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Gates & Sons Bar-b-q

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1026 State Ave, Kansas City, KS 66102-4409
+1 913-621-1134
10:00 am - 1:00 am
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Harpers Ferry, WV
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100 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend raved about this place & we were SO disappointed. It was kinda confusing ordering if you have never been before. It is WAY too acidic & vinegary to stomach & the ribs were SOOOOOOO dry!

Thank sephorachick
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

WOW - what a unique and friendly restaurant. Great bar-b-q meals and a good selection of choices all at reasonable prices. Friendly staff and if you leave hungry it is your own fault!

Thank Wayne P
Melbourne, Arkansas
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017

Ordered a rather large carry out order for family that was staying at KU Med center. Quick Service and the food was amazing!

Thank MrsMoser
Independence, Missouri
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

Gates is a place that is almost aggressive in the way you're greeted (that's one of the reasons I tell out-of-town people to let the host order first so they get an additional 38 seconds to see the menu board), but once you're used to it, you're in. They have recently added a sandwich called "The Nooner" that combines two... More 

Thank arrowbert5
Kansas City, Missouri
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

I really enjoy going to this gates because they have chicken wings everyday. Also the service is usually really quick and I can grab some dessert with free coffee!

Thank GodisGoodandMerciful
Lees Summit, Missouri, United States
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4 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

Last 4 times I've eaten at Gates it has been horrible and I us to be a huge Gates fan. It was my favorite. I bought a Brunt End sandwich to go today. Got home and couldn't even eat it. It was all fat and so greasy - very disappointing! Want great BBQ go to Q39 or Slaps, in my... More 

Thank Chris P
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

As a native of Kansas City, I grew up on Gates BBQ on State. No sound signals my tummy that I am about to enjoy this dinner more than that of a cashier screaming, "Hi, May I Help You?" I love Gates, and would probably give it 5 instead of 4 if I the value for the buck was there.... More 

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

In Kansas City for the first time and after asking others was given 3 options for trying out the local BBQ (Gates, Arthur Bryants and Joes of KC), with Gates and Sons being the top recommendation. Had the kids along with us and as they are not all that adventurous in dining I didn't expect them to eat much, if... More 

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Pacific Grove, CA
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

Having been born and raised in KCMO I grew up not knowing just how good Gates BBQ is. Now that I have lived in California for the last 39 years and tasted all the others I can tell you that this is the best BBQ in KC,hands down. I was back on 8/2016 and went back to verify my opinion... More 

Thank PGDad
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242 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

I really like Gates barbecue. I don't live in the area and so don't eat here often enough to know what I want to order. I get that the shrill greeting, "Hi may I help you?" is a trademark, but I found it very annoying that the chant was repeated a little more loudly over and over while we tried... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1026 State Ave, Kansas City, KS 66102-4409
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Kansas City
  • Phone Number: +1 913-621-1134

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?