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Gates Bar-B-Q

) #233 of 1,155 Restaurants in Kansas City ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, Barbecue
1325 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64110-1880
+1 816-531-7522
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good33%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible9%
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“beans” (12 reviews)
“fries” (21 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
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1325 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64110-1880
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Reviews (114)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting KC, I was told we had to visit here, as it was one of the older joints in the area (or at least company-wise). You walk in and order at the counter, after they have yelled a greeting to you. I opted for the...More

Thank nutsgoalie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I have lived in Kansas,City for 3 years. We had tried pretty much all of the big BBQ places. For some reason, we still hadn't made it to Gates! We went on a Sunday night in a group of 4. We got...More

Thank Kalin L
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Yesssss one of my fav places for bbq in KC...in independence hwy40 opened again after the fire and its amazing!! I missed the old building the old bathrooms the tiles etc...but this new new sits more people it has a bigger kichen outdoor patio and...More

Thank rd400r
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

You can't beat Gates! The sauce is spicy, meat is tender, fries are thick. You gotta walk in screaming your order on demand to feel like a local. My favorite is a combo --hold the ham for pork. This means the sandwich has beef and...More

Thank G4194UOsheilab
Reviewed 16 March 2017

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,...More

Thank Tamara N
Reviewed 8 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...More

Thank Hezzy_t
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....More

Thank arrowbert5
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...More

Thank John K
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
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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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