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Jimmy Jack’s East Side

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1940 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City, IA 52240
+1 319-354-7427
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
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Iowa City, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I thought their food was wonderful!!! We keep going back for more. Cozy place with a great atmosphere!

Thank Sanecow
Iowa City, Iowa, United States
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Maybe it's because my wife is from the south, and maybe it's because I grew up with serious barbecue. But Jimmy Jack's is simply overpriced for the relatively flavorless food it serves. Their portions are too small, there's a lack of options for sides, and I've tried it several times and I've simply never been impressed. To be sure, it's... More 

Thank Robert C
Iowa City, Iowa
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49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just ate here this weekend! The fries are to die for and the barbecue is amazing. The only thing I don't like is the cramped quarters of the dining room. Lots of people crammed into a small space. Everyone kept running into each other just to get to the condiments/ sauces/ pop machine. The good is quite delicious the atmosphere... More 

Thank kidsmom1999
Jack P, Owner at Jimmy Jack’s East Side, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. I would like to apologies for cramped feeling, it does get crowded. I would suggest you try our new location downtown Iowa City. It is same great food and a much larger space. Thanks for stopping in Jack More 

Iowa City, Iowa
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232 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was on our bucket list of best BBQ places in the U.S.and we are so happy to have it just down the road from us. They have lots of fun sauces to try! I love the atmosphere of the place as well and the service was fantastic.

Thank Cassie W
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Best BBQ in IC area. Good flavor and portions. Offer a variety from smoked turkey, brisket, pulled pork, ribs and sausage. I always get their brisket meal, thick slice of corn bread with honey cooked throughout and a side of crispy fries. They offer complimentary homemade BBQ sauces also. Would recommend if in IC area.

Thank Dustin L
Pensacola Beach, Florida
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I love eating this BBQ, beans and slaw! It is mouth-watering, made locally overnight! They have many sauces and condiments to choose from, just help yourself! The staff is always great with smiles and helpfulness. I can eat GF there and stuff myself, if I wish. I drive a long way just to eat there, really!

Thank mediatingmensan
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I was deciding between giving Jimmy Jack's an average or very good rating, and I decided average based off having my own BBQ, friends BBQ and BBQ I have had across the US. But my friends and I go full out with really slow cooked all wood fired BBQ and we have tried BBQ all over the US and even... More 

Thank Zelck
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106 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

The ribs were tender, lean, and well-seasoned, but for the very casual environment and basket service I felt the the meal was bit overpriced. Just go in with the right expectations and you'll enjoy the food..atmosphere not so much.

Thank TomL911
Jack P, Owner at Jimmy Jack’s East Side, responded to this review

Tom Thanks for stopping in. So glad to hear that you enjoyed the Ribs. I would like to think you for the constructive feed back concerning price and atmosphere. Best regards Jack P More 

Iowa City, Iowa
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77 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We have been fans of Jimmy Jack's since the day it opened, but a recent incident REALLY put this local favorite at the top of our list. I stopped to pick up a pound of brisket for take out. When I arrived at home and took the container out of the bag I though it felt light. Sure enough, there... More 

Thank Michael M
Jack P, Owner at Jimmy Jack’s East Side, responded to this review

Micheal First I would like to apologies again for the mix up with your order. Also thank you for giving us the opportunity to fix it. If there is anything we can do to help in the future please do not hesitate to ask. Best regards Jack More 

Iowa City, Iowa
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

On two subsequent weeks, after a football home game, I visited first Mosley's in the downtown area, then Jimmy Jacks. What can I say, I really wanted ribs? Jimmy Jacks has the long-standing reputation in IC for excellent BBQ, and I'm not saying they're bad, they're just rather expected. The meat was tender, but not extraordinarily so, the sauce was... More 

Thank Lynn E
Jack P, Owner at Jimmy Jack’s East Side, responded to this review

Lynn Thanks for stopping in. I really appreciate the honest feedback about the ribs and cornbread. We will keep working on improving the quality. I hope if your on the east side you will give us another try and we will hopefully exceed your expectations. Best regards Jack More 

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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
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
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: 1940 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City, IA 52240
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-354-7427

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