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Gates Bar BQ

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103rd & State Line, Leawood, KS 66206
+1 913-383-1752
10:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 10:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 00:00
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Wichita, Kansas
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80 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been going to Gates for many years. It's consistent good quality meats and sides are always what I expect. The service at the counter could be better but it is what it is. Be prepared when they ask what you want. If your words are not consistent with the menu, don't be surprised with what you get. It's all... More 

Thank John J
Kansas City, Missouri
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107 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I felt for some BBQ and went to Gates and decided Robson in after 15 min for parking and 20 min in the line. Friendly loud staff , but after sitting Robert the couple in front moved and told a star member of roaches and they just moved . We saw one crawl down towards us on... More 

Thank blade2dabone
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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94 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

A year since my last visit to Kansas City and to this Gates' location, I'm grateful to see it's still a quirky, tradition-bound restaurant serving outstanding food. For first-timers, it can be intimidating to wait in line, then respond quickly in a strong voice with your order in response to the, "Hi, May I help you?" But once you get... More 

1 Thank AJS54
Dallas, Texas
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

I have had Gates before and it was ok. Our family ordered 2 presidential platters and 4 fries and it was over $200 which I was not expecting that price. The flavor was pretty good but the meats were a little too dry for the price we paid for. Since we were from out of town my father wanted a... More 

Thank FreeSpiritTrvler
Hawthorne, Florida
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Great food. We knew we were close a block away because you could smell the bar b que. Large portions. Nice atmosphere. Helpful staff. Loved this. KC got this right. Best bar b que ever. Thanks

Thank Lorrie D
Tucson, Arizona
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239 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Gates has a long history of great BBQ in KC. It never disappoints and is always worth a stop. Beef on bun is one of my favorites. Service was great.

Thank Zack M
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

We went while we were in town for a soccer weekend. Food was good, but nothing special. We found the menu to be a bit confusing. The "hi may I help you" gimmick... Is not all that amusing when you are visiting for the first time. We would not likely go back. 3 stars for the average food, staff seemed... More 

Thank Claire G
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

The food was amazing. Get the baked beans! My group struggled with the menu board. We had four different groups and the staff was a little impatient. My family got the small platter and three sides. It was 77 dollars. It feed my family of five and we shared with the other people in our group. If you have a... More 

Thank Sandi J
Manhattan Beach, California
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269 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

We were taken here by some locals for Kansas City BBQ. We got there, and we ordered a large platter of food, sides, and drinks. The BBQ rub was amazing, and their BBQ sauce was sooooo good! There were TVs up, and great seating. The funny part was, we all left smelling of BBQ smoke! Was a great souvineer of... More 

Thank Ace90266
Leawood, Kansas
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

I have always enjoyed Gates. I like their mixed plate and beef in general. Ribs are very good. Beans very good. It's very consistent and although sometimes crowded, a fairly quick meal. Like most BBQ joints it isn't cheap.

Thank DouglasNiedt

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 103rd & State Line, Leawood, KS 66206
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Leawood
  • Phone Number: +1 913-383-1752

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