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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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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good38%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“ribs” (83 reviews)
“sandwich” (34 reviews)
“fries” (41 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
1221 Brooklyn Ave, Kansas City, MO 64127-1913
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Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

1st tried Gates BBQ sauce 30+ years ago and have been ordering their sauce online to NC since. Really liked the place. Food lived up to the billing and the attached lounge where you can take the food was a bonus. Wish I was in...More

2  Thank Kwesi M
Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

The ordering style is very different..when the people at the counter yell at you, you scream your order to them. The restaurant was packed so we took it to go. The food was good - but not over the top. We all had different variations...More

Thank Kayla H
Reviewed August 3, 2015 via mobile

We have tried a lot of different barbecue places in Kansas City, this is our first trip trying gates. We ordered the ribs and barbecue sandwiches. I thought the ribs were so so compared to other places in KC. The sandwich was pretty good, the...More

Thank Mitch S
Reviewed July 30, 2015

Not sure if we were here on a bad day...but it was not good. Burnt ends sandwich was filled with fat and just gross. Ribs very fatty and not tasty. We drove many miles to dine here and were all disappointed . Go elsewhere

Thank Lynn N
Reviewed July 28, 2015

Driving cross country I knew we would be in Kansas City around lunch time one day. I contacted a friend who grew up here and asked for a BBQ recommendation. "Go to Gates" was her reply and we did. Located in a quiet neighborhood, this...More

Thank TheKodiak
Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

First visit to KC, and first visit to Gates. Everything was so good. Nothing fancy, no gimmicks, just delicious food. Outstanding hospitality from everyone.

Thank kate h
Reviewed July 14, 2015

Well worth the short wait (I arrived right in the middle of the lunch hour, oh well!)! I opted for the basic barbeque beef/bun, fries and a 32 oz. Sweet Tea. Oh my, pure deliciousness at its finest! While in line, it reminded me of...More

1  Thank Terry H
Reviewed July 11, 2015

First the positive - the food here is incredibly good. BBQ sauce was what you would come to know from the stores - not my favorite, but it's consistent. The negative -- we hit a shift change, which meant someone passed along about 5 groups'...More

Thank 233BK233
Reviewed July 10, 2015

We were intent on having BBQ at Arthur Bryants and when we found it was closed for renovations, we drove a few blocks and found Gates BBQ. What a spread of all kinds of BBQ that was absolutely delicious. The service was friendly and fast.

Thank srobby
Reviewed July 9, 2015

If you're taking a tour of Kansas City bbq, be sure to stop in to Gates! Walking in is like taking a step back in time, and the smell that greets you at the door will have you salivating instantly. Be prepared to order when...More

1  Thank Danielle B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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 Ave, Kansas City, MO 64127-1913
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Kansas City
  • Phone Number: +1 816-483-3880
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