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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
9:30 am - 11:00 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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 144
    Excellent
  • 105
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Richard from Puerto Rico

Visited from Puerto Rico. Great BBQ joint, the ribs, pulled pork, brisket, onion rings and corn bread were a OUT OF THE BALL PARK.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Bayamon, Puerto Rico
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Bayamon, Puerto Rico
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Visited from Puerto Rico. Great BBQ joint, the ribs, pulled pork, brisket, onion rings and corn bread were a OUT OF THE BALL PARK.

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Moline, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We were in Des Moines for a get together so we made sure to find a Jethro's for a meal while in town. To our surprise there are several through out the area each serving their main stay BBQ items with some locations having other offerings also. This is an older location near the Iowa events center and offers just... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The portions and flavors are big here! This was great BBQ to start our vacation! It was located next to Adventureland, so there was a wait for dinner, but we'll worth it. The music was loud, so it was hard to socialize, but the food is worth it. This is a must visit whenever you are in the Des Moines... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Jethro's I'm referring to in my review is the one on Forest Ave by Drake University. There are several locations in Des Moines and each one has a different speciality. The food is always good, service is great even when it's very busy. There is a variety of seating with outside patio being very popular on warm summer evenings.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Stopped at this place on our recent drive through Iowa, primarily because of it impressive listing of accolades. Now there are several locations in this chain and each seems to have its own unique menu specialty item, so maybe we just chose the wrong location. Service was fast and friendly, but the food was just ok. Between our four family... More 

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Shakopee, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I have enjoyed Jethro's for 4 yrs now. My daughter was attending Drake, just a 1/2 a block from Jethros, and is graduating this weekend. Every trip down to see her, (from Mpls) has included a trip to Jethro's. I'm going to miss it immensely! Wait, she has a job in Des Moines?!? Yaaaay!

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54 reviews 54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I have eaten here a couple of times when in town for business. On my most recent visit I had brisket and a friend ordered wings. The brisket was the worst I've ever gotten at any restaurant. It was overcooked and very dry. The wings were good but not great. On top of that the service wasn't very good.

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259 helpful votes 259 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Wow, don't forget to eat the bacon! Suggested for only the true bacon lover. I turned my bacon sandwich into a BLT by ordering the T on the side....was esxcellent but way too much bacon. The sandwich came with 6 pieces of bacon....but each piece was almost a quarter inch thick. BBQ sandwiches were also very good and recommended for... More 

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Lenexa, KS
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93 reviews 93 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We were in town for the Drake Relays. This place was a nice walk from the stadium. We were shown a beer menu without prices (which makes us ask). The waitress said she didn't know what the price was for a domestic draft beer. We had to ask her to find out what they charge. Ended up being $8 for... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

My son was not really wanting BBQ but we wanted to go. To his surprise, they had chicken tenders. He said they were the best and he loved the restaurant. A great stop while in Des Moines.

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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?