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Sunny Side Oyster Bar

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1102 Washington St, Williamston, NC 27892-2656
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Sun 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Wed 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Washington, NC
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very simple fare/menu.Outstanding large salty oysters, great crab legs and shrimp....all fresh! Get'em steamed or on the half shell. They're EXCEPTIONAL both ways. Their shuckers are quick, nice and very entertaining. Most have been there for over 10 years, some twice that. A party of 4 can't eat them as fast as the shuck them. I confess, I've never tried... More 

Thank New2IBX
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Trip to ECU football game so of course if you stay anywhere close you must visit the Sunny Side Oyster Bar! Had oysters, shrimp and scallops and of course a red rooster. Make sure you try the special hot sauce. Geezer and Tim took perfect care of us. Try as I might to steam the perfect oyster at home I... More 

Thank Jim D
Raleigh, North Carolina
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68 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2016

About an hour east of Raleigh a short distance from the highway is Sunny Side Oyster Bar, a historic restaurant and now one of my favorite spots to enjoy hand-shucked fresh oysters. I've now made the trip from Raleigh twice, and the Sunny Side Oyster Bar will likely become a yearly tradition. I don't recommend the restaurant for anything other... More 

Thank ccmitchellusa
New Bern, North Carolina
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324 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2016

Heard so much about this place and could not pass it up on the way from Chesapeake. The food is bare knuckle made with lots of local experience and love. the staff are absolutely awesome. The food is outstanding and this is probably the last original oyster bar in NC and you must visit.

Thank edodowd
Washington, DC
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2016

Sunnyside Oyster Bar is a little like stepping back in time, with a large eating room that has an ample amount of counter space dedicated to shucking oysters and providing food to patrons. There is also a large bar area adjacent to the shucking room, where reasonably priced beers are available along with friendly service. When a lot of people... More 

1 Thank pjmoran
Raleigh, North Carolina
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904 reviews
430 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 419 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2016

We hadn't been here for a good fifteen years. But that hasn't stopped us from thinking about our good experience here. So on a trip back from the coast, we had a chance to stop in. We had tried a repeat trip here some years ago, but it was closed. Warning, they are only open in the "r" months, partly... More 

Thank John M
Raleigh, North Carolina
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93 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2016

We ate 1 1/2 pecks of steamed oysters and 1 order of scallops ! Served with crackers, warm butter,delicious cocktail sauce, and horseradish. Our server, Griff, was friendly and very good at shucking ! The horseshoe shaped shucking bar made for a friendly setting. Go early because this place is a foodie destination !

Thank Ann D
Carlsbad, CA
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

Hate to be the one who will say it but this was a terrible experience. Based on the reviews, even though I don't like oysters, I thought it would fine to have shrimp. Floyd, our schucker, was rude and demeaning. It was our first trip there and needed a little instruction on how and what to order. Floyd didn't seem... More 

1 Thank Magaroons
Harpswell, Maine
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2016

This will be a very short review because I won't need many words. The Sunny Side Oyster Bar is the absolute real deal. It gets no better than this. Floyd shucked our oysters and we ate them. The shrimp were hot and wonderfully spiced. Sunny Side Oyster is unlike most other places I've ever been: Authentic and not to be... More 

Thank BillMuldoon
Mount Forest, Canada
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2016

Good oysters. Great staff. First time here and had a great experience. Small seatings makes for good conversation with friends and those seated near by. The seating is at a horseshoe shaped bar so very easy to strike up a conversation with other diners.

Thank Gerald Mr D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1102 Washington St, Williamston, NC 27892-2656
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Williamston
  • Phone Number: 2527923416

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?