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Gates & Sons Bar-B-Q

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1325 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64110-1880
+1 816-531-7522
10:00 - 00:00
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61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was traveling through Kansas City with a friend who used to live there, and he absolutely had to stop at Gates for lunch. In fact, he spent most of the morning car ride raving about it, so he had set my expectations high. Unfortunately, I thought the food was mediocre, at best. There were only a few people in... More 

Thank Tamara N
Liberty, Missouri
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103 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

We came here on a whim. We drove past on our way home from the Plaza and turned around to go back and eat. Usually we go to a different restaurant for BBQ, so we were excited to try one of the famed Gates. We weren't disappointed. We both got burnt end sandwiches, one with pit potatoes and the other... More 

Thank Hezzy_t
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

This location has some of the BEST people around. Even if you have to wait at the counter, the counter people always strike up a conversation with you. Make sure you get a chance to do that, as you never know what's you'll find out. Even if there is a long line, they get you right through with your order... More 

Thank arrowbert5
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Gates is the best BBQ in town (my opinion of course) but this was our first visit to the Emanuel Cleaver Blvd location, due to a fire at the Linwood & Main restaurant. The Cleaver Blvd store is well organized, efficient, and has some great decor. They do not need for you to repeat your order twice, and get the... More 

Thank John K
Kansas City, Missouri
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29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

I love Gates barbecue!! I love the women who take your order. They are fun and entertaining, plus they do a great job! This is a family favorite.

Thank SLJ50
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Great food, no matter what you order. Was disappointed with the eating area. Sat in a room with 3 TV's. Hard to have a conversation with good food over the noise level.

Thank dendonmo
Sioux City
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

We wanted to have genuine KC barbecue and the reviews we read were showing this place in the top 10 in KC. There are 5 Gates bbqs in KC. We visited the one on 1221 Brooklyn St in KC Missouri. This was our best decision of our visit to KC. The barbecue chicken was the best we have ever had.... More 

Thank georgedD3228PK
Riverside, CA
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139 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

The employees here are super nice and awesome. Good bar here too. No complaints. The food was good and we would not hesitate to come back. One of our first choices but not our top. You must give it a try though. The turkey is really good but salty

Thank JeremyRiverside_CA
Columbia, Missouri
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

You have to eat BBQ when in KC so when we drove by after the art museum, we had to stop. The food was good but it was really expensive ($75 for a family of 5, two of which are almost adults). It got really busy quick but the service was great.

Thank Sara S
Independence, Missouri
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182 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

"Hi, may I help you" will be the greeting when you walk in the door. If you like your barbecue spicy or hot, it doesn't get any better than Gates. The center cut ribs are superb. This is the place if you want great meat.

Thank Maryfrances W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
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: 1325 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64110-1880
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Kansas City
  • Phone Number: +1 816-531-7522

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