About 42nd Street Oyster Bar
A Raleigh Tradition Serving the Freshest Seafood 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
Great, friendly service and delicious, f ...
Great, friendly service and delicious, fresh food. Decent wine list, as well..
We were seated immediately with our rese ...
We were seated immediately with our reservation. Our Server was Awesome! He was fast and very friendly. The appetizers were good, slightly overpriced for the quantity they brought out. The Caesar salads arrived with no dressing, drinks were good, we were not impressed with our main course at all. It was incredibly overpriced for it's portion, quality, and flavor. Overall, not a horrible experience, however we will pass on returning.
Fabulous seafood fresh with huge variety including shellfish and famous for oysters. Exquisite wine list. Always a pleasure to dine there. Looking forward to our next meal there!
The pan fried flounder was terrific. 42 ...
The pan fried flounder was terrific. 42nd Street seldom disappoints . Want some good seafood i not on the coast? This is the place to go.
We were celebrating our 33rd wedding ann ...
We were celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary and had a wonderful time. The seafood was awesome, the atmosphere was festive, and the waitress was exceptional. Thanks for a great night out!
We continue to be impressed with the won ...
We continue to be impressed with the wonderful food and excellent service! We will definitely be back again!
Always The Best!
Always The Best!
Wow! That was a great experience! I don' ...
Wow! That was a great experience! I don't get seafood often since it isn't a favorite of the wife, and what better place to enjoy the seafood than 42nd St? The Mahi mahi was amazing. The oysters were fresh and tasty! The shrimp and scallops were delicious. What surprised me was how the collard greens were no less amazing! Really, when you have all that other yumminess in from of you and you actually have to decide between another bite of greens or the mahi mahi... Seriously, no one should have to make that difficult of a decision! Jason at the oyster bar was great in conversation, patience, and service. Definitely planning a return visit next time I'm in town!
First time visiting. So many choices .
We wanted to try everything. The seafood bisque was ok. The crab legs were cooked perfectly! Our waiter Michael was very pleasant, knowledgeable and efficient . Those that were eating Oysters really enjoyed them. We would like to return😉
This space was not romantic for our anniversary.
We used OpenTable to place a reservation for 8:45 PM on a Friday. When my husband and I arrived, I was told that they were running behind a few minutes. Then I started to notice that the hostess was letting people in that came after us. A waiter seemed to be seating everyone that came in after us. I eventually asked why we weren't being seated. Anyway, 9:20 PM the hostess claimed our table was ready. When we stood up to go be seated, she then claimed that the table wasn't ready and that she really just wanted to seat us because we had been waiting so long. My husband was hungry, so we cave in and took the seats at the bar. My point is had we been offered the bar when we first arrived, maybe I would not have been so mad. You offered the bar after we have been sitting and waiting for almost entire hour. I wanted to have a nice anniversary dinner with my husband at the table not at the oyster bar where you placed us after waiting so long.
Wonderful dinner experience
Everything was above and beyond what was expected...the food was really good and we had a very knowledgeable waiter who was able to answer all of our questions. Our whole dinner experience was enjoyable.
Again our evening at 42nd St. was a deli ...
Again our evening at 42nd St. was a delight. Our waiter, Avery, was courteous, attentive and saw that our meal was served promptly. It is always a pleasure to eat here.
Very historic seafood restaurant. I rea ...
Very historic seafood restaurant. I really like going there when I am downtown Raleigh.
Celebrated my Dad's birthday, and everything was great as usual. Thanks!
Our waiter was the most personable, atte ...
Our waiter was the most personable, attentive and knowledgable staffer we have encountered in a long time. His recommendations of foods was outstanding. Will definitely return.
This was our first time here and we were celebrating my birthday. Everything was perfect, from the moment we entered the restaurant to the moment we left. We will definitely be back!
We visit every time we are in town. Great food!
