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Smokin' Jakes

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117 W Broadway St, Arnolds Park, IA
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Dining options: Late Night, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Not bad for off season

Had to go to Okoboji lake for a business trip. Most of all the restaurants were closed in the off season or only open limited hours. We stopped for lunch, the smell of ribs being smoked was awesome. I had a club sandwich that had smoked turkey (that they smoked) and ham (they didn't smoke) and... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2015
Jack S
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Lomax, Illinois, United States
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Midwest USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

Hungry for BBQ so I stopped by Smokin' Jackes in Arnold's Park. No wait for seating, waitress was very prompt, decor was typical for a BBQ restaurant. Decided to order the smoked pork chop special which was excellent. Meal consisted of two smoked chops, large portion of hash browns, smoked baked beans, and an excellent BBQ sauce. Great meal for... More 

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Thank Dutch1
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Very tasty, ample portions. Had to get a to go box. Almost all of the meat is smoked so if that is not for you want then you may want to try elsewhere. There are plenty of choices on menu though - appetizers, sandwiches, entrees, combo platters, drinks were very good and service was attentive & prompt.

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Thank Amy A
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

Burger is really good - the bun is toasted perfectly. The fries are outstanding- and I am fussy about fries. Husband liked the pork slices - very tasty. They could use a bigger beer selection, and the servers could be a little more vivacious, but service was certainly not lacking. We decided to try this place in spite of the... More 

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Thank Melanie_Charles
Des Moines, Iowa
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166 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This BBQ café has been in business a long time and it's a tradition with our friends to eat here when we visit the lakes. The pork sandwich is the group favorite. I enjoyed the tomato basil soup. They have the coldest beer on tap (so the group tells me as I don't drink beer). Nice wait staff.

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Thank Janea26
Nebraska
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

We have been going here for 5 years now and we have always had a great experience. Waitress was quick, friendly and efficient with drinks and food. We had the 1/2 Pork Ribs - generous portion and lots of meat on small bones. We also had the Roast Sampler, again good portions and generous with the meat. Another in our... More 

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Thank DrEduardo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

We went here for lunch during our visit in Okaboji. This place was amazing! All 5 of us thought the food was incredible, and we all got very different things. Some of our items included scalloped potatoes and ham, pulled pork sandwich, chicken strips, ribs, and amazing French fries. Our server said the owner owns the 316 steak house in... More 

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Thank Drasakar
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

This is the worst BBQ ever. Our waitress was weird and very rude. I won't ever go back there worst food ever. I will spend my money somewhere else.

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1 Thank Brookiegirl
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

If you like smoked meats and good food, this is the place for you! They have a great deal. They give you a lot of great smoked meats. For a small charge they will split a plate and bring an extra salad and baked beans.

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1 Thank Greg D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 via mobile

We were here last year and it was great, so we came back this year for our son's birthday. Food was great, staff attentive, and prices fair. Looking forward to seeing them again next year.

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Thank STI9mm
Lomax, Illinois, United States
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

Had to go to Okoboji lake for a business trip. Most of all the restaurants were closed in the off season or only open limited hours. We stopped for lunch, the smell of ribs being smoked was awesome. I had a club sandwich that had smoked turkey (that they smoked) and ham (they didn't smoke) and bacon with steak fries.... More 

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Thank Jack S

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 117 W Broadway St, Arnolds Park, IA
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Arnolds Park

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American

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