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John Hardy's BBQ

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929 West Frontage Road NW, Rochester, MN 55901
+1 507-288-3936
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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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

There are a few BarBQue places in Rochester, MN, but John Hardy's is the longest serving and the BEST around!

Thank MNcouple58
Naples, Florida
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69 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

I have been to John Hardy's for over 30 years, and it maintains its excellent barbecue menu. It is definitely not fancy, but the BBQ is first rate. The staff is friendly and the beer is cold. When your family is visiting Mayo Clinic, this is a nice choice for dinner.

1 Thank Michael F
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

Some of the best barbecue in town. Way better than the cookie cutter food you get at some of the BBQ chains around Rochester. Fresh smoked meat and awesome Jo-Jo's

Thank percyb788
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

A longtime Rochester resident took me here, and it was pretty good. Having grown up in Texas and lived in Austin for over 20 years, I'm pretty familiar with what decent barbecue is like. I had a combo plate with sliced beef and chicken (white meat), jojo potatoes and fried okra. The generous beef portion and 1/4 chicken each had... More 

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297 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

This place has, in name, been around a long time. I knew John when he was over on 3rd Ave and this place has changed many owners and many changes, some not so good. First of all, new owners?, have decided to change the BBQ sauce order. Spicy hot is now basically the same as Big boy hot, OK no... More 

Thank bulldogtwo
Goldfield, Iowa
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

We ate at the north one. The food is excellent and you get a HUGE helping of food. We had plenty of left overs. We arrived about 20 minutes before closing time and the staff went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and let us know we were welcome. Definitely will stop again when we are in... More 

Thank Bobcats80
Richland, Washington
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121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016 via mobile

Stopped by here while foraging for food in Rochester and had the special of ribs. The portion size and quality of food was excellent. Service was get I'd try it again a few days later and had the BBQ beef and it was like they boiled lunchmeat. Was disappointed on the return trip.

Thank CougRN
West Union, Iowa
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58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2015

We have loved John Hardy's and eat at one of the two locations (usually the one on Broadway) almost every time we are in Rochester. A couple of years ago, the restaurants were sold and are now new management (maybe 3 or 4 years since time really flies) . Since then we have noticed the food has gone down hill... More 

Thank cigar614
Rochester, Minnesota
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015

Ribs or pulled pork with jojos and John Hardy's original sauce (medium has enough heat but lets the smoke come through). Holds its own against the best.

Thank bac12345
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80 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

Wow- the un-fancy impression from the building's exterior should not deter you from entering Barbecue PARADISE here! Best ribs I have had in years. John Hardy must have been a barbecue genius to have concocted the rubs and smoking techniques here- I swear my mouth began watering the minute I set foot in the place. Good beans, and other fixings-... More 

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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, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 929 West Frontage Road NW, Rochester, MN 55901
  • 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?