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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: Breakfast/Brunch
Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch

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  • 15
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Ribs

I was told I had to try Gates when in town. The ribs were very tender and had a great dry rub. Service was slow. Having good BBQ in Texas, I wasn't that impressed.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2014
Christie D
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Galveston
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
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40 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Galveston
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I was told I had to try Gates when in town. The ribs were very tender and had a great dry rub. Service was slow. Having good BBQ in Texas, I wasn't that impressed.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I stopped here on my way to the airport and couldn't have been more pleasently surprised. It is a hole in the wall and a little run down, but the food was amazing, cheap, and delicious. The staff could not have been more friendly. There are no waiters, you order at a register, but the staff was more attentive after... More 

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Great BBQ. Interesting menu and felt pressured when I ordered (in a good way). Ended up ordering the beef bbq sandwich and it was very good. I live in Birmingham and we wanted to enjoy some good KC BBQ and Gates did not disappoint. The sauce was fantastic! You can get the sauce here and we also saw it at... More 

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Kansas City, Kansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

You will not see Gates on the travel channel or any other commercial show but those from Kansas City KS and Kansas City MO know that Gates Bar-b-que is a institution. If you want some good que you must eat here. This is the joint of presidents such as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and they have the presidential platter.... More 

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Robeline, Louisiana
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Overrated----Overpriced----Overcooked----oversalted----Nasty tasting sausage----tough ribs----bad potato salad. Overaal bads experience.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I have been eating at Gates BBQ my whole life. Turkey on a bun or Burnt End Sandwich are the two best things I've tried! Best big steak fries too! The sauce sets them apart from other BBQ places in the area. Perfectly tangy! Yum!

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Cary, North Carolina
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Went to the State Line Road location on a Friday during the lunch rush. There were a lot of people waiting in line to place their orders, which I took as a good sign. The line moved pretty quickly. A friend of ours who lives locally recommended we try the burnt ends sandwich and we were not disappointed. Great caramelization... More 

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Auxvasse
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114 reviews 114 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We went to the place on State Line. There is not a lot of parking here and the neighbors have put up big signs asking you not to use their parking lots. We ended up parking behind a building on grass. There was a long line and a lot of confusion to get our food. I guess it was part... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Just got off of plane from Las Vegas. My friend and I joined my family on 12th Street on May 15,2013. We both ordered short ends, potato salad and drinks. The short-ends were tough!. Lights went out all over and smoke began to fill the restaurant. We could not eat. As we walked out, we all left our food and... More 

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Decatur, Texas
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87 reviews 87 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

My wife and I recently went to Kansas City on a business trip. The hotel where we stayed recommended Gates BBQ down the street as a good place to eat BBQ. We went and finally got our order placed while standing around with a crowd of take out picker uppers. We ordered a slab of ribs and slaw. The ribs... More 

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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 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
10:00 am - 1:00 am

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