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Smokin' Jakes

117 W Broadway St, Arnolds Park, IA
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Ranked #27 of 31 restaurants in Arnolds Park
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Late Night
Most recent review
- Aug 6, 2014
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Dining options: Late Night
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English first
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
21 helpful votes 21 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Walnut, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Kind of junky looking on the outside, but nice on the inside. We thought our bbq sandwich would be pulled pork, but it was in chunks of meat and very saucy so it couldn't be picked up, had to eat with a fork. Good flavor though! Cole slaw came with it and it was average too.

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Des Moines, IA
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11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The service was slow and we were unsure if we should seat ourselves or if the watiress was going to seat us. The food was also very slow and below average for bbq. There was a child that threw up while we were there and so that was quite distracting

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Topeka, Kansas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

gotta get there at 3:16! locals know about it, you start of with the draft beer of the day, $0.16 per beer, $1.16 appetizer of the day, and the a $6.16 sirloin steak and potato side dinner. The family had a very nice time, the wait staff were hustling

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