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Jethro n' Jake's Smokehouse Steaks

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2601 Adventureland Dr, Altoona, IA 50009
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Seated a large group in about 20 minutes just before noon on a Sunday. Meat and sides were delicious. Selection of sauces was pretty good.

Thank Matt S
Pleasant Hill, Iowa
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Monday through Friday, sit at the bar, get Two for One drinks and half-priced appetizers! Love the Bootleg Tea (go ahead and get the 32 oz!) -- whiskey, peach schnapps, sweet and sour, and a dash of coke -- yummy! Had the half-plate nachos with smoked chicken -- loaded with guacamole, corn pico d'gallo, and sour cream and half-plate boneless... More 

Thank jmolnari
Hudson, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We've eaten there a few times now and they BBQ well. Pulled pork and brisket were well cooked with nice selection of sauces. Interesting sides including jalapeño creamed corn. Definitely worth the trip.

Thank Matthew U
Warsaw, Illinois
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68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I'm not sure another chair could have been crammed in the place. A large group was seated right next to us, and they spilled over (uninvited) to our table. Our food was great, but that put a damper on our experience

Thank TLC62379
Apple Valley, Minnesota
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124 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is probably the best in Des Moines for BBQ. The portion sizes are very generous and the atmosphere is very nice. Try the challenge if you dare. Most everything on the menu is awesome

Thank Adahm F
Wausau, Wisconsin
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ordered the dinner of ribs for 2 - excellent. Portions way too big, so come with a hearty appetite. Sides were very good, too. Atmosphere is very casual, perfect for eating BBQ ribs. Popular place as the restaurant was packed.

Thank bluejay6767
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I like Jethro's. I like their sauces, I like their sandwiches, I like their sides. Ask for the Ghost sauce if you like hot. They don't leave that on the table, but it's good.

Thank semicolons
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by Jethro's the Sunday after our wedding to meet with as much family as we could and say our goodbyes. They have one of the best morning menus I have ever had. My husband and his family go there at least once a week. The first time I went I was extremely nervous because I'm a vegetarian. I... More 

Thank MrsAHolland
Adams, Minnesota
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a large group (12 of us). Very little wait time. Excellent service and excellent food. Definitely would go back!

Thank 997thanson
Harlingen, Texas
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had dinner here with two of our friends. Pork Tenderloin, Ribs, and Pulled Pork were great, very good meal, service was very good. Tenderloin was 19.90, ribs were 9.95 and Pulled pork was 11.95. The restaurant was clean and we were seated without waiting, the only issue is the level of noise in the room, it is really hard to... More 

Thank dgfaust

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
9:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2601 Adventureland Dr, Altoona, IA 50009
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Altoona
  • Phone Number: 515-957-9727

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?