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117 W Broadway St, Arnolds Park, IA
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Dining options: Late Night
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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
Most recent review
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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Lomax, Illinois, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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66 reviews 66 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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 via mobile

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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

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 via mobile

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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jengirl000
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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We waited over an hour for our food. We all ordered sandwiches and burgers with fries...nothing that should take over 30min. The place was less then half full. Very disappointing.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

We waited an hour for our food and could not get our drinks refilled, the orders did not arrive as requested, soup was like water, and the waitress had no idea how to deal with it. The best that they could do to adjust for our service and food was a give us 20% off, even at 20% off it... More 

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Iowa Falls, Iowa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Love to visit restaurants like this one but wasn't impressed. It was during the week, but my half rack of ribs were cool when they arrived and were without much flavor. It seemed like I could taste the liquid smoke. The BBQ sauce had great flavor and the seasonal amberbock keg beer was very good. I thought the prices were... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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101 reviews 101 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

After growing up in NW Iowa and always touting how "nice and kind" everyone is from up there, I must say that I found an exception to that rule. We went in with a big group- 6 adults and 6 kids and were starving at 1:30pm on a Friday afternoon. We didn't know if we should wait or seat ourselves,... More 

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Sherburn, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

The chow is OK, good beans if you if you like pepper. My problem is with the afternoon special. As advertised 5:00 to 6:00. When we arrived we got fine print, by their clock. We are not talking about a few seconds or a minute. Jakes has the clocks set a good 15 minutes fast. This is no way to... More 

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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

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