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Bandana's Bar Bq

301 E 1st St, Ankeny, IA 50021-1830
+1 515-964-9989
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“pork” (8 reviews)
“ribs” (15 reviews)
“texas toast” (4 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
301 E 1st St, Ankeny, IA 50021-1830
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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

My family and i loved it! Had the racks of ribs, smoked perfectly, so good you don't need any sauce. Sides were a meal in themselves, very clean restaurant and our server Ron was friendly as a lab, great service. Side note...Tena the general mngr...More

1  Thank biggieds
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We went with our basketball team while playing in the area. Everyone tried something different and the food was fantastic. They offer a lunch menu and bargain menu. For $6 we got barbecue and 2 sides. Lots of choices. The potato salad and fried okra...More

1  Thank 526Frequenttraveler
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We were greeted at the door by friendly staff and seated promptly. The restaurant was clean and smelled like fresh bar-b-que. The food was amazing & the portion sizes were perfect. The sausage was the best sausage we've ever eaten. The ribs and sliced beef...More

1  Thank Darrell F
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We have eaten at several Bandanas over the years. This old seemed old. Needs updated. Nachos were great! My pick 2 platter wasn't very good. Ribs perfect. Ordered nachos at same time as drinks got them with lin 1min of our food. So things got...More

Thank ANN c
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

I love going here. Always terrific service and reliably delicious food. We love the food and personal service we always receive.

Thank Pattie S
Reviewed 9 January 2017

I lived a few blocks South of this restaurant. I walked up there at times and ate an evening meal. It is not expensive. It is a BBQ joint. You can choose from several types of BBQ meat and then pick one or two sides...More

Thank david_hance_iowa
Reviewed 8 January 2017

We were in town for a belated Christmas celebration with some of our family and wanted to all go out for lunch on New Year's Day. Fortunately Bandana's was open and they were able to seat us very quickly on just a walk-in basis right...More

Thank Randy S
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Good flavor and great sauce to add to that flavor, Ribs fell off the bone. Great sides to choose from. Texas toast is also good. Fast and courteous service. Plenty of Napkins and wet wipes for us messy barbecue eaters.

Thank Don H
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Nice place, pretty low key, minimal atmosphere. But, food is good, plentiful usually and nice staff.

Thank SWA50021
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Awesome BBQ and very reasonable prices. Good service and a lot of food. Great place and many different sauces.

Thank okoboji7
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, 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: 301 E 1st St, Ankeny, IA 50021-1830
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ankeny
  • Phone Number: +1 515-964-9989
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