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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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Mon - Tue 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Takeout

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
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  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
I love me some Gates!!!

Always met with a friendly "hi may I help you?" Gates is consistently a wonderful taste of Kansas City BBQ. Fantastic Brisket, and succulent ribs.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 8, 2015
Nick S
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Ballwin, Missouri
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462 reviews
351 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

I suppose Gates vs. Arthur Bryant's in Kansas City is a little like Geno's Cheese Steaks vs. Pat's Cheese Steaks in Philadelphia in that there are those who strongly prefer one to the other even though a lot of people might find both really good and about equal. I would like to give a higher rating here to Gates, but... More 

Thank John E
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Always met with a friendly "hi may I help you?" Gates is consistently a wonderful taste of Kansas City BBQ. Fantastic Brisket, and succulent ribs.

Thank Nick S
El Paso, Texas
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

We ate a delicious meal here. The BBQ is excellent! The staff are friendly and very helpful while the atmosphere is very nice. I highly recommend this delicious gem in Kansas City.

Thank melindaetzold
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

I literally make it a point to eat at Gates everytime I am in Kansas City! I wish we had one where I live. If youve never been here TRY IT!!!! Best BBQ, hands down.

Thank therealSi
Placerville, California
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

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

Thank SRC1964
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54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

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 

Thank Paul S
Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
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73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 via mobile

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 

Thank Jennifer L
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68 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 

Thank Joel R
Saint Louis, Missouri
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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.

Thank LauraG72
Lawrence, Kansas
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 

Thank Janet M

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?