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River Smith's Chicken & Catfish Restaurant

406 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79401-2610
+1 806-765-8165
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good40%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible11%
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“catfish” (47 reviews)
“hush puppies” (18 reviews)
“coleslaw” (7 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00 Hours
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
€€ - €€€
406 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79401-2610
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A lot has changed in Lubbock since I moved away 20 years ago, but River Smiths has always been consistently good and very affordable. Service was also very good; friendly employees.

Thank Roxanne B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

People were rude to us food cold chicken stripes so hard couldn't eat them and I wanted to try this place

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Thank spdy6556
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

I discovered this place as it is across the street from the Wal-Mart. You order at the counter and they bring you the food. I had the blackened chicken and it was really good. It came with salad and two sides. The sides were good...More

1  Thank DDay1959
Reviewed 31 May 2018

A long time staple in the Lubbock restaurant scene. It has been consistently good for over 20 years. Very casual atmosphere where drinks are self serve. The portions are very generous including the side items. I have tried the catfish and chicken a number of...More

Thank Johnny B
Reviewed 8 May 2018

River Smith's was recommended in the AAA book and by the hotel clerk as being a good place. We found it without a problem. You order at the counter and take a number to your table. A worker brings your order to the table. The...More

Thank 1Jon34
Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

Fake catfish, fake Cheesecake the worst food ever! They should close there doors I will never come back here! It’s like when you dated someone then like a year later you see them and you think wow you look good so you ask them out...More

Thank dcwhite3628
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

River Smith’s has a big reputation as being the premier catfish restaurant in the area. I’ve seen adds running for it for years. I’ve also had many positive conversations with fellow Lubbockites about eating there. After all these years I have never eaten there, until...More

Thank DestinyCaptain
Reviewed 29 March 2018

Been a customer for a long time, and with River Smith’s there are more hits than misses. The catfish is above average, I almost always go somewhere else for catfish. Whitefish is good, but a bit insipid. Onion rings are pretty solid. Fried chicken and...More

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Thank hydrofarmer
Reviewed 28 March 2018

Expensive but good food and the salad is not the fresh but the rest us good I like to go whit my family but is expensive we love the fish

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Thank isabrisal
Reviewed 27 February 2018

Catfish is great but thats it. Salad bar looked old and not fresh. The ranch was like milk. Thin and runny. When i was ordering the girl taking my order started talking to another employee about her schedule then asked me to repeat my order.

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Thank jgdeleon78
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
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
  • E-mail
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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