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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"
Raleigh, NC 27603
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Mon-Thur 5:00pm-10:00pm Fri - Sat 5:00pm-11:00pm Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Entertainment (Southern Rock, Classic Rock, Top 40, Beach, Disco, Dance, Blue Grass, 70's, 80's,)
Friday and Saturday 10pm-1pm
We offer two private lots. There is street and public parking also available.
RLine stop one block away
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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...
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