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  3. Distance: 0.47mi
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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (84)
Good for a Date (78)
Good for Groups (58)
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Good for Anniversaries (55)
Good for Birthdays (53)
Casual (49)
Worth the Drive (49)
Business Meals (47)
Authentic (46)
Fun (44)
Bar Seating (43)
Live Music (31)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Comfort Food (30)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Local Ingredients (27)
Hot Spot (22)
Creative Cuisine (21)
People Watching (21)
Romantic (19)
Healthy (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Great Beer (18)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Cozy (16)
Happy Hour (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Disabled Access (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Seasonal (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Spicy (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Tapas (2)
Live Sports (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Waterfront (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Western NC)·Dined 2 days ago

Consistently good seafood, nice atmosphere, and friendly staff.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Hot Spot
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·Dined 2 days ago

The waiter was amazing, knew the menus like the back of his hand very knowledgeable and very friendly, also food was very great I had the 10 oz fillet mignon and my wife had the mahi-mahi we also indulges in the lobster tail it was amazing we were told they only do it three times a year and after eating it that’s just awful it was so delicious they should keep it on the menue in my opinion 5 star experience overall the price wasn’t all bad kind of high for my taste to be honest but well worth it

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Authentic, Hot Spot, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

My wife and I celebrated Valentines at 42nd Street Oyster bar and the service and food was fantastic.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

We waited way too long for our reservation. I know it was a holiday but we had a reservation and waited 25 mins after that to be seated. The food was great and service was pretty good. I just wish the hosts were better at their job.

Tags: Live Music, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

My wife and I enjoy dining at the restaurant for the old time atmosphere, good seafood and generally good service. We ordered a shrimp cocktail to share, cheese potato, sweet potato, blackened grouper and salmon. Everything was delicious. The shrimp were fresh and crisp. The grouper and salmon arrived at our table piping hot. The blackened grouper was pretty spicy as I like it. The sweet potato was large and very good. The cheese potatoes OK. The hush puppies were delicious as always. The salads were fresh and crisp. Our server, Mara, was terrific. She was friendly, prompt and on the ball. We were seated in our preferred booth after a short wait on a busy Valentines Day evening. The restaurant does an excellent job planning for reservations. We are always seated promptly no matter how busy it is.

Tags: Fun, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

The service, food and atmosphere were great. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Shrimp and tomato risotto was excellent. Server was attentive. Made our Valentine's Day dinner a very pleasant experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Great service our table was ready as soon as we arrived. Wait staff got our order perfect. Attentive but not intrusive

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

All of the wait staff was very attentive. The food was great and the prices very reasonable.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Romantic, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Fun
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·Dined 3 days ago

First time at Raleigh location, have enjoyed at RDU before. Service was great, Food was very good, atmosphere nice too. If you are looking for seafood and a pleasant meal wrapped around it, this is the place. Great hush puppies, careful to leave room for your meal!!

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

The sampler oyster try was absolutely phenomenal. I haven't had oysters in awhile and that really hit the spot! We had a reservation at 7, arrived a few minutes late and were promptly seated. Our waitress was really sweet and helpful.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Late-night Find
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·Dined 5 days ago

I hadn't been to 42nd Street for quite some time. It seems to have gone downhill. There were several mistakes in our order. Our server seemed distracted and did not bring requested items. She also took condiments away before we were finished with our meal. Also, the food was just "meh." For an establishment with such a reputation, and for the prices they charge, I expect a lot more.

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·Dined 5 days ago

The food was delicious as always! My son wanted crab legs for his birthday dinner and 42nd Street was the best choice! Kelly was an amazing server and was very attentive to our needs. And my son even got a free dessert for his birthday! All around a wonderful evening!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined 6 days ago

Delightful experience, as always!
Grilled fish was a bit over cooked for my palette; but everything else we ordered was DELICIOUS!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 6 days ago

Always enjoy dinning at 42 nd street!!

