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Claxon's Smokehouse & Grill

3131 8th Street South West, Altoona, IA 50009-1938
+1 515-967-7979
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good33%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
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“cornbread” (10 reviews)
“ribs” (17 reviews)
“banana pie” (3 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
3131 8th Street South West, Altoona, IA 50009-1938
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Reviewed 21 June 2017

Food was good, service was great and they have outdoor seating, a big plus! Not a lot to chose from in town but not too bad and outdoor seating so yeah!

Thank June S
Reviewed 20 June 2017

Several of us ate at this restaurant on an early Saturday evening (5:45 pm). I made a reservation and we were seated quickly. Our water glasses were filled shortly after we sat down; however, some water was spilled on the table which was not wiped...More

Thank torpdo
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

This place kind of gets lost in the list of Metro area BBQ places. It is s smokehouse. The service is five star. The food is four star. Food maybe not quite as good as its competition. I would have ordered the waffle fries over...More

Thank IowaTravellinGuy
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Went for lunch during the week and the place was nearly empty. I hope they have a larger dinner clientele because the BBQ was decent and the service was friendly.

Thank busy_traveler
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

Was the best! And of course, the brisket chili. My friend really enjoyed their steak and fried corn. Friendly service and clean place. Prices a bit up there but worth it for what you get. The onion rings were also awesome and a very large...More

Thank init4keeps
Reviewed 25 May 2017

We stopped for a quick lunch before check-in at our hotel. The service was quick and efficient. My BBQ was great (brisket and pulled chicken). My husband had the brisket tacos and enjoyed them. The only downside was the smiley fries for the kids. They...More

Thank Jenny H
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Our family visited Claxon's last weekend on the way to a family event later in the day. We had a large group and they handled our reservation nicely and greeted us at the door with our large table already prepared. The wait staff was welcoming...More

Thank rmpeterson2
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Iowa has lots of BBQ joints. Go to one of those before going here. This kids fries are little smiley faces that didn't ever get cooked properly and tasted like raw potatoes. The ribs were dry and needed to be sawed off the bones versus...More

Thank Fam_Tvler
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

We took my adult son and his girlfriend out to Claxons for BBQ at my son's request. We had a Groupon which made it even better. My husband and son shared the 7 meat combo. That was over 2 lbs of smoked meats and a...More

Thank Janalou M
Reviewed 21 April 2017

It was a Tuesday evening so it was pretty slow. Sat at the bar and had the 1/2 smoked chicken with a baked sweet potato. The food was great and the service was very good.

Thank brmel
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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