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Claxon's Smokehouse & Grill

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103 8th St SE, Altoona, IA 50009-1938
+1 515-967-7979
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Altoona, Iowa
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very friendly staff with great smokehouse foods. The smoked pulled pork is my favorite. Don't forget to order the jalapeño cornbread. Best I have had. All of the smoked items I have had were very good and there are other items on the menu as well. Great place for lunch or dinner.

Thank Joysue
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped by to check out a place I had never been to before. Pleasantly suprised that for a "Bar" it was also a family restaurant. Food was of very good quality and lots of TV's to see all the sports action. Always will recommend this place.

Thank jamesmD8728ZS
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

The last 2out of 3 visits to Claztons, they have been out of their signature entree-the ribs. VERY DISAPPOINTING ! Will NOT return for a 4th.

Thank Steve C
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47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

we took a night off from the Iowa State Fair and went to Claxon's in Altoona. The greeting was immediate and friendly. We were seated in a great location, but the cooling system blew very cold air on us. Neither the waitress nor the manager could regulate it so they moved us to a more comfortable table. We learned that... More 

1 Thank JAMESknoxville
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Not that great..wings are dry...shrimp appetizer was dry...staff freindly..prices are little high. Will not go back.

Thank Google U
Altoona, Iowa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Great place to go for BBQ but they have a great selection of other foods like burgers, salads, Tenderloins and of course, adult beverages. Atmosphere is relaxed and they have lots of TVs in the bar side of the building to watch sports. Or sit on the other side for bigger groups and booths. We eat here a couple times... More 

Thank Meta G
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Having moved from the south I have had a difficult time finding decent BBQ. Was very surprised to find in the small town of Altoona an awesome BBQ restaurant. The BBQ is good, the burnt ends I have had great results with - only a few times were they really burnt and over cooked. Pulled pork and chicken are awesome.... More 

Thank SydPsycho
Altoona, Iowa
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70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Great food and servers. Owner that is community minded. Supporting local schools and families going through medical issues. The BBQ is just right on smoke level. The homemade bbq sauce, just enough kick. Try the appetizers : smoked pepper jack sticks or tabacco rings w jalapeño ketchup. Great specials always. Ribs are amazing, brisket melts in your mouth.

Thank Crispypc
Ames, Iowa
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152 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Four of us were in Altoona to donate money to the Polk County school fund (Prairie Meadows). We decided to give Claxton's a try. Overall, it was very good. Mostly "hits' but a few "misses." My wife and I ordered the two meat meal. She got one side. I got two. We both ordered the burnt ends and brisket. We... More 

1 Thank RVIDI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Great smoked meats and sandwiches as well as other choices. Not too expensive and usually can get in and out fairly fast.

Thank semicolons

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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, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 103 8th St SE, Altoona, IA 50009-1938
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Altoona
  • Phone Number: +1 515-967-7979

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