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Mack's on the river

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820 River Road, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
+1 601-582-5101
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thu - Sat 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Coppell, Texas
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

Simply stated, very cordial and nice staff, but we went in for the buffet later in the evening and it looked and tasted like it had been out all day. Just didn't taste fresh and was a disappointing experience. Very nice facility with polite and cordial staff, but the food just didn't make the grade..........very overpriced for poor quality food.... More 

1 Thank Steven S
Greenville, Mississippi
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

I had been seeing the sign on hwy.49 for years and heard it was good. We went on Friday night and was so disappointed. We made 1 trip to buffet and that was enough it was the worse food. No favor at all. It was almost $25 each with drink. It will be our one and only trip.

1 Thank lghstes
Clinton, Mississippi
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126 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2016

First ate at Mack's when I was in the Army at Camp Shelby between 1966 and 1972. It was the first restaurant in Mississippi to offer all you can eat fried catfish, and before farm raised catfish known. Back then and now the service was great and the catfish very good. The original Mack's burned down in 1995, but the... More 

Thank Robert H
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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226 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2016

We stopped here at the recommendation of a family member from the area, to meet up with family for a Sunday lunch, along our road trip vacation southward to the gulf coast. All in our party of 5 (some who are picky eaters) thoroughly enjoyed this place. Friendly, welcoming staff. Neat building and location. The buffet offered something for everyone... More 

Thank Luckyone2002
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2015

If you like fried foods, Mack's is right up your alley. The catfish was not over greasy, and neither were the fries. Every fried item does not taste the same, so that is better than many fish houses. The buffet is pricey and your drink is extra. However, on Sunday the buffet is all they offer, and it is a... More 

Thank Lois N
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51 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

"Buffet" is $25/person for fish (2 ways), stuffed crab (that was not good), fried oysters (first time having & didn't like), peel & eat shrimp (that were like rubber), pork chops (that were about 1/8" thick & my husband said they tasted like river water) & some vegetables. Not worth getting off the main road for that is for sure!!... More 

4 Thank mre7867
Bixby, Oklahoma
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2014

They made gluten free oysters for me that were so tasty. We arrived late but the buffet was full and no one hurried us. This was our reason for coming to Hattiesburg.

Thank mystylgrl
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2014

Worst food I have ever had!! Never again will I ever eat there!! Do not recommend to anyone.. I wouldn't even recommend it to my brother!! It's so nasty & food was terrible! Everyone in my family hated it!

5 Thank Chey2
Apple Valley, California
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

We went to this restaurant after my Grandson's high school graduation. The owner went above and beyond making our group feel welcomed. The food was excellent. I recommend anyone that visits the area and wants good seafood to go eat there. The coleslaw was great. I tried fried pickles, but I guess it is an acquired taste. Thank you for... More 

Thank kudoos55
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

Mack's on the River is simply the best place to relax grab a few cold drinks and some great food ! The atmosphere and ambience are great.

Thank drw19

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
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Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 820 River Road, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
  • Location: United States  >  Mississippi (MS)  >  Hattiesburg
  • Phone Number: +1 601-582-5101

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?