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Smokebox BBQ Cafe

10020 N Ambassador Dr, Kansas City, MO 64153-1362
+1 816-891-8011
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good48%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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“beans” (32 reviews)
“brisket” (23 reviews)
“burnt ends” (38 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
10020 N Ambassador Dr, Kansas City, MO 64153-1362
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was our first trip to Kansas City and we asked the hotel staff for a recommendation for a barbecue restaurant. They recommended this place. It is very casual, serving on plastic plates but the food was excellent. The short ribs were tender as were...More

Thank Randyellen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first taste of Kansas City BBQ.... stopped by for lunch at 11:30 and the place was half full already. Placed our order at the counter and was served withing a few minutes. Ribs were great. Sauce was sweet with good spice. Brisket...More

Thank Sharpinvestments
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food close to the airport! Excellent burnt ends as the other reviews say. I'll also say the beans and fries were cooked to perfection! Enjoyed my meal and it was quick to the table

Thank Amy P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband really liked this place. Me - not so much. For starters, I kind of feel like a $15 meal should be served on real plates with real silverware. We were served on disposable plates with disposable forks. The BBQ was not tender, a...More

Thank Nomad062_10
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We chose the Smokebox Cafe based on proximity to our hotel, as well as some decent reviews. We were visiting the Kansas City area and figured we could not leave without trying some authentic KC BBQ. We were disappointed. We ordered two 3 meat platters...More

Thank Mark P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There aren't many choices in the area to grab a quick lunch. This place has really good BBQ food and service is fast for that quick lunch choice. We eat there a lot so this is not just a one time visit.

Thank Jim S
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Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

One plate we ordered was about $17 and I think was 4 meat. there was less meat than on an Arbys sandwich. The smoked ham tasted like sliced deli meat, and they must have changed the beans recipe from last year when other reviewers liked...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 23 June 2017

I work at the airport and have been to Smoke Box several times. They have also catered one of our company events. Last night I ordered a sandwich, beans, and fries for carry out. The beans were left out of the order, even though I...More

Thank Paul R
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Ordered the Burnt ends for dinner tonight. The meat was more like a pulled beef roast. No charbroiled texture, just pulled beef roast. I would try something else next time because it was pretty popular for take out.

Thank billhJ1280CT
Reviewed 16 June 2017

Last time I was in KC, I visited Jack Stack BBQ and it was amazing! This time I wanted to stay a bit closer to the hotel and the Smokehouse BBQ looked good on paper. The food was good, not great, but still good. When...More

Thank Tim M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
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: 10020 N Ambassador Dr, Kansas City, MO 64153-1362
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Kansas City
  • Phone Number: +1 816-891-8011
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