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42nd St Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill

#10 of 1,097 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
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508 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27603-1429 (West Street)
919 831 2811
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Columbia, South Carolina
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49 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ate dinner at restaurant for business meeting and received excellent service and a delicious meal. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal which included the seafood platter, flounder and of course a variety of oysters. Also we sampled some of the craft beers and highly recommend the Red Oak lager.

Thank Leslie W
San Francisco, California
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53 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I have liked this place for years, the food and service are great -our server guided us through all the selections like a pro No complaints except for the very rude hostess who sat us-I asked for a place at the oyster bar and requested she move us so I could see the steamers in action-the bar which is 50... More 

Thank Bondcalloway
Plattsburgh, New York
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117 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to dinner and found this large restaurant friendly, and definitely busy. Our waiter was also friendly, but seemed unfamiliar with the menu. We had a sampling of all 4 types of oysters, and all were delicious. The mignonette that was served with them was light and delightful. The menu was rather standard and not very inspired....we chose a... More 

Thank David C
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Oysters were plentiful, several types. We split a dozen, 6 Blue point and Chesapeake. Delicious. Waitstaff courteous and knowledgeable, Worth the trip from Dolton, Il. Will make a second appearance.

Thank Ohyler R
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Gluten Free Calamari was done to perfection. The pan seared scallops were fantastic...my family's words were " Delicious" ... Thank you to the kitchen in avoiding Gluten...well done.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
North Bethesda, Maryland
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first time here but, the food was delicious. It was date night for me. The atmosphere was nice. Our Waiter,was from Maryland. He was very knowable about the meals they serve which, helped when, I made the choice of a seafood platter. My side dishes were the Collar Greens and Bake Potato. I was able to get... More 

Thank Wilma M
Burnsville, North Carolina
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234 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This had to be the best oysters I have ever eaten. The place is a historical site in Raleigh and a very busy place. If you are in Raleigh and like seafood this is a place you need to visit.

Thank barnett202
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Before there was a Glenwood South there was 42nd st. Great seafood , service and eclectic atmosphere. I love the mounted sharks on the wall. and the complimentary hush puppies. A must visit for seafood in town .

Thank James T
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Husband and I come here often for date night. The food is very and service is a hit or miss. Sometimes I feel like we are ignored and at other times we are laughing and joking with the waiter.

Thank Ebony B
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Traveling through Raleigh and wanted oysters as usual. Tried the Bodie Island, Tangier Island and Chesapeake oysters. Tangiers had great taste, with good meat and shell shape. Bodie islands were also good, with the cup shape we see on NC sound oysters. Chesapeake were rather bland and very small. I have no idea how 2-21/2 inch oysters made the grade... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $33
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 508 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27603-1429
    (West Street)
  • Public Transportation: RLine stop one block away
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: 919 831 2811

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