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Jethro's BBQ

3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
+1 515-279-3300
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pulled pork” (56 reviews)
“waffle fries” (25 reviews)
“ribs” (98 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
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Reviewed 2 days ago

the wings here are the best- we normally get the dry rub which is amazing and so flavorful. you get 20 wings for the price of ten. there is a great selection of drummies and wings and they are seriously full of flavor

Thank trupe77
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Used to go to Jethros every time I visited Iowa. Their cheese sauce is awesome. I love brisket and theirs is some of the best I've ever had. Jethros has a killer atmosphere with it being a sports bar on a college campus. This place...More

Thank cmallison
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My customer insisted we have lunch at Jethros. Large portions and a very good jalapeño corn thing makes it well worth trip

Thank Jason R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here this week and after living in the area for about a year, forced myself to "pop the Jethro's cherry"! Happily, I can say I was not disappointed and thoroughly enjoyed my pulled pork bbq! Service was smart and prompt, and I will...More

1  Thank Viking94708
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were here on a weekend, after not having been to this one in years. The brisket was really good. The pork belly, good, but a first for me-if you like pork belly, you will love it here. Friendly staff, our waitress was Debbie, who...More

1  Thank init4keeps
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Three of us stopped for lunch on our way home from Kansas City. We had seen the billboards for miles, and barbecue sounded like a great option. Our waitress was super efficient and she was providing service to nearly the whole restaurant. The smoked pulled...More

1  Thank JAP1952
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My hubby and I love BBQ! As a result, we try lots of places. Jethro's is fantastic. The place us usually busy, but after a very short wait, they will find room for you. We've had the ribs and the brisket. We love them both....More

1  Thank Paula D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Let's start with the good. The Dry Rub wings. These things are heaven from a smoker. Some of the best I've had anywhere. The rest. By far the worst BBQ IN THE CITY. there are better places within 25 minutes of anywhere in the city....More

Thank sunburntbrain
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Stopped in for lunch with friends while visiting Drake for Relays this year. We had 10 of us between three couples and our kids. Told a 45 minute wait - was less than 20 before we were seated. The atmosphere was fun and no frills...More

Thank PhotoGirl75
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Seven of us arrived about 6 pm on a Sunday and were seated immediately. We had a plate of nachos that were a little over toasted with a minimum of toppings. I had the pulled chicken which was suppose to be 1/4 pound but must...More

Thank RaleighNCtravel
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Deb Ungerer N
Do you have gift cards available? IF so I would like to do so and have mailed to me. Someone can contact me by phone so we can have sent before my boyfriends birthday next week. 319-327-0262 Thanks Deb
6 April 2017|
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Response from timiniowa | Reviewed this property |
Maybe calling Jethro's would be better than publishing your phone number to strangers. But that's just me
Brandon O
In regards to the minimal negative comments..."Ribs were dry." I have to ask. Is that because they use a dry rub and don't serve wet style ribs? I noticed they serve their sauces on the side at the table. Not trying to question your rib integrity, just curious though.
29 September 2016|
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Response from Jordan B | Reviewed this property |
Interesting... That was my only complaint. They were still fine. They were just dry.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
09:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
09:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-279-3300
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