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Gates Bar-B-Q

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1221 Brooklyn, Kansas City, MO
+1 816-483-3880
10:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 1:00 am
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Lake Mills, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gates was our last stop for eating barbecue on our trip to KC everyday. And we flipped a coin cause of our proximity to two of KCs many BBQ eating establishments, sorry Arthur Bryant. We were not disappointed at all, I ordered the mega plate with everything on the menu 😋. None of the four of us finished our plates,... More 

Thank Darrell P
Kansas City
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64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have heard many times that Gates was the best BBQ in KC. So we were very disappointed that it did not live up to it's "reputation"! The flavor was disappointing and it was really overpriced for what you got! We got a pork sandwich which was on regular white bread and it cost $9.95!! We also had a mixed... More 

Thank R G
Woodstock, Minnesota
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50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We tried the turkey, ribs, and brisket while here. It was okay - nothing great. With all the excellent BBQ places around I probably won't go again.

Thank AmyJo073
Platteville, Wisconsin
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39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

We shared an order of Burnt End and fries! Thus is my favorite BBQ we had the whole 4 days we were in KCMO! A definite must try!

Thank Laura J
Kansas City, Missouri
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

I'm a native, so I get my Gates BBQ fix pretty regularly. I'm the last of a family of six left in the KC area, however. Whenever any of my relatives come to town, I know the drill: pick them up from the airport and head for our one stop before going to put down luggage: Gates! They have a... More 

Thank shar725
Kansas City, Missouri
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

Hands down the best BBQ in Kansas City!! There's a line for a reason!! Best BBQ sauce but buy the sauce at the grocery store to save money.

Thank Msteeee
Los Gatos, California
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49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

We had heard how great this place is so we had to try it Ribs not really tough, but not very tender, and definitely need the sauce for dryness My wife's hamburger was weird flavor Onion rings very good The best part of our experience there was talking with the locals who were very helpful and friendly

Thank CalifDoug
Lenoir, North Carolina
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

After a long day at work and visiting from out of town, this restaurant really hit the spot! The staff took care of us!

Thank tgreer2016
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40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

Great Bar-B-Q. Love their "hot"bar-b-q sauce, grew up in Missouri, live in Texas and like good spicy stuff, although I didn't think that it was that spicy, Great flavor.

Thank Daniel N
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

It was my first time visiting this place. I heard the barbecue was good so It was time to see if it was true. Service was surprisingly fast; the ambient was so good it made me enjoy the food even more. The food was amazing: the meats were juicy, the potatoe salad fresh, and their sauce magnificent. I recommend it... More 

Thank Keyser M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1221 Brooklyn, Kansas City, MO
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Kansas City
  • Phone Number: +1 816-483-3880

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