Arthur Bryant's Barbeque

BBQ Joint$$$$
18th and Vine And Downtown East, Kansas City
  • Go here. Experience the barbecue. It's worth it.
  • David L.
    "Burnt ends & pulled pork are out of this world delicious."(46 Tips)
    Dustin R.
    "Everything is awesome authentic kc bbq"(5 Tips)
    Schuyler V.
    "Rib tips and short slab is to die for!"(5 Tips)
    Samuel B.
    "Absolute best BBQ in Kansas City, possibly the world."(3 Tips)
136 Tips and reviews
  • barbecue
  • ribs
  • sandwiches
  • french fries
  • brisket
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  • David S.
    David SDecember 21, 2012
    So glad we stopped here on our long road trip! Right off 70 and amazing BBQ, Burnt ends are a must and beef was excellent too! Bought a bottle of the sweet heat sauce to go, finger licking' good!!
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleySeptember 28, 2016
    Another Kansas City BBQ joint that just blew my tastebuds away. This might have dethroned Joe's in my mind. The burnt ends here are the best I've ever had. Everything was perfect, BBQ heaven!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithAugust 10, 2013
    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.
  • Kelsey H.
    Kelsey HayesJanuary 25, 2012
    Arguably the best barbecue in the country, loved by presidents and plebs alike. I recommend the burnt ends with fries, served wrapped in butcher paper. Like pickles? Good, you'll get a bunch of them.
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyNovember 20, 2013
    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.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.September 28, 2016
    "Beef brisket with dark peppery bark. Skip the burnt ends. Bryant's original sauce has the tart, dominant punch of vinegar in the city. Ask for a bright red, sweet bomb of strawberry soda." Read more
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]July 13, 2011
    The line might be long, but the Burnt Ends with fries is worth the wait. Be sure to try all the different flavors of barbecue sauce at your table, and eat an ample supply of free pickles.
  • Samuel B.
    Samuel BDecember 15, 2014
    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.
  • Wendy A.
    Wendy AbshireJune 7, 2014
    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.
  • Keith C.
    Keith CaveyOctober 17, 2012
    Best BBQ in KC. Get the burnt ends sandwich with fries, and bring your appetite!
  • Clint H.
    Clint HallJuly 25
    While the easiest way to start a fight between folks from Kansas City is to ask their favorite barbecue, this my (and every President's) choice for BBQ in Kansas City.
  • David L.
    David LinderJuly 20, 2015
    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.
  • Colin M. F.
    Colin M. FordDecember 29, 2013
    I don't care how Midwest-sized you are, 1 sandwich = 2 people. Burnt ends are a must, with the perfect beans.
  • C B.
    C BartzattJune 15, 2016
    KC BBQ at it's best! If your in KC, you should stop and try it.
  • John K.
    John KosterApril 1, 2015
    The presidents come here for a reason. Get a plate of fries to share instead of getting as a side.
  • Mike T.
    Mike TaylorDecember 22, 2014
    Its a must see at the Brooklyn Ave location. Casino's are not the same experience - by a long way.
  • Eric G.
    Eric GeorgeJanuary 30, 2013
    The burnt ends open face sandwich was, a huge tong-full (or three) of pickles never hurt anyone.
  • Dean
    DeanJuly 31, 2013
    Basically everything is a la carte. And "burnt ends" is code for "unbelievable awesomeness."
  • Daniel
    DanielSeptember 4, 2015
    Pulled pork and burnt ends are both amazing.
  • Autumn B.
    Autumn BrookJanuary 3, 2015
    2nd favorite BBQ in KC - their smoked turkey is spot on. Brisket was a little too fatty for my taste. Great sides & lemonade though!
  • lindsey o.
    lindsey olsenJanuary 14, 2016
    Burnt ends are a little different here. Really great taste. Large portions
  • Juli L.
    Juli LiddickJune 27, 2016
    Rib tips and Fries! Their original sauce is unique and delicious, but I always end up eating a little of all of them!
  • Brad K.
    Brad KornJune 22, 2013
    You must try the Burnt Ends if you have never had it... I promise it will blow you away
  • Alison H.
    Alison HillmanAugust 31, 2014
    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!
  • Southern Living
    Southern LivingFebruary 10, 2012
    Made our South's Best List! Order the perfect plate: half slab (short end), burnt ends, ½ pound brisket, and fries. Read more
  • Rodney B.
