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Smokebox BBQ Cafe

10020 N Ambassador Dr, Kansas City, MO 64153-1362
+1 816-891-8011
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good47%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“beans” (28 reviews)
“brisket” (20 reviews)
“burnt ends” (36 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
10020 N Ambassador Dr, Kansas City, MO 64153-1362
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great BBQ, quick service and reasonable prices. It is a little off the beaten path but worth the trip!

Thank Shelly C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This wasn't a bad place - just not exceptional, which we thought it would be based on other reviews.

Thank MaryAnn G
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

While I was staying in KC, I decided to try the Smokebox BBQ. The staff, even though quite busy with a large crowd was friendly and the food and drinks were good, (their recommendations on beers was greatly appreciated). The food appeared to be more...More

Thank iowaaggie
Reviewed 3 April 2017

I have stopped in twice to try most everything. Burnt ends and most tender and moist I have had in KC. Baked beans are also a best. The sausage is pretty good, the pulled pork I would have to put as average. Brisket is very...More

Thank Morgan2010
Reviewed 2 April 2017

We were staying at an airport hotel prior to an early flight out of KCI, and realized we hadn't had the opportunity to have any barbeque on our travels in and out of KC. Fortunately, the Smokebox was just down the access road from our...More

Thank Shaka_Frank
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Needed a late dinner close to our hotel and this was the closest. We had the briscuit sandwich and really enjoyed it. The bbq sauce was good with a sweet flavor and meat was very smooth tasting and tender. Prices were very reasonable as well....More

Thank Randy W
Reviewed 26 February 2017

We were staying at the airport and needed a BBQ restaurant close by. Had never heard of this and we were SOOO happy we found this. We love BBQ and eat at many restaurants in KC area - this was our first visit here and...More

Thank sdoddsayers
Reviewed 29 January 2017

this place is what you expect from a real smoke and BBQ place. The smoke aroma hits you when you step in the door. Its not fancy, its not lavish, just good at home and wholesome food. I had pulled pork with beans and slaw,...More

1  Thank lovethedeep
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Looking for a kc bbq joint after flying in from out of town, I saw a sign for smokebox bbq cafe and stopped. The burntends, smoked sausage, baked beans and cheese corn were fantastic! Highly recommend!

Thank Bryan F
Reviewed 21 November 2016

This place may have plastic utensils and styrofoam cups, but the food is excellent. We didn't want a big dinner so we each had a sandwich... beef brisket on white and pulled pork on a bun. We shared fries and onion rings, nice and hot....More

1  Thank okpat1
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10020 N Ambassador Dr, Kansas City, MO 64153-1362
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Kansas City
  • Phone Number: +1 816-891-8011
  • E-mail