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Gates Bar-B-Q

) #125 of 1,155 Restaurants in Kansas City €€ - €€€ American, Barbecue
3205 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111-1902
+1 816-753-0828
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good31%
  • Average21%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible5%
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“mixed plate” (22 reviews)
“ribs” (117 reviews)
“sandwich” (50 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
€€ - €€€
3205 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111-1902
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just arrived in K.C. and was looking for a tradional bbq place. What a find. The people are genuine, bbq doesn't need sauce but the Gates sauce sends it over the too. Really good place. Brisket had a wonderful smoke ring and a little fat...More

Thank Timothy N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Service - loud and rude Brisket - decent Sausage - too spicy Ribs - good Sauce - vinegar based. Not bad, but not good either.

Thank Kirk H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Most people enjoy the burnt ends, ribs , turkey and chicken wings. The chicken wings sale out pretty quickly. I've been to every location they are all similar, except the new one on 40 highway in Independence. It's a fancier style with more waiters and...More

Thank Sydney B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The lady with the bow tattoo on her arm serving us was miserable, indifferent and barely coherent, took my order for beers, eventually, and then asked what we'd like to drink... Probably in my top 10 poor services I've received. I ordered the mixed plate...More

1  Thank PalinsLeftBoot
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

I know Gates BBQ is a really big deal in Kansas City so I was looking forward to trying it. We went to the Main Street location which wasn't far from our downtown hotel. The ordering process is unique with you getting a tray as...More

1  Thank GoVols79
Reviewed 10 May 2017

Read the reviews form multiple sources which said this was the place to go. Sadly, it was not. The sauce was okay, the self-service ordering counter not helpful in making any selections, and the ribs were overcooked. The sausage was nice, but spicy if that...More

1  Thank Sharkhunter2010
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Our large group had the largest sampler platter that includes EVERYTHING. The brisket was melt in your mouth goodness. The turkey and chicken were moist and tasty. The sausage had good spice and flavor, but was a bit dry. The ribs and the pork slices...More

Thank John V
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

After reading several of the reviews I thought I'd share ordering tips for first time visitors. I grew up eating Gates and still visit when in KC and take a bottle or two back with me. When you walk in the door the cashiers yell...More

1  Thank Marcia W
Reviewed 29 April 2017

The Gates experience starts the moment you walk in the door, with the May I Help you! The ladies shouting out orders are witty and friendly, the smell divine. Between the four of us we had beef on bun, pork on bun and ribs plus...More

Thank Victoria L
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Wow...worst BBQ ever. My husbands burnt ends were inedible...my pork sandwich was one piece of meat slapped between two pieces of Wonder bread...really? Wonder bread???? Never in my life have I seen that. When I asked if I could have a hoagie like my husband,...More

Thank ravenramone
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Gates suck I go there from time to time they suck can't never get the order right
1 March 2016|
Response from WASH913 H |
Jack stacks much better!
Todd T
Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
7 June 2015|
Response from Todd T | Reviewed this property |
Hurlicia T
Is Gates open on holidays?
4 April 2015|
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Response from Greg H | Reviewed this property |
From the Gates BBQ website: Hours of Operation: Open everyday 10:00 am until midnight. Friday and Sat. open 10:00 am until 1:00 am. Sunday 10:00 am until midnight.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, 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: 3205 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111-1902
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Kansas City
  • Phone Number: +1 816-753-0828
  • E-mail
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