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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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American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
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406 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79401-2610
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ate here on our way out of town. Not a bad place at all. I had one of the combo platters with fish and chicken. The food came out quick and was pretty good.

Thank txtrvlrs
Reviewed 27 August 2018

I always get the regular order of fried catfish and it is always good, fresh, crisp and I don't have to wait long to receive my order.

Thank Lynda L
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

It’s a good sized restaurant and can accommodate many. The service was good and quick and everything was clean. I had the blackened catfish with a salad. The salad was lacking and the dressing seemed to be a little watered down. The rest of the...More

Thank Foster4413
Reviewed 9 August 2018 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 20 July 2018

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
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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, Groups, Kids
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
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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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