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Jethro's BBQ

3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
+1 515-279-3300
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“pulled pork” (57 reviews)
“waffle fries” (26 reviews)
“ribs” (101 reviews)
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American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
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Reviewed yesterday

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 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

I hate bbq!!! But I loved this place. We were there with our daughter so we got the family platter. $26 fed 3 adults. The food was great! It comes without the bbq sauce on it. There are 6 types of sauce at each table....More

Thank Deborah S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten here many times, also picked up and taken home to enjoy. Food is always awesome! Love that barbecue!

Thank Marilyn G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only negative thing was our waitress. She got incredibly defensive when we asked her if the corn was Iowa corn. We all had different meals and each one was delicious! The pork belly was to die for. And the cheese squares were amazing. Great experience!

Thank peachyair422
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As barbecue places have it, Jethro's is great. All the appetizers are very large and the servings are enormous. We had a rocky start with a less than helpful hostess but once we got past that our experience was outstanding. Our waitress was one of...More

Thank Dawn S
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

I know it's known for its smoke items but I got the tenderloin and it was amazing with the waffle fries. Could easily feed two people. Prices were Solid Services great no complaints from this customer.

Thank Brian J
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

We have visited most of the Jethro'a at this point, but out of them all we seem to like Jethro's Pork Chop the best. We've always had great service and the food is beyond compare. It's a great place for family and friends to gather...More

Thank Bill M
Reviewed 10 August 2017

I have been to the 3100 Forest location many times. It always seems busy and the food is always tasty. It is my favorite location of theirs. The onion rings also need to be mentioned for being very likable for sure. I have taken friends...More

Thank MrDemon
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Atmosphere was ok (tables are very close and a little cramped). We actually had to move a chair so a table next to us could get seated. Based on everything I read, I was willing to overlook that and was excited to try the food...More

1  Thank Joel H
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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
USD 5 - USD 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
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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: 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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