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Jethro's BBQ

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3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
9:30 am - 11:00 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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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm not a huge BBQ conisour but do really enjoy the food here. The Better Homes and Garden Melt is my favorite paired with the Alabama White Sauce. Coleslaw is a great mix of sweetness yet tangy. My 13 year old son is a fan of the mac n cheese! Would steer clear of mug deal unless you like your... More 

Thank Cher B
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Not much variety, good BBQ, but not great. Great for large groups & weekends. Not open for lunch. Good location.

Thank Paul S
Des Moines, Iowa
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you like rips, don't even look any further. There is no better destination for the meats. Unless you feel like spending $40/plate at 801 Chop House, jethros is a really safe bet. You will def find something to please your taste buds

Thank ead2016103
Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stopped here on the way to Panorama Lake. Wow! I can see why Man vs. Food filmed an episode here. The place was hopping, colorful décor, good service and the food was delicious and reasonable. A must stop in Des Moines

Thank eugene s
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was delicious. Our waitress was without a doubt the best waitress we have had at a restaurant in quite soon time. Be prepared for large servings!!!!!!! Yum Yum

Thank Ronald M
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The pulled chicken is terrific. And aired with the cornbread muffins it can't be beat. It is a fun atmosphere and even has outdoor seating. Our waitress was very accommodating and accepted our order even though it was not exactly as on the menus. Very easy to find and a huge building. A little noisy, but fun

Thank K D
Columbia, Maryland
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53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Get your BBQ from one of the best. Sit inside or out, watch tv or just enjoy the atmosphere. You will be happy you did

Thank 64briggs
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69 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ordered a little bit of everything for BREAKFAST. Omelet, bucket of bacon, biscuit & gravy, scramble...and a tenderloin & onion rings...all at 9:00 AM. Everything's was great. And our waitress Peggy was PERFECTION!

Thank bkkrogman
Des Moines, Iowa
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84 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't eat meat and this place still impressed me. Great location for meals after an event at nearby Drake Stadium (relays, state track, etc.) and Knapp Center. The service is super attentive, the sides are super yummy (jalapeno creamed corn ftw), and the garden salad is HUGE (I love the chipotle ranch dressing). Try the fried cheese squares for... More 

Thank Thomas M
Iowa City, Iowa
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were going through Des Moines and saw a billboard for Jethro's. The Tripadvisor reviews looked good so we thought we would give it a try. On a Friday at lunch time, they were relatively busy. The staff was friendly, but the food just wasn't that great. Portions were large, but the meat was very dry (pulled pork, pulled chicken,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $20
American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
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: 3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-279-3300

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