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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 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Des Moines, Iowa
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582 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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58 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
5 of 5 bubbles 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
4 of 5 bubbles 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
1 of 5 bubbles 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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47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank Google U
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Great Food, the Burnt ends are sooooo very terrific. My server (Hope) took very good care of me. However the general manager was the bar tender, he appeared to only be concerned about his 2 guests at the bar and the Monday night football game. There were only 12 total people this night, but the general manager never left the... More 

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Altoona, Iowa
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Great place to go for BBQ but they have a great selection of other foods like burgers, salads, Tenderloins and of course, adult beverages. Atmosphere is relaxed and they have lots of TVs in the bar side of the building to watch sports. Or sit on the other side for bigger groups and booths. We eat here a couple times... More 

1 Thank Meta G
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Having moved from the south I have had a difficult time finding decent BBQ. Was very surprised to find in the small town of Altoona an awesome BBQ restaurant. The BBQ is good, the burnt ends I have had great results with - only a few times were they really burnt and over cooked. Pulled pork and chicken are awesome.... More 

1 Thank SydPsycho

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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
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: 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?