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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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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

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  • 140
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  • 98
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 8
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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
Too Much Food and Too Expensive

Food is good (not great) but too much food and over-priced. Ten of us at the table and everyone left food on the table. I wish they would cut their prices and reduce serving sizes.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Mark M
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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284 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Food is good (not great) but too much food and over-priced. Ten of us at the table and everyone left food on the table. I wish they would cut their prices and reduce serving sizes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Another sweet stop in our long road trip! I got to see the an versus food episode but I didn't realize that it the same restaurant only a different branch. We ordered the bacon wrapped ribs which were superb and the Adam Emmenecker sandwich which has got to be the biggest, baddest burger I have ever eaten in my life.... More 

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Iowa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Loved the great food and large portions! The service was excellent. Wouldn't hesitate to eat there again if/when we are in the area, and I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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Waterloo
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Has an awesome full gluten free menu and our waitress, Jayci went out of her way to make the entire experience remarkable. Spent $70, fed 2 teen boys & 2 adults and brought home 3/4 of a rack of ribs & cornbread. Atmosphere was friendly. Needed more time to read the articles in the bathroom..lol. We will be going back.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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57 reviews 57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The food is always good and service friendly and fun. The BBQ is always a solid choice with a number of good sides to chose from. Our server made sure our ice teas were always full.

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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Food was awesome; cooked to perfection! Definitely will go back for a visit..since this was my first experience- wasn't sure what to get or how it would taste. Tried a steak, and asked for it to be rare- it was delivered- RARE (which hardly ever happens!). The waitress was fun and energetic. Thank you!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This is one of our favorite places to stop in the des moines area! My favorite one is the location in ankeny. They have great seafood options. I love the blackened salmon. You must get the cheese sauce with the waffle fries... Seriously its the best! Mashed potatoes are really good as well. I have also had the blackened mahi... More 

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West Des Moines, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We visit Jethro's Waukee Great atmosphere, friendly service, and a variety of specials and beer choices. We go to Jethros whenever we need something good and quick and with all the TVs that are lined around it's hard to miss the action going on in the sports world

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Great food and a friendly fun staff. Try anything from the BBQ and you wont be disappointed. The side selection is great as well.

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Des Moines, Iowa USA
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7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Yogi said it best: "Nobody goes there. It's too crowded." Jethro's is very popular. The food is standard BBQ fare, and good enough to eat. There are several locations, making it one of the larger purveyors of BBQ in Des Moines. The night we visited it was so noisy, so busy, with loud music blaring, that we ate without talking.... 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?