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John Hardy's BBQ

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929 West Frontage Road NW, Rochester, MN 55901
+1 507-288-3936
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11:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 10:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Minnesota
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219 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I wanted to like it. No, I wanted to love it. I left saying, "I liked it", but after thinking more on it I have to stay I didn't actually like it. Our waitress was as nice as could be. The service was quick. The place was cold - as though the heat had been off overnight and not turned... More 

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Thank JCJake
Holdingford, Minnesota
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What to say... the bbq is OK and moist however was not flavorful. Their sauce is a step down from what they say... a mild has nothing to it, a medium really doesn't either. The jojos are really like thin sliced potatoes covered in grease. They truly are not a jojo potato wedge. I know we won't be back... out... More 

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Thank dannymn
AUSTIN
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was pretty busy when I stopped in. But the waitress was right over to get our drink order, and then back for our order. Melissa was the waitress, and she never let our drinks run out. Super friendly, and helpful. She did a great job!

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Thank sjingham
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by JH north on Saturday 25th. Food was good but saw one of the cooks eating with bare hands as he was preparing orders.

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Alexander
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was looking for a good BBQ place and boy did we find it with this restaurant. The wait staff was very friendly and helped suggest some things that were really good since I had never been there before.

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Thank tamaram651
Rochester, Minnesota
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28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

This place is a staple for locals in Rochester. No frills. Smoked meat, buttery bread, and a pile of jo jo's potatoes. I do the combo plate with your choice of two meats. Quick service and large portions!

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Thank Belushi507
Rochester, Minnesota
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

A local chain, their barbecue is very good, and the garlic toast is addictive. Lots of tasty choices, you can order them with or without sauce already on them.

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Thank flasni01
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

My first experience with this place was when I attended school in Rochester. It was at the original restaurant with John cooking. The food was wonderful, we went there a lot. I now live 3 hours from Rochester, but every time I'm in Rochester or close I make a stop, eat in and take home some for the family. It's... More 

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Thank Ldjb60
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

This is a great place for small groups but don't expect to be able to reserve a table or tables. The staff is great and the food is excellent. A fellow geocaching friend hosted an social event here and everything worked out fine. Though the entire group didn't sit together, no big deal, it gave us an opportunity to get... More 

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Thank Eric D
Kaukauna, Wisconsin
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

My mom, husband and I went here 3 times in 3 years with our most recent being 3 weeks ago. I crave the taste of smoked meats That is what this place knows how to do to perfection! When you walk into this place, you can smell the smokers. You will be greeted by people who are very nice that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
10:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
10:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
10:30 - 21:00
Thursday
10:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 929 West Frontage Road NW, Rochester, MN 55901
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 507-288-3936

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?