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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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11:00 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: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 45
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  • 9
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Atmosphere

Thought we would try Jethro's barbecue since my wife's cousin highly recommended it. The atmosphere is a BBQ joint mixed in with a sports bar. The staff was very friendly and our food was good. I ordered off the brunch menu, but thinking I should have ordered what our server recommended. Prices... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Heathmets
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Moville, Iowa
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Moville, Iowa
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37 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Thought we would try Jethro's barbecue since my wife's cousin highly recommended it. The atmosphere is a BBQ joint mixed in with a sports bar. The staff was very friendly and our food was good. I ordered off the brunch menu, but thinking I should have ordered what our server recommended. Prices are a little steeper than say an Applebee's,... More 

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Sarasota FL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This was a busy place with a large parking lot and NO spaces available. Must be good! Sure enough it was. We had wings and Ribs. Wings were good, but ribs we just average. My wife and I make our own Baby Backs and they are the best in our opinion, so we compare ours to all the rest. There... More 

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Runnells
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Jethro's food and staff are incredible! I first started going there when my father first confirmed to have cancer and wanted BBQ, I ran to get him dinner and when I explained the situation the manager there took the time to ensure we had all of their sauces, extra corn bread (my dad's favorite) and told me that any time... More 

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Lake Villa, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Been here many times - always excellent BBQ. Ribs are great, brisket sandwiches are awesome. Try the applesauce for a side.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Delicious and plenty of food. You could easily split meals. Sign up for their emails and on your birthday you get $10 towards a meal. My husband had his freebie birthday meal this time. We both ordered pulled pork sandwiches with a side order of onion rings. So yummy!

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I am giving Jethro's a 5 giving consideration to the quality of the food and the atmosphere of the restaurant. If you are looking for high and fine dining keep looking. With a name like it Jethro's you should probably know what to expect. It has the feel of a sports bar inside. Now for the food, I can only... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

We usually go to the Ankeny location, they are all good! Love the corn muffins and jalapeño cream corn. And the Ranch....yum!!! I don't buy grocery store ranch anymore, I get big bears of it and take them home.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The food was quickly prepared and tasted delicious. We had the chicken and brisket sandwiches and wraps, and they had a natural smokey flavor to them. Affordable and good size portions for families. We would definitely go back to eat there.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I am in town visiting my brother and this is the first restaurant he took me to. We had to wait about 20 minutes for a table, but it was Saturday at 1pm so that's to be expected. Our service was really prompt and the food came out just minutes after ordering. I highly recommend the waffle fry nachos or... More 

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Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

We visited a couple of weeks ago. The food is consistently pretty good. I had the Texas Dip. The Alabama White sauce is sooooo good. It has a nice tangy, unique flavor that's hard to find anywhere else. I also had the stuffing with gravy on top as my side. Also very good. I used to think Jethros was much... 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?