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Jethro's BBQ

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3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
+1 515-279-3300
09:30 - 23:00
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Sun 09:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 09:30 - 23:00
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Des Moines, Iowa
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Food quality has decreased, which may account for rising popularity of other bbq joints. Seems the more of these places opened, the lower the quality expectations. This has been my "go to" for special occasions, but no more. Brisket dry dry dry....service not good, food barely warmed up....my last breakfast was horrible (my 12 guests agreed)...it was like they pulled... More 

Thank Warren J
Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We prefer the Jethro's by Drake University. My wife is addicted to the waffle fry nachos. Nothing like it! I, however can not deviate from the Bulldog Burger with waffle fries. A huge burger topped with carmelized onions, brisket, and more. Better be hungry to tackle this! I did go off track once and ordered the catfish filets. They were... More 

Thank Ron T
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a new local sports bar chain with delicious food ... especially the meat! Various meat &/or entry emphasis at each different location around the city of Des Moines. Definitely a must!!!

Thank Becci W
Joliet, Illinois
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81 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was passing thru town from SD to IL and my mom spotted the Jethro's sign. We stopped in for a late lunch. Becca was our server and even though she said she was new she took care of us like we were regulars and had all of our questions answered in a timely mannor. We had a hard time... More 

Thank Amie W
Breckenridge, Colorado
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stop by on our way through Des Moines and found some good barbecue. I had the brisket and it very good. The fries a good also. The service was nothing spectacular but the atmosphere was good.

Thank Steenbk
Des Moines, Iowa
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We tried Jethro's again and unfortunately were disappointed once more. Again, most of the food was cold. This is almost always the issue when we eat there. I tried a turkey wrap and it was not as stated on the menu. It appeared to be fried chicken strips in the wrap. I didn't sent it back as I already had... More 

Sandpoint, Idaho
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93 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Peggy, our server, made the experience incredibly fun. I went with the pork tenderloin which was terrific. A true sense of Iowa food and serving size!

Thank dawnya
Urbandale, IA
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123 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Many Jethro's BBQs in the area, each with their own twist and with anything else their own service personality. Most recent visit was in Ankeny, and service was excellent. Larger group for business, so we had 2 servers, and they were prompt and made great efforts to meet the needs of needy group. I will revisit with friends to see... More 

Thank SamplesEvrythng
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8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Brother ordered The Jethro. It was huge, and he couldn't eat it all. Very good place to eat. All got something different we were all happy.

Thank Ashley B
Scottsdale, Arizona
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

If you like bbq you'll LOVE Jethro's. This site is still our favorite Jethro's, but the West Des Moines "Bacon Extravaganza" Jethro's is fast rising. Portions are large and the service is great!

Thank Iacrimson

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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
US$ 5 - US$ 20
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
09:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
09:30 - 23:00
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?