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“Always a favorite”
Review of Top O' The River

Top O' The River
Ranked #2 of 65 Restaurants in Guntersville
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Always a favorite”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is our favorite place to eat when visiting family in North AL. We almost always go with extended family so there can be anywhere from 6 to 12 or more in our party. Though it is always crowded we rarely have to wait more than 5 to 10 minutes if at all. The service is always friendly and efficient and the food is always GREAT and plentiful from the cornbread, slaw and onions that come out before dinner to the fried pickles, catfish and shrimp it couldn't be better.
This is down home southern goodness! It is casual, busy and loud but that all just somehow adds
to the fun. It is also right on the lake so after dinner you can take a stroll down by the water.

  • Visited October 2012
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Louisville, Mississippi
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good family place and decent catfish”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Not the best catfish I've ever had but they give you plenty and the service is really good. Family and child friendly.

Visited September 2012
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Jackson, Missouri
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Great View, Great Fish, Perfect.”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

Hanging out with my college kids, we decided to eat at Top of the River in Guntersville, AL instead of the one in Gadsden, AL, for a change of pace, and since we were hungry NOW, and were driving right by it.

We found a parking spot right by the front door, which, if you have ever been to a ToR restaurant, is no small feat. The parking lot is huge, especially the one across the street from the restaurant. This ToR was newer than the one in Gadsden, but had a lot of the same features; charming wooden booths, huge fish aquarium, beau coup dining area, and very friendly hostess and servers.

We were seated in a booth overlooking a grass lawn that lead to the lake about 100 feet away. Just so happened to be late afternoon, and we were treated to a beautiful sunset over the lake. Perfect.

Okay. We ordered and while waiting were treated to an inclusive tin of slaw, jalapeno cornbread, and a plate of pickled onions. This is served with every order, regardless. A great munch while waiting for our order, which, by the way, does not take very long at all to arrive.

The catfish plate with baked potato was perfectly cooked, and was perfectly eaten. All the entrees were such as this. No matter what you order, you can't go wrong. Just order, enjoy the folks you are with, and relax.

This is a great place to go for some really good food, excellent service, all at a reasonable price. Top of the River.

Perfect.

  • Visited October 2012
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Bloomsburg, PA
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Awesome Seafood!”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Great place to eat. Shared the "Worlds Largest Seafood Platter" with my sister and really could have shared with another person as well - WAY too much food!! Delicious cole slaw, corn bread and pickled onions that are served family style. Catfish filets were awesome. Service was great as well! Worth the drive from Huntsville!

  • Visited October 2012
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Huntsville, Alabama
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Just ok, and felt rushed even during a slow night!”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

The food here is just ok to me. There's nothing to write home about. The fish is your typical corn meal fish and the shrimp didn't taste fresh to me. The biggest thing for me was the bus boy kept coming over to the table and the lady that was waiting on us came and asked he we needed any boxes 5 min after we got the food. I dont know if its just in grained in them since this is a busy place during the summer that they cant turn off the hurry up and get them out way of doing things or what. I'd come back if I was invited to go back but wouldnt pick this place if I got to pick.

  • Visited October 2012
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