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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” (59 reviews)
“ribs” (104 reviews)
“waffle fries” (27 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
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1 - 10 of 555 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place to visit. Staff very helpful . Music is loud. The jalapeño cream corn was great. Try all the sauces. Waffle fries were good too. Mac n cheese is a must . Pulled pork was tasty.

Thank Jason C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I've had the pork and the chicken. Both were wonderful. Try the smoked jalapeno creamed corn. It's worth a stop all by itself.

Thank Rob_and_kids
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was hopping during lunch when we showed up here on Sunday. The hostess was on top of things and we got a seat within few minutes. When we sat down we immediately noticed that the AC was blowing cold air right on top...More

Thank Arek S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here during our western 3 week trip of 14 different states. Best BBQ of our trip. Recommend bacon wrapped ribs, and both appetizers and dinner samplers. Wish we had room to try their chocolate covered bacon.

Thank robbI658AT
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best in the DSM metro ! Multiple locations, good ambiance and service is always great .Enjoy and have one of their specialty drinks in a 32 oz mason jar !

Thank DrC84
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

This place was recommended to us and it didn't disappoint. The bbq was great and portions are huge. The sides are amazing and service was excellent.

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Hands down. Others are good. This is great. I usually get a slab of back ribs with sweet potato fries and applesauce.... And take home way more than I can possibly eat at one sitting. Delicious. Don't forget to ask for Ghost Sauce if you...More

Thank LittlePaint
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

The better homes and gardens melt is to die for. Waffle fries and homemade ranch to top the food coma that will ensue. Worth.it!

Thank Btiernan24
Reviewed 21 September 2017

I went twice with my husband. Their service was very good, we ate a sandwich and an appetizer. They have plenty of options of beers to choose. A good place to watch a game or enjoy time with friends

Thank maite b
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

It's about expectations if you have reasonable expectations this is a sports bar basically with pretty good BBQ nice pulled pork mostly nice staff a good amount of different beers and regular beers I enjoyed their breakfast and enjoy their bacon... I like dry rub...More

Thank Cliff K
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Deb Ungerer N
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
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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids
Open Hours
9:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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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