    Rodney BlackwellMay 23, 2015
    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.
  • Chris N.
    Chris NixonAugust 9, 2014
    Best place for ribs in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Theodore K.
    Theodore KimDecember 1, 2011
    My favorite is the Burnt Ends dipped in Sweet Heat. The sauces are what makes Arthur Bryant's so very special.
  • Terrass M.
    Terrass MisherJune 1, 2015
    A fun destination to get some KC style BBQ
  • Laura R.
    Laura RazeeSeptember 19, 2015
    Their Burnt Ends and sausage are excellent! Not the best in KC but a great meal is for sure!
  • Allison K.
    Rich and spicy sauce...not actually very spicy but still perfect.
  • Jabez L.
    Jabez LeBretJune 18, 2013
    The sandwiches are ginormous...and amazing. Get pork over beef.
  • Nikki S.
    Nikki S.July 6, 2014
    This should be a mandatory stop for all tourists! You will leave satisfied especially if you get the turkey.
  • David J.
    David JannerMay 30, 2013
    When the Brisket is spot on, it can't be beat. Today was one of the days that it can't be beat.
  • Schuyler V.
    Schuyler Van HornAugust 2, 2013
    No x-country roadtrip is complete without a stop at the BBQ Mecca! Rib tips and short slab is to die for!
  • Katy T.
    Katy ThompsonOctober 11, 2013
    Get the Burnt Ends!!! Also mix the original and the smoky sauces for perfection.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MelcherSeptember 1, 2014
    If you're looking for brisket, order the burnt ends. They come slathered in sauce and they're de-licious.
  • Kansas City
    Kansas CitySeptember 6, 2012
    Vinegar-based President’s Choice sauce (named for sitting President Jimmy Carter’s visit to Bryant’s) carries the reputation as KC’s most distinctive barbecue sauce.
  • Dominic X.
    Dominic XavierNovember 7, 2014
    This place is certainly unique and a staple of KC BBQ, but I personally don't like the style. I'm a Gates man.
  • Simon K.
    Simon KuoAugust 25, 2014
    Kick it old school - go for the ribs and fries wrapped in newspaper. Paprika-laden sauce is very unusual.
  • CJ N.
    CJ NeagleAugust 9, 2014
    Long line and grungy but very good BBQ and prices.
  • Scott K.
    Scott KnisleyJanuary 26
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is great! A must stop when visiting Kansas City!
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon ScottJune 6, 2012
    The burnt end sandwich will make your day!
  • Marc
    MarcApril 21, 2015
    Thrillist Top BBQ List: Legendary KC joint - tear into a slab of still-amazing ribs that has sated great Americans (Brooklyn St. is original)
  • Steven B.
    Steven BorrelliOctober 15, 2013
    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.
  • Victor Z.
    Victor ZitronDecember 29, 2013
    Get the burnt ends. Very good. Ribs had great flavor but were dry.
  • Tony D.
    Tony DukeAugust 25, 2014
    Burnt ends are amazing but ice tea-not so much (these two go hand and hand for me)
  • Terrell H.
    Terrell HolmesMay 25, 2011
    Try all three sides: baked beans, cole slaw, and potato salad. All three are excellent!
  • Ed D.
    Ed DoddSeptember 26, 2012
    Sliced pork & beef sandwich. Cover it with Sweet Heat and Rich & Spicy sauces.
  • Bryan A.
    Bryan AndersonJuly 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Beef sandwich. Burnt ends. Ask for extra bread to share.
  • April C.
    April CreightonOctober 26, 2015
    The ribs melt in your mouth!! Great with or without sauce
  • Ed T.
    Ed TateSeptember 27, 2011
    The burnt-ends are good. I prefer the ribs & variety of side items of Gates barbecue.
  • Kansas City
    Kansas CityOctober 26, 2011
    While the Original sauce is famous, don't leave without trying the Rich and Spicy.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyAugust 13, 2010
    Get the ribs - and the beans. They are awesome. Oh yeah, and get a pitcher of beer. Yeah, the Pale Ale is great.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SeliskeJuly 8, 2013
    Burnt ends were fantastic. Drenching them in BBQ sauce made them even better.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJuly 25, 2014
    Skip the burnt ends and go for a brisket sandwich here.
  • Taylor A.
    Taylor AmbrosiDecember 24, 2012
    Burnt ends. Red cream soda. 18th and Brooklyn is the only way to go.
