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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 - 11:00 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: Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Visitor rating
  • 70
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good BBQ variety

This was the first time I've been to this location I've been to the previous one at least two other times. The consistency between the two is very nice which I appreciate. Lots of TVs to see all the games that are on, good variety of different BBQs including pulled pork, pulled chicken, smoked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2015
TravelDad100
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Canton, Ohio
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Des Moines, Iowa
Level Contributor
68 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Family outing with 10 people. Food was delivered in shifts and one person never got his meal until the rest were finished eating. Was not going to comp the meal until we complained. The food was poor quality. Catfish was too much breading and the fish was mushy. The salad was wilted and chicken was just breading- no meat. Finally... More 

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Thank jjb99683
Midland, Michigan
Level Contributor
209 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Stopped here as it was near my hotel. As I was seated the guys at the table next to me told me that they had moved as the table was wobbly. I've had these tables before but this one was pretty bad, and I also moved. They seated the very next couple at this same table. Fix the darned table,... More 

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Thank michigander311
Altoona, Iowa
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Good meats, and I've always had pleasant, personable servers. For times when I choose to eat solo, one can really see the difference in how one's server behaves. Even though I typically tip reasonably generously (20%-25% or more especially in a popular, serious restaurant), there's no getting past the fact that two or four diners or more in a party... More 

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Thank ejchri
Des Moines, Iowa
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

Jethros is always busy, people flock there forBBQ and drinks. At my last visit it appeared that quality is slipping. Maybe the door busting crowds have made Jethos complacent. The service has always been fast here, but it feels like they are taking shortcuts now to turn tables even faster and ring up more covers. The BBQ meats are slow... More 

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Thank timiniowa
Canton, Ohio
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

This was the first time I've been to this location I've been to the previous one at least two other times. The consistency between the two is very nice which I appreciate. Lots of TVs to see all the games that are on, good variety of different BBQs including pulled pork, pulled chicken, smoked sausage, brisket and ribs. I also... More 

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Thank TravelDad100
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This is a restaurant I used to frequent a lot. I absolutely LOVED their Garlic Parmesan Wings. As time passed the inconsistency in their sauce in addition to getting some wings that didn't appear to have been smoked long enough, I've stopped going. Such a shame because their original product was a home run.

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1 Thank CJ M
Dodge Center, Minnesota
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30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Stop per in because we saw Man vs Food was there just for the fun of it. The bbq is very good, staff was very helpful in picking the best things to try. Nice comfortable place to relax, watch a little sports and have a very good meal.

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Thank Bkm52
Muscatine, Iowa
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

Food was great and very quick given how busy it was. Our server did an awesome job considering we had over 30 people. I would give the overall rating a 4.7 out of 5 only because of how we were greeted when we arrived. May want to find different hostesses to greet guests. Manager took over and helped our group... More 

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Thank Tracy M
Altoona, Iowa
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

Bartender Amber, quickly greeted us offering a beverage and suggestion. Later we were seated at our table. Well taken care, always checked on on. We had wings and waffle nachos. Tasted great!

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Thank Crispypc
Altoona, Iowa
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66 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

I've only been once because it is always packed when we try to go. It's family oriented and kinda loud, but a great place to go.

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Thank LaVon M

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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: American, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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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