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Gates & Sons Bar-b-q

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1026 State Ave, Kansas City, KS 66102-4409
+1 913-621-1134
Mon - Tue 10:00 - 01:00
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Edmond, Oklahoma
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293 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Gate's is a Kansas City staple and one of the more popular bbq joints in town - though there are plenty to choose from! Every establishment has good and bad days - this was a good day for Gate's! The service was fantastic, food delicious and crowd minimal (we stopped at 1:30 pm on Sunday). Is it the best BBQ... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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81 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I recommend calling your order in. Ordering in line can be chaotic and stressful but for some it is part of the charm. On busy days parking is non-existent. Get there early and wait for a spot. Don't be that jerk that parks where you shouldn't. Be aware that the smoke smell can be overwhelming if you are sensitive. And... More 

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Houston, TX
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84 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So the decor and chaotic ordering system may not be the best (no real lines to order, just a bunch of people milling around, and be prepared for someone to holler asking what you want as soon as you walk in), but I tried this place anyway twice based on TA reviews. I am a BBQ fan of all types,... More 

Thank gamevod
Harpers Ferry, WV
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100 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

My friend raved about this place & we were SO disappointed. It was kinda confusing ordering if you have never been before. It is WAY too acidic & vinegary to stomach & the ribs were SOOOOOOO dry!

Thank sephorachick
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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73 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

WOW - what a unique and friendly restaurant. Great bar-b-q meals and a good selection of choices all at reasonable prices. Friendly staff and if you leave hungry it is your own fault!

Thank Wayne P
Melbourne, Arkansas
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Ordered a rather large carry out order for family that was staying at KU Med center. Quick Service and the food was amazing!

Thank MrsMoser
Independence, Missouri
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Gates is a place that is almost aggressive in the way you're greeted (that's one of the reasons I tell out-of-town people to let the host order first so they get an additional 38 seconds to see the menu board), but once you're used to it, you're in. They have recently added a sandwich called "The Nooner" that combines two... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

I really enjoy going to this gates because they have chicken wings everyday. Also the service is usually really quick and I can grab some dessert with free coffee!

Thank GodisGoodandMerciful
Lees Summit, Missouri, United States
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4 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Last 4 times I've eaten at Gates it has been horrible and I us to be a huge Gates fan. It was my favorite. I bought a Brunt End sandwich to go today. Got home and couldn't even eat it. It was all fat and so greasy - very disappointing! Want great BBQ go to Q39 or Slaps, in my... More 

Thank Chris P
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

As a native of Kansas City, I grew up on Gates BBQ on State. No sound signals my tummy that I am about to enjoy this dinner more than that of a cashier screaming, "Hi, May I Help You?" I love Gates, and would probably give it 5 instead of 4 if I the value for the buck was there.... More 

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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
Average prices
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1026 State Ave, Kansas City, KS 66102-4409
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Kansas City
  • Phone Number: +1 913-621-1134

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?