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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
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good27%
  • Average17%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible8%
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“burnt ends” (19 reviews)
“mixed plate” (2 reviews)
“ribs” (22 reviews)
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
1026 State Ave, Kansas City, KS 66102-4409
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Reviewed May 11, 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for the lunch special. Burnt ends sandwhich with a slice of your choice of meat, and fries. The smoky flavor is there, and the portions are large. The burnt ends are very odd. It's minced up into a sort of bbq sloppy joe....More

Thank KASK2001
Reviewed November 7, 2017

This BBQ was fantastic. I was a "virgin" Gates BBQ customer, but no more! I ordered the Mixed Plate, it came with three ribs, some brisket, smoked ham, and a ton of fries. I was told that it would be enough for two meals; they...More

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Reviewed August 19, 2017 via mobile

This BBQ lived up to the hype! It's on the spicy side, but that's the way we like it. The ordering process up front was a little confusing, but worth it. Staff is really nice.

Thank gypsyfromtexas
Reviewed August 1, 2017

So I heard how excellent Gates is. NOT. They pass off some crappy, slimy pig swine as burnt ends. It's shredded, greasy and nasty. I don't advise any to go there. What a rip off.

Thank tastytwinkie
Reviewed July 24, 2017

This was a place that was on my bucket list of places to eat. Could smell the smoke just standing in the parking lot. Thought I was in heaven. A little confusing on how to order. Had to repeat myself several times because our sides...More

Reviewed July 11, 2017

When I return to my hometowns of both Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri, the first thing I must have is barbeque. Now we’re talking about a place known for the big Q. During my travels, I’ve had my share of ribs, burnt ends, sausage, tips...More

Thank Hitheroadwithlila
Reviewed July 3, 2017

Overall the food was good and I found the ribs to be the best meat item that I ordered. They were meaty, flavorful and not full of fat

Thank kennstransky
Reviewed June 21, 2017 via mobile

Gates is s must stop on your BBQ tour of Kansas City! More of a fast food style of ordering but the food is anything but fast food! Long hours of smoking the meat makes it super tender. I had the burnt end sandwich and...More

Thank Tracy W
Reviewed May 15, 2017

As many have stated, the ordering process is kind of crazy and chaotic which can be overwhelming and confusing for some. The bbq is pretty good and affordable.

Thank Doug B
Reviewed March 14, 2017

Gate's is a Kansas City staple and one of the more popular bbq joints in town - though there are plenty to choose from! Every establishment has good and bad days - this was a good day for Gate's! The service was fantastic, food delicious...More

Thank rdubbs08
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June 29, 2017|
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Response from Wayne P | Reviewed this property |
I thought the sides came with our meal, but it may depend on the entree' you order. Thus, you may have to ask at the time of ordering.
March 23, 2017|
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Response from rdubbs08 | Reviewed this property |
The Presidential platter (no sides) is around $80...you cannot go wrong!!!
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Large groups
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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