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Gates Bar-B-Q

3205 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111-1902
+1 816-753-0828
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good31%
  • Average21%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“mixed plate” (21 reviews)
“ribs” (114 reviews)
“sandwich” (50 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
3205 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111-1902
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I know Gates BBQ is a really big deal in Kansas City so I was looking forward to trying it. We went to the Main Street location which wasn't far from our downtown hotel. The ordering process is unique with you getting a tray as...More

Thank GoVols79
Reviewed 1 week ago

Read the reviews form multiple sources which said this was the place to go. Sadly, it was not. The sauce was okay, the self-service ordering counter not helpful in making any selections, and the ribs were overcooked. The sausage was nice, but spicy if that...More

1  Thank Sharkhunter2010
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our large group had the largest sampler platter that includes EVERYTHING. The brisket was melt in your mouth goodness. The turkey and chicken were moist and tasty. The sausage had good spice and flavor, but was a bit dry. The ribs and the pork slices...More

Thank John V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After reading several of the reviews I thought I'd share ordering tips for first time visitors. I grew up eating Gates and still visit when in KC and take a bottle or two back with me. When you walk in the door the cashiers yell...More

1  Thank Marcia W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Gates experience starts the moment you walk in the door, with the May I Help you! The ladies shouting out orders are witty and friendly, the smell divine. Between the four of us we had beef on bun, pork on bun and ribs plus...More

Thank Victoria L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow...worst BBQ ever. My husbands burnt ends were inedible...my pork sandwich was one piece of meat slapped between two pieces of Wonder bread...really? Wonder bread???? Never in my life have I seen that. When I asked if I could have a hoagie like my husband,...More

Thank ravenramone
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very tasty. We ordered individual item which included one BBQ Beef Sandwich, fries included along with spicy pickles, ordered 2 bones (ribs), baked beans and cole slaw...all excellent. Only one day left but if we had more we'd be back. Hostess was absolutely delightful. All...More

Thank ColdCaliente
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Why do so many rate this place so highly. The problems start the minute you walk in with the cashier yelling across those who are waiting to get your order. Why not put the register at the far end of the counter, so people slide...More

Thank GretchenDT
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

I don't understand how so many natives recommended this place and insisted I try the beef on a bun. It was a soggy mess and I got some meat but most of it was fat. There was no taste to the meat. It absolutely needed...More

1  Thank Arthur S
Reviewed 12 April 2017

I would not recommend this particular Gates BBQ as it is more a self-service fast-food environment. You go in--stand in line to order and then find a seat in another room. The whole experience was not up to par with what I would expect at...More

1  Thank Rick H
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Gates suck I go there from time to time they suck can't never get the order right
1 March 2016|
Response from WASH913 H |
Jack stacks much better!
Todd T
Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
7 June 2015|
Response from Todd T | Reviewed this property |
Hurlicia T
Is Gates open on holidays?
4 April 2015|
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Response from Greg H | Reviewed this property |
From the Gates BBQ website: Hours of Operation: Open everyday 10:00 am until midnight. Friday and Sat. open 10:00 am until 1:00 am. Sunday 10:00 am until midnight.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3205 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111-1902
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Kansas City
  • Phone Number: +1 816-753-0828
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