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Jethro's BBQ

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3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
+1 515-279-3300
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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Windsor Heights, Iowa, United States
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55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Always have good fast service and the food tastes good too. My preference is almost always brisket and Jethros is good

Thank CarolSchrodt
Livonia, Michigan
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160 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ate BBQ last night in North Carolina, tasty. Ate BBQ tonight in Des Moines IA AT THE BEST BBQ JOINT NATIONWIDE that I have been to. I ordered a full rack with mac and cheese. The ribs were great with no sauce. However I used the hot and jethro. Not disappointed. If you are in town this is a MUST!... More 

Thank Mark D
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56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The atmosphere screams world class bbq. The food does the rest. This is simply the best bbq in Iowa. We had 3 orders of full racks, 3 tubs of beans, and 6 mac n cheese. The two of us were well sated upon completion.

Thank Douglas C
Sioux City, Iowa
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138 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

We hesitated to go in due to the parking lot being so full but were glad we did. The restaurant actually had several empty seats. Four of us had a great meal - sharing different items from the menu. The food was exceptional, prices reasonable and our server was friendly.

Thank BikeHawk
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

They have some great BBQ and I live in South Carolina. You have to try the breaded tenderloin sandwich. It's enough to feed 3 people so you should get an extra bun and take the rest home. Great breakfast on the weekend.

Thank LowCountryIowan
Las Vegas, Nevada
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207 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

1st time here, parking lot packed but had a lot of open tables. I was promptly seated, but waited 15 mins before being asked for a drink. I ordered fried pickles , they had a kick but they were good. I ordered 1/2 rack of baby back ribs with fries and Mac cheese. Ribs were excellent, fries had good taste... More 

Thank jasontraci2006
Indianola, Iowa
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83 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

We went to Jethro's because we were hungry for barbeque and wanted to try it. It was very good and the restaurant was packed so that speaks well of it.

Thank sunshine2390
Des Moines, Iowa
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Love the BBQ here. They have a wide selection and the prices are good too! Their pulled pork is especially good!

Thank Travel_lover5656
Maplewood, Minnesota
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

My sister has been telling me about Jethro's for years and I'm so glad I finally went! The food and service was fantastic!! Very reasonably priced and great quality. We had the dinner for 2 and did not finish it all because they give you so much food. I wanted to stop again before we left just so I could... More 

Thank solsen93
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52 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

First time at Jethro's and was highly impressed. By far the best ribs I've ever had! The smoked sausage and brisket were also good. The mac & cheese was addictive and will always be a side of mine in the future!

Thank doni1824

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $20
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special occasions
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: +1 515-279-3300

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