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
We've previously posted several reviews ...
We've previously posted several reviews for 42nd Street. We make this a regular stop when we're in Raleigh. Consistently great food. Consistently engaged and helpful service. Maybe we're in a rut, but who cares? We'll be back!
Food was outstanding and the service was ...
Food was outstanding and the service was very good.
I have eaten swordfish here many times. ...
I have eaten swordfish here many times. This time the texture and taste seemed a little weird. My son also had the swordfish and made no comment. We usually order dessert at a "nice" place, but not here. The dessert offerings are rather pedestrian and not what one expect from a higher-priced menu.
Charles, our server was excellent! He w ...
Charles, our server was excellent! He was attentive, remember details and provided service that will make us want to return.
Fantastic food and great service. We lo ...
Fantastic food and great service. We loved the crab legs.
Great place, good prices, everyone was e ...
Great place, good prices, everyone was extremely helpful, all over a good time was had by all!
Edward, our server was outstanding. I h ...
Edward, our server was outstanding. I have dietary restrictions and he went 'over and above' to make sure I had a good meal.
This is one of my daughter's favorite re ...
This is one of my daughter's favorite restaurants, as they have excellent swordfish. The cheese potatoes are also very good one of their signature sides. We got there at opening and had to wait a bit, but the table was nice, the dining room was pretty full, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Our service was very good- overall, a great experience. I am sure we will return again for another special occasion.
8pm reservation and the restaurant was p ...
8pm reservation and the restaurant was packed! We were seated immediately! Two servers working together made for such a pleasant evening. They immediately greeted us with hush puppies when we sat down. I had the crab cakes and house specialty potatoes...delicious! My companions had the bacon wrapped scallops and oysters. Everything was perfect. Can't say enough about the great service!! A must visit when in Raleigh!
Reservation was on time, food and servic ...
Reservation was on time, food and service were great, will be back
Always excellent food, very good service ...
Always excellent food, very good service, a local dining experience, not a chain experience.
Our waiter was very good! We ordered oys ...
Our waiter was very good! We ordered oyster sampler & flavors were great but unfortunately 2 of the 6 oyster contained quite a bit of shell. Overall experience & food was good & I would recommend dining there.
Food was impeccable as always - dynamit ...
Food was impeccable as always - dynamite crab cakes! Energetic environment, but then one likely doesn't go to an Oyster Bar for an intimate dining event.
As always great food with great service. ...
As always great food with great service. What else can you ask for?
I doubt the Restaurant Week menu showed ...
I doubt the Restaurant Week menu showed the restaurant off to best advantage.
Great raw oysters!
Great raw oysters!
Food and drinks were great, staff was fr ...
Food and drinks were great, staff was friendly but a little slow buy overall it was an awesome time
Our evening at 42nd St was delightful. ...
Our evening at 42nd St was delightful. Our server, Warren, made the whole experience very enjoyable.
Great atmosphere and wonderful food. Eve ...
Great atmosphere and wonderful food. Everyone was warm and friendly and our order was out very quickly. Can't wait to go again!
Food was excellent. Bacon wrapped scallo ...
Food was excellent. Bacon wrapped scallop app is a must!
Great for end of work week relaxation
I went to the bar which is first come first seating and was pleasantly surprised by the limited menu. While no full dinners, it had a wide variety of heavy appetizers including their signature oysters. Then, the pleasant surpise of live music that started at 10pm was the fitting cap to a busy week and a relaxing evening. Good food. Great atmosphere. Outstanding service
Great ambience. Great food. Wide assortm ...
Great ambience. Great food. Wide assortment of oysters which was the best.
Food and drinks were delicious as usual. ...
Food and drinks were delicious as usual. Hush puppies are addictive. Crab legs are awesome. I recommend the Pomegranate martini as well. Classic old school Raleigh/NC coast vibe.
Wife and I came before another couple sitting next to us and they were served before us. My wife order the Jamabayla more rice than anything. My trout was ok, hush puppies were great. Would not go back. Too many other places in Raleigh are better. Its a landmark don't know why.
Love the idea of this place - the servic ...
Love the idea of this place - the service was great! Oysters were great! Entrees were both over cooked. Drinks were great as well! Atmosphere was great! We will give it another try...
Awesome Experience Each Time!
June 3rd, I treated my boyfriend to 42nd Street Oyster Bar for his birthday!!!! The service was top-notch as usual! Food was delicious!!!!
Been there, done that
Food was not nearly as good as we expected. Service ws okay.
This is our second time eating here and ...
This is our second time eating here and I don't think we'll return. We were waited on by two staff- experienced waiter and trainee. There were too many missteps and excuses for poor service, missing food and incorrect orders. I don't mind being patient with new staff but the seasoned waiter blamed everything on the new staff (including those not serving us). Only 2 of 4 salads were brought out and it took a while to rectify this. One of two appetizers didn't arrive at all. Two members of my party ordered medium well steaks and rare arrived. It took 10 minutes to get someone's attention and when the steaks were returned they had only been slightly warmed and we're still rare. It was overall a very uncomfortable experience.
Server forgot about us repeatedly. After ...
Server forgot about us repeatedly. After we were seated we watched other tables around us get seated, served, pay and leave. Still no food! It was not a full evening or understaffing problem - he just blew us off! Funny because I ordered a $100+ bottle of wine to begin. So, $200 for dinner and I was so fed up, NO TIP.
If you're looking for a booth
When we were being seated at a nearby table, we asked the young lady who showed us to the table if we could have an open booth nearby. She said "no, it's reserved". So we asked if, for our next reservation, we should ask for a booth at the time we made the reservation. We got a very non-specific answer to the effect "you could try that". It was clear to us she was making it up as she went along. No real big thing, but the evening started with something that was either dishonest or simply non-customer friendly.
The food was excellent. Enjoyed the band also.
Enjoyed the oyster bar, dinner in the main dining room and the band later in the evening. A nice way to celebrate our anniversary.
Friendly, clean, had a new waiter in tra ...
Friendly, clean, had a new waiter in training, so wait was a tad bit long. We didn't mine too much because we had good conversation and great surroundings. Would bring family and friends from out of town here, prices were reasonable.
Couples night out to celebrate 20 yr anniversary!!
Two couples who Came to celebrate 20 years of Marriage!! Tried raw oysters for the first time!! They were great. Our servers (2 ladies- one was training) were wonderful. They were attentive to our requests and the table in general. Glasses were never empty unless we declined a refill. The Sea bass was d e l i c i o u s!! Everyone left w a smile and we each had a great time sharing stories w each other and our servers. Thanks for being part of our celebration.
excellent as usual
We have never had a meal here that was less than excellent. I had crab cakes which were wonderful and my wife had the swordfish done to perfection.
Great, friendly service and delicious, f ...
Great, friendly service and delicious, fresh food. Decent wine list, as well..
My first time at this place was excellent
Great hush puppies, baked cheese oysters, oyster stew, buffalo shrimp. Not the healthiest but yummy food. I love seafood and their selection was amazing. Nothing wrong with that particular place, anywhere you go for outside dining the food is always salty. If you want super healthy, eat at home. I enjoyed my time there and the service was perfect. Nice, clean with fun writings on the wall restrooms too. Go and check out that place!
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!
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