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Gates & Sons Bar-b-q

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1026 State Ave, Kansas City, KS 66102-4409
(913) 621-1134
Mon - Tue 10:00 am - 1:00 am
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Daron F
Wausau, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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 

Thank akremin
Pacific Grove, CA
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40 reviews
21 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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243 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 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 

Thank Mary1675
Castle Rock, Colorado
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55 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

Gates is easily among the top 5 best BBQ joints in KC. Get the Beef on Bun or the Burnt Ends with a Boulevard Beer and your sides of choice - you'll come back again and again.

Thank 303_Diner
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

I have grown up with Gates, been a resident in Kansas City, MO, since I was 16 yrs of age. I can say nothing has changed about the food, if anything has it only gotten better ( if better can get better ). It is the best barbecue I have eaten. I moved away from the city for 12 years,... More 

Thank Catherine O
Colfax, Washington
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68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Pros: Was out on a business with a party of 6 to try and soften the buyer, and yes it worked ! The staff were really friendly and always ready to help out and advise on the great verity of amazing foods. Cons: Would be nice to see a more streamlined POS system as my order got mixed up a... More 

Thank AdamAK47
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Recommended by our hotel just down the road as we had to sample the famous Kansas City BBQ before leaving town. You order food at counter on entering joint, cafeteria style. Locals knew what to do obviously, us poor "tourists" took a while to catch onto way of ordering food shall we say! Order food through "one who shouts" behind... More 

Thank Ian M
Winnipeg, Canada
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Back again and it didn't disappoint, Gates is never a bad call, burnt ends, ribs, chicken, mixed plate, the sauce...the. best.

Thank AGregoire204
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73 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Great Kansas City BBQ! Be ready to order when soon after walking in. They were nice enough to open a room in the back for our large family. Huge portions!!

Thank Rene' S

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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, Television, 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: (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?