Arthur Bryant's Barbeque

BBQ Joint · 18th and Vine And Downtown East
1727 Brooklyn Ave (at E 18th St), Kansas City, MO 64127, United States
Closed until 10:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 10:00 AM–9:30 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 10:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–8:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 282 votes

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    David L.
    "Burnt ends & pulled pork are out of this world delicious."(43 Tips)
    Seth T.
    "Best KC BBQ!!!"(4 Tips)
    Schuyler V.
    "Rib tips and short slab is to die for!"(4 Tips)
    "Absolute best BBQ in Kansas City, possibly the world."(2 Tips)
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  • barbecue
  • burnt ends
  • ribs
  • sandwiches
  • brisket
  • french fries
  • pulled pork
  • spicy food
  • authentic
  • baked beans
  • family-friendly
  • cole slaw
  • good for groups
  • lemonade
  • meats
  • great value
  • casual
  • potato salad
  • beef
  • pale ales
  • John M.

    Burnt tips

    John Macauley · November 2
  • Bob S.

    Brunt ends open-face sandwich is great.

    Bob Sullivan · October 27
  • April C.

    The ribs melt in your mouth!! Great with or without sauce

    April Creighton · October 26
  • Laura R.

    Their Burnt Ends and sausage are excellent! Not the best in KC but a great meal is for sure!

    Laura Razee · September 19
  • Daniel

    Pulled pork and burnt ends are both amazing.

    Daniel · September 4
  • Maurice H.

    The rib tips were so good!

    Maurice Harris · August 27
  • Desiree C.

    Ribs and lemonade.

    Desiree Colonna · August 4
  • Emily S.

    Burnt ends!!!

    Emily Spirk · July 27
  • David L.

    Burnt ends & pulled pork are out of this world delicious. BBQ sauce is to die for. Save yourself the extra trip & get a pitcher of Boulevard.

    David Linder · July 20
  • Michael C.

    Quite likely the epitome of what defines great Kansas City BBQ.

    Michael C · July 18
  • Madonna S.

    The ultimate definition of KC BBQ!

    Madonna S. · July 8
  • Shannon L.

    The ribs are delicious.

    Shannon Loy · June 13
  • Paul W.

    The King of Q.

    Paul Whalen · June 7
  • Terrass M.

    A fun destination to get some KC style BBQ

    Terrass Misher · June 1
  • Rodney B.

    I've been coming to Arthur Bryant's for 30 years. The food is good - the portion keeps getting smaller and smaller. Used to be the food completely covered the plate. Nowadays. . .too much plate.

  • Marc E.

    Thrillist Top BBQ List: Legendary KC joint - tear into a slab of still-amazing ribs that has sated great Americans (Brooklyn St. is original)

    Marc E · April 21
  • John K.

    The presidents come here for a reason. Get a plate of fries to share instead of getting as a side.

    John Koster · April 1
  • Autumn M.

    2nd favorite BBQ in KC - their smoked turkey is spot on. Brisket was a little too fatty for my taste. Great sides & lemonade though!

    Autumn M · January 3
  • Olli K.

    First and last time. Didn't like the food at all

    Olli K · December 23, 2014
  • Mike T.

    Its a must see at the Brooklyn Ave location. Casino's are not the same experience - by a long way.

    Mike Taylor · December 22, 2014
  • Samuel

    Everything here is amazing. Absolute best BBQ in Kansas City, possibly the world. It is impossible to go wrong w/ rib tips (if available) or a combo sandwich.

    Samuel · December 15, 2014
  • Charlie T.

    U better like a vinegar based sauce

    Charlie Taibi · November 14, 2014
  • Dominic X.

    This place is certainly unique and a staple of KC BBQ, but I personally don't like the style. I'm a Gates man.

    Dominic Xavier · November 7, 2014
  • El C.

    Everybody says burnt ends... Everybody is right.

    El Calixo · September 28, 2014
  • Stephen K.

    Epitome of KC BBQ. Cheap, filling, zesty, messy

    Stephen Koontz · September 16, 2014
  • Lauren M.

    If you're looking for brisket, order the burnt ends. They come slathered in sauce and they're de-licious.

    Lauren Melcher · September 1, 2014
  • Alison H.

    We had the beef and ham. Get a two meat plate platter. They give way too much food for one person on the sandwich plates!

    Alison Hillman · August 31, 2014
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    TV Food Maps · August 26, 2014
  • Tony D.

    Burnt ends are amazing but ice tea-not so much (these two go hand and hand for me)

    Tony Duke · August 25, 2014
  • Simon K.

    Kick it old school - go for the ribs and fries wrapped in newspaper. Paprika-laden sauce is very unusual.

    Simon Kuo · August 25, 2014
  • Chris N.

    Best place for ribs in Kansas City, Missouri.

    Chris Nixon · August 9, 2014
  • CJ N.

    Long line and grungy but very good BBQ and prices.

    CJ Neagle · August 9, 2014
  • Bob S.

    Burnt ends + rich & spicy is the move.

    Bob Specht · August 6, 2014
  • Serious Eats

    Skip the burnt ends and go for a brisket sandwich here.

    Serious Eats · July 25, 2014
  • Bryan A.

    Beef sandwich. Burnt ends. Ask for extra bread to share.

    Bryan Anderson · July 19, 2014
  • Nikki S.

    This should be a mandatory stop for all tourists! You will leave satisfied especially if you get the turkey.

    Nikki S. · July 6, 2014
  • J C.

    Burnt ends! Get it to go to get a little more. Red soda!

    J Cho · July 5, 2014
  • S R.

    Burnt ends yummmm

    S Rollb · July 1, 2014
  • Wendy A.

    Splitting a combo with fries And a side of slaw and a lemonade to wash it down was Delish, and more than two of us could eat.

    Wendy Abshire · June 7, 2014
  • Ali C.

    Favorite place since I was a kid!

    Ali C. · May 23, 2014
  • Bill S.

    Awesome burnt ends

    Bill Spencer · January 3, 2014
  • Victor Z.

    Get the burnt ends. Very good. Ribs had great flavor but were dry.

    Victor Zitron · December 29, 2013
  • Colin M. F.

    I don't care how Midwest-sized you are, 1 sandwich = 2 people. Burnt ends are a must, with the perfect beans.

    Colin M. Ford · December 29, 2013
  • Vasily K.

    We did not enjoy it

    Vasily Kuznetsov · December 17, 2013
  • DailyCandy

    The legend. Some argue it’s all about the sauce. Others, the caramelized burned ends. Either way, add the cafeteria-style classic to your barbecue bucket list and don’t look back.

    DailyCandy · November 20, 2013
  • Steven B.

    Not impressed w/ the pulled pork. And beef sandwich is not lean-- literally half of it was fat-- I picked it all off! A bit pricey too, but good sauce. Going with the burnt ends next time.

    Steven Borrelli · October 15, 2013
  • Katy T.

    Get the Burnt Ends!!! Also mix the original and the smoky sauces for perfection.

    Katy Thompson · October 11, 2013
  • Ryan T.

    Meat platter burnt ends! Nuff said!

    Ryan Timms · September 6, 2013
  • Jake S.

    The pulled pork sandwich is not the reason to come to AB's; the Rich and Spicy sauce alone made this trip worthwhile, but I suggest trying it on the Burnt Ends or the ribs instead.

    Jake Smith · August 10, 2013
  • Schuyler V.

    No x-country roadtrip is complete without a stop at the BBQ Mecca! Rib tips and short slab is to die for!

    Schuyler Van Horn · August 2, 2013

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