Jethros BBQ

Jethros BBQ and Jambalaya

BBQ Joint, Cajun / Creole Restaurant, and Wings Joint
9350 University Ave (92nd St), West Des Moines, IA 50266, United States
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 9:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 9:30 AM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Your Waukee and West Des Moines Neighborhood sports bar.


Based on 198 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Janae F.
    "Michelle is the BEST!!!!"(3 Tips)
    Tranna W.
    "Nachos with the brisket are really good!"(2 Tips)
    Scott L.
    "Outstanding ribs, wings, burgers and pulled pork."(3 Tips)
    Tom C.
    "Great sandwiches."(4 Tips)
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  • barbecue
  • chicken wings
  • michelle
  • brisket
  • sandwiches
  • ribs
  • mac & cheese
  • great value
  • family-friendly
  • nachos
  • creamed corn
  • po' boys
  • burgers
  • crawfish
  • garlic mashed potatoes
  • pulled pork
  • mahi mahi
  • french fries
  • good for a quick meal
  • breakfast food
  • Michael G.

    It's ok... Nothin like KC BBQ, but it'll do in a pinch. I like the burgers.

    Michael Gee · July 14
  • Tana G.

    Sylvie is a great server

    Tana Goertz · June 8
  • Kate B.

    Chicken wings

    Kate Brandstatter · August 23, 2014
  • Tom C.

    Great sandwiches. Family friendly

    Tom Cross · August 9, 2014
  • Lisa L.

    Jess the bartender was the bomb!!

    Lisa Lihs · July 26, 2014
  • James J.

    Woulda sworn that we got waffle fries without salt at a Jethro's, but it must not have been this one.

    James Jones · July 12, 2014
  • Marcella

    The more I come here, the more I realize that it isn't worth coming back. Service is mediocre at best. The food seems to be getting worse. Red beans and rice barely have any beans. Gumbo is not good.

    Marcella · September 25, 2013
  • Travel Iowa

    Featured on the Travel Channel's "United States of Bacon," "Food Paradise" and "Man vs. Food" all for the same sandwich: The Adam Emmenecker.

    Travel Iowa · August 26, 2013
  • Susan A.

    Got the Jethros sampler. Disappointing. Won't get it again. I do enjoy other food here- just not that. Cajon sampler=Boring, relatively tasteless.

    Susan Appler · August 3, 2013
  • Kristin K.

    Best bartenders in the world. They won't forget your drink.

    Kristin Kaller · August 1, 2013
  • James J.

    Noisy as heck, but the food's good. Amazed that whoever owns the rights to Lil' Abner hasn't sued them out of existence.

    James Jones · June 21, 2013
  • Nathan T.

    Not impressed with the red beans and rice

    Nathan Thome · May 20, 2013
  • Evan[Bu]

    The Nadas suck.

    Evan[Bu] · April 12, 2013
  • Evan[Bu]

    If you're from the states of Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Arkansas, or Georgia AVOID the Cajun food. It tastes NOTHING like Cajun food from the South. Stick to the BBQ.

    Evan[Bu] · April 12, 2013
  • Lisa M.

    Order the fried cheese. It's the best! Hand breaded, crispy, gooey and perfect to dip in their special sauce.

    Lisa Meegan · March 23, 2013
  • Jen C.

    Chicken Philly for brunch ... Yummy!

    Jen C. · March 9, 2013
  • Stefanie H.

    BLT melt on Wednesdays. You will not regret this decision! And if there is room at the bar, sit there. You can't go wrong with the Jess and Jess show!

    Stefanie H · February 14, 2013
  • Sara H.

    Gabe rocks! I suggest a spicy pickle in your domestic draw and adding jalapeno creamed corn on the nachos!

    Sara Huston · January 20, 2013
  • Tranna W.

    Nachos with the brisket are really good!

    Tranna Wrightsman · January 19, 2013
  • Manni B.

    Don't expect them to cater to sports fans.....they don't even turn on the audio for a big game....LAME

    Manni Balignasay · January 6, 2013
  • Erin R.

    Double check your carry out order.....and price

    Erin Rundall · December 31, 2012
  • Kate B.

