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Gates Bar-B-Q

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1221 Brooklyn, Kansas City, MO
+1 816-483-3880
10:00 - 00:00
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In KC for quick weekend trip and decided to try again Gates BBQ as compared to the other styles in the area Ribs were very tender and the rub was good enough to not add sauce, although I did try the sweet sauce which was very good Meal also included bread and a large helping of fries

Thank Brent K
Mount Dora, Florida
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very pleasant atmosphere, the staff is very friendly, eager to please. A must if you are in the area.

Thank Connec407
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86 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love the fries cooked crispy. Love the sandwich. Love the ribs. Really great barbeque and a classic in KC. This one is my favorite.

Thank Margie T
Wilton Manors, Florida
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334 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A friendly greeting to welcome you to one of three of my favorite local stops. Good cooking, friendly service and you will not leave hungry. They have at least three varieties of there barbecue sauce to sample over tender meat cooking. Great sides. Plan a visit to eat like a local.

Thank randy s
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 19 November 2016

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 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

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 

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Woodstock, Minnesota
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50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

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 25 October 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 21 October 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 16 October 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
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?