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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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Ranked #207 of 498 Restaurants in Lubbock
Price range: $0 - $10
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: 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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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: 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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English first
Canadian, Texas
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The food was really good, and our teenage son loved his dish, a combo platter called the Captain's Platter! My husband ordered butterfly shrimp and a side of blackened catfish; however, he received fried catfish instead of the shrimp, but he's never one to complain, so he ate it anyway...although he continued to say he sure wished that they wouldn't... More

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Paul C, Owner at River Smith's Chicken & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Everything we love to see, Jack! Thrilled we were able to cook something delicious up for you and the family. Thanks for being patient with us through our little hiccup, too. Hope to see you back in Lubbock soon. All the best, Paul and Chris More

Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I was recently in Lubbock and we saw this interesting place that we decided to give a try. Big mistake! We asked the person at the order counter what the specialty of the house was and she recommended the catfish. I ordered the catfish and my business colleague had the combo basket of catfish and chicken. Each order came with... More

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Paul C, Owners at River Smith's Chicken & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Well that’s not what we like to hear, J! You should be able to count on a great experience on all fronts when you dine with us, and I hope you’ll accept my apologies if we missed the mark. I’ll be sure to pass your comments along to my kitchen team to ensure everything is always coming out piping hot... More

Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

This is not a fancy place. However, the food is very good. The service is prompt. The food came as ordered. The catfish was plentiful and cooked just right. I also liked the hush puppies although I could have eaten more than the two provided with the basket.

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Paul C, Owners at River Smith's Chicken & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Fancy isn't our name, but good food is definitely our game. Glad you enjoyed the catfish and hush puppies. If you liked those, you'll definitely enjoy the fried chicken -- give that a shot on your next visit! Thank you, Paul and Chris More

Dallas, Texas
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I don't know what else to say! The fried chicken livers, catfish, hush puppies, fries, and Cajun seafood is slap YO MAMA good! DO NOT MISS the fried zucchini. If I complained about service, it would be, they didn't have this on the table when I got there. Damnit! Nuff said!

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Paul C, Owner at River Smith's Chicken & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

This review just made our day -- though we really encourage you not to slap your mother. :) We're thrilled to see you loved everything and are looking forward to your next meal with us! See you soon. All the best, Paul and Chris More

Chester County, PA
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Good, quick, inexpensive food in a family atmosphere. Close to interstate and motels. Get the catfish.

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Paul C, Owner at River Smith's Chicken & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Awesome to see you were able to swing by on your trip to Texas. We're glad you enjoyed your experience with us, and hope to see you in for some catfish the next time you're in town! Thank you, Paul and Chris More

Wolfforth, Texas
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I'm not too fond of fried food, but River Smith's is one of the very few restaurants located close to my work. My friend and I ate the fried butterfly shrimp there this past week, and we enjoyed our meal. I don't care for their chicken, but I do recommend the shrimp. Service was great- everyone was friendly and the... More

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Paul C, Owner at River Smith's Chicken & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

The fact that you don't even care for fried food but loved our butterfly shrimp really speaks to us. Sorry you didn't care for the chicken, but we've got plenty of other amazing options for your next visit. Feel free to give your server a heads up on what kind of flavors you like -- we'd love to help you... More

Midland, Texas
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Hard to find decent fried catfish out here in the desert. When ever I'm in Lubbock I try to stop at River Smith's. The food is always good. The place is a little dated inside, there are a lot of "miles" on this place but the food is fine. We stopped in and had the fried catfish lunch for under... More

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Paul C, Owner at River Smith's Chicken & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Our "miles" are the reason we've come to be the restaurant we are today -- we're proud to show them, Arlon! Happy to see you find great taste and value in our meals, and hope to see you in on your next stop through Lubbock! Thank you, Paul and Chris More

Lubbock
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

From the crisp salad bar variety to the wonderful onion rings and hush puppies, to the tender chicken, we really enjoyed this meal. Ate there at 7:00 pm on a Monday. Friendly, courteous staff ff, as well. We'll be back next trip through Lubbock.

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Paul C, Owner at River Smith's Chicken & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

This is music to our ears, Bob! Thank you for swinging by and hanging out with us. We're so happy we were able to give you a great experience. Hopefully you've been back since you wrote this -- if not we hope to see you soon! Cheers, Paul and Chris More

Lafayette
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We thought from the look outside it would be good. It is really,really dirty. Food was not good. Service was horrible. Just do yourself a favor and don't stop.

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Paul C, Owner at River Smith's Chicken & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

Well this isn't what we like to hear, Terry! You should always expect a great meal in a clean restaurant when you step foot through our doors -- we're really surprised to hear you experienced otherwise. We don't often see reviews like this, so it really seems like you caught us on a day where we weren't at our best.... More

Lubbock, Texas
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We went to this resturant between 8:45 and 9:00 pm on August 3, 2013. We paid more than 31.00 for fish that we left sittig on the table because management didn't seem concerned when we told them it was not what we had ordered, and it stunk, like it was spoiled. The floors literally had piles of trash swept up... More

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Paul C, Owner at River Smith's Chicken & Catfish Restaurant, responded to this review

We don't even know where to start on this one, Terri. When you're dining with us, a clean floor, delicious food, and friendly, efficient service should be a standard. We are so sorry that your experience with us was the complete opposite. As frustrating as this must have been for you, it's equally as frustrating for us to see what... More

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