For generations, families across the region have enjoyed the tradition of great food and wonderful service offered at Catfish N on the banks of the Arkansas River near Dardanelle. Very few restaurants are still in operation that were open in 1971 when Catfish N began. Located at 210 Dam Road in Dardanelle, Catfish N is described by national reviewers as a "simple eatery, a brown-wood building perched on the banks of the Arkansas River."

Family-owned and operated for over 40 years, Catfish N consistently provides superior quality food, service, and customer satisfaction. Maintaining their strong family tradition of serving some of the most sumptuous award-winning buffets around, Owners Tim and Carole Tackett have remained community-minded. They have supported sports teams and charitable causes throughout the Arkansas River Valley, sponsoring T-ball, softball, golf tournaments, local football teams, cheerleading squads, and other similar events.

For the past 30 years, Tim Tackett has been the owner, having acquired the restaurant in 1981. Tim, who began as a dishwasher in 1977, is only the second owner of the business. In 1996 the dining room had a major facelift to better accomodate the guests. Other updates, including the canopied dining deck, and minor changes to the original building have created a riverside dining experience locally beyond compare.​​ 
We invite you to stop by and taste our down home cooking. Enjoy rustic charm, friendly service, and a menu selection of the finest Southern cuisine. From fried chicken, fresh seafood, to mouth-watering ribs our menu will please every diner.
210 Dardanelle Dam Road
Dardanelle, AR  72834
Known as the "Little Cabin on the River," we are conveniently located just off Scenic 7 Byway on the west bank of the Arkansas River at Dardanelle.
Serving the finest Catfish N fixins since 1971
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Catfish N, one of the most popular rustic “fish camps”…features ‘eat-til-you-drop' catfish and hush puppy feasts every evening.
Gourmet Magazine
The catfish is delicious – hearty steaks with a good snap to the breading... absolutely fresh – like you'd just caught it yourself. Best hush puppies in the United States.
Roadfood and Goodfood

Catfish N - All You Can Eat Buffet
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We invite you to experience Southern cuisine at its finest. Located just one mile south of the Dardanelle Lock and Dam, our restaurant seating overlooks the scenic Arkansas River.
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