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Cactus Bob's BBQ Corral

5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
+1 515-331-0057
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good46%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“lunch” (14 reviews)
“beans” (7 reviews)
“brisket” (10 reviews)
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Barbecue
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5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
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1 - 10 of 77 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The name is better than the food. $35 for two plates of meats that tasted like they had cooked in a crock pot or were from the previous day. Not worth it.

Thank Tammy M
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Took the family there for lunch- every person enjoyed their meal. Friendly, quick service, good portions, wide variety of choices for sides. I also thought the value was good for the quality of food.

1  Thank Smithyben
Reviewed 6 July 2017

I was here for lunch and had the chuck wagon basket with beans. This basket included brisket, pork, and chicken. I thought the food was OK, the portion sized could have been a bit larger. Enough BBQ sauce and anything is edible, just saying. Not...More

1  Thank Zebra_45678
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Went for the Longhorn, Texas style, and was very satisfied with the meal. Beef was a little dry but that was easily solved with their ravage sauce on the table. This is not the best brisket ever eaten as I am spoiled living down south...More

1  Thank WHDSM
Reviewed 13 May 2017

6th visit! - Consistently well cooked and always tastes great. This trip I ordered the chicken bacon ranch sandwich and a rice crispy dessert for a total of $13.00. The chicken was smoked well and the dessert was also tasty. Highly recommend if in town...More

1  Thank WHDSM
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

A very nice and local BBQ place. Great sauces and atmosphere They have quite the hot sauce collection on view Will be back again soon.

1  Thank olbear1962
Reviewed 14 March 2017

My favorite meal is the Brisket sandwich, I think it is the best BBQ around. I have had many meals here and never a bad one. from Brisket, chicken, turkey and pork to just buying wings to go for a party. Even the fries are...More

1  Thank JODYlo2014
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Lunch was crowded. The food was below average, though many customers seemed to be regulars. Barbecue done blah.

1  Thank IgorIowa
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Cactus Bo's is simply great. They are one of several that do smoked meats in the Des Moines area. The quality of food is top notch and the service was fast. I would rank them right there against Kue'd and Smokey D's for greatness of...More

1  Thank bjaschen
Reviewed 6 January 2017

The atmosphere is nice and welcoming. The service was quick and pleasant, our server was very polite and did an excellent job of making sure we had everything we needed. The food was OK, nothing extremely amazing/unique but it was definitely far from being bad...More

2  Thank Danielle B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
  • Phone Number: +1 515-331-0057
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