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Cactus Bob's BBQ Corral

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5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
515-331-0057
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 3
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Gobbler Basket

Went to Dinner here tonight and as a repeat customer I wanted to try something different. I ate the smoked turkey gobbler basket. It was a little try so I threw some revenge BBQ on it and it was delicious. This is one of my favs in Johnston as the quality of food and service never falter. Thanks... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
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San Antonio, Texas
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Polk City, IA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We eat here for lunch about once a week. The BBQ Turkey sandwich is really very good. It is counter service, and very quick. Great quick lunch.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The fries were very over done. Tenderloins were good but not worth $10 a piece. Mac and cheese wasn't to our liking either. Had alot of garlic possibly in it. All three of us had the tenderloins and agreed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 via mobile

I love that Cactus Bob's has a menu for everyone. My entire family can eat a great meal in a very fun atmosphere. I go to a Cactus Bob's every time I come to town. It is a MUST on our "to do" list!!!

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San Antonio, Texas
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153 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Went to Dinner here tonight and as a repeat customer I wanted to try something different. I ate the smoked turkey gobbler basket. It was a little try so I threw some revenge BBQ on it and it was delicious. This is one of my favs in Johnston as the quality of food and service never falter. Thanks for reading... More 

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Hudson, IA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The ribs, pork shoulder, sausage combo with bbq beans and the Texas Chili was my choice. The Mrs ordered the Chicken and Onion Rings...The BBQ Nachos were pretty good as well. Ribs very tender and they have a large variety of sauces to choose from, some too spicy for me to try...I settled on the Last Man Standing at the... More 

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Johnston, Iowa, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We have eaten here many times and while there are a number of good BBQ restaurants in the Des Moines area this is one of the best! All of the smoked meats and the sides are delicious. A few of our favorites are the turkey, brisket and pork sandwiches (or meals) and the baked beans and the BBQ kettle chips.... More 

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New Virginia, Iowa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Stopped by Cactus Bob's with my family on my way to a Friday night football game. The joint has expanded more room is better. The food was awesome I had the pork ribs and my wife and son the chicken. Nice family atmosphere. Several styles of BBQ sauces there a sauce for what ever your tastes buds desire. Mild to... More 

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Wever, Iowa
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22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

The pork was tender and the sauces were pretty good. I really liked the baked apple sides. Chili was not very meaty as promised. Husband's chicken was pretty good.

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Ankeny, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Quick seating, great food, great prices. Quieter atmosphere for a friendly get together and conversation.

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Ankeny, Iowa
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256 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Ate here for an early lunch with several friends and their kids. Kid friendly restaurant. Food was ready quickly. Made to order and fresh. Nachos, Stingers and a combo sandwich with corn and beans. Large open area dining room with choice of booth or table. Clean and well maintained. Grab your food at the window and don't forget you sampler... More 

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Additional Information about Cactus Bob's BBQ Corral

Address: 5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
Phone Number: 515-331-0057
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Barbecue

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
  • Phone Number: 515-331-0057

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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