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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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5:00 pm - 9:00 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: Reservations
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups

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Visitor rating
  • 65
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best Catfish!!!

The food here is fantastic!! Love the cole slaw, hushpuppies, catfish, and especially their crab claws when available. We have never gotten a bad meal here. Recommend to anyone who loves great catfish. They also have great chicken, steaks, grilled shrimp!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
SkipsMom2009
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Gadsden, Alabama
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Reservations
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Gadsden, Alabama
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food here is fantastic!! Love the cole slaw, hushpuppies, catfish, and especially their crab claws when available. We have never gotten a bad meal here. Recommend to anyone who loves great catfish. They also have great chicken, steaks, grilled shrimp!!

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Augusta, Georgia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Have eaten many times at this great seafood place! still love their steaks if not in the mood for seafood. The best coleslaw I've ever had. Very easy to make a meal out of their appetizers. The pickled onion is great.

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Gadsden, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Great Southern food especially the River boat Special" Catfish" , I recommnd asking for it blackened. They are also noted for thier cole slaw with complementary Pickled Onions and thier "Pot o Greens" appetizer.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We grew up in Mississippi, where fried catfish and hush puppies are the unofficial state dish (as native to Mississippi as Cajun food is to Louisiana). Someone recommended we try Top O' The River while we were in Gadsden. We were impressed. We both had the 1/2 pound catfish platter, which included cornbread, some delicious pickled onions, cole slaw, hush... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The restaurant has a large menu. If you like seafood you should be able to find something you like. The back of the restaurant has a covered patio that is right on the water. It was closed in December, but would be a fantastic place to eat.

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

Haha i dont eat seafood. But the chicken strips were so hot fresh and delicious. My fiance loved the catfish plate. All the food was hot. They were super busy and our waitress still made time to wait on us! Great service

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Rome, Georgia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

Surprised I went, I don't like catfish since they are nasty and all. However I love greens and cornbread and it's done very well here! Price not bad but way overcrowded and feel rushed. Service was overwhelmed but consistent and understood why. Kids loved it. Great event location

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Asheville, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

I recently tried this place, and it was so amazing that I went back the next week. The first time everything was perfect, but the second time my catfish was severely burnt. I told the waitress, and she was very polite about it and said that she would have the cook remake it immediately. She even brought out some other... More 

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We visited this restaurant after reading the Tripadvisor reviews and unfortunately we were very disappointed with our meals. They offer large serving sizes but the food is poor quality. We ordered Fried Pickles to share before the meal and the waitress had to take them back they were so overcooked. For dinner both our grilled and fried shrimp were overcooked... More 

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Gadsden, Alabama
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

If you are looking for a good meal and fish, you're in luck. Get a pot of greens as an appetizer. It will be served with slaw, cornbread and pickled onions, which accompany the entree. The specialty is fried catfish, which is very good. I prefer the broiled catfish for a lighter selection. It is very good.

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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: Families with children, Large groups
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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