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Jethro's BBQ

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3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All 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
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85 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Being from Kansas City, I love my Q. The food was plentiful with lots of sides to choose from. Also served breakfast. We had a large group and they accommodated us nicely. All separate tickets with no added gratuity. Table had several sauces to choose from. Different sauces from different regions. I liked their original best. KC Q is still... More 

Thank Jan F
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We enjoyed both lunch at Jethro's BBQ. It was the day of a University of Iowa football game. The overall ambience was fun. The food pretty good and the service friendly.

Thank U4738TAcolins
Gladstone, Missouri, United States
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We received good service. Friendly staff and waitress. The bulldog was a good burger. The brisket that was on the burger was fantastic. Great waffle fries. The jalapeno cheezy corn was a treat. Very different from most cheezy corns. A rush of smoky flavor and some good heat. I enjoyed the different selection of BBQ sauces.

Thank Randy T
Keosauqua, Iowa
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff and food at Jethro's was Awesome! The staff were professional and helpful. The Food was so very tasty, the right temperatures and visually appealing! Great job to the staff and cooks!

Thank Kris R
Des Moines, Iowa
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is mainly a BBQ place, but some of the locations also specialize in an additional area. Cajun, bacon, and steak are some of those specialties. I don't really like anything about this local chain, except some of the Cajun items. They are tremendously popular so please try it for yourself before you decide. I do have to say that... More 

Thank seacorp
Greeneville, Tennessee
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

REALLY GREAT BBQ. The food is excellent. Pulled pork sandwiches are yummy. Waffle fries are great. Staff very helpful and friendly. We were just passing through, meeting relatives in town, and I saw Jethro's on the map and said, how about this place, it's close to your house. Then find out after that it's world famous. Later saw the billboards... More 

Thank Chuck L
Vedano al Lambro, Italy
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387 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for a BBQ experience, this is your place. Portions are big and inexpensive, service is nice. Try the ribs with the different BBQ sauces and the buttered corn.

Thank Corrado R
Delray Beach, Florida
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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easy to sum this place up: huge portions at ridiculously cheap prices for delicious food. We were there on a Monday, but judging by the stack of "buzzers", they get very busy on weekends. An absolute bargain.

Thank David B
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9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for our last meal in Iowa. This was a great meal to end our across country trip before getting home. Initial impression was as expected. Loud, crowded and appropriate decor. You're here to eat BBQ, not have a romantic conversation. The menu selection is great. Great appetizers, sides and entree. When they say 1/2 of meat they... More 

Thank Brandon O
Omaha, Nebraska
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17 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ok so to be honest I wasn't sure what I was getting into with the look of the place. After walking in I was happily surprised! The ambience was just as it should be for a BBQ joint The food was good but what made the restaurant great was Sarah at the bar. Since it was my native run she... More 

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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, 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, Kids, Special occasions, 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?