Raleigh >Food & Dining > 42nd Street Oyster Bar
508 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760335.783034 -78.645904
A long time favorite – After reading the previous review I have come to the conclusion that the review was written by a former employee who was terminated or a jealous competitor with nothing better to do than to hate on another restaurant.
We have lived in the raleigh area for 20 + years and have always enjoyed our experience at 42nd Street. We try to make it there atleast 2-3 a month. The staff has always been very courteous, the food has been delicous and the service outstanding. I find it hard to believe that someone has come here for so long and never enjoyed themself. They have it all. Fun atmosphere, great food and spirits, and a vibrant staff. I would reccomend 42nd Street to anyone looking for it all. If you have to wait for a table, there is a lively lounge for you to grab some cocktails and appetizers while you wait. Just writing this review is making me crave those suculent gulf oysters.
always a favorite – We love this place. Have been going here for years and have never had a bad meal. Service is among the best I've had in Raleigh. One suggestion, lose the live music. If people are paying $25 or more for a plate of food, they don't need to be screaming over the top of a bunch of whiny, beyond middle-aged, rockstar wannabees playing at blistering loud volume. I don't know why so many venues insist on having live music. It's not always necessary or fitting. This place is too classy to promote musical garbage. The natural noises of this place are part of what gives it so much character.
Great atmosphere, food and service – I have never submitted comments about a restaurant I have gone too, until now. 42nd st merits any accolades it gets! Fantastic service, great atmosphere and a huge kitchen (most of which is in plain sight). Best of all the food was exceptional. I started with the Baked Oyster Sampler that consisted of 8 oysters prepared 4 ways. Next I had the Seafood Bisque and it was great. I would like to have had the special "Cioppino" a San Francisco tomato based Italian-styled seafood stew with shrimp, scallops, white fish, oysters, lobster, peppers and onions but I didn't have any room left. I saw a bowl if it go out and it looked amazing. Thanks to Charles for the great service and I will be back if ever in the area again.
Best oster bar ever – Wow me and my friends from California went to Charelston S.C. for a week and the food wasnt that great. But when we came to Raleigh we went out and ate at 42nd st. oyster bar and WOW what a great place. Everything was excelent from the food to the service.. I plan on going there again. High recommend this place to anyone *****
Rude Waitress Freda!!!! – My friends and I were out at 42nd on Thursday, July 24,2008. We were having a good time until it was time to cash out. When I received my tab, I noticed I had been charged for something that I had not ordered. When I brought this to FREDA's attention, she became very irritated. After going back and fourth with Freda, she snatched the bill out of my hand and said "f it". I then proceeded to find the manager and told him about Freda's rude and non-professional behavior. As Freda stood to the side line with her hands on her hips, and her face tighter than a knotted rope, the manager apoligized for her behavior and took care of the bill. It was pointed out to me by my friend who attends 42nd every Thursday, that this was not the first time Freda had done this. My advice to anyone who would like a nice, courteous, professional waitress is to request another waitress if you are seated in Freda's section. And my advice to Freda, is check your attitude, learn how to handle yourself in a professional manner, if not find a NEW JOB, and please get a makeover.
We had a great time – We were we treated to great service, great food and a live band. What more could you ask for? We will be returning.
No Fun Allowed – Do not go here for the live music. For some reason, they have security guards who watch every move you make and will ask you to leave if you are dancing? The band seemed good but too bad they are playing at a venue that doesn't allow fun? While being pushed out the door we were told we were "bumping into people" and it seemed to be an issue that I wanted to close out my tab before getting kicked out? Really rude experience and I wouldn't advise going there.
Diner Beware – I don't know what has happened to this place but it has gone down hill. Food is mediocre, served undercooked, overcooked, cold. It's priced for the way it used to be not as it is now. I can get a better meal at Golden Corral for less money.
Great Food and Awesome Atmosphere!!! – Went to 42nd Oyster Bar for our 3rd wedding anniversary with a large group of friends. We were very pleasantly surprised to see no problem getting a reservation for a party of 10 at peak dining hours. Parking was a breeze at the lot accross the street even though it was a Friday night. When we arrived our table was ready and the hostess quickly lead us to the table with a great view of the entire restaurant. The service was UNBELIEVABLE as we never had a empty drink or plate on the table. The seafood was delicious and "spot on" as they say in England. Those who ordered the steak enjoyed it and said it was on par with a fine dining steakhouse steak. Overall we could not have been happier with the food and service so we would HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT to anyone.
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