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, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
42nd Street Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews
Scheduled a birthday dinner for 6 adults ...
Scheduled a birthday dinner for 6 adults for my son's birthday - making a written note on OT and verbally discussing it with 42 St OB when they phoned to confirm the reservation. I had asked for a dessert with a candle and was confirmed that would be available. We ordered dessert which was delivered, but without the candle. The waiter was totally not aware of any such request nor did he acknowledge a birthday at the table. Even after stepping to the hostess stand and asking them for assistance they said they would see what they could do - but nothing transpired. Disappointing given so many cueing opportunities to deliver great service.
The food was tasty, but forgetting this important detail left a bad impression of the level of customer service.
this is the best place in Raleigh to get ...
this is the best place in Raleigh to get oysters on the half shell. Definetly make a reservation before you go if not the wait is very long. Parking lot is not that big so have patience when trying to park downtown. Food was great, we thought the appetizers were a little pricey but overall we will go again.
The entire experience was fantastic. The ...
The entire experience was fantastic. The server was very knowledgeable, the service was fast and friendly and considering the quality of the food, I would say that the price in comparison to value was also good. There were a ton of people waiting to get in the door so I would highly recommend making a reservation, we did and were quickly seated. NOTE: Check the spiciness of your dish. My food ( Linguini with crab and shrimp) had a pretty serious bite. I loved it and I think most people that like that kick would love it but, if you are not a fan of spicy, I could see how it could be a problem. That being said, there are a ton of items on their menu that caters around individual tastes. This restaurant is great for date night, to mingle with friends or to just grab a drink and a snack at the bar. The night we went they also had live music that started around 9PM. ***** (Five Stars)
So we've been twice for dinner on the we ...
So we've been twice for dinner on the weekend over the past 2 months. The salad was great. The hushpuppies were great but the main course was only adequate. The first time I had lobster and had to wait for the waitress to bring the shell crackers and butter so it got cold and was only okay. The second time the wait staff was better but the main course of scallops was just okay. Very rich. We did like the atmosphere but the chairs were only moderately comfortable. All in all the cost did not match the dinner.
We've visited 42nd Street Oyster Bar for ...
We've visited 42nd Street Oyster Bar for many years. I don't know what's happened but this time the food was terrible. Our waiter really talked up the seafood bisque and while I was already set on clam chowder, I went with his suggestion. Yuck. It was thick like it was several days old & simply reheated. It was way too salty and to be honest it just tasted like doctored up Campbell's soup...
I ordered the oysters Rockefeller. I ate one oyster, spit it into my napkin & couldn't finish them. This may sound crazy but they tasted of how a barnyard smells. They were mushy and the spinach just looked like mushy moldy gunk. I tried to pawn them off on my family but that didn't work either. The entire platter went uneaten and while our waiter inquired and I told him they weren't good, he never offered to take them off the bill. I didn't ask him to either, but honestly I was a little shocked at his lack of concern. My daughters entire bowl of seafood bisque went uneaten as well. No mention of that either. .
The hush puppies were the only thing I enjoyed so they ended up being my meal.
On a positive note..... Our waiter was mostly awesome! Professional and very attentive!
Probably won't return. Ever.
Been here several times busy and not so ...
Been here several times busy and not so busy. I really like the place but my meal was not great, got the cod and chips $18.95. Never had the potato chips before and never again. Two small pieces of cod breaded and good. Slaw not sweet not vinegary, just ah so so. Party of 12, oysters great!. Others meals just ok. Service VERY good. They excel at some items and just forget about the classics. Still a good seafood restaurant . Watching the cooking line not much enthusiasm. Needs a bit of attention to detail.
Been coming to this restaurant for 15 ye ...
Been coming to this restaurant for 15 years and have rarely been disappointed. Oysters are 1st rate, especially on the half shell . the wife had crab legs and I had the sea bass. Both were great. Highly recommended
M y husband and I just moved to Raleigh ...
M y husband and I just moved to Raleigh and several people recommended this restaurant. We were not disappointed. I. f you haven't been you definitely should go. The food is excellent, the beer is local, the atmosphere is relaxed and our server Warren was by far the best in the business. I would recommend reservations, the place fills up fast.
I've been going here for years. My last ...
I've been going here for years. My last experience was mediocre and the service was very spotty.
Our server spent a lot of time with us (table for 2) while we were ordering but after that, she was very hard to pin down for refills and other requests that come along with an hour plus dining experience. She also paid too much time with another table nearby which was really annoying.
I actually tipped less than usual because the service was so inconsistent and I don't go out to dinner to watch other people get good service while I sit with an empty drink for 10 minutes.
The cole slaw was sour and we had to send that back. This was a first in all the years we've gone here. The caesar salad was really mediocre for a restaurant of this caliber.
The 42nd St. Cheese Potato was spot on as always....so were the hush puppies.
The blackened swordfish was very good but not as consistent as you would want. I get this often and you'd like to get exactly what you enjoyed last time.
This is a loud place so if you're looking for a quiet meal, take a pass. This place is usually very busy and buzzing with activity.
We had a reservation and we were seated immediately upon arrival which is great.
PROS-seated quickly, most of the food was great
CONS-server not accessible, food needs to be spot-on at these prices, keep your customers drinks filled or at least ask
We stop for dinner every time we fly int ...
We stop for dinner every time we fly into Raleigh. This time it included our anniversary and the management provided us with 2 glasses of champagne on the house! My wife had the shrimp and grits and I had the platter with Flounder my choice of fish. Allison was our server and she was attentive fast and delightful. The manager was moving among the diners checking to see if needs were being met and we had a brief cordial conversation with him. We met several other travelers in the bar who were enjoyable to converse and share stories with. We will definitely be back.
Our dinner at 42nd Street Oyster Bar was ...
Our dinner at 42nd Street Oyster Bar was enjoyable. The food was good. However, the hushpuppies were a little on the salty side and the clam chowder had too much smoked meat. The seafood was fresh and the cheesy potato was yummy.
did not expect to start with complimenta ...
did not expect to start with complimentary hush puppies, enough for a meal! portions and quality of each dish were very good. cajun fried oysters were outstanding (but the ones at their airport locations were not quite as good, came with less side orders and cost more!)
Your Resturant has been me and my wife's ...
Your Resturant has been me and my wife's favorite place for 20 years! The quality of the food or service has not diminished a bit!
I am from the coast and had to move to Raleigh for work and I find the best seafood place in the world!!!
Thank you guys for always giving me the best dining experience ever!
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42nd Street Oyster Bar is somewhat of a ...
42nd Street Oyster Bar is somewhat of a Raleigh institution. I ate there for the first time despite growing up here and am glad I got to experience it. Before I went there, they were very accommodating as we kept increasing the size of our party, which is no small thing since our reservations were for a Saturday night. They had live music and a dance floor, but there are sections where you can sit if you want to have a conversation. The food and cocktails were good. I sampled the oysters and had the bacon-wrapped scallops and crab cakes. The scallops and crab cakes were all right, but naturally, the star of my dining experience was the oysters. The next time I go, the bulk of my meal will be oysters and maybe I will sample some of the other seafood.
We wanted to try this from a recommendat ...
We wanted to try this from a recommendation. We were not disappointed. Only downside was parking was a minor issue, could you a bigger lot. The food was good and the service was friendly good, We had a great time and will return.
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