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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 good39%
  • Average17%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible11%
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“hush puppies” (18 reviews)
“coleslaw” (6 reviews)
Closes in 13 min
11:00 - 22:00 Hours
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
€€ - €€€
406 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79401-2610
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

Picked up take out. Husband had chicken bit meal and I ordered fried oysters. Big mistake. Everything tasted like it was cooked in very old grease. My oysters were cooked so long they were hard and tough. McDonald’s would have been better. Won’t be back

Thank Einnor55
Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

Called tonight to see if there was a wait. The man that answered was very rude said he had no time to go check or help me out and left it at that. Won’t be going.

Thank Seth H
Reviewed 12 February 2018

Came here for lunch. Salad bar was very disappointing, not kept up and too many things were out, including dressings; had to go to the counter to ask for a fork and knife since those were out too. Ordered a burger and after waiting between...More

Thank Warren B
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

I ate dinner at River Smith’s on Jan 13, 2018. I had been away from Lubbock for a couple of years, but remembered the catfish as tender and flaky. Imagine my disappointment as I tried to chew something that resembled breaded leather. Not only was...More

Thank Jay M
Reviewed 13 January 2018

River Smith is great southern style catfish. I can also recommend the shrimp and whitefish. Stay away from the clams; they are just the typical frozen stuff you get when you are more than 50 miles from the coast. River Smith's is great for a...More

Thank HubCPrairieDog
Reviewed 19 December 2017

Had the grilled catfish and the grilled shrimp. It was good . Not real special but good solid comfort food. A bit too over-salted, but we were just passing through town and it was close to our hotel across the street. Would like to come...More

Thank Jonathan R
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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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