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Claxon's Smokehouse & Grill
Barbecue Restaurant$
Today 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
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3131 8th St SW Altoona, IA 50009
3131 8th Street SouthwestUSIowaAltoona50009
$Barbecue RestaurantToday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
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Hand-rubbed smoked meats served in a modern, open dining room complete with a fireplace.- Google
"The menu was a good mix of classic BBQ/smoked meats with alternatives."
"Compared to other steak restaurants it was less than adequate."
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Rob Price
3 months ago
When you arrive you are greeted by a really modern looking building with beautiful signage. The inside is also very pleasing to look at. Due to the design, the acoustics are not great and it seems noisy even when there isn't a huge crowd. The menu was a good mix of classic BBQ/smoked meats with alternatives. The list of sides is long and hard to pick because they all sound good. The staff was exceptionally nice and personable. There was only a tiny wait before our food arrived, which you'd expect from a smoked meats place. The meats were all tender and delicious. The lack of sauce choices was unfortunate and the potato wedges were cooked to hard sticks, but otherwise all of the sides were also good. Everyone in our party felt quite full and had no room for dessert, though the selections did sound quite good. We all agreed that the friendly staff, great choices and good food would bring us back to Claxon's.
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Response from the owner - 3 months ago
Thank you Rob!!!
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Iliana Diaz
6 months ago
What I liked about it? Nothing the food was horrible!!! The only thing I liked about my order was my coleslaw the food was at room temperature or colder I would not recommend it at all!!!!!
ana Cratty
a year ago
We just ate there... well not really we waited 45 Mins. for our food, came not even at room temperature, kids meals fries where Burnt, and all they could do is not charge us for the food we sent back... REALLY??? after waiting for 45 mins? the People behind us got their food before us and their waiting time had to be about 15 mins.... the Waiter was gr8... the FOOD? Aweful We will NEVER eat there again.
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Rachel Moses
a year ago
We ate there for lunch and it was terrible! pulled pork was awful, dry and tasted like it was really old left overs. Burnt ends were just chopped up beef, no crust or flavor on the outside of the meat drowned in a nasty sauce. And the only bbq sauce they have is a very bitter vinegar flavored sauce. Cole slaw was brown and smelled. Didn't even try it. The only thing I ate was my fries.
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Tonya Young
10 months ago
Blog: Restaurant Review Claxon’s Smokehouse & Grill – Altoona Iowa 12/3/14 My Score: 1 out of 10 (highest) I called as we were driving to restaurant and asked about call ahead seating. The phone rang more than 20 times and the nice lady said with 3 people I would be fine. We arrived and waited to be seated. We then asked if we could sit by the fireplace, the hostess seated us next to the fireplace. The environment was good so far. There were only about 4 other tables occupied. Server came over to the table and asked us for our drinks. He did not have any recommendations. I asked what kind of soda you have. He only stated Pepsi products. We ordered 3 Mt Dew’s. After a few minutes he came over to the table to deliver our drinks and stated he would be back to get our order. Not sure why he was coming back to the table when we were ready to order. After a few more minutes he came back to take our order. I ordered 2 meats with 2 sides. I requested one of my sides to be a salad. I asked what the house fries were like. The server stated they were like steak fries. My husband and daughter ordered a 12oz steak with 2 sides and an extra plate to share. The server did not ask how they wanted their steak prepared not make any side suggestions. My husband ordered the steak and had to mention how he wanted the Cajun spice on it. The server was less than adequate. Then we waited over 20 minutes for food. I didn’t receive my salad. My husband told the server and he stated he didn’t remember and what kind of dressing I want. I told the server I didn’t want it at this point and I would have preferred it before my meal. He just stated sorry and walked away. The value of the food is less than acceptable. The fries were not steak fries, they were potato wedges. The fries were not as I expected. The temperature of the meats were less then hot. My husband’s steak was cooked medium rare as expected. The steak did not seem like a normal 12oz steak. The steak was smaller than expected. Compared to other steak restaurants it was less than adequate. For the value the steak dinner should have included a salad and bread. The server did not return to the table during our dinner. Didn’t even check on the food quality. After time pasted he brought the check over and said he could take that when we were ready. My husband noticed that we were still charged for the salad that I never received. He walked up to the counter and told the server to remove the additional charge. After a few minutes the server brought the check over with the $2.00 removed. After time pasted he still hadn’t picked up the check to charge our credit card. I put my coat on and used the restroom. After a few minutes I came out and my husband had paid and didn’t leave a tip. We felt the server was not deserving of a tip. My husband said when the server brought over the check with the credit card charged he didn’t bring a pen to sign. My husband had to send my daughter up to the counter to get a pen. The restaurant was nice and very clean. The service and the value of the food ruined the experience. We will not return to this restaurant and I would not recommend it to anyone.
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Derek Wearmouth
a year ago
This place is utter garbage and their food is horrid. Better off just getting mcdonalds because the price does not reflect the little amount of crappy bbq you receive. Everyone i know warned me to not go but i went against better judgment and it was one of the worst places ive ever eaten. If you go and order drinks expect to get a splash of booze in your $9 drink.
Tami Miles
a year ago
Looking for a wonderful and new destination? This is the place! We went on a whim because it was my birthday and we wanted to find a fun place to have a night out in a new city. We traveled to Des Moines. This is probably one of the best smoked meat joints we have tried between Milwaukee and Iowa. The service and food was outstanding. Thank you Cassie! We tried all of their meats thanks to the appetizers and combo platters. I ordered a Cancun Prime Rib with their famous sautéed zucchini and garlic mashed potatoes. We ordered Cheese grits and Jalapeno sweet butter for the Jalapeno Corn Bread. How do they get their cornbread so moist? Our waitress Cassie came out with the food so quickly. Nice job chef! The menu was wonderful, the wait staff outstanding, and the drink selections were good. The establishment was nicely decorated and plenty of room to sit and feel comfortable. This is a must try in Altoona! I believe it is right by the Casino. Skip Casino food and go next door!!!
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Mike Nelson
2 years ago
We used to eat here three or more times a month when they were at their old location it was a nice atmosphere but I don't know who thought the design of this new location barn was a good idea, the vary bad acoustics make it hard to hear the person across the table from you. Food was not as good as it use to be.


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