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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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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good44%
  • Average18%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible10%
Travellers talk about
“catfish” (41 reviews)
“hush puppies” (14 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
$$ - $$$
406 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79401-2610
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a Lubbock hot spot, but pace yourself. While the menu includes lots of southern-type dishes, most of the foods are fried and served in baskets. Service is fast, friendly. The place could definitely use an update and way more cleaning people. A bit...More

Thank Jenius2011
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been eating at River Smith's since back in my college days. My personal favorites are their Catfish and Chicken Bits, but they also have a very good salad bar. It's also a great place to go for the HUGE tv they have in their...More

Thank Steven_and_the_Girls
Reviewed 12 April 2017

While in Lubbock to visit family we decided on River Smith's for our Saturday evening meal. I had not eaten there since they moved from their old location many years ago, and was curious whether the quality had diminished. I am happy to report it...More

Thank JR J
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Party of 8. We found a table without much problem. It was fairly crowded even at 5:00 PM. No table waitress, must get in line to order. Food was brought to the table in a timely manner. We ordered several different selections and they were...More

Thank JimP1943_04
Reviewed 5 March 2017

This was our 1st time at this location and we were glad to find the food still as great as its always been. Good selection of fish, shrimp, oysters, chicken & Burgers. Fish is available grilled/blackened as well as fried. Salad bar was fresh and...More

Thank colonel69
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Best place in town to get fried shrimp, oysters, catfish, or whitefish. Nice crisp salad and I am in hog heaven. They also grill and bake.

Thank glennehill
Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

When I walked in I was a little confused, but was quickly greeted and brought to a counter to order my lunch and drinks. I of course ordered catfish and fries and added on a one trip salad bar. The food was good, but not...More

Thank dkrug10042
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

This was the first time that I've dined at River Smith's in over a decade and it was exactly as I remember it being. The fish was perfectly cooked and the fries and hush puppies were delicious. Of course you can't dine here without eating...More

Thank Clint C
Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

I'm not a big fish person but the catfish here is so good! Really the place to go when your craving some catfish!

Thank Sarrahh7
Reviewed 30 November 2016

The staff was very friendly. I had the catfish dinner and it was cooked just right: not mushy and just the right amount of crunch. They do not have a standard wait staff but employees are more than willing to help you.

Thank Echoing T
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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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