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Gates Bar-B-Q

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3205 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111-1902
+1 816-753-0828
10:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 10:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 01:00
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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277 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I know Gates BBQ is a really big deal in Kansas City so I was looking forward to trying it. We went to the Main Street location which wasn't far from our downtown hotel. The ordering process is unique with you getting a tray as the workers yell "hi, may I help you" at you until you place your order.... More 

Thank GoVols79
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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245 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Read the reviews form multiple sources which said this was the place to go. Sadly, it was not. The sauce was okay, the self-service ordering counter not helpful in making any selections, and the ribs were overcooked. The sausage was nice, but spicy if that is not what you are looking for. I guess I don't understand why this is... More 

1 Thank Sharkhunter2010
Griffin, Georgia
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our large group had the largest sampler platter that includes EVERYTHING. The brisket was melt in your mouth goodness. The turkey and chicken were moist and tasty. The sausage had good spice and flavor, but was a bit dry. The ribs and the pork slices were smoky and tender. Save room for the Yammer pie, yummy sweet creamy goodness to... More 

Thank John V
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After reading several of the reviews I thought I'd share ordering tips for first time visitors. I grew up eating Gates and still visit when in KC and take a bottle or two back with me. When you walk in the door the cashiers yell out "hi may I help you?" This is part of the Gates tradition but first... More 

1 Thank Marcia W
Kansas City, Missouri
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186 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Gates experience starts the moment you walk in the door, with the May I Help you! The ladies shouting out orders are witty and friendly, the smell divine. Between the four of us we had beef on bun, pork on bun and ribs plus fries and onion rings...the plates were clean when the eating was over and glasses of... More 

Thank Victoria L
Omaha, Nebraska
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow...worst BBQ ever. My husbands burnt ends were inedible...my pork sandwich was one piece of meat slapped between two pieces of Wonder bread...really? Wonder bread???? Never in my life have I seen that. When I asked if I could have a hoagie like my husband, they said no. WHY??? I dont like the bread you gave me!!! They dont have... More 

Thank ravenramone
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135 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very tasty. We ordered individual item which included one BBQ Beef Sandwich, fries included along with spicy pickles, ordered 2 bones (ribs), baked beans and cole slaw...all excellent. Only one day left but if we had more we'd be back. Hostess was absolutely delightful. All was absolutely finger licking good.

Thank ColdCaliente
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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156 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Why do so many rate this place so highly. The problems start the minute you walk in with the cashier yelling across those who are waiting to get your order. Why not put the register at the far end of the counter, so people slide down and line up without them yelling. Then the cashier yells your order to the... More 

Thank GretchenDT
Austin, Texas
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

I don't understand how so many natives recommended this place and insisted I try the beef on a bun. It was a soggy mess and I got some meat but most of it was fat. There was no taste to the meat. It absolutely needed the sauce to cover the grease. I was very disappointed. The customer service was also... More 

1 Thank Arthur S
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140 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

I would not recommend this particular Gates BBQ as it is more a self-service fast-food environment. You go in--stand in line to order and then find a seat in another room. The whole experience was not up to par with what I would expect at a brick and mortar Bar-B-Q restaurant. The burnt ends were rather fatty so I would... More 

1 Thank Rick H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3205 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111-1902
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Kansas City
  • Phone Number: +1 816-753-0828

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