A Family Tradition

The tradition of Ezell’s Catfish cabin started in the 1930’s with a restaurant on the Tombigbee River in Alabama. The tradition continued with the founding of the Columbus, GA restaurant in 1982 and the Phenix City, AL restaurant in 2011. In the 35+ years since its opening, the Columbus restaurant has become a landmark with its reputation for quality, fresh southern comfort food served in a casual atmosphere with exceptional service.


The Phenix city restaurant maintains that tradition and to this day is the only family operated full service restaurant in Phenix City. The attention to detail and quality required by current owners Clark and Collier Ezell has resulted in numerous awards and recognition from noted rating agencies such as AAA, tripadvisor, and the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer as best in its class.


In addition to being full service sit down restaurants, take out, catering and parties are an integral part of our operations.

Meet the Owners

After 30 years, we are proud to announce that Ezell’s Catfish in Columbus & Phenix City, is back under Ezell family management. I would like to formally introduce myself as the new president & owner, Clark Ezell, alongside my supportive family; wife, Collier Ezell & sons, Clark & Ham. I am the grandson of Charles Ezell Jr, the founder of the famous Ezell’s Catfish in Lavaca, Alabama that opened over 80 years ago.


My vision & direction along with experience brings a fresh new approach to food & beverage. Ezell’s is poised to quickly take the dining experience to another level at while maintaining the same quality, home cooking & southern hospitality that made Ezell’s Catfish a Columbus, GA staple.


Born into the restaurant business, I have experienced every facet of the industry, from washing dishes, cooking, planning menus to hosting, serving & managing. It was at Mary’s Kitchen in Destin that I knew I wanted to own a restaurant. In 2010, I moved to Columbus to open Ezell’s in Phenix City in August of 2011. Recently, I officially took over management & ownership of the Columbus location, following Bryan Christopher who owned & operated the business for over 30 years. The decision was made for the betterment of the Ezell’s Catfish brand.


We are back where we started & better than ever. My family made the move to Columbus to continue the tradition of Ezell’s Catfish. We are still serving the best fried catfish, cole slaw & homemade hush puppies around & we look forward to sharing that with our customers.


With locations in Phenix City, AL & Columbus, GA, Ezell’s Catfish celebrates heirloom, made-from-scratch recipes through supporting local & regional farmers & fisherman by preparing dishes that capture the simple flavors & tastes of the highest quality ingredients available. Ezell’s Catfish only serves domestic farm-raised catfish from Mississippi & Alabama.


To experience the taste & southern hospitality of Ezell’s Catfish in Columbus & Phenix City, give us a call, book a party or click here to view the menu.



When you work at Ezell’s, you’re family. Should you need to reach one of our managers, please send them an email or call a location here.