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Cactus Bob's BBQ Corral

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5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
+1 515-331-0057
10:00 - 21:00
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San Antonio, Texas
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517 reviews
268 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

6th visit! - Consistently well cooked and always tastes great. This trip I ordered the chicken bacon ranch sandwich and a rice crispy dessert for a total of $13.00. The chicken was smoked well and the dessert was also tasty. Highly recommend if in town and is quiet enough for business as well. Thanks for reading, literally, and if this... More 

Thank WHDSM-Owner
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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156 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very nice and local BBQ place. Great sauces and atmosphere They have quite the hot sauce collection on view Will be back again soon.

Thank olbear1962
Johnston, Iowa
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

My favorite meal is the Brisket sandwich, I think it is the best BBQ around. I have had many meals here and never a bad one. from Brisket, chicken, turkey and pork to just buying wings to go for a party. Even the fries are always delicious. My son's favorite restaurant.

Thank JODYlo2014
Johnston, Rhode Island
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Lunch was crowded. The food was below average, though many customers seemed to be regulars. Barbecue done blah.

Thank IgorIowa
West Des Moines, Iowa
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Cactus Bo's is simply great. They are one of several that do smoked meats in the Des Moines area. The quality of food is top notch and the service was fast. I would rank them right there against Kue'd and Smokey D's for greatness of the food. They are in strip-plaza right on Merle Hay Road - can't miss them... More 

Thank bjaschen
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

The atmosphere is nice and welcoming. The service was quick and pleasant, our server was very polite and did an excellent job of making sure we had everything we needed. The food was OK, nothing extremely amazing/unique but it was definitely far from being bad or bland. However, I will admit the onion rings were quite good.

Thank Danielle B
Des Moines, Iowa
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Great authentic food. Better than jethros. better choices of sides. Great for business lunch, fast and efficient.

Thank Vidaealegria
Keosauqua, Iowa
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 October 2016

This restaurant has amazing food at great prices with terrific service. The environment is clean and friendly too! Love to eat here!

Thank Kris R
Lebanon, United States
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92 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Cactus Bob's has earned its reputation. Food is tasty and authentic and served in generous portions. The perfect lunch spot. Plentiful seating and friendly staff.

Thank Deborah M
Madison, Wisconsin
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241 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

Having sampled all the bbq that Johnston has to offer, I liked this place the best. Sandwiches are carefully prepared and the bbq is superior. The menu has a nice variety and this are many choices for sauces. This is very casual dining with an order and pickup counter, but the food is great and the dining area is simple... More 

Thank Loki_and_Odin

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
  • Phone Number: +1 515-331-0057

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