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Claxon's Smokehouse & Grill

3131 8th Street South West, Altoona, IA 50009-1938
+1 515-967-7979
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good38%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“burnt ends” (10 reviews)
“cornbread” (9 reviews)
“ribs” (14 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3131 8th Street South West, Altoona, IA 50009-1938
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Food was good, place was in a small area if they were busy not much room for parking. Staff was friendly.

Thank msjs1982
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff is friendly and courteous. Spacious interior with options and big tv screens. The okra cornbread is a must try but their sandwiches are just ok. I would definitely go again but the initial impression on some of the food wasn't entirely memorable. The...More

Thank SimpsonTide985
Reviewed 26 October 2017

One of the first barbecue restaurants in Altoona. Love their building. Love the atmosphere. Love the uniqueness of their menu. They truly do have the best smoked prime rib in town. Paired with a side of their Boursin mashed potatoes and it's a meal worth...More

Thank mbug772017
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Disappointed on this restaurant...get the feeling this is a struggling location. Half of the eating area is "closed", out of my choice of bottled beer (was listed on the beverage menu) and the food...oh so disappointing. Two of us shared the Killer Combo platter featuring...More

Thank p0peye55
Reviewed 19 August 2017

We have been going to Claxons for 20 years and we have aways been given great food and service. Linda is our favorite waitress in all those years, her son Cole is the manager and they are quite a duo!

Thank TobyN623
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

We always sit in Val's section, she is amazing. Daily specials, drink specials too. They make dressings and soups. Nice beer selection on tap, more via can/bottle and full bar. Try the smokehouse tea!! Try a few different smoked meats with the made from scratch...More

Thank Crispypc
Reviewed 13 August 2017

We have only been to Claxons a couple of times and both times seemed a little frustrating. On both occasions it was not crowded, but service seemed slow & inconsistent. Our server was polite and dealing with several unimpressed customers. Atmosphere is lacking and kinda...More

Thank Roo R
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

I took a group of sales associates here for a dinner meeting. We made reservations months in advance. We had 1 server for 19 people. As you can imagine she was overwhelmed. Food was SLOW. Drinks were slow. Seafood pasta had NO seafood. Prime rib...More

Thank sharingmyexperi3nces
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

We stop here regularly when we are in Altoona. We ordered 2 meats and 2 sides each--we each have plenty for lunch tomorrow! Pulled pork was moist and flavorful and cheesy grits had a nice little kick. Solid.

Thank KatrinaBiker58
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Delicious smoked meats and amazing sauce! The service was quick and friendly. There was a wide variety of choices on the menu. Price was very reasonable.

Thank Betsy W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3131 8th Street South West, Altoona, IA 50009-1938
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Altoona
  • Phone Number: +1 515-967-7979
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