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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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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good41%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible10%
Travellers talk about
“catfish” (45 reviews)
“hush puppies” (18 reviews)
“coleslaw” (5 reviews)
Closes in 13 min
11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood
££ - £££
406 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79401-2610
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I ate dinner at River Smith’s on Jan 13, 2018. I had been away from Lubbock for a couple of years, but remembered the catfish as tender and flaky. Imagine my disappointment as I tried to chew something that resembled breaded leather. Not only was...More

Thank Jay M
Reviewed 1 week ago

River Smith is great southern style catfish. I can also recommend the shrimp and whitefish. Stay away from the clams; they are just the typical frozen stuff you get when you are more than 50 miles from the coast. River Smith's is great for a...More

Thank HubCPrairieDog
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had the grilled catfish and the grilled shrimp. It was good . Not real special but good solid comfort food. A bit too over-salted, but we were just passing through town and it was close to our hotel across the street. Would like to come...More

Thank Jonathan R
Reviewed 16 December 2017

The fish & chicken (and steak strips) are large in portions. Cooked thoroughly and HOT, the taste was exactly what we enjoy. Probably few know of the bar-be-que sandwich or that River Smith's also does a hamburger.

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Thank GaryAJUSA
Reviewed 6 December 2017

My family and I love RIVERSMITH CATFISH RESTAURANT; there food is delicious the salad bar is excellent they have everything youed want for your salad the service is excellent the employees are very nice and attentive to your needs :) we always have had a...More

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Thank conniegarza1961
Reviewed 28 November 2017

Best chicken fried steak in West Texas! Friendly atmosphere and friendly people. They don't rush their food out because it is cooked slow and to order. Well worth the wait. Everything fresh. Onion rings are a classic and the best you will find anywhere.

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Thank jb52golf
Reviewed 18 November 2017

I visit R Smith about twice a month because I work downtown— shrimp and chicken bits are always great!

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Thank Terry W
Reviewed 11 November 2017

I had been on the hunt for shrimp and grits and they had an amazing spicy version. Too big to eat it all but I tried! Excellent seasoning. Good tea too!

Thank Teresa R
Reviewed 31 October 2017

I enjoyed my visit. My catfish dinner was very good. I enjoyed the atmosphere. It is never too noisy because of loud over head music and people shouting.

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Thank loody2017
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We went through Lubbock on a Sunday. All was closed except River Smith's. They specialize n fried catfish, fried shrimp and fried whitefish- which they said was cod. Our meal was substantial and wholesome. The coleslaw as well as the fries were plentiful and delicious....More

Thank Rubén Z
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Parking Available
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, 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
  • 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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