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Gates & Sons Bar-b-q

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1026 State Ave, Kansas City, KS 66102-4409
(913) 621-1134
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Hours:
Mon - Tue 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast

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  • 23
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  • 14
    Very good
  • 9
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  • 5
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Love the brisket

I got the sampler platter and the brisket was unbelievable but would skip the ham not Gates BBQ fault just not a ham guy. Ribs were darn good also

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Placerville, California
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Placerville, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I got the sampler platter and the brisket was unbelievable but would skip the ham not Gates BBQ fault just not a ham guy. Ribs were darn good also

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

My 10-year-old daughter and I went to Gates & Sons for lunch during our recent stay in Kansas City. I ordered the "Mix Plate" and she had the "Sausage" sandwich. I received a huge portion of beef brisket, smoked ham and several pork ribs along with steak fries and yummy pickles. She said the sausage was spicy but ate it... More 

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Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We stopped here after a visit to the city market. First thing in the door is "Hi, May I help you!" The girls at the counter were so friendly. I ordered a slab of ribs and two combo lunches. So much food leftover. It may be a little expensive but it was a few meals for us. The potatoes salad... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Gates and Sons is the standard bearer for Kansas City Bar B Que in my opinion. As a native Omahan, we know good meat, and are BBQ experts in our own rights. Anytime our family visits KC, it is almost mandatory that we either visit the restaurant, or at the very least order the take-out platter. It is always a... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Very disappointed! We had heard great things about this place, but it was only mediocre at best. The turkey was deli sliced thin with a strange, orange bbq sauce on it that was not good! The burnt end sandwich was decent, but the fries were soggy. I would go elsewhere for bbq.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

How May I Help YOU! as you are greeted, pretty much as you walk in the door. be ready to order! Never a bad meal, at any of the locations. I've gone to the KCK locale for too many years to count. Good Brisket, REAL turkey, ham, pork...smoked to perfection. Your tummy will be happy just coming in the parking... More 

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Kansas City, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I really wanted to like this place. The mutton ribs were ok, and I really did like the sauce. But the terrible service ruined it for me. The "yelling at you" was not quaint, and they seemed like they wanted to go out of their way to make me feel stupid for not knowing that I needed a tray. Way... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The menu isn't easy to understand and ordering is just as difficult. People are waiting in line, and they want your order before you reach the register. The sides were confusing to me and it was super loud. . My daughter in law and I had the Burnt ends, and both orders were very fatty. It was quite disappointing. My... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Love their barbecue. Love the fast service. Sides are delicious but expensive. But you do get what you pay for. I've been eating Gates for over 30 years now and my whole family of 10 and their family and their family and.... 😊

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This bbq greatly exceeded my expectations! I had the center cut ribs and cucumber salad and was very pleased with my meal. The cost was also extremely reasonable.The counter staff were very friendly and knowledgeable in answering questions about the menu. Overall a great meal! Will definitely stop here every time I visit Kansas City!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1026 State Ave, Kansas City, KS 66102-4409
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Kansas City
  • Phone Number: (913) 621-1134

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
10:00 am - 1:00 am

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