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Reviewed 6 days ago

It was a few years ago that I ate at J's, and maybe things have improved, but when I had the beef brisket there it was more like a hunk of carbon than meat. It was burnt black and tough as shoe leather. I've had...brisket since at a restaurant and it doesn't have to be that way. To top it off, when I ate there, all the plates were styrofoam and the utensils were plastic, everything thrown away after every meal.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed October 2, 2021

We were there with a large group and they accommodated us well. A special buffet line was set up and for main entree's were BBQ and boneless wings. The boneless wings were nothing special but the BBQ was superb, with a variety of sauces.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed August 16, 2021 via mobile

The food here was quite good. However, you have to wait in line to place your order at a window and then wait for your food to be delivered to your table. Meanwhile, if you want alcohol to drink with the food (fine local beer...in our case), you have to go to the barroom to get it. The bartender couldn’t hear Craig over the high-volume noise, so we ended up with hard cider—not bad, but not what we ordered. We had hoped for a quiet dinner, but on a Saturday night it was not to be.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed April 18, 2021 via mobile

We got takeout: "the other salad." My husband had his with saucy pulled pork and housemade blue cheese dressing, I got mine with smoked chicken and housemade ranch. Both came with jalapeno cornbread. Everything was delicious! We'd definitely return here. All the employees wore masks....We had takeaway, but the restaurant looked nice. There's an ordering window and lots of seating, an outdoor patio with seating, and separate bar area.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed September 24, 2020

OMG!!! It's been two hours and I'm still stuffed. The chopped brisket is out of this world. The dry rub ribs were amazing! I have never had Baked Bean Brisket before, but I'm definitely having it again. Very impressed with the staff. I've had BBQ...in a lot of places. I make my own vinegar-based BBQ sauce that was handed down by my late grandmother. Theirs rivals my own. We've barely left and I can't wait to go again.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 11, 2020 via mobile

Never ate hear before but recommended by friends. It was GREAT..would go again. Diverse menu and mix and match.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 4, 2020

I'm from Georgia and I've never had barbecue that I didn't like, no matter where and when, and J's barbecue is certainly good. But I want to tell you about their fish. We have fish fries down South and the ones in Wisconsin I've never...really found to be as good, but J's does fish just right. If you try it, I think you'll find it different from what you get elsewhere, and you just might like it better. I sure do. And the folks who run the place, Jen and Susan, are true delights. They add their personalities and soulfulness to the experience, and I'm so happy they are here.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 2, 2020 via mobile

Pretty disappointed with just about everything related to this stop for lunch. Because of Covid this restaurant has decided to only have outdoor seating. This time of year the bees are ridiculous. As soon as my food was placed on the table several bees decided...to join me for lunch. This place should reconfigure the inside seating to allow for those that want to avoid getting stung to eat inside. I had the solo sampler platter. I chose to have brisket and baby back ribs as my two meats. For my sides, I picked Tangy coleslaw and cheesy mashed potatoes. The brisket I was served was very dry. I was surprised because it looked great and I assumed it was going to be moist and delicious. It wasn’t. The baby back ribs were also dried out and over cooked. They spooned some bbq sauce on top that was not finished off be grilling. (Check out the picture). The Tangy cool slaw was swimming in “tangy” sauce and overpowering. Pretty poor presentation. (again, look at the picture). The worst part of the meal was the cheesy mashed potatoes. Those potatoes were not soft enough to mash. They definitely rushed it. The texture was dry and gritty and the flavor was bland. This was my second time visiting J’s. I do not remember the first time being this bad. Hopefully they were just having difficulties on the day I visited. I was one of the first customers for the day and possibly things weren’t quite ready before they gave me my food.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed August 30, 2020 via mobile

When I went to Js BBQ last year I was waiting to meet a friend so I ordered a drink at what looked like a bar and I mentioned to the owner they needed bar stools. She said “They don’t want squatters”. I guess that...was humor but I felt insulted. The service was slow as one person takes the order and also puts it all together. So, over a year later we visited again, the Covid issues had them taking orders at the door and allowing only outside seating. Ok, seems reasonable but the order process is still super slow. Each time someone in our party ordered a drink the girl would go inside to get it and repeat this process for each drink order. Very odd and slow process. I had the Brisket. Very dry and average. Mac and cheese was soupy.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 21, 2020 via mobile

Js BBQ is simply amazing. Not only is the food mouth watering and absolutely top notch. But the staff is the best! Their passion is evident. Keep up the great!

