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Dowd's Catfish and BBQ

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$$ - $$$
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1760 W Elm St, Lebanon, MO 65536-3918
+1 417-532-1777
11:00 - 20:30
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Billings, Montana
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The service was great, very friendly place. I ordered the lemon pepper catfish, and it came with 3 sides, when the side came we didn't get them all, the corn on the cob was very tiny, and was very mushy. I would have to say all in all I don't feel I got much for the money we spent. The... More 

Thank vettamickey
Hudson, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Road trip on Route 66 took us to Lebanon, MO. Happened to see the sign for Dowds so decided to give them a try. Everything we had was good. I liked the Catfish and the BBQ Ribs were better than many restaurants. Lightly smoked and tender. They were spareribs and I prefer baby backs but I would recommend to others... More 

Thank ThePopeyeGuy
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had excellent service, great fried catfish, all you can eat. They did not scimp. Was asked often if I wanted more. The side were plentiful and tasty.

Thank Eric G
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have them two chances on BBQ. Each time was not good at all. Either too dry, or cold, or both. They did give us 10% of when we mentioned it. I hear the catfish is excellent, but I won't go back for their BBQ.

Thank Jim L
Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just a few blocks north of US 44, past some outlet stores, it is an easy to reach food stop. Variety of catfish preparation and serving sizes, including all you can eat, make it a family friendly place. Good coffee and service draw us every time we travel through the area. Barb-B-Que available and seems to be a favorite with... More 

Thank taxnoone
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60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dowds is a local restaurant specializing in fried catfish. They have chicken, steak, shrimp and lots of barbecue as well, including all you can eat specials. The decor really makes this place..quite southern with a bayou theme. Lots of side options and desserts. This is the only catfish I eat, it's crispy and delicious.

Thank hawaiimama
Normal, Illinois
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant is perfect for families and hungry folks. BBQ plate for 2-3 will feed 4+! Maggie is a great server too! Try the fried pickles

Thank Shari_234
Festus, Missouri
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139 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The absolute best smoked turkey I have ever had along with some amazing baked beans. Can't wait to go back.

Thank Shinglman
Lebanon, Missouri
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Usually pretty busy but never so much that I have to wait for a seat. Lots of seating. Great catfish dinners! Friendly wait staff and hostesses. Been several times, never any problems. Not a breakfast place but has lunch and dinner.

Thank cqb556
Camdenton, Missouri
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

This was the first time I have ever ate at dowds, and to say the least I was not satisfied with my service. The food was outstanding, best crab legs around. But the server was friendly. But did not pay attention to our needs. We would ask for something she would say yes and never bring us crackers. Then kept... More 

Thank MikaylaWren

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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, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
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?