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About 42nd Street Oyster Bar

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"

508 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Mon-Thur 5:00pm-10:00pm Fri - Sat 5:00pm-11:00pm Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm

Cross Street:
West Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 831-2811

Website:
http://www.42ndstoysterbar.com/

Entertainment:
Live Entertainment (Southern Rock, Classic Rock, Top 40, Beach, Disco, Dance, Blue Grass, 70's, 80's,)

Friday and Saturday 10pm-1pm

Parking Details:
We offer two private lots. There is street and public parking also available.

Public Transit:
RLine stop one block away

Executive Chef:
Joe Rohrer

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

42nd Street Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (92)
Good for a Date (86)
Good for Birthdays (78)
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Good for Anniversaries (64)
Worth the Drive (61)
Fun (61)
Good for Groups (54)
Casual (51)
Business Meals (50)
Authentic (49)
Bar Seating (45)
Neighborhood Gem (39)
Fit for Foodies (35)
People Watching (34)
Local Ingredients (34)
Live Music (30)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Comfort Food (25)
Healthy (25)
Hot Spot (23)
Romantic (23)
Notable Wine List (22)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Great Beer (20)
Cozy (19)
Happy Hour (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Kid-friendly (15)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Late-night Find (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Disabled Access (7)
Seasonal (7)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Live Sports (5)
Organic (3)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent menu choices, quick and professional service, very well done. A very positive dining experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 6 days ago

Always a great meal; service, and food. Fried oysters were especially good!

Tags: Hot Spot, Live Music, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 6 days ago

Went with a group for my wife's birthday - great food and atmosphere!

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Business Meals
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 6 days ago

Very good food and service. We came when they just opened and they filled the place quickly. Would definitely get a reservation again.

Tags: Live Music, Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I have no idea why this restaurant is so popular among Raleigh residents. I do love it that it's an old time establishment, how ever the food is a dud. When your cocktails are the best thing about the meal, you know you're in trouble. If you going to call your self an oyster bar- then do it right. My oysters rockefeller was like pulling teeth-literally. The oysters were not shucked appropriately to easily enjoy such a dish-the oyster were completely attached to the shell. I also ordered the oyster stew- okay cream mixed with oysters doesn't automatically qualify for oyster stew- it was completely tasteless, Thank goodness I told the waitress as she deducted it off our bill. My husband ordered the cioppino -we've had successful dishes elsewhere -42nd street's attempt was a failure-a bowl piled high with shrimp in a bland tomato base doesn't cut it -it was void of any white fish and very little mussles. 42nd Street Oyster bar may have the allegiance of its local residents, but this outsider will most certainly not return.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great seafood place with fresh oyster choices. Would go back again just for the oysters alone!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fun, Live Music, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent experience at this establishment. Will definitely patronize again. The food was amazing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Kid-friendly, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Nostalgic and comfortable... 42nd Street never disappoints. Seafood and steaks are delicious and any selection is a good choice. It was a Saturday night, yet not exceptionally busy- a few empty tables, no line waiting in vestibule. Normally, service is attentive. Server must have been new or flustered. Repeatedly forgot to drop off the basic essentials (cocktail sauce, finger towel and claw cracke for crabs, tartar sauce) and was slow to take order or check on us. By the time entree arrived, I was full on hushpuppies and 3 raw oysters.

Tags: Fun, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Freshest seafood, nicest staff . I’ve enjoyed the experience every visit in the last 10 yrs.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I always come here and I put in my reservation that we request to be seated with “5”. He is a awesome waiter I enjoy the care and attention he gives to me and my family. We live all the way in Butner, NC so this is not a small trip to come out and eat especially after getting off from working a 12 + hours at work and we want to have a quiet date night with good service. “5” is extremely knowledgeable makes recommendations that makes our dinner short and sweet. Long story short we want who want as a server for a reason and we were very disappointed we were not seated with him. He is well worth a wait

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

We loved our experience. We were visiting for one night and wanted something we couldn’t get at home. Found it online and we were not disappointed. Excellent food and service - great atmosphere - easy to find - loves everything about it.

