Gates Bar-B-Q

BBQ Joint and Bar$$$$
Kansas City
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  • jerry t.
    "i love that burnt end....always a good meal"(9 Tips)
    Michael C.
    "My introduction to KC BBQ... love Gate's"(3 Tips)
    Susan W.
    "Tasty ribs and LOVE the beans."(11 Tips)
    thePhantom*
    "The only real BBQ to get! OG is king."(2 Tips)
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  • Dean O.
    Dean OrrAugust 15
    Good food service takes forever!
  • Clint H.
    Clint HallJuly 25
    A Kansas City staple. Best for lunch. "May I HELP YOU?!"
  • Marty W.
    Every thing love it.
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DiazMarch 11, 2016
    Food was not that good. It is not what I call real bbq.
  • Olli K.
    Olli KDecember 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    It's all about the heavy pickles
  • Ryan F.
    Ryan FoltzDecember 4, 2015
    I've never had anything I didn't love at Gates!
  • Danielle G.
    Danielle GatapiaOctober 20, 2015
    Gates makes the best ribs. So. So. Good.
  • Mary S.
    Mary StruchenAugust 10, 2015
    Cashier was rude
  • Michael C.
    Michael CJuly 18, 2015
    My introduction to KC BBQ... love Gate's
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniMay 11, 2015
    Wasn't blown away by burnt ends. The slab looked good though. Takeout options are solid.
  • Shawn F.
    Shawn FinleyApril 4, 2015
    Stop in if you are visiting KC!
  • John K.
    John KosterApril 1, 2015
    KC Lengend. Can't go wrong, classic sauce.
  • Chris N.
    Chris NixonMarch 27, 2015
    Good ribs and sauce.
  • Edgar V.
    Edgar Velazquez MarFebruary 12, 2015
    Mixed plate is really good, just maybe not for one person only, but just maybe
  • Brandie M.
    Brandie MesserJanuary 19, 2015
    Yammer pie people come on, a must. My hubby had an apple pie and said it was delicious. Make sure you have it warmed up. Also go for the four boner and opt for no sauce so you can try them all.
  • Bruce W.
    Bruce WrightDecember 24, 2014
    Everything BBQ
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Gates and Sons BBQ as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate , Food Wars Read more
  • Guy J.
    Guy JonesAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great food!
  • Susan W.
    Susan WellfordAugust 8, 2014
    "Hi, may I help you," is another great KC tradition. Tasty ribs and LOVE the beans. Turkey sandwich also good. Gates is a MUST on a KC BBQ tour.
  • Julian A.
    Julian AraizaAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Place has gone down hill a bit. No where near the top dog in town.
  • Denise C.
    Denise CozierJuly 7, 2014
    Forgot to check in when i got here think i was distracted by the loud staff and tasteless decor. Bbq wasnt bad though but this place needs a makeover.
  • Stacy B.
    Stacy BreslerMarch 1, 2014
    Oh my. The BBQ beans are amazing!
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SandersFebruary 20, 2014
    First timer? Maybe get the beef on bun, wanna get ungodly full? Beef and a half.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RuthDecember 8, 2013
    The food was fine, but not the best I've ever had! I liked that even though we went at 10:30 at night the meat was still coming out of the smoker and not a warmer! The people were friendly!
  • Dhaya D.
    Dhaya DevayyaOctober 25, 2013
    Chat with Mama Dennis at the bar. She's a sweet heart!
  • Treva B.
    Treva BuchananOctober 12, 2013
    Wasn't thoroughly impressed :( ribs was over cooked but the pork sandwich & sausage on the bun wasn't too bad. The only thing my youngest daughter liked was the fries..lol
  • Michael T.
    Michael ToguchiSeptember 23, 2013
    The double deck combo with beef and ham is outstanding. Ask for it unsauced if you want to add your own
  • Dylan B.
    Dylan BoydSeptember 5, 2013
    It will be chaos, but good chaos with a filling outcome.
  • Gregg C.
    Gregg CochranSeptember 5, 2013
    Check out the party trays. I hear the sauce here is the best in KC.
  • K. D.
    K. D.August 31, 2013
    Not all that is it hyped up to be. Sauces not very good. It's sad when I prefer the ketchup over the BBQ sauces.
  • Dale Gribble
    Dale GribbleAugust 10, 2013
    Get the short ends and a towel
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KingAugust 7, 2013
    Also telling that another location had mainly caucasian clients...with much better customer service.
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KingAugust 7, 2013
    Father heard much of their food & claim for great customer service. He was sorely disappointed. The staff was disinterested and best and downright rude. Sign says Smile Starts here. No. FROWNS.
  • Bobbie W.
    We really enjoyed our visit to Gates. Loved the BBQ sauce, spicy not sweet, and the people were fun!! ...
  • Andrea W.
    Andrea WattsMay 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Burnt ends is the bombb once again!!!
