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Jethro's BBQ

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3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
+1 515-279-3300
11:00 - 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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Madison, Wisconsin
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184 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Three of us stopped for lunch on our way home from Kansas City. We had seen the billboards for miles, and barbecue sounded like a great option. Our waitress was super efficient and she was providing service to nearly the whole restaurant. The smoked pulled pork sandwich was delicious, as was the chicken. Sides of beans and jalapeño creamed corn... More 

Thank JAP1952
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My hubby and I love BBQ! As a result, we try lots of places. Jethro's is fantastic. The place us usually busy, but after a very short wait, they will find room for you. We've had the ribs and the brisket. We love them both. I recommend the beans and the fried pickles. The service is great and the food... More 

Thank Paula D
Des Moines, IA
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Let's start with the good. The Dry Rub wings. These things are heaven from a smoker. Some of the best I've had anywhere. The rest. By far the worst BBQ IN THE CITY. there are better places within 25 minutes of anywhere in the city. It's passable BBQ, but why waste your money here. The ridiculous portion sizes here are... More 

Thank sunburntbrain
Riverside, Illinois
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in for lunch with friends while visiting Drake for Relays this year. We had 10 of us between three couples and our kids. Told a 45 minute wait - was less than 20 before we were seated. The atmosphere was fun and no frills - kind of what you'd expect for a BBQ joint near a college. My friends... More 

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Raleigh, NC
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299 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Seven of us arrived about 6 pm on a Sunday and were seated immediately. We had a plate of nachos that were a little over toasted with a minimum of toppings. I had the pulled chicken which was suppose to be 1/4 pound but must have been at least twice that. My wife had the pulled pork and she got... More 

Thank RaleighNCtravel
Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good food & lots of it! Good friendly service. A bit noisy for lunch, but ok. Clean restrooms. Popular place that lives up to its reputation.

Thank williamsS6923MM
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such good food and helpful staff! Unique boneless wings that are amazing. Brisket, ribs and wings also amazing. Good drink specials.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seriously, some of the best and most unique wings you will ever taste. By far the best item on the menu. The BBQ is meh, the wings are GLORIOUS.

Thank Daniel H
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm sure that big portions and Man vs. Food impresses some people, but to those of us that know food, know there are better options just down the road from any of this chain restaurants establishments. Let's just touch on two dishes here. A good one, and a bad one. Let's be fair, and start with a good one. The... More 

Thank Rick C
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was my 3rd time at Jethros, visiting from out of town, and Ive loved it a lil more each time! Great mixed drink selection, fun atmosphere, food is always warm and tastes fresh and homemade. This visit was my friend's first time and they loved it as well. The brisket is BALLER!!!!

Thank Orangeish

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 20
American, Bar, Barbecue, 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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?