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Cactus Bob's BBQ Corral

5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
+1 515-331-0057
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good48%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“lunch” (16 reviews)
“brisket” (13 reviews)
“beans” (7 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

We’ve eaten here many times and I feel it’s one of the better bbq places in the Des Moines area. My husband likes the smoked wings, sausage, and rib tips, I enjoy the brisket. Good sandwiches and the portions are more than generous. Ribs are...More

Thank Elise P
Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

I've driven by Cactus Bob's dozens of time as we moved my mother to an appartment about 2 blocks West. My sister and I were taking her out to lunch on Sunday and neither of one of us want to face the same old after...More

Thank bubbabingo
Reviewed 21 January 2018

The food here was pretty good. My son said the ribs had good seasoning on them. I loved the jalopeno creamed corn and sausage. The dining area was nice with a few TVs. It wasn't loud so we could actually talk to each other which...More

Thank Peanut977
Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

Inhadnt been here for about 5 years and decided to trybit since i was in the area. Totally remodeled, new menu. It's not cheap, but good, smoked meat is kinda pricey. If done righ, there is nothing better than smoked turkey and the gobbler was...More

Thank semicolons
Reviewed 14 November 2017

There is a lot of competition in the Des Moines metro area for award winning BBQ restaurants (I know, hard to believe huh?) and Cactus Bob's is among them. Their smoked meats and a wide range of sauces keep us coming back time after time....More

Thank 735DanielA
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

glad we tried it. between everyone at our table we had 5 of their meats, all were good. the sides we tried were good, the cole slaw was unlike any I've had and was tasty. not far off the beaten path of the interstate and...More

Thank iowawestfamily
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Family of 3 ate here last week. Crispy Chicken sandwich was tasty, however, very very greasy. Green beans were delicious as was the mac-n cheese for sides. Rip tips were above average, not the best I've had, but good. Copper Canyon Combo was very good....More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

The name is better than the food. $35 for two plates of meats that tasted like they had cooked in a crock pot or were from the previous day. Not worth it.

Thank Tammy M
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Took the family there for lunch- every person enjoyed their meal. Friendly, quick service, good portions, wide variety of choices for sides. I also thought the value was good for the quality of food.

1  Thank Smithyben
Reviewed 6 July 2017

I was here for lunch and had the chuck wagon basket with beans. This basket included brisket, pork, and chicken. I thought the food was OK, the portion sized could have been a bit larger. Enough BBQ sauce and anything is edible, just saying. Not...More

1  Thank Zebra_45678
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
  • Phone Number: +1 515-331-0057
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