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick FeeNovember 3, 2012
    Get the burnt ends before they run out. Don't be intimidated by the ordering process... throw ya elbowz out and get in there for some good KC BBQ!
  • Joe Vos
    Joe VosSeptember 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    How much fo one rib?
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SirnaJuly 6, 2012
    Worst service I have ever had. They are rude from the time you walk in the door to the time you leave. I felt rushed like I was holding them back from a smoke break or something. Do not come here.
  • Dustin H.
    Dustin HathcockMay 26, 2012
    The BBQ is good but ordering your food is a MESS! I don't think the good food makes up for it either.
  • Martin Sexton
    Martin SextonApril 24, 2012
    The ribs give me and the crew what we call the Gates glow on our cheeks.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SneedApril 17, 2012
    Best ribs.
  • Lobster J.
    Lobster J. ZombieApril 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the burnt ends. Best you'll ever eat.
  • Bryant S.
    Bryant ScottMarch 31, 2012
    The "hi, may I help you!?" Is part of the ambiance. It's a trade mark of Gates. Great place for tourists to experience KCBBQ!
  • Mick B.
    Mick BMarch 18, 2012
    Sweet ambiance, with belt-fed fans circulate the delicious scent of slow roasted brisket and mutton. Get the triple-decker of beef or pork. They also serve the world's best potato salad.
  • @ndy B.
    @ndy BertramMarch 11, 2012
    burnt ends + red drink = good
  • Southern Living
    Southern LivingFebruary 10, 2012
    Made our South's Best List! Try the stellar burnt ends and ribs, especially when spiked with spoonfuls of cumin-laced, almost marinara-like sauce. Read more
  • Kelsey H.
    Kelsey HayesJanuary 25, 2012
    From the time a server yells, "HI MAY I HELP YOU?!" to the second you finish your sammich, Gates is an experience. An essential pit stop on a KC barbecue tour.
  • Aaron H.
    Aaron HodinhJanuary 2, 2012
    Burntends are a tasty treat that everyone needs to enjoy!
  • thePhantom*
    thePhantom*December 31, 2011
    The only real BBQ to get! OG is king.
  • Pork Barrel BBQ
    Pork Barrel BBQNovember 14, 2011
    Order a Mixed Plate and a side of beans.
  • Adrian R.
    Adrian RosasNovember 13, 2011
    My friend Emad says this is the best bbq in the country. Emad says lots of things.
  • Alex S.
    Alex StaleyNovember 3, 2011
    Burnt End Sandwich is huge and delicious
  • Kansas City
    Kansas CityOctober 26, 2011
    It is tradition to be greeted by a prompt, "Hi, May I help you?" Our tip: Don't be pressured; take your time and order what you want!
  • Howie B.
    Howie BallOctober 9, 2011
    Employees are rude.
  • Diane S.
    Diane SkevingtonSeptember 23, 2011
    Gates is the best ever!!!!!
  • Ayshia V.
    Ayshia VSeptember 22, 2011
    MANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN oh MANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN the food was at good expectations!!!!! Owww!
  • Jeffrey P.
    Jeffrey PerrineSeptember 10, 2011
    Take home some of the bbq sauce. Its awesome.
  • Nathan A.
    Nathan AguilarAugust 3, 2011
    The BBQ sauce tasted like burnt hair and the four bean salad was effervescent for some reason. The burnedends was mostly fat. I'm pissed off.
  • Danny S.
    Danny SauterJune 28, 2011
    The ladies yell at you. For better food and a better time, try Oklahoma Joe's.
  • Greg N.
    Greg NuberJune 24, 2011
    Very intimidating. Like the soup nazi of BBQ. But the food is good.
  • Brandon J.
    Brandon JohnsonFebruary 17, 2011
    Four bone plate best bang for buck 4 bones ham and beef plus 2 sides 23.43 feeds family of three
  • Shawn S.
    Shawn SherrillJanuary 29, 2011
    Get one mixed plate for two people. Tons of delicious meat.
  • david m.
    david marshallJanuary 6, 2011
    mixed plate every time
  • Eric W.
    Eric WilsonNovember 2, 2010
    the mix plate offers a good variety, but the burnt end on bun sandwich is phenomenal.
  • jerry t.
    jerry thomasOctober 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    i love that burnt end....always a good meal
  • Artie S.
    Artie SSeptember 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Ribs, ribs, ribs
  • Shawna
    ShawnaAugust 28, 2010
    Potato salad & fries are great however we weren't crazy about the sauce.
  • Bobby O.
    Bobby OApril 19, 2010
    The potato salad is a must side.
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LemireMarch 17, 2010
    Sauces were incredible!
  • JaoNoi S.
    JaoNoi SinnFebruary 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    They're open until 1 AM and beyond some nights...
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WearDecember 1, 2009
    Its all about the Mix plate!!!!
  • SCO
    SCONovember 30, 2009
    THE best bbq in Kansas City, try the turkey on bun, it's perfectly smoked.
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