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River Smith's Chicken & Catfish Restaurant

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406 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79401-2610
+1 806-765-8165
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Tue 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: River Smith's Chicken & Catfish is a family-restaurant serving...
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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  • 8
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good catfish friendly employees

Stay with the fish and seafood dishes. A member of our party tried chicken fried steak...it was OK but far from the best that they had at other locations. My fish was good. I have been here before and will be here again. We travel through Lubboch at least 2X a year.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 31, 2015
gmcannon
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Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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  • Dinner
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Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Stay with the fish and seafood dishes. A member of our party tried chicken fried steak...it was OK but far from the best that they had at other locations. My fish was good. I have been here before and will be here again. We travel through Lubboch at least 2X a year.

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

Thanks so much for reaching out, gmcannon! Sorry that chicken fried steak didn't live up to what it should be -- we'll definitely forward that info on to the kitchen team. Give us a shout next time you're passing through! Cheers, Paul and Chris More 

Lubbock, Texas
Top Contributor
511 reviews 511 reviews
362 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

We ate early dinner last night. Ordering at the counter was challenging due to the many combo selections. Not many grilled items and other choices ( baked potato, cole slaw, salad) could be subbed for fries. I had the regular catfish dinner with cole slaw. The catfish was lightly fried and seasoned with a thin batter which allowed for the... More 

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

We're bummed we didn't blow you away, Badgelady! We do appreciate all the feedback though, and we'll be sure to forward it onto the kitchen team. Let us know when you make it back again -- we'd love another shot. Cheers, Paul and Chris More 

Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

There is nothing that I can complain about I worked in a restaurant for five years at a four star hotel and I know good food.

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

Well hey, love seeing this, Sheldon! We'll keep the catfish and hush puppies coming -- hope to see you back in again soon. Cheers, Chris and Paul More 

New Mexico
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Ate here twice during a week-long stay. We had blackened catfish, blackened chicken, and burgers. All were good and reasonably priced. Not outstanding but very good, solid, reliable food.

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

Thank you for this review! We aim for excellence, and it seems like for the most part we came through for you. Next time you're in Lubbock, please let us know! We'd love to have you down again for a third meal. :) All the best, Paul and Chris More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We were just spending the night on our way to Waco. We were hungrey and looking for the best BBQ. We found it just by looking across the way from our Hotel. There were 4 of us some ladies, 3 were not used to walking in and ordering, but we had good representation from the cashier. All had pulled pork,... More 

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

Well, this just made our day! With all the great local spots around, hearing words like this go a long way, Berenice. Hopefully we'll get to see you in again on your way back from Waco. :) Cheers! Paul and Chris More 

Canadian, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
94 reviews 94 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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 

Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
40 reviews 40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 406 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79401-2610
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Lubbock
  • Phone Number: +1 806-765-8165

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 10
  • Cuisine: American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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