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John Hardy's BBQ

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929 West Frontage Road NW, Rochester, MN 55901
+1 507-288-3936
10:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 10:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Every time we are in Rochester we make time to either stop by or order out from John Hardy's. Our go to is the pork plate with Jojo fries and we often pick up a jar of bbq sauce of our favorite flavors for eating with any leftovers at home. Depending on the time of day the small space in... More 

Thank MurseNate
Las Vegas, Nevada
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Had dinner at the S. Broadway location, which is the one we usually go to. Can't speak to the negative comments about the other location but food here is good and prices are right. Service was abit slow but the place was also packed at the dinner hour. Had plate of Shredded pork, jo-jo potatoes and fried okra. All were... More 

Thank Keith B
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

I knew John and visited with him every time i was in Rochester and loved eating there, Once back in Rochester just had to go and get the beef dinner with okra and black eyed peas.........WILL NEVER GO BACK !!!!! The beef was dry and tough,the sauce was TERRIBLE AND NOT JOHN'S SAUCE they lie when they say it is... More 

Thank Carol W
Plainview, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Stopped in for lunch recently and was surprised how fast we got our food after ordering. The menu is limited, but offers enough choices that most everyone can find something they like. The pulled pork has always been awesome when I have been there, and this time was no different. Not a fancy place, but the food is good, reasonably... More 

Thank Larry55964
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

We live in Iowa. Seen it was a 4.0 review. So thought would try it. It was horrible. If you go. Bring a fly swatter. Flys everywhere. It was disgusting. Before we got our food, I was scared to eat it. Then, our food came, gross. The ribs were so fat, & not even trimmed?? Hello?? I barely could swallow... More 

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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 complaints here.

Thank Aaron E
Taylorville, Illinois, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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
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77 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 and fried.

Thank Susan H
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72 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 of ribs that were fall-off-the-bone, and loved the JoJos. Friendly staff, fast service, and garlic... More 

Thank Tara T
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127 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 some good ribs for dinner after a long day. Both my friend and I ordered... More 

Thank Paul A

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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
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 West Frontage Road NW, Rochester, MN 55901
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 507-288-3936

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