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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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Colfax, Washington
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65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It has been a few months since I visited Gates but tonight I was really disappointed. They were out of two things I wanted, I waited in line for an hour. The lady that rearranged the line put ten people in front of me. When I finally got my food the beans were all fat and the "lean" sandwich I... More 

Thank Connie S
Winnipeg, Canada
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

the sauce, the ribs, the wing and leg packs, the combo plate, delicious, my go to for bbq in kansas city

Thank AGregoire204
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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193 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

The staff are the most helpful people in the world! The burnt ends were unbelievable and their version of french fries were tasty and hot. We also got a rack of ribs and while they were tasty, they were slightly dry. Not a big deal as this can happen. But, the sauce was REALLY salty this time to the point... More 

Thank DavilaDC
Ballwin, Missouri
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537 reviews
412 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 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 

1 Thank John E
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59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
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?