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Cactus Bob's BBQ Corral

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5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
+1 515-331-0057
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 21:00
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Des Moines, Iowa
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We had the St. Louis baby back ribs - they were FANTASTIC! Loved the choices of barbecue sauces, too. We will definitely be back - great food!!

Thank ReesesPBC
Rogersville, Tennessee
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48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

I believe the day we went there, the owner was working the register. He seemed to genuinely love what he was doing. He referred to his employees as "chef". Large portions and great food. The food was quick and fresh. I really liked this place. Large selection of Bbq sauces too. I would definitely eat there again.

Thank Trpcollier
San Antonio, Texas
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493 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Once again this place delivered a sweet tasting BBQ Pork sandwich with fries and a drink basket. Highly recommend if in town to give it a try. The assortment of the hot sauces is an added bonus. What works well, in opinion, is the sweetwater death with the BBQ Pork sandwich balances the sweet and hot. The downside of this... More 

Thank RetiredArmyRANGER
Des Moines
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

I'm from a state that BBQ is a way of life. I was looking for decent BBQ in the DSM area. This is not it. Bland, boring, side dishes not that great either. I drive by here daily, and have only eaten here twice in 8 years for a reason. There are much better options in the metro.

Thank JewelsDesMoines
Grimes, Iowa
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

So many choices. Several different selections and many different flavor sauces. Even if the line is long it moves quickly. Nice casual atmosphere since they more than doubled their size.

Thank cychief24
Johnston, Iowa
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85 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Great food, well priced, excellent menu options and fast service. You can't beat it for a fun BBQ experience!

Thank Dean326
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

I get the wings and chicken fingers most times, I loved the smoked flavor and rub on the wings. I also found that the chicken fingers are hand breaded white meat breast, they are always moist coming out of the fryer and make them a must order for anyone who likes chicken tenders but not the boxed grease flavor of... More 

Thank Joruus C
Johnston, Iowa
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Get the tenderloin - it is amazing. Really everything is great here. Staff is super friendly and love the building since they added more space.

Thank joejoebay
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52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

I love Cactus Bob's. I really can't say enough good things. From the excellent food taste, to the generous portions to the friendly staff, to the reasonable prices. It just doesn't get much better. Oh and their jerky is so good that I always bring home multiple bags of it for the family.

Thank Jason P
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

Went with a group of about 20 people and did not hear one complaint. Ordered a combo that included pork, brisket, chicken and a sausage. Also got potato salad, beans and cornbread. All the meats were tender and tasted great. Bbq sauces were good and sides were good as well. I had eaten at Smokey D's earlier in the day... More 

Thank Jim C

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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, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?