The food is always outstanding and the service is always great! We have enjoyed the live music also!
excellent food and service
always has excellent seafood. very fresh. and excellent wait staff.
Hushpuppies always hot, this trip a little cool.
My only compliant is (somewhat out of your control) the parking. I parked (as I have in the past) just as you are looking out your front door, to the right of the 4-way stop on the right side of the curb going in the correct direction. I received a $30.00 parking fine & we could not find a sign anywhere telling us that we could not park there. Your lot was full, what are we to do next time? I am sure we are not the only regular customers having problems with the parking. Thank you.
Always fresh and the service fast and not over the top
I love going to 42nd Street Oyster bar! The food is always delicious, staff are prompt and friendly. LOVE the raw oysters!
They do oysters better than any other Ral eatery.
This is not the place for a romantic dinner for 2 but if you are looking for great oysters, look no further. Above average service, and food came out quickly.
Fresh oysters, nothing over cooked...
Slightly overpriced oyster bar. The raw oysters were fresh. The fried fish had a good balance of batter. Not much in terms of atmosphere. Has a long history that someone over-renovated and kitsch.
Selected 'date" because Friday is date night
Outstanding selection of seafood. Well prepared. Portions are not to big or too small. Excellent drink choices. Love the old time atmosphere.
Our favorite restaurant
I love the fried oysters appetizer. And I usually get the spinach salad to top it off. Hubby eats big. He had the two crabcakes...to die for. Our server "Five" was very attentive, took care of our requests.
Absolutely amazing!! Such a staple of Ra ...
Absolutely amazing!! Such a staple of Raleigh!! Love it everytime!
Food was delicious and the service was g ...
Food was delicious and the service was great.
Best oysters I have had in a while!
Best oysters I have had in a while!
Pasta is too rich. Stick to the seafood ...
Pasta is too rich. Stick to the seafood especially crab legs , tuna and sword fish. Raw oysters are great Shrimp and grits is terrific.
Great Seafood and Selection
Oysters were very good. Good selection there as well as seafood - both shellfish and fresh fish plus daily specials. Service was attentive and knowledgable. I had the surf and turf and the steak was pretty good for a seafood dominated menu. There are also plenty of steak, chicken and pasta choices for the turf lovers. Also loved the basket of hush puppies to start the meal.
The oysters were delicious with a good s ...
The oysters were delicious with a good selection to try. A nice muscadet was available by the glass to drink with the oysters. I also had the fried green tomatoes and a small Caesar salad with a crabcake. They were both okay, but nothing to write home about. The bill was fairly expensive. $74 before tip, including two glasses of wine and a dozen oysters.
Excellent service & food
Aaron was our server & was very knowledgable & attentive. Food was delicious. No complaints!
We dined here for my birthday. I chose 42nd Street because I wanted to try a new seafood restaurant/pub. I was impressed with our waitress she was amazing. The food was outstanding and the seating and whole setting was awesome!
Always a wonderful experience.
Our meal at 42nd St was wonderful experience with our server, Paul the Fifth; always an enjoyable evening out with delicious food and excellent service.
I miss their soft shell crabs
I love going to 42nd Street but I do miss their soft shell crabs. They haven't been on the menu the last three times I've been their. My meal was pretty darn good but my clams were a little chewy (over cooked).
Had a wonderful 30th Anniversary dinner! The food was excellent… Even gave us a wonderful dessert to share. The waiter named Friday was fantastic! Will recommend to our friends and we will be back again. Thank you,
Good Oysters, Good Time
Good time eating oysters and listening to live music. Oyster Shooter needs work though. It was terrible.
Service was good from all but the hostes ...
Service was good from all but the hostess stand. That staff seemed to be bothered about questions about your reservations and, failed horribly at explaining anything. Other than that a great experience and food was amazing!
Reservations were super easy to make, th ...
Reservations were super easy to make, the staff had everything set for us for our arrival, the food and service were world-class as always!
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