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Jethro's BBQ

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3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
515-279-3300
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
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
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff

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  • 178
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  • 135
    Very good
  • 51
    Average
  • 12
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  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food and a lot of it.

I've been to Jethro's several times. The food is great--tenderloins, hamburgers, sweet potato fries and they offer a good choice of beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. The wait staff is adequate and they have TV's set at different places so diners can watch (usually sports). The only... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Doug P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've been to Jethro's several times. The food is great--tenderloins, hamburgers, sweet potato fries and they offer a good choice of beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. The wait staff is adequate and they have TV's set at different places so diners can watch (usually sports). The only drawback I can see or have experienced is that Jethro's is really noisy.... More 

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Thank Doug P
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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fast service, great food , overpriced big portions, become formulaic. Staff seem to be churned. Could be more personable with clientele. Too obviously about the tip. People don't seem to enjoy working there, complaints about working double shifts being shared with customers, gimme a break !

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Thank Paul G
Iowa
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57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here over the weekend and wanted some good bbq. We got there early and it was already packed. This place gets crowed really fast and you sit very close to other tables and not a lot of room to move around. The waitress was very nice and was checking on us a lot. Music is really loud also and... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with my sister from Arizona who does wing Wednesday every week in Tucson. She was pretty impressed. Best wings in Des Moines. And 1/2 price on Tuesdays.

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Thank hingfam1
Chicago
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Covering the insanity of politics can make one hungry. What a better place then to come here with my fellow crew colleagues and spend our hard earned per diem here. Of course, it was packed but there was a row of bar stools that had our name on it. Plenty of good beers on tap to choose from. That's plus... More 

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Thank Lordofmetropolis
Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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215 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very popular place to eat. It was crowded and busy, but we didn't have to wait too long for anything. The waitstaff are well trained and hard working. Everyone liked their food, those with ribs were satisfied; the light eaters had salads and they were fine; someone had chicken and it was fine, and the vegetarian had... More 

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Thank dsm_99
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My favorite BBQ place in Des Moines. Food is delicious as always and service is prompt and courteous.

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Thank Francisco C
Des Moines
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84 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ribs are usually dry. Some of the menu items are good, and they do have ghost sauce behind the bar. Overall it's just ok food. Woody's Smokeshack has much better ribs

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Thank Casey Y
desmoines iowa usa
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the BBQ place I keep coming back to. A large variety of meat and chicken cuts are smoked to perfection with a good number of healthy and satisfying side dishes. The servers are always upbeat and extremely efficient. Large beer selection and good wine choices to pair with the well prepared food.

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Thank travelguy135
Kansas City, Missouri
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We live in Kansas City so we usually don't take the good chance of being disappointed by BBQ outside of KC. Driving through Des Moines and this place shows up on the map. Its close by and one of the few places open at the time. We grab just one meal as we weren't that hungry but had a few... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-279-3300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 11:00 pm

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