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117 W Broadway St, Arnolds Park, IA
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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 4, 2015
Jack S
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Lomax, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

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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Lomax, Illinois, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

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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Pipestone, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Had dinner at Smokin' Jakes recently. Was okay. Service was fine --- certainly not friendly. Food was average. Was not a bad place to eat --- just nothing to make it stand out.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The waitress was very rude and inconsiderate. Cussed at us because we refused to pay for chicken wings that still had feathers on one. Took way too long to get food and when we did get it it was cold do yourself a favor and go somewhere else.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I have had the worst service I've ever had here on TWO occasions. The first we sat at the bar and waited ten minutes. That whole time the bartender didn't even acknowledge our presence so we left. We went back foolishly a second time hoping our first visit was a fluke and the food smelled good. From the moment we... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Stay away and go anywhere else, you'll get better service and definitely have a better experience. Had the burger and it was just as bad. I guess I paid fries.

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue

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