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John Hardy's BBQ

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929 W Frontage Rd SW, Rochester, MN 55902-1368
+1 507-288-3936
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10:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 10:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Rochester, Minnesota
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28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

This place is a staple for locals in Rochester. No frills. Smoked meat, buttery bread, and a pile of jo jo's potatoes. I do the combo plate with your choice of two meats. Quick service and large portions!

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Thank Belushi507
Rochester, Minnesota
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 February 2017

A local chain, their barbecue is very good, and the garlic toast is addictive. Lots of tasty choices, you can order them with or without sauce already on them.

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Thank flasni01
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

My first experience with this place was when I attended school in Rochester. It was at the original restaurant with John cooking. The food was wonderful, we went there a lot. I now live 3 hours from Rochester, but every time I'm in Rochester or close I make a stop, eat in and take home some for the family. It's... More 

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Thank Ldjb60
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

This is a great place for small groups but don't expect to be able to reserve a table or tables. The staff is great and the food is excellent. A fellow geocaching friend hosted an social event here and everything worked out fine. Though the entire group didn't sit together, no big deal, it gave us an opportunity to get... More 

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Thank Eric D
Kaukauna, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017

My mom, husband and I went here 3 times in 3 years with our most recent being 3 weeks ago. I crave the taste of smoked meats That is what this place knows how to do to perfection! When you walk into this place, you can smell the smokers. You will be greeted by people who are very nice that... More 

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Thank Karenmandel
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 January 2017

I stopped by JH BBQ on Dec. 23rd 2016 to grab some gift cards. While I was there it smelled so Great I decided to have some lunch. The place was packed but luckily for me some folks were just leaving. My waitress, Amy was Crazy Busy but managed to give me Exceptional service. The food was Awesome (Good Job... More 

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Thank Terri D
Madison, Wisconsin
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77 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

The portions are huge, and the cost is low. Fast and helpful service. I can't wait to go there again.

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Thank jdouglas1
Columbus, Indiana
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314 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

My wife and I were in town for a visit to Mayo. We were looking for a good barbecue place. I am originally from South Carolina so I like to think I know a bit about barbecue. This place is small but had a lot of tables. There is no hostess, you seat yourself. The waitress brought us menus promptly... More 

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Thank Amos C
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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75 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

A young tech at Mayo recommended John Hardy's BBQ. We took the long way to get there from Mayo. However all you have to do is Just go on N. Broadway and turn left on 7th St. NW! The servings were bountiful and the price reasonable. The atmosphere was fun! We are glad that we found it!

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Thank Barb M
Seacrest Beach, Florida
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377 reviews
358 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

This place was outstanding. Service started a little slow but ended up being great. Now for the food. We ordered a BBQ pork sandwich, one BBQ rib and a side of homemade potato chips. The food came and we just admired it. We were afraid that we were going to be disappointed but oh NO. That was one of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
10:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
10:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
10:30 - 21:00
Thursday
10:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 929 W Frontage Rd SW, Rochester, MN 55902-1368
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 507-288-3936

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?