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Jethro n' Jake's Smokehouse Steaks

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2601 Adventureland, Altoona, IA
515-957-9727
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 62
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
great bbq, but slow service

we stopped into Jethro's on a Friday night at 8:30. the place was packed . we had to wait about 5-10 minutes. the food was very good, but it took forever to get our food. by the time we got out of there it was 10:15. this is the reason we don't go to this place because everytime we go... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
MarciaKay
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Marshalltown, Iowa
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Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Was there on a Thursday night and the place was packed. We only waited a few minutes for a table, but when it came time to order drinks and food, our waitress was not often seen. It definitely seemed like they were understaffed. We were ravenously hungry and waited a good 15 minutes after getting our drinks for the waitress... More 

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

we stopped into Jethro's on a Friday night at 8:30. the place was packed . we had to wait about 5-10 minutes. the food was very good, but it took forever to get our food. by the time we got out of there it was 10:15. this is the reason we don't go to this place because everytime we go... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

The set up of this building has a little to be desired. They have little to no room to wait for a table. They set the bar up too large for the space making it impossible for staff to get large trays of food out or even get to the restrooms. The chicken sandwich is the best in town. They... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Great pulled Pork, the Mac & cheese was outstanding, skip the cole slaw. But any place serving real BBQ should serve real southern sweet tea!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Easy access from the freeway, great selection of sides including house salad and jalapeño creamed corn. Several BBQ choices including Alabama White, Carolina, Georgia, Hot and Jethro's.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Had lunch here and was good. Service was also great. They are know for their BBQ but my hubby and I split the brisket melt. It was very tasty. Fries were good and so was slaw. Great place and would certainly eat there again

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015 via mobile

Took our 4 y.o. granddaughter to dinner there on July 10th. When ordering for granddaughter the server explained how each food item was prepared. Was disappointed in the iowa chop. Tasted good but was much thinner than I expected.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Jethro's is a great place to eat. The prices are reasonable and the food is good. It's not the best place I have ever eaten but I would absolutely visit it again.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I like BBQ-Woody's and Hickory Park, but this is very blah. It might be because I have 3 family members that smoke eat and do a phenomenal job. However, I have given it a try twice and both times, it was nothing to write home about. The sides are so-so also. I haven't had anything there that I would say... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Great place!! Plenty of food at a good price. Loved the dinnerware, very original! Service was excellent! Wish we had one closer to home. Will return when ever we can.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2601 Adventureland, Altoona, IA
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Altoona
  • Phone Number: 515-957-9727

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Barbecue
Open Hours
Sunday
9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 11:00 pm

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