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Dowd's Catfish and BBQ

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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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Detroit, Michigan
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed in the area last night and came across Dowd's when looking for dinner. Very happy with our meals and service was good. My husband had the blackened catfish, fried okra, green beans and baked beans. He has eaten these dishes in many restaurants but says this is the best he ever had. Would definitely recommend.

Thank MrsGuzy
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great experience at Dowd's. The menu is very extensive - something for everyone. The service was fast, the food was fresh and hot and delicious. My husband has the spicy catfish that even our one-year-old loved. I had the chopped brisket with fried okra. We will be back!

Thank Cassie L
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108 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

They're catfish is wonderful but it is very pricey they have raised their prices they are very very expensive for a family of 4 to eat at be cautious if you take your family this is not the cheapest place to dine on a budget they're all you can eat menu has went up considerably they have several meals for... More 

Thank Doug C
Forest, Virginia
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61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Lovely mid-size restaurant. Nice selection of food but they specialize in catfish and steaks. Consider sharing a plate as the servings are large.

Thank churchmusiclover
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

The catfish is the best in Missouri. Service is incredibly friendly and fast. $30 fed five of us for lunch (three kids). Probably wouldn't order the brisket again, (dry and tough) but the Catfish! Oh my word was it good.

Thank Madeline F
Northbrook, Illinois
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62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

I am not sure what they use to batter their fried foods but it is thick and tastes awful. Also, the boneless wings and brisket were amazingly dry and tough. Thankfully, the last time I was here I ordered a Big Salad and it was quite good. The chicken in it was tender and the salad ingredients were fresh. Service... More 

Thank Brett J
Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Great place to go for fish or any type food. Has a really cool fishing theme to decor. Beautiful scenic paintings on wall. Fast & Friendly service and not far off the interstate. Much better than fast food joints.

1 Thank Pat T
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Look no further for delicious fresh catfish! The baked beans are to die for also. Excellent wait staff every visit. You won't be disappointed.

1 Thank Jeremy B
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98 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Ok, so I've never had catfish before and almost ran back to the hotel to review this experience. Everything was perfect from the beginning to checkout. With no one to eat with, I was on my own. Given a choice of table or booth, I chose booth. The waitress (Taylor I think - if management reads this) was very quick... More 

3 Thank Plpeterse
Washington, Missouri
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51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

This restaurant is consistently getting rave reviews for the best catfish in the state. So on a trip recently we decided to stop and see what all the talk was about. The food was not bad, but catfish in the state, I don't think so. I can think of at least 3 restaurants that have better catfish than this. The... More 

Thank 2014Rita54

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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, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, 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?