  • Carly F.
    Carly FranksJanuary 19, 2013
    Best thing there was the fries and we tried a little of everything.
  • Anthony R.
    Anthony RodermanAugust 11, 2016
    Spicy Sauce >>> Original Sauce
  • Aaron
    AaronDecember 21, 2015
    Kansas City BBQ is the best in the world.
  • Maurice H.
    Maurice HarrisAugust 27, 2015
    The rib tips were so good!
  • Terri L.
    Terri LundbergJuly 26, 2013
    No what you want when you reach the window. They have no patience for those who don't what they want. :) #TerriInKC
  • Y'all Lifestyle
    Y'all LifestyleFebruary 13, 2012
    Go hungry and eat all that you can! You many never have food this good again!
  • El C.
    El CalixoSeptember 28, 2014
    Everybody says burnt ends... Everybody is right.
  • Kyle R.
    Kyle RohdeAugust 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Combo platter with Burnt Ends and something else is the way to go, washed down with a big cup of lemonade.
  • Nick G.
    Nick GallegosApril 25, 2012
    One of the best BBQ places in Kansas City, Missouri....Show Me!
  • Michael C.
    Michael CJuly 18, 2015
    Quite likely the epitome of what defines great Kansas City BBQ.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DavisJune 24, 2011
    The burnt ends are fantastic!
  • Tonya C.
    Tonya CunninghamJune 25, 2016
    Best Barbeque and they give you a lot
  • Adam
    AdamMarch 4, 2012
    Do yourself a favor and get the Red Cream Soda!
  • Bill S.
    Bill SpencerJanuary 3, 2014
    Awesome burnt ends
  • J C.
    J ChoJuly 5, 2014
    Burnt ends! Get it to go to get a little more. Red soda!
  • Dawn H.
    Dawn HopkinsJune 7, 2012
    Apparently they saw us coming - didn't realize you have to request lean beef. Um, okay, but what about "edible" beef!? No great marks from me!
  • christopher d.
    christopher dalyAugust 26, 2011
    Burnt ends and pulled pork combo. Can not go wrong.
  • Allison W.
    Allison WatsabaughApril 2, 2011
    Gotta go with everyone else. The burnt ends and fries are amazing.
  • Lisa J.
    Lisa JeffriesMay 24, 2012
    You used to not be able to get ketchup in AB's! But it's on the table now. Times, they ate achanging.
  • Anastasia P.
    Anastasia PhippsJune 19, 2016
    Turkey sandwich, and sausage is great!
  • Joey L.
    Joey LittleJune 19, 2012
    Burnt ends. Always burnt ends
  • Shawn H.
    Shawn HinnantApril 13, 2013
    ¡Burnt ends sandwich changed my life!
  • Julian R.
    Julian ReyesMarch 24, 2011
    Beef and fry is a must have. Best BBQ in KC.
  • KC Spartan S.
    KC Spartan StudentsOctober 3, 2011
    This is the place that started the reason why KC i s th best.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Arthur Bryant's Barbeque as seen on Food Wars , Food Paradise Read more
  • Dustin R.
    Dustin RentfroJanuary 17, 2016
    Everything is awesome authentic kc bbq
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan TimmsSeptember 6, 2013
    Meat platter burnt ends! Nuff said!
  • Bob S.
    Bob SpechtAugust 6, 2014
    Burnt ends + rich & spicy is the move.
  • Scott P.
    Scott PhillipsMay 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    All you need is the rich & spicy sauce
  • Madona S.
    Hands down best BBQ I've ever had!!!
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KoontzSeptember 16, 2014
    Epitome of KC BBQ. Cheap, filling, zesty, messy
  • Aaron W.
    Aaron WilliamsMay 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Arthur Bryant's Barbeque is the best. My dad and I have been going there for years. Good times!!
  • Kara M.
    Kara MundySeptember 28, 2016
    The ribs were my favorite
  • Joshua R.
    Joshua RogersMay 22, 2010
    The burnt end sandwich, with fries, is the way to go. Read more
  • Ali C.
    Ali C.May 23, 2014
    Favorite place since I was a kid!
  • Michaela C.
    Everything is good
  • Steve H.
    Steve HaefnerMarch 12, 2013
    It's not Pappy's but is good.
  • Charlie T.
    Charlie TaibiNovember 14, 2014
    U better like a vinegar based sauce
  • Patrick K.