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food, People Watching, Casual, Cozy, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The oysters were the highlight of the evening! The service was prompt, efficient, friendly and helpful. The Black Drum was excellent, the crab cakes were OK. Not as crisp on the outside as I would have liked.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Casual, Healthy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Overall great, although the blackened scallop appetizer was more like a burnt scallop appetizer.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We always enjoy our meal here! We had family in town visiting and bringing them here was a must!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

One word: AMAZING!! Amazing in every way! The food, the wait staff, the overall experience is one that keeps us coming back, even from Kentucky!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Business Meals, Fun, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Live Music, Special Occasion, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always the best all around. Our second evening there in three weeks, worth the trip.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great great service, reservations went smoothly, we were seated immediately, food came in a timely manner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent food, service, and experience. Highly recommend 42nd Street Oyster Bar for anyone needing a seafood experience.

Tags: Live Music, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great place, great food, great staff. Hunter is an amazing manager on a super busy night. We always look forward to a trip to Raleigh to see Clemson play NC State. We always make an effort to make it to 42nd Street Oyster Bar.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We visit here and often take out of town guests here. Tonight was just that. Great food, reasonable prices, good service.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

BESt seafood in raleigh
Everytime we go
Staff really good with wine suggestions
Very good desserts

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Consistently good food and service. Also love the historic atmosphere. For many, many years this has been the go-to seafood restaurant in this area.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Always one of my favorite places to eat. We make it a point to go there when in town visiting family. The fresh oysters are some of the best I have ever had. The fresh fish is always good but they don't call it an oyster bar for nothing.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Kelvin and I came to celebrate his 33rd Birthday. The food was AMAZING!! We arrived late for our 8:45 reservation and were still seated immediately. Our server was FANTASTIC! The band was LOVE!! The music was great!! The hostess reminded the young lady that seated us about his birthday and she neglected to tell our server. He apologized and offered Kelvin a free dessert that was the BOMB!! I'm a native of Raleigh. I've slept on you all as this was my first time coming because of my Shellfish allery. I don't know about Kelvin but, I will definitely be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The ambiance was cool..the service was great. The crab legs were very good and the bread/appetizers(pei mussels). We thought the scallops were below average. But overall we had a good time.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The shrimp and grits my husband ordered was great! I had no complaints about my blackened chicken either!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our first time back in many years. We had cocktails, apps and entrees. Everything was excellent, highly recommended. A true seafood restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Best steamed oysters and clams in North America! Love the fried oysters. Delicious hush puppies!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We had a very pleasant evening at 42nd Street. We both ordered the snow crab legs and they were great. They were not too salty, which was nice. Our waiter was very good and his service was exactly right.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Delicious seafood, wonderful oysters, and delightful service! No complaints!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Awesome service! She was amazing.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our server was great, but we had to send a few items back

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Went for our anniversary celebration. Really enjoyed the food, service was good reasonable price. We stayed for the music after dinner. I will definitely go back.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

It was another great evening at 42nd Street. Brittany did a very good job of taking care of us. Still the best hush puppies in the world!!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always a great meal, fresh fish, great hush puppies. Loud is the only negative.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We originally went to 42nd St when we first lived in Raleigh in the early 90's, over 20 years later we had the opportunity to return and found that the food was as good and that the atmosphere had not changed. I was still able to get the Cioppino which was everything I remember. There were little changes to the menu over time but I think that only enhanced the visit. Recommend this for dates, family get togethers', business meals or having dinner with friends. Love that it is the same.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Disabled Access
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Overall good but scallops a little too salty

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

FOR A LANDMARK RESTAURANT THIS IS NOW A POOR EXCUSE.... SERVICE WAS POOR, WE FELT LIKE WE WERE AN INCONVENIENCE AND SHE SPENT LITTLE TO NO TIME AT OUR TABLE. THE FOOD WAS JUST O.K. FROM THE SNOW CRABS THAT WERE SERVED LUKE WARM TO THE SHRIMP AND GRITS THAT TASTED LIKE THEY WERE MADE LAST WEEK. YOU CAN BE CERTAIN WE WON'T BE GOING BACK AGAIN.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I wish I could recall my wages his name when I came in yesterday at 5:30 With reservation for [Spears] sec. 26 table for 2 requesting for 4 on Saturday my waitress [Brown hair] I cannot recall her name :( but she was 2nd to none. best service EVER...KIND AND ATTENTIVE...

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

As always, the service and food was excellent! My favorite restaurant for a date night or get together. Second visit in 2 weeks 🎉 highly recommend the blackened Mahi!

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