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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
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Tue 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Tucson, Arizona
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106 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I read the reviews and said no way. Then after a few beers with a friend who really wanted to go here I said ok. Then we walked in and realized it was a fast food joint where you order up front and wait for them to bring you the food. I said he'll no, thankfully he said he'll no... More 

Thank Michael R
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83 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been here several times now while visiting my daughter at Tech. We enjoy the catfish and salad bar, and it is reasonable fair.

Thank Ginger B
New Deal, Texas
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I ordered burgers for 2 of my kids. One of the burgers was a bacon burger. One strip of bacon was raw the other two pieces were extra crispy practically burnt and the burger was still raw. The other burger was as flat as a pancake, over cooked, and tasted like a garlic sandwich.

Thank jessicaalonzo
Lubbock, Texas
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74 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Grease Grease Grease..... but overall if ou like greasy food this place is pretty good......At least once a year. Service is good and people are friendly

Thank Rascin
Abilene, Texas
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

I was looking forward to having a great catfish lunch at Riversmith. I had never eaten there but decided to give it a try as I was passing thru. After waiting in line about 10 mins for the the cashier to process one order , I ordered the Pirates Catfish. I went to find a seat which took awhile because... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Just stopped in! If you like good catfish this is the place!!! 🙌🏼 we will be back on our next visit!!! Hush puppies were awesome!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Morton, Texas
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45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Ate here on a whim. It was a pleasant meal and they had lots to choose from. Really enjoyed this place and the wait staff were very friendly and courteous!

Thank Hope A
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I eat here often! The food was great! I love the salad bar! They have great hush pupppies also! We will definitely eat there again and again!

Thank Emily G
Groesbeck, United States
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85 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Fresh salad bar with good food. Nothing fancy but good eats at a good price. Menu a little limited and atmosphere loud but I'd definitely go back.

Thank Charles B
Lubbock, Texas
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291 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

I've eaten at River Smith's quite a few times over the years and it's always been a consitently good place for catfish when you are in a hurry. I typically just go through the drive-thru, but I've been inside a couple times too. The interior has plenty of seating and TVs to watch. There is also a defensive driving course... More 

Thank BarryBroughton

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 406 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79401-2610
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Lubbock
  • Phone Number: +1 806-765-8165
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?