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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
$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
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 could only get a reservation at 10pm. However we showed up around 9 maybe before. They seated us right away. Hush puppies come immediately and are delicious!! My husband ordered a steak and he said it wasn't spectacular but it was good. I ordered fried oysters & fried calamari. The oysters were excellent and the calamari was ok. I wish I had just ordered the oysters. This has been a long tradition of Raleigh and I try to go here when I visit. They started live music around 10 in the bar area. You could hear in the main dining room which was a nice thing. Definitely give it a try if you never have.
Thereste two things I did not like. We were cramped in a corner and it was hard getting out of the booth. There was a table so close to us, which is not a deal breaker. The atmosphere was vibrant. Server was great the second thing was that I don't believe that I was eating butter...it smelled like margarine, even the garlic butter for my crab legs was melted margarine. Yuck!!! But it was fun and the band 120 min was soooo good I would go back for the band and bar area
Brought my parents for dinner here while they were in town. It was my first time here. Everything was great, except for my food. I ordered the Seabass and I could not stop staring at everyone else's food. It was the smallest piece of fish I'd ever seen, certainly not worth what it was charged. I left still hungry. Regardless, I would still like to dine here again, I just would definitely order something else. Great drinks, great service!
Go for the raw oysters!! We had the Old Salts from Virginia, and they were scrumptious! We shared a seafood platter..... the Chilean sea bass with wilted spinach was quite good, the shrimp were average, and the scallops were disappointing.... in fact, we left one. I usually pass on hush puppies, but the ones at 42nd street are irresistible!! We liked the seafood bisque. Server was plenty attentive.
At first it started off Rocky. Our server, Kenny ended up rebounding and did an excellent job. We could tell he was probably fresh out of training and he confirmed that with us. He is very personable and amazing after he got the jitters out. Great asset to your company. Food was great. I wish ice cream would've came with the apple pie though.
The restaurant is one of our favorites. I am always impressed the way they honor their reservations and this night was no exception. On a busy Saturday night we arrived a few minutes early and were immediately seated in our preferred booth. We ordered blackened grouper and grilled salmon. Both were prepared perfectly and served piping hot. The salad portion was generous and all of the greens were fresh and crisp. The cherry tomatoes were tasty. The special cheese potatoes and garden vegetables were also very good. Our server, Jonna, was pleasant and efficient.
Wonderful graduation dinner, oysters were superb! We had reservations for 5 but had 2 extra join us and hostess was accommodating even though booked up and got us a table at the oyster bar! Blaine was an excellent waiter and very knowledgeable about menu and the oysters. Got a little more noisy when band started up, hard to hear conversations. But that's not til 10pm. We always like coming here when in Raleigh, consistently good food every time!
Great experience at 42nd street! Have not been there for years but had family in town and we wanted seafood. All appetizers were wonderful. My favorite was the bacon wrapped scallops but oysters and the fried green tomatoes were also hits. Soft shell crab dinner was highly praised. Delightful server also added to the night. Absolutely will be back.
Great fresh seafood! We sat at the oyster bar and two of us had steamed oysters. The third in our party had fried seafood. All were happy.
The oyster bar staff were very helpful in determining how many oysters we should order and were very attentive to our needs. They checked on us but didn't hover.
We took some friends visiting from France here to experience a true Raleigh institution. While both the oysters and the lightly blackened grouper were delicious (as were the hush puppies!!), unfortunately some of our other food was just ok (like the overcooked sautéed scallops). We expected more consistent food given the prices. All in all, it was an enjoyable evening and our waiter was attentive without being intrusive.
We were a group of ten having a business dinner. The food was great, the service was superior, and I would definitely recommend it for any occasion. The last time I was there, I bought a gift certificate for my nephew and his wife, and they used it for their anniversary dinner. They absolutely loved the restaurant.
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