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

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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
One of the Best BBQ's in Des Moines area

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Hudson, IA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
27 helpful votes 27 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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iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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18 helpful votes 18 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
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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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248 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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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San Antonio, Texas
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135 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Coworker and eye went here for lunch, not once, but twice. I managed to make it on the wall of flame by throwing some "Rattlesnake Venom" on my initial visit and added it to the Pulled pork sandwich, cornbread and fries meal. I must say the atmosphere is very pleasant and quiet enough for lunch business conversations. No complaints, the... More 

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Johnston, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I really like the Brisket. It is a good as any place I have ever been. I do think they are a bit pricey and that is why I rated a 4 instead of 5.

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Urbandale
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Ummm, really? What's all the hubbub about? I was not impressed. $15 for lunch? This is not fine dining! The meat was good, but could be found at any church potluck. The beans were horrible. Threw them away. (sweet and something weird and crunchy in them) The cornbread was dry. The dessert was dry- threw most of it away, too.... More 

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iowa
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Every BBQ joint has a twist to the way they cook there meat. I've been coming to Cactus Bob's for several years and never been let down. This place is one of the best BBQ's in the Des Moines area. Staff is good at what is important, Service....

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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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