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John Hardy's BBQ

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929 West Frontage Road NW, Rochester, MN 55901
+1 507-288-3936
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 10:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

This is a great place for small groups but don't expect to be able to reserve a table or tables. The staff is great and the food is excellent. A fellow geocaching friend hosted an social event here and everything worked out fine. Though the entire group didn't sit together, no big deal, it gave us an opportunity to get... More 

Thank Eric D
Kaukauna, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

My mom, husband and I went here 3 times in 3 years with our most recent being 3 weeks ago. I crave the taste of smoked meats That is what this place knows how to do to perfection! When you walk into this place, you can smell the smokers. You will be greeted by people who are very nice that... More 

Thank Karenmandel
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 January 2017

I stopped by JH BBQ on Dec. 23rd 2016 to grab some gift cards. While I was there it smelled so Great I decided to have some lunch. The place was packed but luckily for me some folks were just leaving. My waitress, Amy was Crazy Busy but managed to give me Exceptional service. The food was Awesome (Good Job... More 

Thank Terri D
Madison, Wisconsin
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77 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

The portions are huge, and the cost is low. Fast and helpful service. I can't wait to go there again.

Thank jdouglas1
Columbus, Indiana
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307 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

My wife and I were in town for a visit to Mayo. We were looking for a good barbecue place. I am originally from South Carolina so I like to think I know a bit about barbecue. This place is small but had a lot of tables. There is no hostess, you seat yourself. The waitress brought us menus promptly... More 

Thank Amos C
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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75 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

A young tech at Mayo recommended John Hardy's BBQ. We took the long way to get there from Mayo. However all you have to do is Just go on N. Broadway and turn left on 7th St. NW! The servings were bountiful and the price reasonable. The atmosphere was fun! We are glad that we found it!

Thank Barb M
Seacrest Beach, Florida
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376 reviews
357 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

This place was outstanding. Service started a little slow but ended up being great. Now for the food. We ordered a BBQ pork sandwich, one BBQ rib and a side of homemade potato chips. The food came and we just admired it. We were afraid that we were going to be disappointed but oh NO. That was one of the... More 

Thank chefluee
Mankato, Minnesota
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148 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Hardy's has been in Rochester since 1972, and is always excellent. 6 meats, 7 sauces, great slaw, and soft, buttery garlic bread. Not upscale dining, but it's just what you want in a local BBQ spot.

Thank scodougle
Rochester, Minnesota
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Simple menu, great food, awesome staff make this a must stop for BBQ in Rochester. The shredded pork and Jojo potatoes were amazing!!

Thank Matt S
Houston, Texas
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

I'm from Texas and take BBQ seriously. A couple local people recommended John Hardy's & I went to the Broadway Ave location. Brisket should be smoked so it is tender & one does not have to use a knife. The brisket was so dry I had difficulty cutting it with a knife. The shredded pork (not pulled pork as it... More 

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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 929 West Frontage Road NW, Rochester, MN 55901
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 507-288-3936

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