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Bates City Bar-B-Q

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313 Market St, Bates City, MO 64011
+1 816-625-4961
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

The simple sign and empty stomachs drew us to Bates City BBQ. If you are travelling on I-70, it is a short side trip to this comfortable small town restaurant. Order at the counter and the food comes up quickly. May not be the best BBQ in the KC metro area, but it filled the need and got us back... More 

1 Thank JerrySimpson
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Small town charm with a great bbq taste! Speedy service with a smile, and bbq that can't be beat. If you are driving down I70, do forget to make that stop at Bates City, you won't regret it.

Thank Dawn M
Blue Springs, Missouri
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

This place is very popular, and I know people who drive out of their way to eat here. I live nearby, but rarely eat here. When you order a sandwich, the put the sandwich together, then microwave it. To me, that sometimes makes the bun squishy, and sometimes the meat a bit dry. The ribs are pretty good. The fries... More 

Thank bdscre
Kansas City, Missouri
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

We were on our way to do a job in Bates City and noticed this little place. We decided to stop and try it out. My sidekick had the burnt- end plate and I had the mixed plate. Sides cost extra, but I got fries and a pint of beans. The food was very good and not nearly as expensive... More 

Thank SwampL1zard
Moberly, Missouri
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39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

We were driving to Kansas City, saw this little restaurant on TripAdvisor. We love little mom and pop places so we stopped. Smoked turkey was excellent, burnt ends were a little to burnt. Nice ambiance, had to get a tray and slide it along the counter, felt like I was in grade school again. Definitely worth trying out.

Thank Mamapapa6kids
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

A wonderful family run BBQ restaurant. More of a sweet flavor, so if you like spicy Flavor you may not like it as well. Fries and BBQ beans to fie for.

Thank OpattyMissouri
Tucson, Arizona
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46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016

Friends had heard good things about it, so we went for dinner but were disappointed. BBQ was average and dining room was not maintained.

Thank SLG91
Independence, Missouri
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28 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

I visit this BBQ at least once per month, usually twice per month and have never been disappointed in the quality of its BBQ and the excellence of its service. The Kansas City region is nationally renown for its style of BBQ (using ketchup and a little sweeter than its Texas or St. Louis counterparts, and Bates City Bar-B-Q is... More 

Reno, Nevada
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88 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016

Doing a cross country road trip and can't go thru Kansas City without trying BBQ. Atmosphere nothing fancy but great food and reasonable. Feel I got a good sampling of KC Bbq.

Thank jamaicameonemoretime
Kansas City, Missouri
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

The place is filthy. Look around when you're there! We don't really think the food is that great either. As someone else said, it's not what it once was.

Thank mosie1944

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 313 Market St, Bates City, MO 64011
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Bates City
  • Phone Number: +1 816-625-4961

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