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Jethro's BBQ

) #9 of 481 Restaurants in Des Moines ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, , Barbecue
3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
+1 515-279-3300
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pulled pork” (57 reviews)
“waffle fries” (25 reviews)
“ribs” (101 reviews)
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American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
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3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
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1 - 10 of 542 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

As barbecue places have it, Jethro's is great. All the appetizers are very large and the servings are enormous. We had a rocky start with a less than helpful hostess but once we got past that our experience was outstanding. Our waitress was one of...More

Thank Dawn S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I know it's known for its smoke items but I got the tenderloin and it was amazing with the waffle fries. Could easily feed two people. Prices were Solid Services great no complaints from this customer.

Thank Brian J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited most of the Jethro'a at this point, but out of them all we seem to like Jethro's Pork Chop the best. We've always had great service and the food is beyond compare. It's a great place for family and friends to gather...More

Thank Bill M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to the 3100 Forest location many times. It always seems busy and the food is always tasty. It is my favorite location of theirs. The onion rings also need to be mentioned for being very likable for sure. I have taken friends...More

Thank MrDemon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Atmosphere was ok (tables are very close and a little cramped). We actually had to move a chair so a table next to us could get seated. Based on everything I read, I was willing to overlook that and was excited to try the food...More

Thank Joel H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very good midwestern food. Lots of meat, ribs excellent, great onion rings. The food is good but I'm from California and to be honest whenever I'm on vacation I start to crave fruits and vegetables and I left still craving them. Go here when you...More

Thank Carolyn K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We go to the Altoona location often. Food is outstanding but the service Megan provides is exceptional. You will find many people requesting her to be their server. It is a great place anytime of the day to stop at and get your fill of...More

Thank Stephen S
Reviewed 11 July 2017

On a college trip to Drake decided to give this BBQ restaurant a try - friendly staff, low key family restaurant and sports TV going strong but it's the brisket that will keep you coming back! Probably some of the best I've tried. I preferred...More

Thank strikerslefty
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

My family was looking irking for someplace for a late dinner after a dance recital. Jethros serves food later than most places so we went in to eat. The server was most gracious, despite the fact that we were a larger group and later at...More

Thank Jerri L
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

We've eaten at several Jethros locations and the food is typically good....sometimes great. However, depending on the item and the location, we have also had dishes that are just OK. The gumbo at Jethro's in Altoona is phenomenal. The ribs and brisket are both good....More

Thank husker7028
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Deb Ungerer N
6 April 2017|
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Response from timiniowa | Reviewed this property |
Maybe calling Jethro's would be better than publishing your phone number to strangers. But that's just me
Brandon O
28 September 2016|
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Response from Jordan B | Reviewed this property |
Interesting... That was my only complaint. They were still fine. They were just dry.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 20
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, 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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