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Jethro's BBQ LakeHouse

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
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1425 SW Vintage Pkwy, Ankeny, IA 50023-7149
09:30 - 22:00
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Sun 09:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 09:30 - 23:00
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Polk City, IA
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61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The place was busy, as usual. We were seated immediately, and our waitress was at the table quickly. My husband had the Jethro. He absolutely loves it. He could only eat half, and took the other half home. I had the brisket sandwich. Wonderful. We will be back.

Thank IslandTan
Des Moines, Iowa
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611 reviews
562 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Clean place. Friendly, but not often at your table staff. Took awhile to get things, including bill paid. Food is good. A bit pricey for what we got. Similar food and atmosphere to all the other Jethro's. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids, however, it is a very loud atmosphere, a sports bar type place.

Thank init4keeps
Ankeny, Iowa
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enyoyed the food. However, as one who wears hearing aids, I couldn't even carry on a conversation with my wife accross the table! Too much noise.

Thank Ober A
Tiffin, Iowa
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I ordered a sandwich that had coleslaw on it and I asked for the coleslaw to be on the side only. They didn't do that. Instead just gave me extra on the side. It was the worst coleslaw I ever had. Also we asked out waitress if the ribs were baby back ribs and she said, "uhhh..they are pork!" Wow... More 

Thank TrishaWo
Ankeny, Iowa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 March 2017

This Jethro's has become a favorite for my wife and I. Drinks are always mixed well and food has always been great! Hardest part is there is so much on the menu it is always tough to decide. We seem to visit a least once a month and would highly recommend!

Thank Ben S
Des Moines, Iowa
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184 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

We have eaten here before, but not breakfast. Large list of menu choices. I had the French Toast. It was soggy & under cooked. Our server was Zach. He did an excellent job. He is very tentive to your needs and checks on you often. He easily handed our table of 8, along with other tables. The other guests were... More 

Thank Miata P
Ankeny IA
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I enjoy BBQ quite a lot and Jethro's has a lot to offer on their menu. They seem to cater to a younger crowd and the menu variety reflects that. There are a lot of TVs around, so it feels a lot like a sports bar in many ways. And while BBQ basics are there, you have to get past... More 

Thank drdeputy
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29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We went for lunch and to see Randy Santel do the food challenge! We had meal for two meats were really good side so so. Our boy had chicken strips and waffle fries they loved them! Overall it was a good visit and see a competitive eater was cool too!! I would definitely go back this place was great!!

Thank Tim K
Chicago, United States
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118 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

This place is always packed and I can tell why the food and the service was outstanding even though my son and I ate at the bar the bartender had top-notch rated service. We have the boneless wings and side salads.

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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

So I officially own a yellow cup. For those of you who are new to this Jethros location. You can purchase a yellow cup For $7 and get $4 refills on Wednesday. Although I typically go in on Thursdays it's a really decent investment. Thursdays are known for half price boneless wings. These "wings" are more like small slices of... More 

Thank melanie g

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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, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
09:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1425 SW Vintage Pkwy, Ankeny, IA 50023-7149
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ankeny
  • Phone Number: 515-289-4444

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?