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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 - 22:00
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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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Urbandale, IA
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123 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 6 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago

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
Des Moines, Iowa
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63 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was awesome when it opened but these days the emphasis seems to be on speed and turning tables as fast as possible rather than food quality Pre-cooked, cold fries and gristly meats are all too common. Customers keep knocking the doors down so don't expect quality to improve any time soon. Try one of the many other local... More 

Thank timiniowa
Windsor Heights, Iowa, United States
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55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Always have good fast service and the food tastes good too. My preference is almost always brisket and Jethros is good

Thank CarolSchrodt
Livonia, Michigan
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161 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Ate BBQ last night in North Carolina, tasty. Ate BBQ tonight in Des Moines IA AT THE BEST BBQ JOINT NATIONWIDE that I have been to. I ordered a full rack with mac and cheese. The ribs were great with no sauce. However I used the hot and jethro. Not disappointed. If you are in town this is a MUST!... More 

Thank Mark D
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56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

The atmosphere screams world class bbq. The food does the rest. This is simply the best bbq in Iowa. We had 3 orders of full racks, 3 tubs of beans, and 6 mac n cheese. The two of us were well sated upon completion.

Thank Douglas C
Sioux City, Iowa
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140 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

We hesitated to go in due to the parking lot being so full but were glad we did. The restaurant actually had several empty seats. Four of us had a great meal - sharing different items from the menu. The food was exceptional, prices reasonable and our server was friendly.

Thank BikeHawk
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

They have some great BBQ and I live in South Carolina. You have to try the breaded tenderloin sandwich. It's enough to feed 3 people so you should get an extra bun and take the rest home. Great breakfast on the weekend.

Thank LowCountryIowan
Las Vegas, Nevada
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209 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

1st time here, parking lot packed but had a lot of open tables. I was promptly seated, but waited 15 mins before being asked for a drink. I ordered fried pickles , they had a kick but they were good. I ordered 1/2 rack of baby back ribs with fries and Mac cheese. Ribs were excellent, fries had good taste... More 

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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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, 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?