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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (90)
Good for a Date (85)
Good for Birthdays (76)
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Good for Anniversaries (64)
Fun (57)
Good for Groups (54)
Worth the Drive (52)
Business Meals (50)
Authentic (48)
Casual (48)
Bar Seating (43)
Live Music (37)
People Watching (35)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Local Ingredients (31)
Comfort Food (28)
Pre/post Theatre (27)
Healthy (22)
Romantic (22)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Cozy (20)
Notable Wine List (20)
Great Beer (19)
Happy Hour (18)
Hot Spot (17)
Great for Lunch (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Kid-friendly (12)
Late-night Find (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Seasonal (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Disabled Access (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Live Sports (4)
Organic (3)
Spicy (3)
Scenic View (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 2 days ago

Great night for a birthday celebration! We have been many times over the years and this time the dishes were good but we have had a lot better there. Atmosphere and service as usual was outstanding!

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

I had not been to the restaurant in many years, but it's on my regular list now. Outstanding.
I had friends from Chicago and Denver and they thought it was the best seafood they have had in a long time.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

Love this place - we go here 2-3 times a month. Food is always good, we love oysters so we enjoy sitting at the oyster bar. The guys are always so nice

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Live Music
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

Our two year old grandson loved the kids flounder plate! Fresh shucked oysters were perfect!

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Seasonal, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 6 days ago

My husband and I love coming to 42nd Street. This has been a great place to get delicious seafood without being on the oceanfront. Cute place, great food and awesome atmosphere!

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Live Music, People Watching, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 6 days ago

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we had a great time! He loved his meal and our waiter Kenny was awesome! He was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable about the menu, and made our experience unbelievable!

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined 6 days ago

Great meal and great night out with friends.

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

The overall dining experience was excellent. We were there for a birthday celebration, and it was definitely a good choice. Food was good, plentiful and well presented. One of the highlights however, had to be our server Katie. One of the best servers we've had anywhere, ever.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The service was very good and attentive to our group, he kept our glasses full and the meal was very tasty. This is a favorite spot when traveling to Raleigh.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We visit 42nd Street several times a year over the past 30 years and always find excellent, fresh seafood prepared just as you like it and skilled wait staff. Makes for a memorable evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Our island server Austin was exceptional. Drinks stayed full and order was perfect!!

Tags: Great Beer, Spicy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

In my opinion, the food isn't worth the price. Three of us spent $80 (one beer each) and left still hungry. If you are hungry and money is an issue, this is not the right place to have dinner.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food and service. However, after making a reservation 5 days ahead, I was not seated until 30 minutes after the time my reservation was made. Since I got there early, I ended up waiting 45 minutes for my table.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Authentic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent food and great service, it's just a fun experience. Don't forget to stay for live music and dancing.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Fun, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Had not been here in at least 8-10 years because so many other places have opened in Raleigh since then. Nothing has changed, which was nice. Good meal, fun atmosphere. Crab cakes and mashed potato portions a little small for the price charged, but it was acceptable. Great place.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Terrific as USUAL!! 42nd Street is our go to restaurant for business, out of town guests, & special occasions! The food and drinks are ALWAYS great, the service is INCREDIBLE, and the atmosphere is very energetic. We've been satisfied customers for years!!

Tags: Live Music, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Love the selection of fresh fish & oysters. Wish you offered a few more spicy Cajun dishes.

Tags: Late-night Find, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great oysters, great bisque, great service!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had two delicious meals with exceptional service! Would love to go back soon!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food was excellent. The waitress was exceptional. She was able to answer all our questions, as this was our first visit and make recommendations as necessary. Look forward to going again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Seasonal, People Watching, Live Music, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was delicious and the waiter provided the best service I have ever had!!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Best waiter ever. Paul aka “5”. I️ will ask for him always.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent food and all seafood was prepared with care. Delicious menu. A bit noisy for us. A table of six had to almost yell to each other.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fun
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Despite the long wait for our dinner (it was the night after T'giving and very crowded), our food was excellent and we had a great time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Good experience from greeting through departure. Excellent service. All four of us thought the hush puppies were too greasy and lacked flavor, yet complementary, so whatever. A huge Tuna bites had excellent texture and taste, with the perfect ginger sauce - truly melt in your mouth delicious. Grouper fingers did not hold up - became heavy and mealy. Taste was good though and decided it was because the Grouper was very fresh. And it (the Grouper) was for one of our main courses. Wow. Everything you want: perfectly cooked, well seasoned and sauced. Everyone liked the cheese potatoes side too - very old fashioned with a nice crust. Service was excellent start to finish. Although expensive by Raleigh standards, the ambiance, food quality and service excellence make it worthwhile.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Excellent fresh seafood choices especially considering it is nice coastal and the service was outstanding. Prices for seafood we're fair. Menu is large. Awesome southern style sides. Very family and group friendly.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Have wanted to try this place for many years, and finally had the occasion to do so prior to a show in Raleigh (we live in Durham). I had a couple of raw oysters, the set of baked oysters (2 each of oysters rockerfeller, 42nd street oysters, and pimento cheese oysters), and the rare tuna salad. All were fantastic! The three dressings I was provided for the salad were all delicious, and I enjoyed trying out bits of my salad and tuna in each one. Hubby had blackened fish of the day (can't remember what kind), but it was delicious as well.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great! Seafood was amazing!

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The hostess did not acknowledge me checking in for my reservation. She spoke to three white people and got them taken care of before me. That occurred after I told her I'm checking in for my reservation and she obsvisoly ignored me until after the fact another came up. My waitress was wonderful. No aplogly was given. On my way out she starred at me.

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

This was my first time coming to this restaurant. My husband and I came here for date night. The food was absolutely delicious. I had the shrimp and crab legs... After we ate, we walked over to the live band, and danced and laughed for a bit and then we left. It was such a great experience! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

First time at this 42nd street location and it was great

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Live Sports, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for a Date, Fun, Live Music, Great Beer
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Good service. The live show is great that night. Recommended for fresh oysters.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great food, great service. Arrived at 5pm and were quickly seated. Soup was served less than piping hot which is just my personal preference, otherwise excellent!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 15, 2017

great food and great service, hush puppies come fast and hot, try not to eat too many before the food arrives, highly recommend

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

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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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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 on November 11, 2017

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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