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Gates Bar-B-Q

3205 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111-1902
+1 816-753-0828
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good30%
  • Average21%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible5%
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“ribs” (136 reviews)
“mixed plate” (23 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

We wanted to try a different bbq place so we came here. I think their prices are pretty high, they include no sides, they don’t refill drinks (how is that possible when they have so high prices) and one of the waitresses start to yell...More

Thank Ana M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very very disappointed. This had been one of the top places in K.C. but as they have raised their prices to outrageous amounts, they have also cut their portion size and quality.. Merely having the same old "Hi, may i help you" greeting yelled out...More

Thank jimlakey
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ate here twice while in KC. Always have great selections and get plenty for the price. Had pulled pork on gun with fries first time and second had meal of bbq beef ribs. excellent service and friendly staff. Great place for great food.

Thank Thomas P
Reviewed 10 May 2018

I'm seeing a lot of mixed reviews, horrible to great. The "extreme" reviews seem to have an agenda - me, I just like to try something new. Visited the "original" Gates and it was okay. Interesting folks hanging about, the staff was nice enough. I...More

Thank SleptThereAteThat
Reviewed 7 May 2018

We were there with a group that wanted to learn about KC b-b-q. Heard about the clean bathrooms (3 times) and customer service which was almost non-existent. And while their sauces may be great, the meat was mediocre at best. I asked how the meat...More

Thank SoSo39
Reviewed 5 May 2018

Had the Nooner lunch special $5.99 . Good between 11am to 3pm . One of the best deals in town for lunch . I had the beef sandwich (brisket mixed w/burnt ends) and it came with more fries than I could eat . Dining room...More

Thank gregoryr626
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

It’s been around a decade since I ate the Gates masterpiece-the ham sandwich. Was it as good as I remembered? Yes. Many BBQ places leave pit ham off the menu. Rank amateurs. The burnt ends are fantastic as well. Always a great experience. Recommended. Phood...More

Thank PhoodPhantom_MO
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

This place has been on my food bucket list since I saw it on food network and travel channel, finally flew in to Kansas City and it was my first stop. The service was amazing the menu was straight forward, I got the short ends...More

Thank Shannon M
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Went here on a Sunday evening. Gates is one of the famous BBQ places everyone should try to make a destination. The servers and cooks were friendly. They made sure to make each customer feel important. There was a delay from the soda machine so...More

Thank Bob4Bob
Reviewed 15 April 2018

First trip to Kansas City for a while, and was looking forward to the barbecue scene. The hotel people warned us about going to Arthur Bryant's because of health-inspector issues. Q39 seemed pricey. They recommended Gates. Meh. Underwhelming. The meat is overcooked and cool/cold on...More

Thank Gem1920
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26 December 2017|
Response from patpatrick96 | Reviewed this property |
I don't really know.....but you can call them directly @ 1-816-531-7522.
26 December 2017|
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Response from Oper8bsn | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the others- check your local grocery stores. You might even be able to pursued the Publix folks to special order for you! Otherwise- visit the Gates website! Good luck!
1 March 2016|
Response from WASH913 H |
Jack stacks much better!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
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
  • E-mail
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