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Bandana's Bar Bq

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$$ - $$$
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301 E 1st St, Ankeny, IA 50021-1830
+1 515-964-9989
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

My family and i loved it! Had the racks of ribs, smoked perfectly, so good you don't need any sauce. Sides were a meal in themselves, very clean restaurant and our server Ron was friendly as a lab, great service. Side note...Tena the general mngr of the place even visited our table to introduce herself, very professional. Take your fam... More 

1 Thank biggieds
Morehead, Kentucky
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

We went with our basketball team while playing in the area. Everyone tried something different and the food was fantastic. They offer a lunch menu and bargain menu. For $6 we got barbecue and 2 sides. Lots of choices. The potato salad and fried okra was terrific. I would highly recommend!!!!

1 Thank 526Frequenttraveler
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

We were greeted at the door by friendly staff and seated promptly. The restaurant was clean and smelled like fresh bar-b-que. The food was amazing & the portion sizes were perfect. The sausage was the best sausage we've ever eaten. The ribs and sliced beef were tender, and the fried okra & green beans were just as amazing. Their sweet... More 

1 Thank Darrell F
Earlville, Iowa
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

We have eaten at several Bandanas over the years. This old seemed old. Needs updated. Nachos were great! My pick 2 platter wasn't very good. Ribs perfect. Ordered nachos at same time as drinks got them with lin 1min of our food. So things got cold.

Thank ANN c
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133 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I love going here. Always terrific service and reliably delicious food. We love the food and personal service we always receive.

Thank Pattie S
Ankeny, Iowa
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363 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

I lived a few blocks South of this restaurant. I walked up there at times and ate an evening meal. It is not expensive. It is a BBQ joint. You can choose from several types of BBQ meat and then pick one or two sides to go with the Texas toast. The BBQ meat is OK but not great. I... More 

Thank david_hance_iowa
Worthington, Minnesota, United States
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71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

We were in town for a belated Christmas celebration with some of our family and wanted to all go out for lunch on New Year's Day. Fortunately Bandana's was open and they were able to seat us very quickly on just a walk-in basis right at noon. We've eaten here before on some of our trips to Ankeny and have... More 

Thank Randy S
Ankeny, Iowa
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Good flavor and great sauce to add to that flavor, Ribs fell off the bone. Great sides to choose from. Texas toast is also good. Fast and courteous service. Plenty of Napkins and wet wipes for us messy barbecue eaters.

Thank Don H
Des Moines, Iowa
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Nice place, pretty low key, minimal atmosphere. But, food is good, plentiful usually and nice staff.

Thank SWA50021
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Awesome BBQ and very reasonable prices. Good service and a lot of food. Great place and many different sauces.

Thank okoboji7

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, 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: 301 E 1st St, Ankeny, IA 50021-1830
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ankeny
  • Phone Number: +1 515-964-9989

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?