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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
We were a table of 4 going to PNC Arena for a show. Our res. was for 5p but arrived 4:40p. We were not allowed to sit until 5p when they officially open. Told to go to bar - ordered a drink but were called for a table so we had to settle up since we were not allowed to join two bills - not very customer - friendly. Ordered a variety tray of Oysters - raw. Phenomenal. Ordered a shrimp salad with mixed greens while another ordered the spinach salad with a request for the tuna on top. We both received spinach salads. She also ordered a bacon-wrapped scallop app that was delayed due to burning but eventually arrived. Otherwise, scallop pasta and cioppini were both delicious and blue cheese dressing on side salad was remarked as some of the best ever. Our waiter was phenomenal but I am sorry to say his name escapes me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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