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1615 Phoenix Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72901 (Map & Directions)
Phone: (479) 646-8835

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No delivery

Credit Cards Accepted

Parking Lot

Good for Kids




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$$ $ - Cheap Eats (Under $10)
$$ - Moderate ($11-$25)
$$$ - Expensive ($25-$50)
$$$$ - Very Pricey (Over $50)


Outdoor Seats


Mon: Closed, Tue-Thu: 11am - 8pm, Fri-Sat: 11am - 9pm, Sun: 11am - 8pm

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Top Reviews of Catfish Cove

review_stars 02/07/2017 - Jill
No more all you can eat crab legs. 1st lb is $6 and $10 for every pound after that. Not worth the 25 bucks for the food bar!

review_stars 07/21/2016 - Evan Johnson
Catfish Cove was the best restaurant we tried on our trip across country this year. I could have eaten there every day - and we may next time!
I got the lunch buffet and it was fresh and beautifully presented. My kids ordered shrimp and ate every bite - the only time the entire week they cleaned their plates.
Don't let the rustic exterior deter you. Catfish Cove is incredible fresh, authentic seafood and the entire staff is friendly and upbeat and accommodating. I have four kids, ages 6 months to 9 years, and typically when we eat out I get the vibe that the servers are arguing over who has to wait on us. I never felt that way for one second here; that alone is enough reason to go back. We hope we have the opportunity to go back soon.

review_stars 10/18/2015 - Patricia
went there tonight for my 36th wedding anniversary I must say it was the worst. never again will I ever eat there

review_stars 08/08/2014 - ruby Cordova
This use to be a great place to eat. Reasonable price. Now the food is not worth the price. Went last night food was barely warm. The place was hotter inside than the food. Had to ask them to turn the air on. Buffet price has almost doubled. Won't be going back or recommending it to anyone else.

review_stars 05/31/2014 - Dustin
I ate there tonight and really enjoyed it. The food was fresh, the bar was full, and great service! Can't wait to come eat there again soon.

review_stars 05/31/2014 - Valoree
Crab leg night is my favorite! Most places don't offer all you can eat buffet and crab legs but this place does on Tuesday and Saturday night. I make sure to always go at least once a week for one of the crab leg nights. They also have many other choices on their buffet or if you are not real hungry they also have a menu with a lot of choices.

review_stars 05/31/2014 - Sue
Loved it!! Service excellent!! Food delicious. Enjoyed the buffet. Great selections since I am on a strict diet. Recommend it to everyone.

review_stars 05/27/2014 - Jane
Save your money and go to another restaurant. Price is high and if you don't eat the buffet takes a long time to get food.

review_stars 05/26/2014 - C. Geren
Had taken family there Sat. 5/24/2014 ( total of 5 people ). Service was ok, could have responded to drink refills a bit more. Buffet- was missing many items that were previously offered. All you can eat crab legs were awful-
overcooked-hard to finagle due to too long in the hot water.
This restaurant is rated moderately priced to expensive for the type of food and service offered.
This was an awesome place at one time- sad.

review_stars 05/23/2014 - Edward
Dinner buffet is basically the same as the lunch buffet except a higher price since they took the boiled shrimp off of the buffet. Not worth the money! I shouldn't have to request boiled shrimp when it has ALWAYS been on the buffet. I have been coming to this restaurant off and on for years. I have notice how slow business has been but have continued to eat here. After today I will not be back and do not recommend anyone eating here. The food is cheap quality for a high price and the management is taking off food while still charging the same price.

review_stars 01/03/2014 - unhappy
We go to catfish cove once a month. And up until today the food has always been good. But they brought out a pan of bbq ribs that were dead cold and smelled old. Pointed this out but was told they were not cold. The manager did take money off our bill. But still unhappy with the food quality.

review_stars 12/15/2013 - Betty White
Just got done trying to eat there. I can't believe no one has said anything about the smell coming from the ladies bathroom. It is awful. I got sick at my stomach when I went in there. You can smell it at the food buffet. The catfish was muddy tasting but just couldn't get pass the smell of the ladies room. We want be going back.

review_stars 12/15/2013 - Betty White
Just got done trying to eat there. I can't believe no one has said anything about the smell coming from the ladies bathroom. It is awful. I got sick at my stomach when I went in there. You can smell it at the food buffet. The catfish was muddy tasting but just couldn't get pass the smell of the ladies room. We want be going back.

review_stars 03/01/2013 - Michaele Breen
My family and I have eaten there many times and have always been very happy with the food and service. Not one complaint from us
only YUMM!

review_stars 08/20/2011 - Disapointed
I rated 5 stars only because we love crab legs night. But recently they have started all u can eat lobster on Thursday and it was totally disgusting. They brought them out whole and when u pull the tale off all the green innards come out also. Most of them were full of eggs. It was awful. Other than that on tues is all u can eat crab legs nag they are awesome!!!! Just don't go to lobster night!!!lol

review_stars 03/09/2010 - karen
my family lives an hour away but my dad will not go anywhere else in ft smith, he brings all out of state family also. he gets gift certificates from me to catfish cove. the food is great the waitresses are to!

review_stars 12/30/2009 - DISGUSTED
Food is great and overall service also...except for Gestapo tactics displayed at the end of what started as a wonderful evening. Our waitress had brought ice cream and a lady from the kitchen brought fresh hot cinnamon rolls. We were so stuffed that there were two rolls left, so assuming that once served the remaining rolls would be trashed I suggested we take them for breakfast the next day. Bad move...the GESTAPO woman (she's no lady) from the front desk made a scene at our table as if we were common thieves/criminals. Our friend's wife was also accused of stealing the plastic crab leg implements that she had brought from Joe's Crab Shack, not knowing if they would be available since this was their first visit. We tried to explain that we weren't aware of their rules that made this a crime, to no avail. We then placed the cinnamon rolls back on the table. We were attacked again by the GESTAPO Woman as we were leaving, asking if we had anything else in our wives purses...again making a scene in front of all around. I'm sure they had at least $0.25 cost in the cinnamon rolls in question, but our check was in excess of $80. Although we live out of town we have frequented Catfish Cove many times over the years, usually with friends and have spent a considerable amt. of money. The embarrassing and EXTREMELY RUDE moment by GESTAPO woman was totally uncalled for and even though I'm sure they won't miss our $80 visits, I will be sure to relay our experience on to all whom I had previously recommended this place to. Hopefully this was an isolated event, but BEWARE!

review_stars 04/03/2009 -
We ate there in February and are planning another trip to Arkansas in May. Our only request was to return to Catfish Cove for a Tuesday night all-you-can eat crab leg dinner. We are from Cincinnati, Ohio, so we are used to good restaurants! This is a fun experience and the food is excellent. The waitress couldn't have been better at keeping the large table supplied with lots of crab legs! Great place!!!

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