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“Great fun at the raw bar!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of 42nd St Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill

42nd St Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill
508 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27603
919 831 2811
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Ranked #40 of 1,236 Restaurants in Raleigh
Price range: $8 - $33
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: West Street
Transit: RLine stop one block away
Basel, Switzerland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great fun at the raw bar!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

I love to go and sit at the raw bar! A great environment with lots of good things to choose from. The Blue Points and Old Salt oysters are my faves. Lots of beers to choose from including many from NC that give you many reasons to go back. I have been out of town for years and glad to see that it is the same great place that it has always been.

Visited January 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Sit at the bar for a great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Went there for an early grazing dinner at the 5pm opening time and sat at the bar with some friends which was great as the place filled up to capacity very quickly, so get there early or about 7:30 if you want a chance of a seat. Bar staff were very helpful in suggesting food & wine, including a tasting glass before a bottle choice. Oyster voted best of the evening was the Chesapeake and also the Lump Crab Cakes were delicious. Wine list was good & very reasonably priced supplemented by a large beer selection.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“A Raleigh Institution”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile

Consistently high level service and quality dining. Have taken business groups, family and friends to 42nd Street many times over the years. Dined there again on January 22. Shared a dozen blue points and fried calamari as an appetizer. Oysters were large and fresh. Calamari was lightly breaded with fresh marinara and grated Parmesan. Fresh blackened mahi mahi was hot, well seasoned and oversized. Shrimp and crab meat pasta alfredo was served in a thick cream sauce with lumps of fresh crab and large shrimp. White paper table cloths and old school wood trim provide a classic feel. 42nd Street is a loud, lively enjoyable dining experience. Great for a full meal or a couple dozen at the oyster bar.

Visited January 2014
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“"Excellent service and food"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

In September, I hosted a regional meeting at this restaurant. They were very accommodating; excerpted three offerings and crafted a menu for our group exclusively. The food was exceptional. Although the noise level was a bit high during our dinner, overall we were very satisfied with our group placement and food offerings. We will probably book with them again in March 2014.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“YUM!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Probably the best seafood I've had in years, I had the shrimp and scallops "Norfolk" style.Both were very succulent and the scallops sweet and juicy. Service was prompt and very attentive even with our large party. Great atmosphere that captures the feel of old Raleigh and the original restaurant. The only thing keeping this from being a 5 star rating was the desserts were lackluster and clearly institutional which is a shame given the many bakeries in the area.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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