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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: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 71
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 7
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  • 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
Bring your appetite!

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
andieh9
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Gadsden, Alabama
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  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Gadsden, Alabama
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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92 reviews 92 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
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35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The great view of the river would have been enough, but the food and service made it even better. Our server, Kelsey made sure we didn't pass up the local favorites. The shrimp and catfish were great and the crawfish was as good as that served in New Orleans. Did I mention hush puppies?

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

What a great time had by all of us there were 17. have you have never been to Alabama so take them there to get the experience of fried catfish and a whole bunch of other southern food. Son in law was able to see that huge platter of everything possible and was fun to watch. I'd give it a... More 

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alabama
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64 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We have given this place second chances more than once but always say we won't return. We were constantly interrupted with bus carts going back and forth. It was so loud we could barely carry on a conversation. We were seated beside the fish tank which was nasty looking. If you are going to sell fish as your main fare,... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Five family members went for dinner on Wednesday night. The atmosphere was conductive to us relaxing and chatting during our meal. We all ordered catfish for our entrees and a large order of greens. The slaw, greens, pickled onions, and corn bread were fabulous!!! When the catfish arrived we were partially full but still had to eat more of everything.... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015 via mobile

Good meal; very generous portions. Very friendly and helpful waitress. Fast good service. Had fried catfish and fried shrimp with a fried pickles appetizer. All very tasty. Fun assortment of sides with the mini skillet of cornbread, cole slaw, and pickled onions (very unique taste). All very good, but would not recommend getting appetizer unless splitting a meal with another... More 

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CArtersville, Georgia
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171 reviews 171 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Traveling from Birmingham to Atlanta anad found this place, Very busy and locals say its great so we decided to try it, they were correct, it is very good. Not the absolute best that i have eaten--like in florida fresh caught, but very close! We truly enjoyed our meal.

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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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