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42nd St Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill

#11 of 1,218 Restaurants in Raleigh
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508 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27603 (West Street)
RLine stop one block away
919 831 2811
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 258
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  • 159
    Very good
  • 72
    Average
  • 16
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  • 11
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
really cool place

My wife and I dined here on a friends recommendation. The food was fabulous but pricey. The service was spotty and they weren't that busy. We would go back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
garie
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Merino, Colorado
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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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130 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good assortment of oysters in a wonderful setting with personable servers. Try a bucket of steamed oysters. Manhattan chowder is excellent. Walk around and take in some history. I was there on a Monday night but I understand weekends are packed and happy.

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Thank Gary C
Raleigh, North Carolina
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

While I have enjoyed the food at 42nd Street Oyster bar for years, it's always fresh and lots to choose from! I had a situation where I was in need of lots of oyster shells for my business and 42nd Street came through!! Management was terrific and very helpful and very graciously offered to help me out again if needed!... More 

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Thank travelingmomhere
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

So great! Visited here recently and the food was so perfect especially for a seafood lover. The oysters were cool, fresh, and very good size( Chesapeake and Blue Points were my selection). The crab cakes here are in my top 5 list. Super meaty, sizable, not alot of filler, with a buttery crispness on the outside. I sampled the N.E.... More 

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Merino, Colorado
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77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My wife and I dined here on a friends recommendation. The food was fabulous but pricey. The service was spotty and they weren't that busy. We would go back.

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Thank garie
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have eaten here before but I haven't had oysters as the main course. We dined here on a Wednesday where Oysters are $.75 each. We ordered 30 (for the both of us) and a cup each of clam chowder. Excellent! the oysters were cold, clean and also large. Chesapeake variety very good

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Toronto, Canada
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89 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Being so close to the oyster farms, we had ours fresh and plump from a variety of species. It was fun to experiment and taste them with different dressings as well. We sat at the bar where we had a great conversation with the server. Drinks were reasonable and the menu robust.

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Thank World1day
Crestwood, Kentucky
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ate there with a group while traveling on business. It was a Tuesday night and was a bit crowded. The dinner was excellent. Amongst the group oysters, fried shrimp and calamari were ordered for appitizers all were good. For dinner fried shrimp & oysters, swordfish, crab cakes and shrimp & grits were all enjoyed. I would highly recommend this... More 

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Thank Mark J
Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The 42nd Street Oyster Bar is a Raleigh institution. If you want great, fresh seafood you go here. Raleigh doesn't have many raw bars. The restaurant has been around a long time and for good reason. The seafood is always fresh. It offers a fun atmosphere where you can have a romantic dinner or celebrate an occasion with friends. Parking... More 

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Thank gatorlainey
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The raves on Tripadvisor were not wrong on this place!!! Great food, wine and service! You will not be disappointed with this choice!!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoying going to the 42nd St Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill for a nice fresh seafood meal in an attractive environment. It is always busy and full, signs of a popular and successful restaurant to me! When either of my daughters come to town, we always make it a point to eat here at least once! The variety of... More 

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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, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?