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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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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Festus, Missouri
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139 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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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62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food and clean restaurant. Beautifully decorated inside. Staff is friendly and the service was great. Right on Route 66! They give you big portions.

Thank DustinHolmes
Kansas City, Kansas
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After reading reviews I figured I should try this local place that has amazing reviews. Overall I would say the food was average. I tried the four piece catfish dinner with fried okra, fries, and a salad. 5 stars for amount of food, I could only finish about half of the sides. The okra was average, fries the same. But... More 

Thank KCgirl711
Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
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31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is 4 star restaurant , it is a relaxed family type atmosphere with great employees. It is located in the center of Lebanon Missouri and easily found.

Thank Shuanna G
Little Rock, Arkansas
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84 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm a southern girl & I'm pretty partial to my hometown BBQ. I was surprisingly impressed with the smoked pork plate here. My friend had the catfish and he enjoyed it as well (BBQ beans as a side were his favorite). Service was great and the price was fair. Worth a stop!

Thank MXMOM_3
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The was extremely good and tasty. The standard meal was more than enough. Our service was excellent and the server was attentive.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Detroit, Michigan
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 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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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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?