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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 149
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  • 111
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 9
    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
Too Much Good Food

We sought out and found Jethro's BBQ in Drake (Des Moines) and at first I was skeptical because the exterior seemed rather shabby to me. But once inside the crowded eatery, full of locals, I knew it was a great choice. The waitress was effusively welcoming and helpful, full of answers to our menu... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
Mesadek
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Wolfville, Canada
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Wolfville, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We sought out and found Jethro's BBQ in Drake (Des Moines) and at first I was skeptical because the exterior seemed rather shabby to me. But once inside the crowded eatery, full of locals, I knew it was a great choice. The waitress was effusively welcoming and helpful, full of answers to our menu questions. I wanted something smaller than... More 

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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70 reviews 70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

I'm pleased to see some lighter options. The food was good, no errors on our order. It's very loud and echoing here, which is painful for the hearing impaired. Enjoyable meal. Will reurn.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Awesome everything! This is s family favorite. Onion rings are killer awesome!!! You will never go away hungry. Emenecker challenge anyone?

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Hudson, IA
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Carolina Burger is pretty darn good...the BIG mason jar drinks are very good...get there early for a quieter and better experience. Tons of TV's with a variety of sports channels all over as well. Right by Adventureland Park.

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Elmira, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Had BBQ chicken and pork, and different types of sauce were provided. Served 30 + people and they were very helpful. Price was reasonble I thought. The place was packed on a Saturday afternoon so it is pretty popular. For sides, I highly recommend the mac&cheese and baked beans.

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arizona
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91 reviews 91 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I went here with my son after an early evening movie. The parking lot was almost full, as was the restaurant. Nonetheless we were seated immediately. The place is large with indoor and outdoor seating. The indoor setting has a number of TV sets all of which featured some sports event. I guess this might qualify as a sports bar.... More 

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Washington, DC
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147 reviews 147 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This fun BBQ place is super casual and is a great place to take a group. The menu is comical and expansive with options ranging from traditional BBQ and ribs to Cajun jambalaya. The large onions rings were so irresistibly yummy most of us were full before the food arrived. We went to the new "Lake House" location which is... More 

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Sebring, Florida, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We got the 1/2 rack of baby back ribs....wow....that was a LOT of baby backs. I could only eat 1/2 of the 1/2 rack! It was moist and delicious!

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Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I've eaten here several times. I always eat at the bar and the bartender is never friendly. She boarders on mean. It's the darnedest thing. I go back because it's convenient and the food is good. I like the chicken and the pork. yummy.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This place is pretty much what it says on the tin - a diner with so many TVs playing every sport you can imagine. It doesn't matter if you don't like the people you're eating with, you can totally ignore them! Food was good, and service was fine. Nothing exceptional which is why I only gave it 3 stars, but... More 

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Additional Information about Jethro's BBQ

Address: 3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
Phone Number: 515-279-3300
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
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
Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
Cuisine: Barbecue

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • 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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