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Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant

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1012 North Bankhead Drive, Carlisle, AR 72024
(870) 552-3887
Today
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 99
    Excellent
  • 54
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nick's is Excellent!

I have been eating at Nick's for over 30yrs and I always look forward to my next visit.The catfish and BBQ are excellent,the staff is always friendly and on the ball. But Beware, once you eat there,your hooked for life!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
WhiteRiverBoy
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Mountain View, Arkansas
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Mountain View, Arkansas
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

I have been eating at Nick's for over 30yrs and I always look forward to my next visit.The catfish and BBQ are excellent,the staff is always friendly and on the ball. But Beware, once you eat there,your hooked for life!

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Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Worth finding. Genuine Southern Pork and Brisket BBQ and Fish Fry. The Pork is sweet and tender, Chicken juicy, fried okra and hush puppies are the real McCoy! Hint: Don't leave without picking up a bottle of his sauce... light spice, sweet with a great smokey taste. Best souvenir west of Graceland.

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Vienna, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Good size restaurant, truckers have own lot and fill it up. Very good ribs, also had fried green tomatoes........favorite thing was their pies. Had fried apricot pie that was spectacular, flakey crust and freshly made when ordered, they were already out of the apple and peach by the time we arrived. Couldn't resist the pecan pie and it was excellent.... More 

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Clay W, Owner at Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Dixie B- Thank you so much for stopping in and dining with us! We're glad you followed the billboards to Exit 183! We appreciate the kind words, and we're glad you enjoyed everything. Our staff tries their hardest to make sure our guest experience is impeccable. All of you who stop in and spread the word rock! I do... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I've travelled I-40 my whole life and just stopped in to Nick's for the first time this last weekend. All I can say is that I wish I'd stopped in sooner! The catfish was perfectly fried, the tartar sauce was excellent, and the fried okra was nice and crispy. Service was quick and friendly. I got a piece of pecan... More 

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Clay W, Owner at Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi calliejwells - Thank you so much for stopping in and dining with us! We are pleased to know that, as a first-time guest, your expectations were exceeded. Our staff works very hard to make sure that our guests are shown a great experience, and it feels great to know that you were satisfied to the point of leaving us... More 

Lucas
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166 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This is the type of place we like to eat at. Nothing fancy. Friendly service. Good cooking. Reasonable price. Normally we would have had the bar-b-cue, but refrained from sampling since we prefer a lighter meal when traveling. Would have liked to compare it with Texas Bar-B-Cue! However, the meal we had was good and we will stop in again... More 

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Clay W, Owner at Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi LucasCoolPapa- Thank you so much for stopping in and dining with us! We appreciate the kind words, and our staff works hard to make sure the guest experience is friendly and efficient. When you are passing through again, ask for me, and I'll prepare you a sample of our brisket. We encourage our guests to try our specialty items,... More 

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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

if you're on I-40 near exit 183, this place is worth the stop for lunch or dinner or in between. They have reasonable prices and selection for everyone. The ribs fall off the bone. catfish is good too! another patron recommended the fried green tomatoes and they were good! And the fried pies are definitely made there. You could easily... More 

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Clay W, Owner at Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Sonja P- Thank you so much for stopping in and dining with us. We appreciate the kind words about our food and service, and we are commited to always delivering the best experience for our guests. We take pride in making sure our specialty items are prepared correctly. We're so glad you tried out the green tomatoes and our... More 

Taos County, New Mexico
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

So we arrived at 2:10 pm on a Thursday for lunch. We were told to seat ourselves while I observed the waitresses talking. Seven minutes later we get menus. Five after that we give our drink orders. Watched other people get seated, get drinks, order food and we waited. Waitress either could not keep track of who came first or... More 

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Clay W, Owner at Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Peter - First of all, thank you so much for stopping in. I apologize profusely for the lack of service you received. To answer your question, there is no secret sign, question, or handshake needed - Our server should have kept better track of her tables, and I am truly sorry that you had service-related issues. As you can... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We had a family gathering, for my Mom's 84th birthday, of 25. The staff was great and was fast with our orders and very friendly. The food is awesome, from the bbq to the fish. Our reservation was right on time and would recommend anyone traveling in the area to stop and fill up.

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Clay W, Owner at Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Karen L - Thank you so much for stopping in! I worked both days this past weekend, and I remember your group coming in to dine with us- Your server was gushing to me about how friendly everyone was, so we definitely appreciate the kind words you posted on here! We are so glad that you tried out our... More 

Annapolis, Maryland
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I had the BBQ beef sandwich and she had the ribs and catfish. Both were very good, as was all the food from my previous visits to Nick's. We sat in a booth on the south wall & our tall, blond server was very attentive. Our drinks were always full & she checked on us regularly. No complaints.

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Clay W, Owner at Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi LandPro- Thank you so much for stopping in and dining with us. We are glad to hear that everything is well with our repeat guests, and we very much appreciate your business. We specialize in barbecue and catfish, so it means a lot to us when you like them. I will also show this to our server who waited... More 

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8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Food was really good. Our server wasn't very good. I noticed one waitress was taking payments but ours told us we could pay up front on the way out. We were ignored at the 3 registers. We finally just left the money behind the counter. Even though the food was good, we won't be back. To bad.

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Clay W, Owner at Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Susan C - Thank you so much for stopping in and dining with us. We really appreciate your business, and we are glad to hear that you enjoyed our food. We try very hard to make sure the food and service are top-notch for our guests, and we are very disappointed that your service was not up to our... More 

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Additional Information about Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish Restaurant

Address: 1012 North Bankhead Drive, Carlisle, AR 72024
Phone Number: (870) 552-3887
Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Carlisle
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisine: Seafood, Barbecue

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1012 North Bankhead Drive, Carlisle, AR 72024
  • Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Carlisle
  • Phone Number: (870) 552-3887

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Barbecue
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm

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