    Great food! Try the garlic mash potatos

    Kate Barnhill · November 22, 2012
  • Katie C.

    If y cant handle spicy dont grt the Creole pasta dish. Its.good But spicy

    Katie C · November 20, 2012
  • Abbie T.

    Ask to sit in NOT Lexi's section.

    Abbie Toney · November 18, 2012
  • Tana G.

    Sue is the best server there.

    Tana Goertz · November 16, 2012
  • Stephanie T.

    Great service

    Stephanie Tison · November 5, 2012
  • Creighton C.

    Go for MNF, sit at Dawn's table, enter for a chance to win a trip to Vegas, have Dawn draw your name..Go to Vegas. Yup, it's that easy!

    Creighton Cox · October 9, 2012
  • Aaron C.

    Their wings are the Tits! EAT THEM!

    Aaron Christine · October 7, 2012
  • Jessica S.

    Best wings in town!

    Jessica Scott · September 24, 2012
  • Juice Magazine

    Try the mac 'n' cheese as a side! Read more

    Juice Magazine · September 21, 2012
  • Russ G.

    4 Bones appetizer (replace the fries with your choice of side) is the best deal on the menu.

    Russ G · August 19, 2012
  • Gay W.

    Clive Aquatic Center September 22nd, 2012 @ 8am for the Metro Arts 5K Rock-N-Run. Featuring The NADAS Read more

    Gay Wedding planner · August 13, 2012
  • Joe L.

    For BBQ in Iowa, it was really good!

    Joe LaRue · August 9, 2012
  • Pettaway P.

    Best BBQ in Des Moines. A must on the check list.

    Pettaway P-SWIFT · July 26, 2012
  • Janae F.

    Sit at the bar during the lunch shift.... Michelle is the BEST!!!! service is great and the food can't be beat :))) yum!!!!

    Janae Frost · July 20, 2012
  • Russ G.

    I was looking for a "1/4 slab" for lunch, so the server pointed me to the 4 Bones appetizer. 4 ribs plus your choice of side. Perfect amount of food.

    Russ G · June 26, 2012
  • Danyell K.

    Service was good but the food was not as good as the Altoona location.

    Danyell Klein · June 24, 2012
  • Jeanette F.

    Great place delicious food and lots of it

    Jeanette Fitz · June 13, 2012
  • Jessica W.

    Great service...great food...loud awesome music!!!!

    Jessica Wright · May 31, 2012
  • Scott E.

    Great food. The bartender kayla was awesome.

    Scott Ennen · April 22, 2012
  • Becky P.

    Baby back ribs = heaven on a plate.

    Becky P · April 16, 2012
  • Scott L.

    Outstanding ribs, wings, burgers and pulled pork. Tried the ham...didn't care for it. Overall great place tho... need more like this out west!

    Scott Leonard · April 15, 2012
  • Michael D.

    They could stand to have a few more servers working, service was slow and they seemed overwhelmed. Prefer the one by drake they can handle their size

    Michael Dale · April 7, 2012
  • Ian C.

    I wonder how that place has been there for months, and we've lived so close to it, and this was the first time we had been there. That will change, best place ever!

    Ian Coon · March 17, 2012
  • Jamie O.

    Wed is mug day and two for one wings!!!!

    Jamie Olerich · March 8, 2012
  • Joe S.

    Big food portions. Great place to watch sports. Terrible service. Awful.

    Joe Soto · March 6, 2012
  • Brydon P.

    Crawfish Etouffe is delicious!

    Brydon Papenberg · February 19, 2012
  • Jon H.

    Love the fried cheese appetizer. Hear my arteries hardening :-)

    Jon Harmsen · February 4, 2012
  • Drew V.

    Any BBQ restaurant should have sweet tea but they don't. the BBQ is fantastic. I'll stick to Fat Tuesday on the South side for authentic Cajun, the cook is actually from Louisiana there!

    Drew Van Woert 🍺 · January 25, 2012
  • John A.

    The crawlgish etttufe was a bit bland and the prices are a bit steep.

    John A · January 18, 2012

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