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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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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good48%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brisket” (8 reviews)
“fries” (10 reviews)
“smoked meat” (5 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
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1 - 10 of 74 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

Went for the Longhorn, Texas style, and was very satisfied with the meal. Beef was a little dry but that was easily solved with their ravage sauce on the table. This is not the best brisket ever eaten as I am spoiled living down south...More

Thank WHDSM-Owner
Reviewed 14 May 2017

6th visit! - Consistently well cooked and always tastes great. This trip I ordered the chicken bacon ranch sandwich and a rice crispy dessert for a total of $13.00. The chicken was smoked well and the dessert was also tasty. Highly recommend if in town...More

Thank WHDSM-Owner
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

A very nice and local BBQ place. Great sauces and atmosphere They have quite the hot sauce collection on view Will be back again soon.

Thank olbear1962
Reviewed 14 March 2017

My favorite meal is the Brisket sandwich, I think it is the best BBQ around. I have had many meals here and never a bad one. from Brisket, chicken, turkey and pork to just buying wings to go for a party. Even the fries are...More

Thank JODYlo2014
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Lunch was crowded. The food was below average, though many customers seemed to be regulars. Barbecue done blah.

Thank IgorIowa
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Cactus Bo's is simply great. They are one of several that do smoked meats in the Des Moines area. The quality of food is top notch and the service was fast. I would rank them right there against Kue'd and Smokey D's for greatness of...More

Thank bjaschen
Reviewed 6 January 2017

The atmosphere is nice and welcoming. The service was quick and pleasant, our server was very polite and did an excellent job of making sure we had everything we needed. The food was OK, nothing extremely amazing/unique but it was definitely far from being bad...More

Thank Danielle B
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Great authentic food. Better than jethros. better choices of sides. Great for business lunch, fast and efficient.

Thank Vidaealegria
Reviewed 13 October 2016

This restaurant has amazing food at great prices with terrific service. The environment is clean and friendly too! Love to eat here!

Thank Kris R
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Cactus Bob's has earned its reputation. Food is tasty and authentic and served in generous portions. The perfect lunch spot. Plentiful seating and friendly staff.

Thank Deborah M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Television
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
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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