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Top O The River

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1606 Rainbow Dr, Gadsden, AL 35901-5324
256-547-9817
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 76
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  • 9
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  • 7
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food

We went to Top of The River on Sunday after church. It was very busy but we did not have to wait for a booth. The food and service was excellent. We had the grandbabies with us and they enjoyed the food and water. We will definitely go back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
campingirl
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alabama
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Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went to Top of The River on Sunday after church. It was very busy but we did not have to wait for a booth. The food and service was excellent. We had the grandbabies with us and they enjoyed the food and water. We will definitely go back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

I have eaten at this restaurant many times and have found it always to be a great experience. The most popular selection would be the Riverboat Special. The beans & greens are a step above as well. Portions are generous. Suggest off-peak times if possible. Sunday's and holidays are always packed

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Been several times with family and friends. It is a most go whenever we are in town. Normally enough left for lunch the next day. Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner. The restaurant was packed but the service was fast and wonderful. We both had shrimp; they were so fresh and arrived at the table still sizzling. We had onion rings for an appetizer. I have to say they were unique. Super thick, fresh, and crisp. We will definitely be back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

You better be hungry when you come you will be so full when you leave ... I love the onions, cornbread in the skillet and coleslaw ... only thing I don't really like is the atmosphere, it seems so crowded... to many tables and always soooooo busy but that is what you get for having good food .. I'm more... More 

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Gadsden, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Top O The River is the go-to place for good catfish. They'll bring a cast iron skillet of delicious cornbread and cole slaw to the table prior to the main course. We'll often order their turnip greens. I've never been disappointed. Sometimes I'll order their seafood platter, but it's the catfish that's the best at Top O The River. It's... More 

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Gadsden, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Nice spot with a great view if the river. The catfish is excellent but nothing compares to the slaw, greens, and cornbread!

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Gadsden, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We, along with numerous others enjoy Top O the River very often. I really like catfish, whole & fried. And these are among the best that I have ever enjoyed.

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Midland City, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Top of the River sits on a small waterway, great views. Excellent seafood menu and the staff was very friendly. Would eat there again!!

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Helena, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Known far and wide for their fried catfish. Generous order of filets comes with pickled onion, cole saw and cornbread to start. Main course includes baked potato or fries and very good hush puppies. Service is generally prompt and friendly. Not a fancy place, just down home. On weekend nights, prepare to wait, even though they have lots of seating.... More 

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Additional Information about Top O The River

Address: 1606 Rainbow Dr, Gadsden, AL 35901-5324
Phone Number: 256-547-9817
Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Gadsden
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1606 Rainbow Dr, Gadsden, AL 35901-5324
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Gadsden
  • Phone Number: 256-547-9817

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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