We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

John Hardy's BBQ

) #51 of 226 Restaurants in Rochester ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, Barbecue
929 W Frontage Rd SW, Rochester, MN 55902-1368
+1 507-288-3936
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good23%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“jojo potatoes” (15 reviews)
“pulled pork” (20 reviews)
“ribs” (37 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
American, Barbecue
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
929 W Frontage Rd SW, Rochester, MN 55902-1368
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (146)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

31 - 40 of 146 reviews

Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

I never leave here hungry. Plenty of garlic bread and very generous portion sizes. I like the Open Pit style sauce. It works well. A nice sweet taste. They have updated both stores a bit and it looks pretty good for a BBQ joint. No...More

Thank Aaron E
Reviewed 20 July 2016

The barbecue was very tasty. I had beef and turkey. Both were excellent. I also enjoyed the Cole slaw and baked potato. Not a fancy place but the food was great. I would go back again.

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 9 July 2016

A very popular place for lunch - lots of locals. We had brisket and pulled pork with JoJo potatoes. The brisket had an amazing smoky flavor. Garlic bread an excellent side. Other sides were okra, baked beans, green beans, and corn. JoJo potatoes are sliced...More

Thank Susan H
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Visited with family who recently relocated here. Excellent BBQ spot! More food than I could handle, even when starved and ordering on the conservative side. Try all of their BBQ sauces if you like hot and spicy. Had pork and beef, tried my brother's order...More

Thank Tara T
Reviewed 28 June 2016

A friend and I were on a BBQ tour in the area and John Hardy's BBQ was recommended as being a good spot. We decided to try it out and I'll echo the service not being particularly great, but friendly. I was looking forward to...More

Thank Paul A
Reviewed 27 June 2016

This place has the best BBQ around. The service is not great by any means so don't expect much there but their food is well worth it. It's always fast and very reasonably priced. The garlic bread is awesome, their meats are all wonderful, and...More

Thank Shelly B
Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

My son and I took some time alone while mom and brothers were off to camp to go exploring food places in Rochester and when I mentioned BBQ, he replied with "what's that"? John Hardy's was my 1st choice. Since we were coming from the...More

Thank Eric D
Reviewed 16 June 2016

Delicious cheap food. Does have it's off days, but overall very good. I recommend always ordering the Jojo's crispy as the normal Jojo's are too soggy for my liking.

Thank Manuel O
Reviewed 8 June 2016

I am from Texas so barbecue is a favorite of mine. Upon a recommendation from a local, my husband and I were excited to try John Hardy's. We ordered the brisket. It was mediocre at best, very dry and not tasty. The only saving grace...More

Thank Reenerbeener
Reviewed 3 June 2016

There are a few BarBQue places in Rochester, MN, but John Hardy's is the longest serving and the BEST around!

Thank MNcouple58
Nearby Restaurants
Canadian Honker Restaurant & Lounge
900 reviews
.93 km away
Cafe Presto
140 reviews
.91 km away
131 reviews
.91 km away
Red Lobster
126 reviews
.92 km away
Nearby Attractions
All American Segway
14 reviews
2.02 km away
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial
132 reviews
2.22 km away
The Plummer Building - Mayo Clinic Historical Suite
120 reviews
1.76 km away
Plummer House
108 reviews
.65 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from John Hardy's BBQ staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 929 W Frontage Rd SW, Rochester, MN 55902-1368
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 507-288-3936
  • E-mail
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing