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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 #186 of 500 Restaurants in Lubbock
Price range: $0 - $10
Hours:
Sun - Tue 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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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New Mexico
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
111 reviews 111 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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
85 reviews 85 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
41 reviews 41 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 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 

Wolfforth, Texas
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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
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121 reviews 121 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 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 

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Additional Information about River Smith's Chicken & Catfish Restaurant

Address: 406 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79401-2610
Phone Number: +1 806-765-8165
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Lubbock
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
Average Prices: USD 0 - 10
Cuisine: American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood

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