birthdaygirl
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a great place to celebrate! Great food and staff! Cheers to the 42nd!!

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Jonrbradley
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great. We took clients there and if you want an intimate setting, this is not it. If you want a fun setting where you feel like a local, you got it.

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Bourgeois
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you intend to impress, do not go anywhere else! My wife and I celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary at 42nd Street Oyster Bar and everything was to PERFECTION!

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TomR
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Old Fashioned was outstanding, and the food just as great. Service was excellent! We were a party of 3 and all got separate appetizers and meals and all were delicious. Will make this a regular stop on my returns to the Raleigh area.

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jasonr
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful food great staff..Great atmosphere...need to make reservations in advance

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Melissa
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bacon wrapped scallops delicious Steamed oysters were amazing! Service was outstanding.

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vipSteveP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time here, food was excellent, staff was very friendly!

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KarenL
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service, wonderful food, nice atmosphere...a bit pricey but you pay for quality.

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vipGracefromRaleigh
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. A Raleigh classic!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything came out perfect and the waitress gave us a good flow with all of our food! We got the Cajun popcorn shrimp, garden salads, snow crab legs, oysters and chocolate silk cake! I recommend it all!

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SARA
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

bathroom needed soap and I was met with a blank stare when I mentioned it.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from 42nd Street Oyster Bar using the Order Online button. 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 4348 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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