A Raleigh tradition serving the freshest seafood since 1931. Most of our fresh fish is caught off the coast of North Carolina and is served here at 42nd Street within hours. Everyone at the 42nd St. Oyster Bar works as a team. You don't have to look for the person who took your order when you want additional help, just ask the first person you see.
:: History of 42nd Street Oyster Bar ::
The 42nd St. Oyster Bar has a rich and colorful history spanning over seven decades. In 1931, J.C. Watson took over a grocery store at the current location of the 42nd St. Oyster Bar (the corner of Jones and West Street). Dr. Louis West, affectionately known as "Tick" West, talked Watson into serving oysters to his customers. When prohibition ended in 1933, J.C. Watson's grocery store was the first business in Raleigh to sell draft beer in a frosted mug and his business became very popular.
About the same time that prohibition ended, a group of Raleigh doctors attended a medical convention in New York City. The unofficial leader of the group was none other than Dr. Tick West. The story goes that Dr. West and his colleagues spent quite a bit of time having fun and enjoying beer on 42nd Street. When they returned to Raleigh, they would call each other at the end of a hard day and say - I'll meet you after work at 42nd St. So after 1933, J.C. Watson's grocery store became known as the 42nd St. Oyster Bar.
In 1957, the 42nd Street Oyster Bar was taken over by Truman Rhodes and renamed the "Rhodes 42nd St. Oyster Bar." Even though his name was on the sign, people knew and referred to the place simply as the 42nd St. Oyster Bar. To find out the rest of the story CLICK HERE.
To provide a remarkable experience by recognizing and appreciating that each guest is the most important person in the world while dining at the 42nd St. Oyster Bar.
Everyone at 42nd Street Oyster Bar works as a Team! You don’t have to look for the person who took your order when you want additional help, just ask the first person you see. This is why you might have more than one person delivering food and beverages to your table. When something gets ready, the closest available person will serve you.
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at 42nd Street they offer the Triangle the best party bands in the state. One of the hottest places in Glenwood South for over 20 years! We are excited to announce that we will be serving a late night menu on Thursday-Saturday evenings. Come enjoy live music and a great selection of lighter fare items!
Click HERE for a copy of the new menu
Check out our new pictures of our dinner and Live Music! in the Photos Section!