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Sunny Side Oyster Bar

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1102 Washington Street, Williamston, NC
+1 252-792-3416
17:30 - 22:00
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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

The atmosphere is typical oyster bar. Nothing formal about it. Everyone sits around a large horseshoe. A word about oysters. While Sunnyside has the best oysters you will find at any given time, it is important to remember that oysters have to be salty to be good. If there has been a lot of rain in the harvest area (which... More 

Thank Robert H
Washington, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Very simple fare/menu.Outstanding large salty oysters, great crab legs and shrimp....all fresh! Get'em steamed or on the half shell. They're EXCEPTIONAL both ways. Their shuckers are quick, nice and very entertaining. Most have been there for over 10 years, some twice that. A party of 4 can't eat them as fast as the shuck them. I confess, I've never tried... More 

Thank New2IBX
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Trip to ECU football game so of course if you stay anywhere close you must visit the Sunny Side Oyster Bar! Had oysters, shrimp and scallops and of course a red rooster. Make sure you try the special hot sauce. Geezer and Tim took perfect care of us. Try as I might to steam the perfect oyster at home I... More 

Thank Jim D
Raleigh, North Carolina
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68 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

About an hour east of Raleigh a short distance from the highway is Sunny Side Oyster Bar, a historic restaurant and now one of my favorite spots to enjoy hand-shucked fresh oysters. I've now made the trip from Raleigh twice, and the Sunny Side Oyster Bar will likely become a yearly tradition. I don't recommend the restaurant for anything other... More 

Thank ccmitchellusa
New Bern, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

Heard so much about this place and could not pass it up on the way from Chesapeake. The food is bare knuckle made with lots of local experience and love. the staff are absolutely awesome. The food is outstanding and this is probably the last original oyster bar in NC and you must visit.

Thank edodowd
Washington, DC
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

Sunnyside Oyster Bar is a little like stepping back in time, with a large eating room that has an ample amount of counter space dedicated to shucking oysters and providing food to patrons. There is also a large bar area adjacent to the shucking room, where reasonably priced beers are available along with friendly service. When a lot of people... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

We hadn't been here for a good fifteen years. But that hasn't stopped us from thinking about our good experience here. So on a trip back from the coast, we had a chance to stop in. We had tried a repeat trip here some years ago, but it was closed. Warning, they are only open in the "r" months, partly... More 

Thank John M
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

We ate 1 1/2 pecks of steamed oysters and 1 order of scallops ! Served with crackers, warm butter,delicious cocktail sauce, and horseradish. Our server, Griff, was friendly and very good at shucking ! The horseshoe shaped shucking bar made for a friendly setting. Go early because this place is a foodie destination !

Thank Ann D

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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
Seafood, American
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol
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 Street, Williamston, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Williamston
  • Phone Number: +1 252-792-3416

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