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed June 16, 2020

Went in to this with pretty high hopes. We got a variety of meats and sides. Brisket, ribs, pulled pork, wings, beans, cornbread, coleslaw. I cook a lot of bbq with friends/family so i may be a bit jaded but... I would have been hard...on myself if i served this to people i love. Brisket was pretty dry and bland. Ribs seemed like they were cooked in an oven. overall i just got the feeling the meat had been held poorly for a long time after cooking and dropped significantly in quality. keeping that fresh off the smoker quality throughout the day is definitely hard to do in a commercial setting so i empathize but nonethelesss... i would say that the sauces were good and there was a wide variety of types. the look of the place is very cool, but the customer experience from getting in line to sitting down to eat is pretty rough. have to get your own plates/utensils/sauces/etc and it is not laid out in a very efficient manner. Kind of have to take your food to your table then go back up for plates and water or tea, then make a third trip to grab sauces, which you'll need. the thing I found most confusing was that the sweet tea had cinnamon in it... which i find sacrilegious. BBQ done right will have people eating with their hands and making caveman sounds... and this just aint it. Based on other reviews i have to give this place the benefit of the doubt and say if you get there at the right time the food may be much better... what that right time is? im not sure.More

Date of visit: April 2020
Reviewed February 23, 2020

Yup that is what I did. We stopped for a late lunch and chose the Fish Tacos and hand breaded shrimp with a cup of vegan chili and sweet potato fries. I was wonderful. Ripon is a fun town to wander in and out of...unique shops making this wonderful lunch a very satisfying cap to a great road trip. We plan to go back for the BBQ!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 27, 2020 via mobile

Delicious food. Choose your selections from a big board. Make your own combinations or choose from specials. Full bar, but popular beers. Very reasonable.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 25, 2020 via mobile

First let me start out with “I’m a BBQ snob.“ My family and I make yearly pilgrimages to BBQ cities. St. Louis, Austin, and Memphis are a few of our favorite destinations. We’ve eaten really good BBQ and this isn’t it. Brisket was dry with...some sort of sweet rub. The fat cap kind of pealed and fell off. A true Texas brisket rub has two ingredients, Salt and Pepper. Pulled chopped pork was dry and completely covered in house BBQ sauce. It was sitting in a warming station at service. Ribs were mushy and could have easily been boneless. Bone literally pulled out with least amount of effort. Not good. I had an order of shrimp also. Menu board said it was “hand battered”. Breading was in my opinion too perfect to be hand battered. Before trying meat at a BBQ joint. I can tell if the meal will be good by simply trying the sides first. Cole slaw was chopped cabbage with a dressing simply poured over the top. Requiring the dinner to mix it up. ? I’ve never seen that before. Dressing closely resembled Olive Garden bottled dressing. Corn bread was moist and had jalapeños in it. It wasn’t bad. I didn’t try the macaroni and cheese but my son shrugged his shoulders when I asked how it was. It had lots of a loose cheese sauce. So sides were at least below average. Facility was clean and a young staff wiped off tables as you left. I thought it was odd to have two bathrooms labeled as “Gender Neutral”. It just wasn’t for me. I gave my review 2 stars because we just don’t have a lot of BBQ joints around Wisconsin, and I applaud the effort.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed October 27, 2019 via mobile

I just love their BBQ, but bring your appetite! An assortment of types of meat-- chicken, beef, pork -- an assortment of sauces from mild to spicy, and a robust side menu all combine to make this a great dining experience. Closed on Sundays, or...I would have eaten there three days in a row.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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I don't know or belong to the restaurant. but I do belong to trip advisor and I give my honest opinion. you can check some of my options on places in Green lake. I believe if I can help one traveler then they may help... More
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We have vegan, vegetarian & gluten-free options. We make everything from scratch. I am also a clinical Nutritionist in addition to being one of the owners, so I would be more than happy to guide you along. Thanks in advance... More
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J's BBQ is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4