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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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127 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

A friend and I were on a BBQ tour in the area and John Hardy's BBQ was recommended as being a good spot. We decided to try it out and I'll echo the service not being particularly great, but friendly. I was looking forward to some good ribs for dinner after a long day. Both my friend and I ordered... More 

Thank Paul A
Byron, Minnesota, United States
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

This place has the best BBQ around. The service is not great by any means so don't expect much there but their food is well worth it. It's always fast and very reasonably priced. The garlic bread is awesome, their meats are all wonderful, and their Jojos are everyone's favorite.

Thank Shelly B
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

My son and I took some time alone while mom and brothers were off to camp to go exploring food places in Rochester and when I mentioned BBQ, he replied with "what's that"? John Hardy's was my 1st choice. Since we were coming from the north, I picked the one along 52. We both had the beef and pork with... More 

Thank Eric D
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

Delicious cheap food. Does have it's off days, but overall very good. I recommend always ordering the Jojo's crispy as the normal Jojo's are too soggy for my liking.

Thank Manuel O
Marble Falls, Texas
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159 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2016

I am from Texas so barbecue is a favorite of mine. Upon a recommendation from a local, my husband and I were excited to try John Hardy's. We ordered the brisket. It was mediocre at best, very dry and not tasty. The only saving grace was the choice of 7 different barbecue sauces. Sauces were good. Sorry to give such... More 

Thank Reenerbeener
Rochester, Minnesota
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 June 2016

There are a few BarBQue places in Rochester, MN, but John Hardy's is the longest serving and the BEST around!

Thank MNcouple58
Naples, Florida
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69 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016

I have been to John Hardy's for over 30 years, and it maintains its excellent barbecue menu. It is definitely not fancy, but the BBQ is first rate. The staff is friendly and the beer is cold. When your family is visiting Mayo Clinic, this is a nice choice for dinner.

1 Thank Michael F
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 April 2016

Some of the best barbecue in town. Way better than the cookie cutter food you get at some of the BBQ chains around Rochester. Fresh smoked meat and awesome Jo-Jo's

Thank percyb788
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2016

A longtime Rochester resident took me here, and it was pretty good. Having grown up in Texas and lived in Austin for over 20 years, I'm pretty familiar with what decent barbecue is like. I had a combo plate with sliced beef and chicken (white meat), jojo potatoes and fried okra. The generous beef portion and 1/4 chicken each had... More 

Thank Jimbobsq67
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300 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2016

This place has, in name, been around a long time. I knew John when he was over on 3rd Ave and this place has changed many owners and many changes, some not so good. First of all, new owners?, have decided to change the BBQ sauce order. Spicy hot is now basically the same as Big boy hot, OK no... 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
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
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?