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200 US Highway 175 W, Athens, TX 75751-4704
+1 903-675-8580
10:30 - 18:00
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Mon - Wed 10:30 - 18:00
Thu - Sat 10:30 - 20:00
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Tyler, Texas
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Decor is very dated and fans were running for AC. Ordered blackened catfish and received mushy oven baked fish- not with blackening spices or prepared In a skillet or in a grill. Server replaced it with fried fish - it was crispy but heavily battered. Servers were great and helped as much as possible but we won't return anytime soon

Thank 88KeysTX
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yes, this place looks like a hole in the wall and it is. But in my experience these are the best places. This place has the best catfish that I have ever eaten. I like how you get a slice of onion with the fish. The coleslaw is also very good. But stick with the fish. Also the main waitress... More 

Thank Brian L
Athens, Texas
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

we go there at least once a week,the food and service are great,they have moday thru thurs specials that are a real deal,we love it,

Thank boangela62
Blanchard, Oklahoma
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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 11 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 19 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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204 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 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

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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, Wheelchair Accessible
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?