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Jethro's BBQ

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3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
515-279-3300
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night

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  • 133
    Excellent
  • 93
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Some of the best BBQ in the country!

We live in Arizona, but grew up in Des Moines. Too bad Jethro's wasn't around when we lived there. We have been to several Jethro's locations in the Des Moines metro area... they are all excellent. Always busy... but, good service and short waits. Outstanding variety on the menu. We have not... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
Bob L
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Fountain Hills, Arizona
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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267 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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388 reviews 388 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We live in Arizona, but grew up in Des Moines. Too bad Jethro's wasn't around when we lived there. We have been to several Jethro's locations in the Des Moines metro area... they are all excellent. Always busy... but, good service and short waits. Outstanding variety on the menu. We have not had anything that wasn't top notch yet. I'm... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I visited Jethro's on Forest Ave. with our weekly men's supper club. I have dined at Jethro's many times the past few years with mostly good results. However, this most recent visit was a big dissappointment. The bottle beer was barely cool and both the pulled chicken and bbq brisket were dry and tough and the potato salad was the... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food is excellent, the service is quick, efficient and friendly. Although wait times can get a little long, that is simply testament to the food quality and value. If you like BBQ and bacon this is a must visit place!

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I had there Mac and cheese and it is so good they also have a sandwich that you are timed to eat so I would recommend eating their

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Des Moines, Iowa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Jethro's is one of the best for BarBQ. A fun, family atmosphere with delicious food. The servings are huge. Either a meal and split it or plan to take food home (which isn't a bad idea). Try the "Bacon Ice Cream." Yes, I said "bacon ice cream." It's fun and not bad. Don't think I'd make it a regular order,... More 

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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113 restaurant reviews
252 helpful votes 252 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

After reading a "Best of Dining" in Des Moines website, we decided we needed to try Jethro's in the Drake neighborhood. The restaurant has a very hip feel for a barbecue restaurant. Our waitress recommended for the two of us that we order the BBQ dinner for two - the half slab of ribs and two meats dinner, which is... More 

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65 reviews 65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We shared a bunch of sides so we could try an array of the dishes and we were so pleased with the ribs and brisket!! The macaroni and cheese was sooo good and the jalapeño cream corn!

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Lincoln
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58 reviews 58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

These Iowa chain really knocks Bar-B-Que food out of the park. I go here a lot with customers and we are addicted to their wings. Every month has a new featured sauce, always yummy, and the servers are excellent in knowing their product.

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Crown Point, Indiana
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57 reviews 57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

After seeing the place on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, I was excited to finally eat there while visiting Des Moines, IA. Ordered the Baby Back ribs and that's where the disappointment was. Those were some really thick ribs, coming from Chicago I am familiar with a thinner Baby Backs, which I love. Their ribs are more like St. Louis style... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

A buddy of mine and I ate here when driving through Des Moines. It appeared, by the large crowd, to be the go to eating spot near Drake University. I got the pork nachos, but with waffle cut fries instead of chips. Again, the place was packed, but the wait was short and the service was good. The TV's were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-279-3300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
  • Cuisine: Barbecue
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?