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1615 Phoenix Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72903
479-646-8835
Today
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tue 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wed 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thu 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • 5
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  • 14
    Very good
  • 7
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  • 6
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Just like Mama use ta make!

During our stay in the area we had one priority. Find some good fried catfish. These guys didn't disappoint. Good fish, good fixins!

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Darrell R
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

During our stay in the area we had one priority. Find some good fried catfish. These guys didn't disappoint. Good fish, good fixins!

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Springdale, Arkansas
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79 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I travel to Fort Smith for business and Catfish Cove has always been a great place to have a business lunch. The selection of food is good and service is excellent. If you leave there hungry, it is your own fault.

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Park Hill, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We had all you could eat crab legs. They kept bringing hot snow crab legs as long as we ask for more. They were great! The peel & eat shrimp were cooked to perfection and the butter fly shrimp were tasty. Don't forget the chocalot cake and cinnimin roll!

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Weatherford, Ok
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59 reviews 59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Catfish Cove was our family's favorite place to enjoy catfish for many years. The catfish was fantastic! Two weeks ago, we found a very different situation. The service was good, but the catfish was terrible. The fillets were poorly cut--super thin on one end and thick on the other. The thin ends were heavily battered, over cooked and awful. The... More 

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Weatherford, Ok
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59 reviews 59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

For many years, Catfish Cove was fantastic! The catfish was truly outstanding. Our visit there two weeks ago was disappointing. The catfish fillets and other buffet items were not the quality we had grown to expect. The service was still excellent, but the buffet was poor. The catfish was unevenly cut and unevenly cooked. Most fillets were super thin on... More 

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Buffet is local favorite. We really enjoyed fish dish varieties. Met with relatives and staff accommodated two young children. Ice cream deserts were right on.

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calhoun
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

If you like overpriced and overcooked seafood this is the place for you! It used to be better, but now you would be better off buying your own and cooking it at home.

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Mulberry, Arkansas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Had not ate there in several years. Things I took only one bite of; catfish, hushpuppies, cinnamon rolls, hot rolls, white fish, green beans, ice cream, batter dipped corn on the cob....yuck. The mashed potatoes, white gravy, plain corn on the cob, and tipulia were good. It was way over priced!! Will never go back!!!

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Returned to visit Ft. Smith after many years and just had to pop into one of our favorite restaurants. The buffet was fairly pricey for lunch, $15, and the selection was the regular selection of catfish, bar-b-que, and lots of fried stuff. They even deep-fried corn on the cob in batter! Fruit cobblers were good and they brought ice cream... More 

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Huntington, Arkansas
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115 reviews 115 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

I am a big catfish fan and was looking for a good place in Fort Smith for such. This place did not deliver. Ordered from menu instead of doing the expensive buffet and got fish dinner and regular and big eater(husband). Large portions, great beans, but that is all I have good to say about it. Fish at best was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1615 Phoenix Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72903
  • Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Fort Smith
  • Phone Number: 479-646-8835
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?