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Catfish Palace

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200 US Highway 175 W, Athens, TX 75751-4704
+1 903-675-8580
10:30 - 20:00
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Mon - Wed 10:30 - 18:00
Thu - Sat 10:30 - 20:00
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Blanchard, Oklahoma
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

Stopped for lunch on our way back from a failed scuba attempt at Athens Scuba park. Food was delicious, our server, was pleasant and courteous, and not overly attentive.

Thank Ibhux
Vancouver Island
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101 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

Read all the previous reviews so decided we must try it ourselves. The catfish was cooked perfectly and I had the regular dinner with a baked potato, coleslaw, tomato relish, slice of onion (I don't know why that is there?) hushpuppy and 5 pieces of catfish ($7.99) Hubby had the Fish & fries, coleslaw & hushpuppies, 3 pieces of fish... More 

1 Thank MaryJo49
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015

My wife and I paid a visit to the Texas Freshwater Fishery in Athens Texas and found that what was published was true with an extra dose of Southern Hospitality. The waitress was so sweet she gave us her complete family history, the Good and the Bad. Get The Broiled NOT Fried Catfish, really good. Tomato Relish, Cole Slaw, Hushpuppies... More 

1 Thank Barry-1492
Athens, Texas
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

The food in itself is really not that bad. They have an All You Can Eat deal for cheap that includes catfish, chicken and shrimp. The decor is "HIDEOUS" Outdated, unmaintained, guest areas so you can just imagine what the kitchen looks like.

Thank Fbref2000
Mabank, Texas
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2015

This was our third visit to the Catfish Palace. The first time was more or less by accident. I had a taste for fish and we were going to stop at the Long John Silvers next door, when we decided on the spur of the moment to drive a few feet further and stop here. Boy am I glad we... More 

1 Thank Annegret W
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205 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2015

My coworker and I had a nice lunch here last week (I had the fried catfish, with french fries and hushpuppies), and the staff is very nice, helpful, and friendly, too.

Thank elissejo
Granbury, TX
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015

The meals are fairly priced, and the Catfish is cooked correctly. Plus they give you more than enough to fill you up. However, the service can be a little slow if they are crowded.

Thank evanslmtd
Dallas, Texas
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2,374 reviews
1,727 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 956 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014

We are traveling through Athens. Texas and it’s about noon time and time for lunch. Then we spot this catfish restaurant that is completely surrounded by vehicles. Must be a good place to eat! We find a parking space and park then enter the restaurant. The entrance leaves a lot to be desired. A sign indicates that we should seat... More 

1 Thank texaswillie
Kerens, Texas
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

Food was freezer burnt! Blackened catfish looked like mush. Shrimp was over cooked popcorn shrimp was freezer burnt. The place looked nasty when we walked in and the tea was old and syrupy. We were sick the rest of the night from the little we did eat. Will never go there again!

Thank Brande75144
Dallas, Texas
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014

I don't understand the negative reviews on this establishment as the food here is great! I pass through Athens many times going to Alto and had always wanted to stop and eat here. I'm so glad I did, it was delicious! I had the catfish/shrimp platter for $12.00 and it was very filling with hush puppies, cole slaw, baked potato... More 

1 Thank Dick W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    2 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 18:00
10:30 - 18:00
10:30 - 18:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200 US Highway 175 W, Athens, TX 75751-4704
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Athens
  • Phone Number: +1 903-675-8580

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?