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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
Slight wait on arrival. Waiter was very attentive. Oysters on the half shell were excellent as was my wife's Chilean Sea Bass and my Swordfish.
I have been coming to dine at this restaurant for over 30 years. Never had but one bad experience, but had nothing to do with the food.
The overall visit was good. Service was just fair. Apps were really good. The main courses, that's where the problem is. We had one of the most expensive entree's on the menu - Chilean Sea Bass (this was my own entree). It had really good flavor, and unfortunately, many bones. They actually caused me to choke, which brought the waiter over. All he said was "that shouldn't have bones in it". That was it. No manager, and nothing was done to adjust our bill. I of course did not eat any more of the filet, and instead shared one of my co workers meal - which was blackened swordfish and very good. I expect more oversight from a restaurant that doesn't hesitate to hand us a $250 check, even with the entree being sent back, and bones on the table top from a filet.
We have been eating here for many years but sadly things have slipped. The service was very good and the ambiance is the same it has been for 30+ years While never gourmet, the seafood was always fresh & well prepared. While my companion's Chilean sea bass was good, the portion was quite small (especially for a $31 price). My plate of fried "large" shrimp (not the tiny popcorn variety) & oysters was totally lacking in taste, except for the fried (and unfried) batter. The oysters we're especially lacking in ANY oyster flavor but the shrimp we're not much better. Can't see any compelling reason to go back.
This restaurant is one of our favorites and we dine there many times in a year. It is a place we like to take visitors because of the ambiance and delicious seafood. On this night we ordered blackened grouper, grilled salmon, shrimp and grits and grilled sea scallops. All of the meals were served hot and prepared perfectly. Our guests raved about the quality of their meals. They even purchased tee shirts as we left the restaurant as a remembrance. As sides we had cheesy potato, collard greens and a sweet potato. All were excellent. The salads were fresh and crisp. The service was very good. We were very appreciative that even though the restaurant was very busy we were seated on-time in our preferred booth. We couldn't be more pleased with how the food and service impressed our family guests.
Very good service and fresh delicious seafood! You wouldn't think a landlocked city would have delicious seafood, but 42nd St. Oyster bar does!
We started with a shrimp cocktail and 1/2 dozen oysters, both of which we finished quickly!! We tried to savor them, but they were too good to let sit.
I got the order of snow crab and their cheesy potatoes and my bf got their fresh scallops. We were both very satisfied with our food and our service and will return again soon!
The food is really good. It is hard to find good seafood in this area but this restaurant continues to deliver time after time. The service was great. Our favorite waitress is Kelly. She is always right on time with everything we need. Cannot wait to go back!!!
Kenny was AMAZING. Service is always impeccable at this establishment, but it was almost like Kenny was picked just for us! Food and drinks (starting with the house hush puppies)were fantastic as well. My spouse (dining at 42nd street for the first time) had a large seafood platter and I had a bacon-wrapped filet. We both had the twice-baked, cheesy potatoes. The seafood was prepared just right and my medium-rare steak was almost perfect. Based on past dining experiences with 42nd Street, I set the bar high and was still impressed. The staff works really hard to provide fresh, quality food at reasonable prices. Thank you for a great dinner! Will definitely be back next time I'm in town. Ask for Kenny if he's available-you will not regret it! P.S. I had the raspberry sorbet for dessert and it was so good I didn't want to share!
This was my first time at the 42nd Street Oyster Bar in about a decade. It's gone downhill. There was no broiled seafood on the menu. No softshell crab. The fried catfish was good, but the batter on the fried oysters and especially the fried shrimp was soggy. The cocktail sauce was little more than just ketchup. The hushpuppies were over-done, and the cole slaw was among the worst I've had - large chunks of cabbage in it. The service was fine, and the ambience was as good as ever. I'll probably go back someday, but I'll make different menu choices - and hope for better hushpuppies.
There was a group of 10 including two children celebrating two birthdays and a 35th wedding anniversary. The restaurant was picked because we remembered the food was good and the place would be fun. The server did her job very well; drink orders were taken quickly and delivered. She was patient as we decided on starters and they too arrived fairly quickly. The whole thing fell apart with the entrees. The 4 shrimp and grits were cold and the two oyster platters were lukewarm with soggy French fries. Only the steamed shrimp, appetizer portion of oysters and bacon scallops came out hot. THE KITchen needs to get better at timing the servings. The server did take the rejected dishes back and had new plates made, but by them people had waited another 20 mins and had lost there appetite. WE WONT GO BACK
Went there for the first time this past Saturday and it was a pleasant experience! My waiter was nice and we had a reservation for a party of four... as soon as I told the hostess that I was shown to my table. The service was fast and up to par! Would definitely come again. The shrimp and grits were BOMB
We had dinner @ 42nd St Friday night for the first time to celebrate a family birthday. We started with raw oysters and pimento cheese baked oysters which I had seen prepared on the PBS Show spotlighting this restaurant which is why we chose it! These were scrumptious! The warm, melted and browned pimento had a little heat and went very well as a topping on the baked oysters! The four of us all ordered different dishes: cioppini, Mahi Mahi, grouper and shrimp. All were excellent and well prepared. We have lived in Maryland and Florida and this seafood compared to the very best. We all agreed this is one of the best if not the best in the whole Raleigh area! We can't wait to return so we can try other dishes on the menu.
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