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"
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Mon-Thur 5:00pm-10:00pm Fri - Sat 5:00pm-11:00pm Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm
$30 and under
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
At 42 St. Oyster Bar we work with our clients to develop a catering event that fits their menu and budget needs. For more information visit http://42ndstoysterbar.com/Catering.html
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, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
42nd Street Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews
We came to 42nd Street Oyster Bar on our ...
We came to 42nd Street Oyster Bar on our daughter's recommendation, she recently got a job as hostess there. Growing up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware I tend to be a seafood snob, when it comes to freshness and how I like my seafood prepared. Avery was our waiter and he was spectacular. I was very pleased with his wine selection for me and his food recommendations. The scallops were amazing, the swordfish some of the best my husband has ever had, the grouper was fabulous, the filet mignon was far beyond expectations. My old school rule of not eating steak in a seafood house was just blown out the door. The service was excellent. The only thing I would change is your steamed clams are top necks and not little necks. Little necks are still available from Chincoteague VA. I really had no idea what to expect when I walked in the door, really just coming to support our daughter at her new job. That has surely changed, I've been telling everyone about my experience and I can't wait to come back. We were told we really screwed up and did not order dessert, I certainly will make sure not to do that next time.
This was our third time here. Raw oyster ...
This was our third time here. Raw oysters and cold draft beer are the only reason we'll go back. We've found the food to be mediocre at best and overly salty. The ambience is very nice, comfortable and nostalgic. The wait staff is great! The kitchen is slow.
For the price, I expected A LOT more in ...
For the price, I expected A LOT more in regards to the amount of food. The 42st Seafood Platter came with a few shrimp, a few scallops, a piece of fish which was half the size of my hand, a side, and a salad. For $30, I expected a platter, per the item description.
Fantastically fun atmosphere for celebra ...
Fantastically fun atmosphere for celebrating my hubby's birthday. The sea scallops were great and my daughter's popcorn shrimp were fantastic. The cioppino was good, but the scallops were really over cooked. We will definitely be back!
First time in many years I had a fish th ...
First time in many years I had a fish that tasted fishy at 42nd Street.
The shrimp were great as usual, as were the slaw and hush-puppies.
The collards were bitter and had way too much vinegar and spices in them. Would be better if the stems were removed, change the cooking water half-way through the cooking process, and have the vinegar seasoning on the side.
The service was excellent.
Hostess(blonde with glasses) couldn't se ...
Hostess(blonde with glasses) couldn't seem to be bothered by diners. Checked in with her a couple times on our reservation and she seemed bothered more than anything. After letting her know where we were seated at the bar, she did not clarify that I should expect a text to confirm that our table was available. In an attempt to be focused on my date for her birthday, I did not have my phone out and did not check it until 10 minutes after the text was received. At that point we had lost our table despite being about 20 feet away from the hostess stand within eyesight. We ended up sitting at the oyster bar which was perfectly fine but for a higher end restaurant like 42nd Street, I would expect a quality first impression from the hostess which we did not receive. Fortunately the food made up for this and we will definitely be back.
Great food as always, the only issue I w ...
Great food as always, the only issue I would point out, and I have been going here for years is the fact that they have added tables to the stage / dancing area, making it very difficult to move there... I find it hard to believe the few dollars in revenue they bring in, offsets the hassle people who want to dance to the live music that the additional tables cause...
It had been years since I had been to th ...
It had been years since I had been to this restaurant. It did not disappoint. We both ordered the 42nd Street Combo Platter. My wife would have liked the shrimp and scallops to have been grilled instead of broiled in butter, though they were excellent as prepared. We each tried a different fresh fish on the platter, and both were prepare excellently. Everything comes with hush puppies, and they are really good.
Returning from VA to Raleigh it had been ...
Returning from VA to Raleigh it had been 8 years since frequenting 42nd St. It was refreshing to see one of our favorite restaurants still at it's best. Unique casual setting, excellent food (wide range of pricing), and friendly service (Ashton). We drove 37 miles (each way) for dinner and already planning another outing.
The food was excellent and we received g ...
The food was excellent and we received great service. The only disappointment was that when I made the reservation, I noted that we would be ordering oysters and I did not realize that reservations cannot be made for the oyster side tables. I recommend that they make more tables by the bar where steamed oysters can be ordered. Overall, we enjoyed the food and the service was great. We will return!!!!
We both had the fried shrimp. They were ...
We both had the fried shrimp. They were great & could not finish our order. They let you substitute a side salad for the Cole slaw, with no up charge. Great blue cheese dressing. Very noisy, but other than that it is a great restaurant for seafood.
I've been going to 42nd Street since the ...
I've been going to 42nd Street since the time it opened in the 80's. Great if you can get a booth off to the side and for couples. The waiter we had was not the greatest, but that was not typical of my experiences here. If you are in a large group, you do not want the 6 top in the heavy traffic zone. It is very noisy and you cannot hear conversations at the table and there are way too many people walking around. Very unsettling. The food was as good as always.
Outstanding on all possible counts from ...
Outstanding on all possible counts from the time we entered the restaurant until we exited. Dined with a couple of family members from out of town who are foodies and love oysters. We all love good fresh seafood and being from Boston, we hold the bar pretty high. Looking forward to a return visit.
Have eaten at 42nd OB several times. Th ...
Have eaten at 42nd OB several times. This was first time I was disappointed in the food. The salad was brown and lettuce wilted. I have always ate fried oysters because they were excellent. This time the first two I ate were so hard and salty I couldn't eat. The remaining were salty but eatable. The service was great and I have always enjoyed the atmosphere. I will go back because of positive past dining.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.