    Patrick KellyApril 8, 2013
    BBQ would be a safe choice....
  • Reggie A. Gamble 🇺🇸🇵🇦
    Best BBQ in Kansas City!
  • Julian A.
    Julian AraizaJune 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    World class BBQ. Enough said.
  • Shannon L.
    Shannon LoyJune 13, 2015
    The ribs are delicious.
  • Desiree C.
    Desiree ColonnaAugust 4, 2015
    Ribs and lemonade.
  • Davis A.
    Davis AcuffMarch 12, 2012
    It's in the hood, so of course it's good!
  • Seth T.
    Seth ThompsonJune 25, 2012
    Best KC BBQ!!!
  • Carl M.
    Carl MarkusJanuary 29, 2013
    Just another moth watering sandwich & fries too
  • DuQuay A.
    DuQuay AllenJanuary 15, 2010
    Pretty good BBQ. If you get your food to go, they put it in paper bags.
  • Emily S.
    Emily SpirkJuly 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Burnt ends!!!
  • Liz C.
    Liz ConantApril 21, 2013
    This is fucking awesome!
  • Emily M.
    Emily MatlesAugust 10, 2010
    Pulled pork all the way. Delicious!
  • Julian A.
    Julian AraizaJune 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Funny to see all these out of town folks dislike this place. They wouldn't know what good BBQ is if it slapped them in the face.
  • Stuart C.
    Stuart ClarkeApril 17, 2012
    You have got to try this shhhhh
  • Vasily K.
    Vasily KuznetsovDecember 17, 2013
    We did not enjoy it
  • S R.
    S RollbJuly 1, 2014
    Burnt ends yummmm
  • Tom R.
    Tom RaineyJuly 22, 2016
    Lots of sauce.
  • Evelyn
    EvelynMay 28, 2012
    Try the Rib Tips
  • Cheryl O.
    Cheryl OsengaNovember 19, 2009
    Go during daylight, and go starving! Best barbeque ever!
  • Barry K.
    Barry Kindler1 week ago
    The greatness is gone!
  • Paul W.
    Paul WhalenJune 7, 2015
    The King of Q.
  • Josh C.
    Josh CarrafaJune 6, 2012
    burnt ends: holy moly.
  • Eleni T.
    Eleni TavantzisMay 24, 2010
    Burnt ends. No doubt.
  • Cate C.
    Cate CrandellSeptember 28, 2012
    Fries aren't worth it... They are soggy. The baked beans are pretty good, and the spicy sauce is delicious!
  • Chelcee C.
    Chelcee CheersMarch 19, 2011
    Full rib rack... Amazing!!!
  • Steve T.
    Steve TalbottJanuary 3, 2011
    A top 5 stop before you kick the bucket!
  • Jay K.
    Jay KerstingJune 17, 2010
    Brisket sandwich is INCREDIBLE!!!!
  • Wayne D.
    Wayne DufresneOctober 23, 2009
    Try the burnt ends
  • Alex B.
    Alex BowdenApril 22, 2012
    Here's a tip: Choose somewhere else.
  • John M.
    John MacauleyNovember 2, 2015
    Burnt tips
  • Emerson K.
    Emerson KyransaleighJanuary 19, 2012
    After hearing that this is the place to go, have to say, was not impressed. Staff was rude and food was cold.
  • Kathleen A.
    Kathleen ArroyoNovember 25, 2010
  • Jamie M.
    Jamie McKenzieJanuary 13, 2010
    Best BBQ in America! Seriously!
  • Alison B.
    Alison BeussinkAugust 7, 2011
    Don't go after 9
  • Amy
    AmyMarch 22, 2010
    Ribs are the best!
  • Ben W.
    Ben WineOctober 23, 2009
    Worth the trip
  • Kirk H.
    Kirk HarrisDecember 13, 2009
    Best Beef sandwich in the world Read more
  • Brian R.
    Brian RidleyMay 14, 2010
    Long-Ends...totally with it!
  • Olli K.
    Olli KDecember 23, 2014
    First and last time. Didn't like the food at all
  • Mick B.
    Mick BMarch 19, 2012
    Eh...I'm always torn with this place. Don't get any sides--they're all terrible. Fries are awful. Soda and beer is always flat. Beef is fatty, but the sauce unique to KC. Twice a year, tops.
  • Simond W.
    Simond WongAugust 21, 2011
    Ribs are delicious
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