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
My wife and I have dined at the 42nd st ...
My wife and I have dined at the 42nd st Oyster Bar before and were not disappointed when choosing it as the celebration of our 35 wedding anniversary dinner. Great service, polite staff and outstanding cuisine made our anniversary a lovely experience.
We absolutely loved 42nd Street. Our ser ...
We absolutely loved 42nd Street. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and offered great recommendations. Some of the oysters on the half shell were small, but overall, we were satisfied with portions. We were more than satisfied with the food itself. Absolutely delicious. We will definitely be going back soon. It's crazy to think we've been in Raleigh for 5+ years without going before.
First time at 42nd Street Oyster Bar, an ...
First time at 42nd Street Oyster Bar, and it lived up to its reputation. Great food, and even better service. I had the Shrimp and Grits, and it rivaled any that I've had in Charleston, SC, and that is high praise from me. We will be back!
The food was good but small portions. Ca ...
The food was good but small portions. Capino had no taste. Mixed seafood sallops and shrimp were small portions and very bland. Swordfish was great. Website indicated music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting at 7. That was a lie. Only Friday and Saturday after 10. When asking hostess she laughed and said I don't know.
Was excited to try this place for the fi ...
Was excited to try this place for the first time for a friends birthday. Had reservations for 8:00, did not get seated until 8:35. Food was great, however, took much longer than expected to come out. What should have been a nice dinner for four turned into an almost 3 hour ordeal. Was a little disappointing.
Again we had a great evening and a wonde ...
Again we had a great evening and a wonderful meal. Staff is all terrific. Management is very friendly and has an overall excellent place. Only hate that we timed it too early for the live music.
Five was our server again and he remember us and knew exactly what we wanted for our meal and provided it timely and perfectly.
The Nine of Us absolutely loved our even ...
The Nine of Us absolutely loved our evening at The Oyster Bar !
It was nice to have the option of enjoying a drink at one of the bar tables until the rest of the gang arrived. Our waiter was exceptional serving some levity along with the delicious appetizers and meals . We had 2 children 3 and 6 who enjoyed the evening as much s the adults.
Planning a second visit soon
Fun time with my family. The only thing ...
Fun time with my family. The only thing that was frustrating was that I left a cash tip, and server still applied a tip on my credit card statement. Had to call and get them to remove it. If I hadn't checked, I would have been $30 lighter. They said it was an "accident." Moral of the story, either pay with cash or document your payment. This will protect you from anymore future "accidents."
The food was perfect. The server Five wa ...
The food was perfect. The server Five was better than perfect. He timed the course and the serving so that everything was hot and ready at the same time that we were ready for it. We never had to wait for our food after we had ordered. The next time we go, we will ask for him as a server.
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.
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