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Gates Bar BQ

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103rd & State Line, Leawood, KS 66206
+1 913-383-1752
10:00 - 23:00
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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went this past Sunday and enjoyed some BBQ. I am not a fan of BBQ sauce at all but really enjoyed my beef sandwich even though it had sauce on it. The sauce was just enough on the meat to still enjoy the meat. The line does take forever to get through but it is worth the wait. All staff... More 

Thank jshew25
Olathe, Kansas
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you grew up in Kansas City, chances are; you grew up eating Gates. However, over the past 5 years; Gates has been inconsistent and not worth the money nor the time. Now, my last 25 visits to Gates has been subpar, and mediocre at best. As far as taste and service goes, Gates had fell behind Oklahoma Joes and... More 

Thank Reggie R
Nixa, Missouri
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72 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After hearing how great Gates BBQ is, the meal was pretty disappointing. We got the 4 ends meal and sausage meal. Ribs were just okay, beef and pork were both pretty fatty. Fries and BBQ sauce were both good. Sausage was okay, pretty dense though. The menu behind the counter is very vague and the bossy staff with attitudes were... More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

After hearing about how great it was supposed to be, I was really disappointed after eating here. Everything my fiancé and I had was mediocre at best.

Thank Aleshia C
Iowa City, Iowa
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We were warned that it is an intimidating place to walk into an order food from, and found just that. It was worth the blunt service to eat the barbecue! We had brisket, ribs, coleslaw, beans, and sweet potato pie. The sauces were wonderful, definitely vinegar-based. There was plenty of seating and the restaurant was clean. All around good BBQ.... More 

Thank TravelMamaCafe
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Have not eaten here for quite awhile, but not as thrilled being a Gates man as before. Cost of short end ribs is outrageous...BBQ sandwich, less so. - My sandwich was a bit fatty for my taste, but good overall. Fries were good. But compared to other KC BBQ restaurants, Gates is not keeping up with the competition, imho

1 Thank Dr D
Kansas City, Missouri
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181 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

This is a hometown icon, but the food can be very iffy. I had the ribs and they were burnt on the bottom and not tender, the fries were cold, and beware of the sausage it can be very hot at times. I hate to write a negative review about Gates because it is so well known in the community,... More 

1 Thank CBR0107
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Don't expect anything fancy. Just delicious smoked meat, and you'll smell like it hours later! Use the time you spend standing in line to read the short menu, be ready to order when you hear "Hi may I help you" When in doubt, just say beef on bun with fries, you can't go wrong. The onion rings a great too.... More 

Thank Sarah G
Tall Timbers, Maryland
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

I hit three bbq places in kc in two days and enjoyed Gates the best! I had the turkey bun combo and it was perfect. The lady's behind the counter kept the line moving with their enthusiastic shouts to the kitchen were entertaining. Neat place!

Thank Bryan F
Wichita, Kansas
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86 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Have been going to Gates for many years. It's consistent good quality meats and sides are always what I expect. The service at the counter could be better but it is what it is. Be prepared when they ask what you want. If your words are not consistent with the menu, don't be surprised with what you get. It's all... More 

Thank John J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 103rd & State Line, Leawood, KS 66206
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Leawood
  • Phone Number: +1 913-383-1752

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