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Jethro's BBQ

) #8 of 478 Restaurants in Des Moines ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, , Barbecue
3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
+1 515-279-3300
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pulled pork” (57 reviews)
“waffle fries” (25 reviews)
“ribs” (99 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
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1 - 10 of 537 reviews

Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the Iowa Platter (BBQ ribs, pulled pork, slice of ham) here and a beer, the bill was $24. The food portions were good, not too large or small, and the food was good. I just thought the price was a bit high. The...More

Thank Zebra_45678
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The food is tremendous and if you're looking for barbecue Jethro's is a place to go.

Thank stevo7769
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Jethro's is THE place for BBQ. This place has an endless menu of choices and you are only left with tuff decisions on which selection to make. I'd suggest if this happens to you, you may wish to try one of the many combo dinner...More

Thank zdrwho
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the Johnston restaurant and enjoyed a nice meal while watching the ball game. The brisket sandwich was more than I could eat but my husband managed to finish off his ribs and burnt ends. Good sides too!

Thank Cortney P
Reviewed 21 June 2017

the wings here are the best- we normally get the dry rub which is amazing and so flavorful. you get 20 wings for the price of ten. there is a great selection of drummies and wings and they are seriously full of flavor

Thank trupe77
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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
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
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, 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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