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Gates Bar-B-Q

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1221 Brooklyn Ave, Kansas City, MO 64127-1913
+1 816-483-3880
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10:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 12:00 am
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gates has been my favorite BBQ restaurant for nearly 50 years! I don't live in Kansas City anymore, but Gates on 12th Street is my first stop when I go back to visit! The food is great and Gates Lounge is so much fun!

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Thank Debratante X
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33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very good BBQ. Greeted when walk in door. Sauce a little vinegary for my taste like the smell as you walk in. Need to be prepared as they ask for your order soon as walk in.overall good bbq

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Thank meagle385
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like the old school Bar-B-Q atmosphere and taste this is the place to come! It can be considered a sit down dinner location or a take-out location.

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Thank Marc M
Detroit, Michigan
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we stayed at Gates, my grand mother was the owners baby sitter so we know everybody in his family. We got to Kansas City at least two to three times a year and we'll get a presidential tray from Gates with different meats, potatoes and plenty of pickles to go with it. We would have ham, turkey, chicken, brisket and... More 

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Thank stfcateringdetroit
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108 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I thought the ribs were very good, but not quite as good as some of the others I have tried in KC, I think it's more a matter of style preference. The hot BBQ sauce was very unique and tasty, some of the best I have had. The service is friendly and engaging. I would definitely try Gates again and... More 

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Thank SamPav
Omaha, Nebraska
2 reviews
Reviewed March 9, 2017

I love when you walk- in and the employees holla "May I Help Please" and the food taste so good the meat just fall off the bone. Service excellent, I'll always remember Gate's Bar-B-Q

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Thank bakermichael226
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2017 via mobile

Very good BBQ and the sauce is to die for. Had the combo double decker beef and pork. Big fries are fresh. Nice atmosphere excellent service.

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Thank Kevin M
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed March 7, 2017 via mobile

Took my girlfriend for our first time and everything was exceptional. She ordered the burnt ends sandwich and I ordered the BBQ plater I believe. Hers was great tasting with a good portion of meat on the sandwich as well. My plate came with a few ribs brisket and pork slices with a side of French fries. Everything was hot,... More 

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Thank sergio a
Peggs, Oklahoma
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137 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2017 via mobile

Tried Gates for the second time and I know for sure that Gates is not for me. I know it is a KC legend and that is why I gave them a second chance but it just isn't what I like in smoked meats. We tried the sliced pork, ribs, and burnt end sandwich. Out of the three the only... More 

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Galion, Ohio
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97 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2017

A little confusing to order, not your typical sit down setting. Ordered the sampler plate. 1 plate is more than enough for 2 persons.The spicy BBQ sayce is very tasty and not too hot. Meat is good - ham is so-so. Ribs are very good. Would order ribs only next time. French fries nice, crispy good taste and texture

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1221 Brooklyn Ave, Kansas City, MO 64127-1913
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Kansas City
  • Phone Number: +1 816-483-3880

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?