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Cactus Bob's BBQ Corral

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5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
15153310057
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 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
Quick BBQ

Have ordered and ate here several times and have always been impressed. The food comes out fairly quick and is always hot and fresh. Staff is very friendly and helpful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
Angela D
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Des Moines
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Johnston, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

BBQ pork sandwich is good - and atmosphere is good - but felt it was overpriced! The fries are greasy and the corn muffin is cold and not made well.

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Des Moines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Have ordered and ate here several times and have always been impressed. The food comes out fairly quick and is always hot and fresh. Staff is very friendly and helpful.

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Johnston, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Have been going here for years. Food is excellent they have a variety of items and the smoked meats are all delicious. They also have a small but nice selection of local brews on tap.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Excellent food and awesome service. The jerky is delicious. Lots of sauce to choose from, some of the best brisket in town.

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Johnston, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Very good BBQ, great hickory smoked wings, and tons of sauce choices, including some REALLY hot ones. Knocked a star off because the sides are not great. But, hey, you go for the BBQ. Brisket is excellent, and so is the smoked turkey. You can't go wrong.

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Polk City, IA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
  • Phone Number: 15153310057

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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