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Sunny Side Oyster Bar

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1102 Washington St, Williamston, NC
+1 252-792-3416
17:00 - 20:00
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Sun 17:00 - 20:00
Mon - Wed 17:30 - 20:30
Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed my visit here. The service was great. The wait for a place at the oyster bar was a bit long, but worth it. Stools not too comfortable, but if no back problems, worth it. If you want good oysters, scallops, and shrimp (but without side dishes, they don't offer any), go here for a tasty adventure back in... More 

1 Thank Anne J
Williamston, North Carolina
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a historical place. This is what a working poor man in the early 1900's would have experienced at a seafood joint. It is like walking back in time. The people are so interesting. They only serve raw oysters, steamed oysters, shrimp, and scallops with crackers. Try their special Red rooster sauce.

1 Thank Campbellgirl86
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This happens to be the second oldest oyster bar (that is still open) in the US. The place opened in 1935 and it does not like it has ever been renovated since it's opening. The menu is really simple, oysters, shrimps, scallops and recently added snow crab 🦀. Our waiter assured us that the oysters are less than 24hrs old... More 

Thank Francis L
Raleigh, North Carolina
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958 reviews
475 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 438 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

The Sunny Side Oyster Bar has been in business since 1935. Some of the shuckers there has been with them for 50 years. It's a small, old, and friendly place and very serious about what they serve on a limited menu - raw and steamed oysters by the peck, steamed shrimp, steamed scallops, broccoli with melted cheese, and saltines. That's... More 

Thank John M
Washington, North Carolina
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

We have been going to this restaurant since the 80's. We have never been disappointed with the food or service. Best oysters around!

Thank Joan M
Boone, North Carolina
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

If you like steamed oysters and shrimp in a classic setting this is the place. Head for the back room with sawdust covered floors where you sit around an oval counter with the locals and shoot the breeze. We ordered a peck of oysters and shrimp with cold beers, butter and cocktail sauces, and saltines--the basics. Enjoyed talking to our... More 

Thank Merrill L
Wilmington, North Carolina
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347 reviews
262 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

If you are an oyster eater, this is a place you must visit. We enjoyed the experience. It was a treat to have a shucker and be spoiled. Look forward to coming back, but wish you had not run out of NC oysters. Ours are the best!

Thank GuyfromILMNC
Florence, SC
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

This place is amazing. Although there is a wait, it was definitely worth it. I ordered a 1/2 peck of oysters and 1/2 pound of scallops. The scallops came out perfectly steamed and the shucker for the oysters always made sure my bowl was never empty. Not having to get my hands dirty, but getting to enjoy freshly shucked oysters... More 

Thank None501
1 review
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Found this oyster bar on trip advisor and decided to based on reviews. Oysters were fresh (raw for me) and beer was ice cold. My shucker was Floyd and he was a straight shooter who was all about customer service. This place is unique and a must visit.

Thank Kevin H
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118 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Never been to an oyster shack but been to one now. Everyone on the staff was great . The food was the star and boy did it shine. The shuckers move as fast as you can eat. The sauces made the food even better. They made you feel important. If you come to this area and do not visit sunny... More 

Thank Thomas C

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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
American, Seafood
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
17:00 - 20:00
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1102 Washington St, Williamston, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Williamston
  • Phone Number: +1 252-792-3416

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?