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42nd St Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill

#42 of 1,259 Restaurants in Raleigh
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508 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27603 (West Street)
RLine stop one block away
919 831 2811
Website
Today
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 149
    Excellent
  • 117
    Very good
  • 55
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Not what they used to be

Apparently, the booming growth of Raleigh NC has impacted what once was one of the stalwarts of quality and reasonable value. 42nd St Oyster Bar is not what I remember often visiting when I used to live in and travel back to Raleigh between 1997 and 2005. The only thing that was actually well done... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
celentms
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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338 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Apparently, the booming growth of Raleigh NC has impacted what once was one of the stalwarts of quality and reasonable value. 42nd St Oyster Bar is not what I remember often visiting when I used to live in and travel back to Raleigh between 1997 and 2005. The only thing that was actually well done was the complimentary hush puppies!... More 

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Swansea, Illinois
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

went here with some coworkers one night. service was good though our food was just okay. Nothing really to write home about.

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Stamford, Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I make it a habit, when time permits and the meal hour is in synch to make this my go to restaurant when flying in or out of RDU. Healthy food, not that I drink but know they have a great beer selection, and the staff while not as cordial or trained as they could be get you in and... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The restaurant downtown was good. The airport location licking. Crab cake burn on the outside and hushpuppies hard. Wine- (Pinto) was fine and waiter friendly. Tightly seated to be excepted for airport. Nothing to wait in line for..

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Sunnyvale, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This is the review for the location at RDU airport. I was in a bit of a rush and asked the waiter if they would have breakfast ready for me in 15 minutes. He enthusiastically said yes. The breakfast in fact arrived in 7 minutes. Kudos for that. I ordered the Carolinas omlette, with eggs, lump crabmeat and hollandaise sauce.... More 

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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156 reviews 156 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Went after a day of meetings. Great beer and ale selections... Wine list looked good. We went early but plenty of buzz, and it is a Happening (There Friday) when the band cranks up! Mussels, 42nd Street Oysters, and Fried Shrimp were our choices. No complaints on service or atmosphere... And food was super!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Great place to relax after work with fresh oysters and divine martinis! Definitely a cosmopolitan hot spot!

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Raleigh, Nc
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is one of the best and most fun restaurants in Raleigh. If you'll only be in town for a couple of days it should definitely be on your short list of restaurants!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

42nd street is a Raleigh classic! My favorite thing is the crab legs, but it's hard to go wrong hear. 42nd street is great for a date night, but also has several large table for big groups. They often have large business dinners. Friday and Saturday have live music and a dance floor, which makes for a great night out.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

They have great oysters and the bands that play are always great! We love to go hear the bands even if we do not eat there.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 508 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27603
    (West Street)
  • Public Transportation: RLine stop one block away
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: 919 831 2811

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 33
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?