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Dowd's Catfish and BBQ

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1760 W Elm St, Lebanon, MO 65536-3918
+1 417-532-1777
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The catfish is the best in Missouri. Service is incredibly friendly and fast. $30 fed five of us for lunch (three kids). Probably wouldn't order the brisket again, (dry and tough) but the Catfish! Oh my word was it good.

Thank Madeline F
Northbrook, Illinois
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60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

I am not sure what they use to batter their fried foods but it is thick and tastes awful. Also, the boneless wings and brisket were amazingly dry and tough. Thankfully, the last time I was here I ordered a Big Salad and it was quite good. The chicken in it was tender and the salad ingredients were fresh. Service... More 

Thank Brett J
Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Great place to go for fish or any type food. Has a really cool fishing theme to decor. Beautiful scenic paintings on wall. Fast & Friendly service and not far off the interstate. Much better than fast food joints.

1 Thank Pat T
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Look no further for delicious fresh catfish! The baked beans are to die for also. Excellent wait staff every visit. You won't be disappointed.

1 Thank Jeremy B
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88 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Ok, so I've never had catfish before and almost ran back to the hotel to review this experience. Everything was perfect from the beginning to checkout. With no one to eat with, I was on my own. Given a choice of table or booth, I chose booth. The waitress (Taylor I think - if management reads this) was very quick... More 

3 Thank Plpeterse
Washington, Missouri
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51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

This restaurant is consistently getting rave reviews for the best catfish in the state. So on a trip recently we decided to stop and see what all the talk was about. The food was not bad, but catfish in the state, I don't think so. I can think of at least 3 restaurants that have better catfish than this. The... More 

Thank 2014Rita54
Fairview Heights, Illinois
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Made a reservation on a Sunday evening because of the crowds there. We arrived early and got seated right away. It didn't take long for out food to be on the table. The catfish is like fiddler fillets. Very tasty and cooked to perfection. The BBQ ribs were excellent. They tasted like they had been cooked on an old open... More 

1 Thank Bob L
Forsyth, Missouri
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Was driving thru Lebanon and noticed the parking lot was full which is an indication that this must be a good restaurant. We were not dissatisfied. The service was great, the food excellent with a lot of variations. We will definitely be back

1 Thank 384Donna
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53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Driving Route 66 and stopped for a bite. Decor with cool paintings on walls and Do Wap music playing in the background. Service is friendly with helpful advice. I tried the brisket sandwich and onion rings which was great for 7.99. Hubby tried spicy catfish with baked beans also very good with just the right heat.

1 Thank Marissa B
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We live in FL now and don't have many opportunities to go to Dowd's. We got to eat there last week. My wife got the catfish with green beans, cole slaw, and cabbage. I wasn't terribly hungry, but ribs sounded good. I had never had their ribs before, and I didn't think two ribs would be enough. (It would have... More 

1 Thank Swedeborger75

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1760 W Elm St, Lebanon, MO 65536-3918
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Lebanon
  • Phone Number: +1 417-532-1777

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