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42nd St Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill

#10 of 1,143 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
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508 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27603 (West Street)
+1 919-831-2811
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Love The Seafood.. Fresh..Always Good service and Food..Always have A Good Experience..Has stayed Affordable for How excellent the Food is.

Thank MsB6
Raleigh, North Carolina
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74 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This restaurant has been a Raleigh staple for many years. The seafood is always a big draw as it is generally excellent and well prepared. If we want an excellent seafood dinner, this is the place we choose. The food is fresh, well prepared and varied enough that we all can choose what appeals to each of us individually. Love... More 

Thank Judith K
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everyone said this was the place to go. It was ok.... nothing that spectacular. The atmosphere was good. It was fun sitting at the Oyster Bar, but the food was just so so.

Thank Wendi W
Sims, United States
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70 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate here on a Saturday night before going to a musical at the Duke Energy Center. We had a 5:30 reservation, and I recommend getting a reservation because it was very crowded. We were seated right away and the waiter was very good. I had 6 oysters on the half shell, blackened mahi-mahi, baked potato, and coleslaw. My wife had... More 

Thank Douglas S E
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in for dinner before seeing a show at Duke Energy Performing Arts Center. Service was excellent. My brother enjoyed his steak; said it was delicious. His girlfriend and I tried the crab cakes. While better than most, these two Maryland girls were disappointed. No big chunks of crab, no taste of Old Bay, overall just a fairly good crab... More 

Greensboro, North Carolina
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My favorite Seafood restaurant in Raleigh. Always have at least three kinds of Oysters and at least three dozen. The daily Fish is fresh and you can request it to be cooked anyway you want. Vey large dinning room with excellent service. I like sitting in one of the smaller booths in the corner for a more intimate experience.

Thank KingJamesIII61
St. Maarten-St. Martin
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62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding service and fresh seafood makes this restaurant my favorite for business and special occasions. Expensive but worth every penny.

Thank FredLawrence_NC
Raleigh, North Carolina
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great oysters and hush puppies Not so great calamari... quite salty and a bit average Great customer service A bit loud on the weekend but lively atmosphere

Thank blythe0117
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was at the Raleigh Durham airport for 6 hours and spent about 1 1/2 hours at the 42nd Street Oyster Bar. Even though the airport was crazy busy with hundreds of canceled and delayed flights, I never felt rushed with their service. The food was good and I love that you can get a double shot of alcohol in... More 

Thank Nancy C
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50 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Skip the wait and sit at the oyster bar. Great atmosphere and lightening fast service for the volume the restaurant moves. The oyster sampler is a must have !!!!!!! I wouldn't plan on sharing it because it's that good. The sword fish was good but after spectating someone's plate I would recommend getting it blackened instead of grilled. The staff... More 

Thank Michael B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$33
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
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: +1 919-831-2811

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