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Sun, 25/09
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PRICE RANGE
US$8 - US$33
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, 有泊車位, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Reservations, Live Music
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I remember first visiting this restaurant many years ago when it was a bit more of a dive, serving fantastic steamers by the peck. They still have the steamers and the restaurant is still very good, updated (yuppified). I enjoyed my meal.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were in town for a short stay and noticed this spot near our hotel, so we thought we would give it a try. We are SO GLAD we did. First off, the place is enormous, yet has a small restaurant vibe. Second, our server...could not have been nicer or more attentive. Most importantly, however, the food was fantastic. Local fresh oysters (five different varieties) were...fresh and tasty. We had a mixture of fried (batter is think so seafood shines through) and grilled items. All were great. A nice, interesting wine list with fairly-priced wines topped off the experience.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This experience was awful. We went for my son’s 21st birthday and the server acknowledged that when she first got to the table. The food was not good and the mashed potatoes my son & I got were not edible and tasted like rancid butter....I told the server and she said we will let the kitchen staff know and never offered us another side option or took money off. The server never brought a dessert or anything for his birthday. The food was just gross overall and not worth money. Never again.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just wanted to let everyone know they will not accept large parties. I called about a large group of 30 or more for a birthday party and it was declined. I’ve never eaten here before so I can’t say anything about the food.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 3 August 2022

We haven’t been here in 20 years, not much has changed. The service from Jordan B was fantastic. But the food didn’t match that. The Jumbo Shrimp was overcooked, swordfish ordered medium came dry and over cooked. The Shrimps and Grits was overloaded with gravy...and mushrooms, made it hard to find the Grits. I think it lives off a long-ago reputation. As mentioned by other reviewers parking is terrible.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 25 July 2022

My husband and I were both disappointed with our meals. I had fried oysters and my husband had fried scallops. They came out immediately, before the salad, within a few minutes of ordering (Fast food for $80+) and were not very flavorful...clearly pre-made and sitting...around. If I paid $10 at Long John Sliver's, I wouldn't have been so disappointed, but for a "nice restaurant" for $80+, I expected a flavorful, fresh meal, expedited correctly.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 20 July 2022 via mobile

Great service and fresh seafood. We sat at the bar and our server Hanson was very helpful with a great sense of humor, he shucked a peck of oysters at the table. The crab n artichoke dip was excellent . Hush puppies were sooo good...n hot. Fresh delicious oysters. The staff were friendly and attentive . The best place in Raleigh.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 1 July 2022 via mobile

Had dinner with friends while visiting Raleigh North Carolina The restaurant was located 10 minutes from our hotel and the place was worth every penny. The seafood was fresh and the drinks were flowing Parking was free both on the street and in the parking...lotMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 17 June 2022

Mahi mahi soggy. Swordfish 3/4 inch Shrimp were chewy. $200 for 4 of us. Quality of food dropped. Service was great as always.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 14 June 2022 via mobile

So I stopped here prior to flying out, what an incredible crab cake sandwich. It was so delicious and the beer was delicious and refreshing. I recommend anyone coming here too eat anything crab, it's Florida quality!!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 14 June 2022 via mobile

They have a satellite restaurant in the Raleigh-Durham airport. They have signs that they are serving until the last departure. They closed hours before that! Shame on you. I have been to the restaurant in downtown Raleigh many many times. Never again will I visit!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 24 May 2022

RAW ahi, cooked thru and thru, TV dinner side dishes, a tasteless artichoke and crab dip that tasted of neither - nothing to recommend except the staff, certainly NOT the food - too many options in town, skip this one.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 17 April 2022

Being out of town, we visited 42nd St. Oyster Bar a couple of times over the past 25 years. The previous experiences seemed fine. Today, we found the food bland to poor tasting with the overuse of dried spices. The Cioppino tasted as if they...used a jar of Prego or Ragu for the base. It lacked any depth of flavor and certainly was void of any underlying taste of the ocean. The garlic shrimp and scallops tasted of the heavy hand of dried thyme. Seems amateurish. The raw oysters were ok. The hush puppies given at the beginning were fine. The service was great, it is just sad that the food did not live up to what we expected.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 13 February 2022

We took a party of 7 family members to celebrate a birthday last week. We went last year and had a great experience (but are now wondering if we'd just had 1 too many cocktails by the time we ate). 2 of us ordered the...special, which was a shrimp stuffed flounder; 1 ordered oysters; 2 salmons; 1 soup and 1 ordered fried something. The special tasted like something out of a freezer box; I ate about 3 bites trying to find something redeeming about it. One of the young adults ate his (b/c he's a 24-year-old who eats anything) but also agreed it wasn't that good. The oyster eater tried a few because he'd really been looking forward to them. He left the rest and is still cringing at the taste a week later. 1 of the salmon eaters said hers was overcooked and didn't like the flavor. Our server was attentive, but I wondered why she didn't ask about my plate that looked much like it did when she served it. Same for the oysters plate. Out of 7 meals, 3 were pronounced good. This is not what we expected for the price and reputation. I'll be the first to admit that maybe it was an off night or I just ordered the wrong dish. But with all of the great restaurants in Raleigh, we left saying that we would not be back. I understand how bad reviews can be harmful to a place of business, but it's an expensive venue, and I wanted to give my honest opinion of our experience.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 10 January 2022 via mobile

Our overall experience was great. The atmosphere was unique with the history of the restaurant. The seafood was excellent, one of the best in town. The blackened tuna appetizer was outstanding. The stuffed flounder was excellent and the collards were perfectly cooked and seasoned. We...had the chocolate pie, which was also excellent. One of the best seafood restaurants in Raleigh.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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I think so if you ask for a booth in the far corner. It is a large restaurant but the booths line 2 walls in the main area. I used to be uncomfortable in restaurants by myself too. Then I started using booths and brought a... More
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Yes, 42nd St Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill offers takeaway services.

42nd St Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4