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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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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good43%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“catfish” (43 reviews)
“hush puppies” (17 reviews)
“coleslaw” (5 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 9:00 pmAll hours
American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
$$ - $$$
406 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79401-2610
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I visit R Smith about twice a month because I work downtown— shrimp and chicken bits are always great!

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Thank Terry W
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had been on the hunt for shrimp and grits and they had an amazing spicy version. Too big to eat it all but I tried! Excellent seasoning. Good tea too!

Thank Teresa R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed my visit. My catfish dinner was very good. I enjoyed the atmosphere. It is never too noisy because of loud over head music and people shouting.

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Thank loody2017
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We went through Lubbock on a Sunday. All was closed except River Smith's. They specialize n fried catfish, fried shrimp and fried whitefish- which they said was cod. Our meal was substantial and wholesome. The coleslaw as well as the fries were plentiful and delicious....More

Thank Rubén Z
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Counter girl did not know beer or how to pronounce them. Said they did not have wine but manager said they did. Catfish was rubbery and cold. Been there twice, first and last. Huge portions but could not finish them

Thank dlpa2000
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Went here three times during a recent visit. Really enjoyed the food. Tasty hushpuppies and fish. The service was friendly and good. The fried fish here is the specialty and it is done well. Liked it the first time and had to go again...and again.

Thank daddymo2
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Ate their two days in a row when staying in Lubbock for a convention. The reason we went there is because it was down the street from the motel. We were very satisfied with the staff the environment and the food. It was affordable but...More

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Thank mopperdude
Reviewed 21 August 2017

Used to be really good. Not so much now. Fries never cooked properly, doughy and under cooked hush puppies, need to clean up the dinning room as it is dirty and the salt and pepper shakers are very greasy and dirty. Veggies are ot of...More

Thank raiderred0
Reviewed 31 July 2017

If you are looking for good fried fish, hush puppies, fries, the works, this is the place. We love River Smith's and eat there every chance we get in Lubbock. Their tea is wonderful too!!

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Thank lindamL8822GS
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Rude bus lady. Kids apparently got too many crumbs on the floor for her liking. Food was decent at best.

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Thank charliew1974
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
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
  • E-mail
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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