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Awesome food with awesome service. OpenTable is the way to go!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was my fourth visit to 42nd Street. This was for a birthday celebration and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. The band was better on my previous visits in that the other bands played a diverse music set . The band on 2/9 played only rock style music. I will also note that this visit my server was not as conscientious as servers in the past have been. Several items were forgotten and boxes were brought to the table while most of the party was still actively eating. However, her co-worker discreetly stepped right in to make sure we had what we needed I'm not even sure she was ever aware of the forgotten items or the the fact she should not assume that people will share dipping butter. Nevertheless, those were small side notes in the scheme of things and they did not at all diminish our 42nd Street experience! We had a blast and will certainly be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Live Music, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great local place. The food is delicious. The service was good despite the restaurant being full. A local gem for seafood.

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Most everything was amazing! Very wide selection of oysters on the half shell. I had the shrimp and catfish for dinner which was outstanding. My wife opted for a few apps for her meal. She had fried green tomatoes and salad and the blackened ahi bites. The ahi bites didn’t really seem like you got what you paid for. They also seemed overly Smokey. It was 4 bites on a small bed of nachos. We just opted not to eat this entree. We would certainly go back though. Service and most of the food was great.

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food and service. This was our first time there so we had no idea if you get a table, ordering oysters is not an option unless you want to buy them individually. We will definitely go back but for the oyster bar.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Live Music
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·Dined on February 7, 2018

Loved it! Great food and great fun.

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·Dined on February 6, 2018

Our experience at this restaurant was great. A group of us made a reservation for my friends birthday and the staff accommodated us very well. The food was great and everything came out timely. The wait staff was also very friendly and courteous.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Casual, Cozy
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

We had 8:30 reservations and were seated by 8:40. We placed our order at 8:55 and our food arrived to two of our party by 9:20. The other two received their order by 10:15. Worst experience we have ever had there. Normally it is spot on but not this time. We were comped with the two free meals . Hopefully this was a once in a lifetime experience. We love coming here.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Always love going to eat here

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 2, 2018

42nd St Oyster Bar never disappoints! My brother and sister-in-law flew in for my Dad's 70th birthday celebration and joined us at the Oyster bar. The guys enjoyed oysters at the bar for happy hour and then we enjoyed the Grouper for our entrees in the dining room. Blake our server was awesome. Friendly, funny and so accommodating.
We love this place!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on February 1, 2018

First time there. Went with friends. Excellent fresh food was enjoyed by all. Top notch friendly service made the whole experience worth the trip. We will definitely be back and have no problem recommending to all our friends!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Live Music
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Always great service and fresh seafood. Seems to always be in demand regardless of the time or day. Make a reservation!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent in service and quality as always. You feel as if you are part of a rich Raleigh tradition that never fails to impress and satisfy

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner at the oyster bar . Food was great. Our server Austin was awesome !

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We took my sister out for her birthday It had been 18 years since she hsd been .She loved it and was treated to a free desert We will come back

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Was a delightful evening and great food!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I love the ambiance and service that was provided. My party of 8 were satisfied with the menu choices. We had mussels, crab cakes and the trout. All was delicious and must mention the key lime pie was scrumptious

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our waiter was very nice and told us that he was in training right from the start. Well it didn’t seem like he was new, because he came to the table multiple times to check on us and poured more wine into our wine glasses every time it was almost empty. Amazing service. I will recommend this place
James

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We love this place, the food and the service is always great!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We went for restaurant week. We were very pleased with the food and the service. The live music after dinner was an awesome bonus!

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great evening. Superior service and food.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was great. We tried items off of both the restaurant week and regular menu. Our waitress was wonderful as well as all of our other service. We would definitely go back. Awesome experience!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Our waitress, Kelsey, was fantastic and accommodating to our needs.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great time
Great food
Great service
We’ll be back

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Steamed oysters and shrimp were delicious! The service, provided by Tate and Matt, was outstanding - friendly, helpful and fast. If you want a great night and excellent value, go to 42nd Street.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Special Occasion
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