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Cactus Bob's BBQ Corral

5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
+1 515-331-0057
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Overview
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good45%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (14 reviews)
“beans” (7 reviews)
“brisket” (11 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Barbecue
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a lot of competition in the Des Moines metro area for award winning BBQ restaurants (I know, hard to believe huh?) and Cactus Bob's is among them. Their smoked meats and a wide range of sauces keep us coming back time after time....More

Thank 735DanielA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

glad we tried it. between everyone at our table we had 5 of their meats, all were good. the sides we tried were good, the cole slaw was unlike any I've had and was tasty. not far off the beaten path of the interstate and...More

Thank iowawestfamily
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Family of 3 ate here last week. Crispy Chicken sandwich was tasty, however, very very greasy. Green beans were delicious as was the mac-n cheese for sides. Rip tips were above average, not the best I've had, but good. Copper Canyon Combo was very good....More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

The name is better than the food. $35 for two plates of meats that tasted like they had cooked in a crock pot or were from the previous day. Not worth it.

Thank Tammy M
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Took the family there for lunch- every person enjoyed their meal. Friendly, quick service, good portions, wide variety of choices for sides. I also thought the value was good for the quality of food.

1  Thank Smithyben
Reviewed 5 July 2017

I was here for lunch and had the chuck wagon basket with beans. This basket included brisket, pork, and chicken. I thought the food was OK, the portion sized could have been a bit larger. Enough BBQ sauce and anything is edible, just saying. Not...More

1  Thank Zebra_45678
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Went for the Longhorn, Texas style, and was very satisfied with the meal. Beef was a little dry but that was easily solved with their ravage sauce on the table. This is not the best brisket ever eaten as I am spoiled living down south...More

1  Thank WHDSM
Reviewed 13 May 2017

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...More

1  Thank WHDSM
Reviewed 23 April 2017 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.

1  Thank olbear1962
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...More

1  Thank JODYlo2014
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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