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Claxon's Smokehouse & Grill

$$ - $$$
American, Barbecue, Bar, Pub
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3131 8th Street South West, Altoona, IA 50009-1938
+1 515-967-7979
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Ankeny, Iowa
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We took my adult son and his girlfriend out to Claxons for BBQ at my son's request. We had a Groupon which made it even better. My husband and son shared the 7 meat combo. That was over 2 lbs of smoked meats and a couple of sides. Amazing! We all shared BBQ nachos which is fabulous. I had a... More 

Thank Janalou M
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a Tuesday evening so it was pretty slow. Sat at the bar and had the 1/2 smoked chicken with a baked sweet potato. The food was great and the service was very good.

Thank brmel
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I happened upon Claxon's as I was in the area for a conference the next morning. It's a nice sized restaurant with a small bar area. I sat at the bar and ordered from a nice selection of beer. Then I ordered a great BBQ combo meal. It was a lot of food for a very reasonable price. I'll definitely... More 

Thank Bobber123
Des Moines, Iowa
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611 reviews
562 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

We ordered dinners each with a side and tried everyone's food. The brisket chili is loaded with smoked brisket. Very good and fresh, not processed. Fried corn was good. And the beans with brisket is very good as well. The meats are wonderful. Friendly staff. Clean place. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids.

Thank init4keeps
Des Moines, Iowa
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62 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

My husband and I are big fans of Jethro's (Drake location), but now we have a new favorite for barbecue! Claxon's is very good! The atmosphere was fair, nothing fancy. Kind of reminded me of a Cracker Barrel without the retail store. But the food, oh my! In our party of four we tried the brisket, smoked chicken, turkey, pulled... More 

1 Thank Trips_with_SC
Altoona, Iowa
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4 reviews
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Very friendly staff with great smokehouse foods. The smoked pulled pork is my favorite. Don't forget to order the jalapeño cornbread. Best I have had. All of the smoked items I have had were very good and there are other items on the menu as well. Great place for lunch or dinner.

Thank Joysue
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Stopped by to check out a place I had never been to before. Pleasantly suprised that for a "Bar" it was also a family restaurant. Food was of very good quality and lots of TV's to see all the sports action. Always will recommend this place.

1 Thank jamesmD8728ZS
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

The last 2out of 3 visits to Claztons, they have been out of their signature entree-the ribs. VERY DISAPPOINTING ! Will NOT return for a 4th.

Thank Steve C
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50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

we took a night off from the Iowa State Fair and went to Claxon's in Altoona. The greeting was immediate and friendly. We were seated in a great location, but the cooling system blew very cold air on us. Neither the waitress nor the manager could regulate it so they moved us to a more comfortable table. We learned that... More 

1 Thank JAMESknoxville
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Not that great..wings are dry...shrimp appetizer was dry...staff freindly..prices are little high. Will not go back.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3131 8th Street South West, Altoona, IA 50009-1938
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Altoona
  • Phone Number: +1 515-967-7979

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