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
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 always enjoy ourselves at 42nd Street ...
We always enjoy ourselves at 42nd Street. The atmosphere is lively, but not too loud. The food is normally really good. (This time my sweet potato chips were over cooked, almost burnt.) They have a decent wine list and portions of the menu change seasonally.
If you go, may sure to make a reservation. We went on a Saturday night and people without reservations were waiting over an hour for seats.
Good food. Good service. Lots of options ...
Good food. Good service. Lots of options. Fresh seafood. If you get the crab cakes, try them sautéed instead of fried. Delish! Didn't even try the raw oysters but I will next time. I'm sure they're very good if the other food is any measure. My wife had the fried oysters/flounder combo. She loved it. I tried some of hers and it was wonderful, particularly the flounder. They do something special with that; not sure what it is but the fish is very soft, moist, and mildly flavorful. A little noisy but I enjoyed the atmosphere just the same.
Wonderful place for seafood of all kinds ...
Wonderful place for seafood of all kinds, especially oysters, mussels, & clams. Very extensive menu. Service was excellent. Full bar. Pretty loud during the prime dinner hours, but still has an intimate feel! Booths or tables or sit at bar or oyster bar. You can spend a lot or a little!
All in all great place!
Come hungry to 42nd Street Oyster Bar! ...
Come hungry to 42nd Street Oyster Bar! The many fish and seafood options are outstanding, creatively prepared or made the old fashioned way - your choice! The hot hush puppies served upon arrival threaten to intrude on your appetite, but, somehow, you are able to eat all of the delicious entres, sides (try the cheese potato!) and ample pre-dinner salad with fabulous homemade dressings. They also do a great job on beef!
I love this place!! It is our second tim ...
I love this place!! It is our second time eating here and we were, just like last time, not disappointed. Great seafood. We started with the oysters and mussels, they were great!! We had the lobster tail and the 42nd St. Cheese Potato and both were fantastic!! We will be back again soon.
We dined in based on a recommendation an ...
We dined in based on a recommendation and unfortunately did not have the same experience that our friends praised about. Service was slow- our waitress ended up comping a beer because the one I ordered when we sat down never came until the meal was served. My wife's mahi was over cooked and she did not eat but one bite; server took the meal off the check and offered a complimentary dessert. 42nd Street definitely has the potential of being a great seafood restaurant, but we will most likely try others before going back.
I think the seafood at 42nd St. oyster b ...
I think the seafood at 42nd St. oyster bar is well prepared but is kind of basic without any sauces or glazes that would make the fish entrées more interesting. It is more expensive than The quality of food would dictate.
This was our second time at 42nd Street ...
This was our second time at 42nd Street Oyster Bar and again we had a very nice meal. I wasn't crazy about the crab cake (it was over cooked and a little "fishy") but the food is generally consistent and the service is always good. This time we ate at one of the tables in the dining room where the tables are a bit close. My son is very tall (6'5") and the waitress kept squeezing between him and the other table making him feel he was in the way. Maybe because the servers at the raw bar wait on you from the other side of the bar or maybe we came on a better night...but we all felt our first dining experience at the raw bar made the food taste better, the service more entertaining, and left us wanting more. We will be back...but next time I'll make our reservation for the raw bar.
We were very unhappy with the inattentiv ...
We were very unhappy with the inattentive waitress and her lack of being prepared. Example, Got my apps (oysters) with no plates, Crablegs for 3 ppl and seemed inconvenienced by bringing everyone their own. Thats how people get SICK! Gave us our waters to go in another restaurants Togo cups. I had to ask for more drink, napkinscustomary with orders of oysters and crablegs, silverware as said above. I feel I could have served my party myself and been a better experience. NOT HAPPY
It is what it is.. a Seafood place. Alth ...
It is what it is.. a Seafood place. Although the steak (rib eye) was excellent and cooked properly as well. A little pricey but the value for the $ spent warrants no complaints. Tasty and serving size more than fair.So if you want to spend a little more but get a good fair portion of good food.. You should have no complaints when your dinner is complete. Nov. 5, 2016
Waiter was very knowlegable of the dynam ...
Waiter was very knowlegable of the dynamic menu that changes daily. Appetizers came to the table quickly as did our meal. Food was outstanding as usual and super fresh. Beer was icy cold in a frosty glass. This is our go-to spot for special occasions in Raleigh.
Love, love this place! We always plan on ...
Love, love this place! We always plan on dinner there when we are in town for few days visiting our son who lives in Raleigh. Bacon wrapped scollops and bacon wrapped filet were cooked just as I asked even though the restaurant was very busy. Lots of people waiting in line but thanks to OpenTable we were seated on time!!
We had a great time at the bar waiting f ...
We had a great time at the bar waiting for our reservation time, then got seated promptly. The food was delicious, but the serving size on one of our entrees was noticeably tiny. Our server got the item removed from our bill, but a manager never came by. Overall a good experience.
Our Server, Paul, aka "Five", was wonder ...
Our Server, Paul, aka "Five", was wonderful. He was personable, friendly, informative and knowledgable about the items on the menu. We ordered 3 of every oyster and they were delish. I had the chilean Sea Bass and it was like eating a cloud. Perfectly done, smooth, almost creamy. At Paul's urging we also had an order of the scallops wrapped in bacon and they were all he said they would be. I had been to 42nd St. on a previous visit to Raleigh and was recommending it to my traveling companions, so my reputation ws on the line. It lived up to everything I said it would be...and more! Three of us left the restaurant well pleased and happy that we had a nice walk back to the hotel to walk off the meal.
Best oysters I have had the last 6 month ...
Best oysters I have had the last 6 months. Waiter was excellent, knew his stuff, gave us superb direction when we asked for a bit of guidance on meals we were interested. His name was Alex. NC scallops and Chilean seabass were excellent. Cioppino was very good though a bit overcooked. Still, a good size meal with wonderful flavor.
We went here to celebrate my wife's birt ...
We went here to celebrate my wife's birthday and our two year wedding anniversary, and the staff was incredibly accomodating and welcoming! We were given perks for each of the events that we were celebrating, and different staff members (waiters, hostesses, bus boys) were alerted that it was a special occasion and they would stop by and congratulate us! It really made it feel like they truly value the customer experience here. The food here is also really good and very affordable considering it is extremely well prepared and you would probably pay more at some other competitors. All in all it is an incredible restaurant, with a very modern, yet welcoming feel.
Our waiter ty was awesome. We were a cou ...
Our waiter ty was awesome. We were a couple visiting from New York and his attentiveness and energy was awesome. It set the mood for the amazing meal we had provided for us. The oyster buffet and seafood bisque led the way for our steak and snow crab legs... we had to take some home because the portions are so generous. My fiancée and I had zero complaints, we plan to move to Raleigh soon and will most definitely be regulars!!!
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