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42nd Street Oyster Bar

4.7
3001 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Casual
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"

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Mon-Thur 5:00pm-10:00pm Fri - Sat 5:00pm-11:00pm Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm
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Phone number
(919) 831-2811
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joe Rohrer
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
West Street
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Parking details
We offer two private lots. There is street and public parking also available.
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Public transit
RLine stop one block away
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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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3001 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

42nd Street Oyster Bar has perfected seafood over the 87 years of its existence, and this was evident in the flavor and quality of our meals. Service was simply adequate, as our server appeared to spend a lot of time chatting with "regulars." (Service at 42nd Street is usually very good.) As expected on a crowded Saturday night, the noise level was high.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Brothers birthday

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The service was fantastic! We were a party of 8 and our server Shannon was on top of things. She kept up with our refills, answered any questions very knowledgeable and was very friendly and courteous. She was great, definitely a gem!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Always great seafood and great service. The grilled Ahi Tuna was fantastic!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We were visiting NC State with our daughter and looked up seafood restaurants. 42nd Street Oyster Bar came up as a great restaurant. We decided to have dinner there. The PEI mussels were some of the best we have ever had. My daughter had the steak and said it was delicious. My husband and I had seafood. Highly recommend the restaurant

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Good food. Trout had too much stuff on it. Reservation was timely. Local beer selection good

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Service was terrific - I believe our server's name was Brynn

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great experience!

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Very wide-ranging menu. Lackluster food. Friendly service. Interesting venue.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Wonderful WONDERFUL WONDERFUL. I CANT EXPRESS HOW MUCH I REALLY LUV THIS PLACE. GREAT JOB 42nd.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The 42nd Street Oyster Bar has not followed the habit of many long-standing restaurants in the Raleigh area that enlist consultants poorly schooled in local traditions and food preferences. The fair has been consistently great for the last 45 years that I have dined there. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Daughter’s Birthday

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Best seafood in Raleigh! Oysters Rockefeller is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

It was amazing as always. The food was perfection and the service was great. We sat in the back under an air vent which was a bit uncomfortable because it was chilly. Otherwise, this place was awesome!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

42nd Street kept to the reservation time even though it was very busy. Food and service worth it but not enough parking.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great service and fantastic food!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

noise level a bit much; lighting a little low for eating but overall a great place to eat . service was great.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent food and service. Kaitlyn was great!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Awesome place to eat! We love going to 42 street all the time!

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Just okay seafood dishes, especially for the price. Very bland shrimp and grits dinner. Won’t make the effort to go again.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great overall, love food and atmosphere.
One issue was the draft beer. Most establishments serve pints (16 ounces) unless otherwise noted. 42nd Street uses 12 ounce glasses. Their prices are indicative of pints but are not pints... disappointing.
Buyer beware.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

This place has been around for years but remains a consistently good place to dine for seafood in Raleigh, NC. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

A must visit if you are in Raleigh!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

There were 6 of us. We were seated in a booth within a couple of feet from a very large and noisy party making it hard to talk. Also, 3 out of the 6 of us did not care for our food. Probably will not go back.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Awesome!! Great food as always

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

First time dining here. Will definitely return when visiting the area again.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Was a great time! Took a few "first timers ". They lived it

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Very Great experience and I love this place! They never disappoint!

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We decided to have dinner here based upon the recommendations we saw online. The food and service were good. We opted to have raw oysters at the oyster bar prior to dinner. We had heard that there were oyster specials at the bar but that turned out not to be the case. I called to find out if there were 1/2 price oysters and the woman on the phone said yes, from 5-7pm. However, we were billed full price for the oysters and were told there was no 1/2 price deal. We had the grilled salmon for dinner and were pleased that it was not overcooked. Would not recommend the Oysters Rockefeller as an appetizer, it was dry and unappealing. There was no discernible Pernod or bacon and the spinach looked as if it has been sitting on the oysters for hours. Key Lime Pie dessert -- highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

50th birthday for my dad. Sat at the bar, had oysters and crab legs - delicious!!! Great for the price, left with bully belly and happy heart :) Guys working the bar were polite and did great job - we never had to ask for anything! Highly recommend, will continue going back.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

This event was one of our annual girls get togethers! current and past employees who all have worked together at one time or another. This was the perfect spot for a group of ladies with a lot of energy! The food was great! The servers were great! 42nd street is on the short list for a return visit! Oh! ya gotta get soft shell crab... and maybe have a little bit more room for large groups!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Fresh oysters drew us to choose 42nd Street and we were not disappointed. We chose bar seating and Server/Shucker Austin was the perfect host to guide us through the many menu choices. After local (NC) half shells, we devoured a peck of perfectly roasted bivalves and then, based on Austin's recommendation, we shared a seafood bisque that was heavenly, rich and full of crabby goodness. The Mahi bites were divine and perfect with the spicy dipping sauce. Although the menu offered many other tempting treats, alas, we were topped off and will have to look forward to those in the future. All in all, 42nd Street still ranks in our top Raleigh restaurant choices, years after our first visit.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I Took my grandson because he loves crab. He had been a picky eater the entire trip so with what this dinner was costing, I could only hope he loved crab as much as he declared he did.
Unlike me, he avoided the amazing hushpuppies, to save room. I am pleased to say that he cleaned his plate. The Crab Cakes were perfect meaning not too spicy and loaded with crab,
Slaw and cheese potato as sides were were perfect with our meal. I left with half of one crab cake and the remaining Hushpuppies. Great Meal, and service, in a historic setting.

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1.0Dined on April 4, 2018

I was very disappointed with my experience. The service was average; the server came by once after the food was served and we were sitting with dirty dishes in front of us for quite some time. Our dinner was to celebrate a birthday and noted it when I made the reservation was made and confirmed it when we arrived....The server never offer desert for us and I had to remind her that were celebrating a birthday; only then did she say, "I'm buying you desert for your birthday" and never her happy birthday. All of us agreed that the food was "OK" and not worth what it cost. VERY disappointed and probably will not recommend it

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Everything was awesome! My only complaint was that I ate too much and left too full to order dessert! DELICIOUS! I will bring all of my out of town guests here from now on.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Really, REALLY great seafood! Loved the fried oysters so much, we had to get a second order. We normally won't order "Maryland" crab cakes anywhere outside of Maryland, but this place GETS IT RIGHT! Wish we lived closer so we could go more often, but it's SO worth the drive! :-)

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

As usual wonderful and as always good service. Relaxing atmosphere

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter dinner. Friendly service

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great service. Food was excellent. Will come back

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great tome and good.

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