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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"
Raleigh, NC 27603
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Mon-Thur 5:00pm-10:00pm Fri - Sat 5:00pm-11:00pm Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm
$31 to $50
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 originally went to 42nd St when we first lived in Raleigh in the early 90's, over 20 years later we had the opportunity to return and found that the food was as good and that the atmosphere had not changed. I was still able to get the Cioppino which was everything I remember. There were little changes to the menu over time but I think that only enhanced the visit. Recommend this for dates, family get togethers', business meals or having dinner with friends. Love that it is the same.
FOR A LANDMARK RESTAURANT THIS IS NOW A POOR EXCUSE.... SERVICE WAS POOR, WE FELT LIKE WE WERE AN INCONVENIENCE AND SHE SPENT LITTLE TO NO TIME AT OUR TABLE. THE FOOD WAS JUST O.K. FROM THE SNOW CRABS THAT WERE SERVED LUKE WARM TO THE SHRIMP AND GRITS THAT TASTED LIKE THEY WERE MADE LAST WEEK. YOU CAN BE CERTAIN WE WON'T BE GOING BACK AGAIN.
I wish I could recall my wages his name when I came in yesterday at 5:30 With reservation for [Spears] sec. 26 table for 2 requesting for 4 on Saturday my waitress [Brown hair] I cannot recall her name :( but she was 2nd to none. best service EVER...KIND AND ATTENTIVE...
I've visited 42nd St on many occasions, for special occasion dinners and social gatherings. This was once one of my favorite places, but not so much any more. The food is usually (but not consistently) good and rarely great. For the price, I expect more. We've had the same ditzy, intrusive wait person the last two trips, which didn't improve the experience. And it is very loud; not conducive to much conversation over dinner. Overally, just not a great value and not worth the drive and the parking hassles.
I can’t think of a better restaurant to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. The oysters were amazing and so fresh. Our waitress, Danielle (?) was knowledgeable about the wine lists and menu options. She made the night so special with complementary dessert. The apple pie with rum sauce was the perfect way to end the night. I wish we lived in Raleigh and could eat at 42nd Street more often. It is definitely one of my favorite restaurants.
Always Fun and Lively! A Raleigh gem and tradition. For authenticity, ask for one of the oyster bar tables (they seat 4, and you don't have to order oysters, but it's fun to watch all the activity!) By the way, the steamed, shucked oysters were outstanding!
We had a great evening with friends. Our waitress could have been more attentive, she didn't refill our water, we went without drinks for a period of time, didn't really check on us regularly. Her friendliness and good attitude made up for some of it though. The food was great from appetizers to our entree.
Decor and atmosphere reflect menu. Comfortable style. Varied menu options attractively presented and delicious, from oysters to bacon wrapped scallops to blackened chicken and salmon. Wine list needs tweaking. Hostess who assisted with our seating seemed to object to my not wanting a cold windy table. Funny how no one ever sat there. She kept steering us away from other possible tables. Wait staff provided outstanding service .
Been several times over the years, however found this last time to be a little slow on service. Had a 8:45 reservation and were seated promptly. Not sure if the kitchen was backed up or server forgot to put in orders. Our entrees didn't arrive til 9:45. Food good once we got it.
While in Raleigh for just one night, we looked for another restaurant when our favorite was totally booked. 42nd Street looked good, and we love raw oysters. We had a dozen of NC oysters from various locales. They were all good. The sauces were also good. Then we split a dish with Crab Cakes. Lots and lots of crab meat in the cakes. Much more than you usually see. Desert was apple pie a la mode, good but not outstanding. If we get back to Raleigh, 42nd Street would definitely be on our list to go to.
The food remains sensational at 42nd St and I highly recommend. The salmon was cooked to perfection. The service this time around needed a little bit of attention. We waited for some things, the server was mechanical rather than warming and he got the bills wrong when he delivered them to the table. I will go back again soon as this is an area gem.
Although we did not have oysters at 42nd Street Oyster Bar, our party did have calamari, swordfish, shrimp, scallops, and a seafood pasta dish. The calamari, shrimp, and pasta were average. The swordfish was a very thin slice, which was disappointing for the price. The scallops in both the appetizer and the platter were very overdone. In short, the food was not worth the price tag. However, the atmosphere is one to experience if you don't mind a lot of activity with a loud level of noise. Our server was impressive and impeccable, as was the hostess, who handled the line at the door with professionalism.
Everyone in our group had a wonderful meal. Food was presented very well and we have come numerous times.
This particular night our waitress seemed slightly annoyed with our requests. She did not offer or ask if we wanted coffee. It was my husband's birthday and although he declined dessert, I specifically told her it was his birthday. At very least bring a piece of dessert with a candle but he got nothing. Personally declining dessert should not preclude a "birthday" offering. We asked for coffee which she brought but also never asked if sny of us wanted another cocktail. So 5 of us went to the bar and brought drinks back to the table since she chose to close our ticket. Ten people would have stayed longer....but we felt pushed out.
Do have waitresses ask if we want our check! None of us were asked and none of us wanted to end the night either. But we left.
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