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River Smith's Chicken & Catfish Restaurant

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406 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79401-2610
+1 806-765-8165
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Tue 11:00 - 21:00
Wed - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Amarillo TX
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64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our 1st time at this location and we were glad to find the food still as great as its always been. Good selection of fish, shrimp, oysters, chicken & Burgers. Fish is available grilled/blackened as well as fried. Salad bar was fresh and well stocked. Very friendly staff. Will definitely go back.

Thank colonel69
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Best place in town to get fried shrimp, oysters, catfish, or whitefish. Nice crisp salad and I am in hog heaven. They also grill and bake.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Topeka, Kansas
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142 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

When I walked in I was a little confused, but was quickly greeted and brought to a counter to order my lunch and drinks. I of course ordered catfish and fries and added on a one trip salad bar. The food was good, but not what I would call excellent. Everything was hot and cooked well. It just wasn't prepared... More 

Thank dkrug10042
McKinney, Texas
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127 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

This was the first time that I've dined at River Smith's in over a decade and it was exactly as I remember it being. The fish was perfectly cooked and the fries and hush puppies were delicious. Of course you can't dine here without eating the puffs, which are perfect with a little bit a honey. The kids loved their... More 

Thank Clint C
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

I'm not a big fish person but the catfish here is so good! Really the place to go when your craving some catfish!

Thank Sarrahh7
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

The staff was very friendly. I had the catfish dinner and it was cooked just right: not mushy and just the right amount of crunch. They do not have a standard wait staff but employees are more than willing to help you.

Thank Echoing T
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Food is hot, catfish crispy, salad fresh and tea just right. The catering service is a good deal for special occasions. The hush puppies and bread are very good. Salad bar is good start for a great meal.

Thank Gladys W
Dallas, United States
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The food was very good - fresh and hot. We had fried catfish, fried chicken and grilled chicken. The hush puppies were good, too. Not too crazy about the coleslaw.

Thank Deborah C
Amarillo, Texas
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68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

The food here was very good. I think the prices are a little high for how much you get on your plate. Overall, it was a good place to eat.

Thank John S
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Don't expect to stay on your diet if you go to River Smiths. What would be the point of going if you can't eat fried fish and hush puppies! The food is very basic, no surprises, but maybe that's how they keep the consistency. Delicious each time.

Thank WorldAwayFromLubbock

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 406 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79401-2610
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Lubbock
  • Phone Number: +1 806-765-8165
River Smith's Chicken & Catfish is a family-restaurant serving made-from-scratch Southern specialties! Serving Southern, Cajun favorites, everything is made from scratch at River Smith's. Try our famous chicken and catfish or try our delicious burgers, sandwiches, steaks, and desserts.

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