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42nd St Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill

#12 of 1,114 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
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508 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27603-1429 (West Street)
+1 919-831-2811
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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7 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a horrible Dining experience. It was not what I expected. The collards and black eye peas were not good at all.

Thank Sean J
Wilkesboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The food here is always good quality and reliable. I enjoy looking at the old licenses on the wall, and the humorous signs in the bathroom! Sometimes they have really good, live entertainment... call and ask. If you enjoy fresh oysters, this is your place! If you don't, there are plenty of other options.

Thank smithie17
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The food is lovely and good and do not miss the starters. They are addicted!!! Service great. And their ambient is faboulous.

Thank Susana B
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my favorite place for seafood in the Raleigh area. The service is always excellent and the seafood fresh, large portions and fair priced. Love their raw oysters on the half shell!

Thank Rbcampbell1974
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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142 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like seafood and oyster bar atmosphere, this is the best place in town. Historic area, family atmosphere. you see the kitchen in the open, not hid away. Unbelievable hush puppies. A great place to take a business meeting, a date, an anniversary, and even a large family.

Thank mikea1949
Wilmington, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've eaten there many times over the past 20+ years and always enjoyed everything I've ordered. I would highly recommend this place.

Thank Sandy J
Raleigh, NC
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96 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a girl's night out dinner. We got there right at 5:00 p.m. Patrons were waiting to check in which went pretty quickly. Our server Brittany was awesome! If there was mere mention of something not quite right, she was on it. My two friends ordered appetizers; however, the hushpuppies were appetizer enough for me. I had the three... More 

Thank Eagleyes737
York, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

large place, raw bar very nice, very active ..décor..."seafood joint" , lots of mounted fish on the walls, waitress didn't know names...food quite good overall, oyster sampler was somewhat disappointing, ?overcooked not distinctive, however the pan seared scallops were delicious and just right, seafood platter grilled/broiled was very good, enough cole slaw for a family of five instead of the... More 

Thank doholman
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm writing this review about the main Raleigh location... NOT the airport location (which is much more limited in its menu). There aren't many of what I consider "classic awesome seafood joints" around any more. I don't even count Legal Seafoods in the conversation any more. 42nd Street was great, though. The ambiance is kind of "rustic old warehouse"... but... More 

Thank SteveD36red
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18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place rocked, nearly all the tables were taken. Waitress was friendly and fast. The NC pan seared scallops were awesome. Very good seafood. Came here few times before several years ago but did not write review until this visit.

Thank PHIL D

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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
USD 8 - USD 33
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine
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 27603-1429
    (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?