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Home of the best barbeque in Kansas City!

Hours

Regular Hours

Payment method
amex, discover, master card, visa, all major credit cards, diners club
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Downtown Kansas City, 18th and Vine And Downtown East
Categories
Barbecue Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Barbecue

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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Michael E.

10/04/2018

Overall
Atmosphere
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Great food, I'm extremely picky when it comes to barbecue but this place has it right. Really fast service I was able to sit and eat right away and then couldnt stop eating.

Corey W.

09/09/2015

Overall

I enjoyed the variety of sauces and the ribs were good. The service could have been better though.

John L.

01/19/2015

Overall
Terrible

I had the sliced pork sandwich Saturday afternoon. 8 hours later I was throwing up. The prep surfaces were dirty, the staff was unfriendly, and the food was not that great. I was very disappointed as this was my first experience in real KC BBQ

musigma45

05/31/2013

Overall

Not too bad, but no where near as good as Oklahoma Joe's. Rather poor customer service provided on the phone and at the window to pick/pay.

M. H.

07/10/2012

Overall
Great Sauces! If you like spic...

Great Sauces! If you like spicy they got it. If you like sweet they got it. They used to give you extra meat when you slipped a couple of bucks under the glass..that is until the Overland Park Yupees invaded.

KimberlyS791

06/09/2012

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
DRY ribs, bad tasting BBQ sauce, pulled

DRY ribs, bad tasting BBQ sauce, pulled pork was TOO spicy, and rib tips were NASTY!! Ham was pretty good, but the environment was too loud!!

JWB550

06/04/2012

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
This was, by far and away, the most

This was, by far and away, the most disappointing barbecue experience I've ever had. What makes it worse is that I read all of the bad reviews listed below and thought they must be knit-picking or overreacting. Turns out every bad review on this page was absolutely, spot-on accurate. The ribs were overcooked and dry--obviously victims of neglect--and I had far better burnt ends at the Royals game. Clearly this place is resting on its laurels. They don't seem to care at all about their product which is really shocking for such an institution. Please, I implore you, don't make the same mistake I did. Arthur Bryant's is overpriced and just plain bad barbecue. I'm befuddled as to how there could be a positive review here, or anywhere for that matter. Instead, check out Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue. It's a bit more upscale (I was actually disappointed that it lacked the classic barbecue joint feel), but, unlike Arthur Bryant's. they actually know how to prepare barbecue.

ammendoza

11/10/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Good Barbecue - Must Visit When in Town

Run, Don't walk when going to Arthur Bryant's. There sooner you get in, the sooner you can get in line. Just the right amount of time to make up your mind with all the barbecue choices.

Here's a tip: Do you want to know what to order? Just look around you and you will see what the other s have ordered. You can ask them what they ordered and how they like it. The people are very friendly.

I ordered the rib tips with fries. My plate was overflowing with ribs and fries. The ribs were cooked very good. Uhmm, uhmmmm!!!! Put some Sweet Hot Sauce, Uhmm, uhmm!!! I can't wait to get back.

daji

12/16/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Terrrible! Do not waste your money there!

I ordered a full pork ribs for carryout at Speedway location. It was meatless, dry, extremely hard to chew and seriously overcooked. I called the restaurant and spoke with the owner. He was one of the rudest person in the world. He never apologized and blamed me not bringing the food back to them. He told me he had no solution for me.

I definitely would not go there any more. Consider the $20 bucks I spent there blown in the wind.

Trust my words. Don’t go there to waste your hard earned money. There are many real good BBQ in KC!

Wildcats

03/23/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
rude manager/owner, rude service, average food

Was extremely disappointed with our visit. Cashier was rude, bus boy was friendly but wouldn't leave us alone, overpriced food, meat was fatty, sauce was horrible. Called the manager/owner today to share our experience and he kept making snide remarks so I told him it didn't sound like he cared and he said 'well I don't care'. WOW, no wonder the staff there has the attitudes that they do, with a boss like that! Save your time and money ... go to KC Masterpiece!

EATWHERE

01/06/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
If I could only have just 1

Most unique BBQ in the world. Since 1970's I have eaten BBQ all over the USA with just one goal. Fine a place better then this one and after 30 plus years I still have to say, if I could only have just 1 place for the rest of my life this would be the one. The sauce is what it is. The sauce is like nothing you can get anywhere else. It is so unique that you might not even like it, but I love it and it compares to none other in the world. The smokey meats are no better or worse then any other great bbq but that sauce seals the deal. Kansas City has the best bbq in the country. Not, Memphis, Texas, or NC. Prove it to yourshelf. Try L.C.'S or Oklahoma Joes or Woodyard or Winslow's or Florella's Jack Stack or Filling Station or my other 2 favorites Holy Smoke BBQ Co. in Lee's Summit, Mo. or Wabash BBQ in Excelsior's Spring, Missouri. All of the above and many others will be the most delicious, fabulous, scrumptious, mouth watering que in the entire United States of America. Kansas City wins it all. I consider my self a Connoisseur of BBQ and love Arthur Bryant's BBQ.

kencitadel

10/30/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
average at best

If you happen to be driving by, not a bad spot

Nothing out of the ordinary or stimulating enough to say, let's come agian

Turky sand ok, burnt ends were below standard. Pork and beef ok

Neans ok

Domino80904

06/17/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
MMMM....Bar-B-Que

My wife and I split a whole slab of ribs and had gift certificate money left over for a bottle of sauce! We both gravitated toward the Rich & Spicy sauce (President's Choice) over the Original and Sweet Heat. The ribs were grilled, not smoked, so that threw me off a little. I do prefer smoked, but can't wait to go back and try more menu items! The place (we went to the original location) probably hasn't changed much over the decades; there's a big window/counter in the back separating the cooks/servers and grill from the customers. Photos of celebrities and close friends adorned the main wall, including Danny Glover, Steven Spielburg, and President Jimmy Carter (hence President's Choice). We grabbed a table near the front door and tucked into our ribs. I am really looking forward to a return visit.

mashori

05/18/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Awesome beef sandwitch, only pork ribs, great sauce!


This is not a fancy joint, it's on a street with prett much no other stores around it. It's only a couple blocks away from the 18th and Vine Jazz scene which is nice. The place is quite honestly a little grungy but that's totally cool with me. You get in through this metal door and there are a bunch of square tables and people that eat there just seem down to earth. There are at all times 3 workers running around and cleaning up the place so the tabes are pretty clean and it may seem busy but tables open up fast. You stand in line and there are 3 windows you can order food from. I loved the menu, it's so freaken simple. You can beef, sausage, chicken, ribs and then some sides like fries and baked beans. There is a 10oz beer and a mug you can get and of course soda. Wonderbread is the staple, thy will ask you whether you want it to go or for here, then whether you want dry (with the sauce or without the sauce), fries or baked beans on the side. I got the 2 meat combo, ribs and beef. I'm not much of a pork guy so it would have been nice if they had beef ribs. I got no sides but got the beer. There were a lot of regulars in line because they all knew the people that worked there. I went on a Friday nite and it wasn't too busy at all.

The beef sandwitch was amazing, honestly the best I ever had. The ribs were really good too, very delicious. The sauce was interesting, it seemed very simple but tasted great. It's a vinegary, salty red sauce with a good number of spices. If you don't order it at the window there is always plenty on your table along with ketchup.

dogsrox94

04/26/2008

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Overall
Awesome food and friendly people

I live in Florida, but at least once a year me and my parents go to KC and eat at Arthur Bryant's. Obviously not just for it, but our trip is incomplete without it. My entire family besides immediate live in KC, and me and my uncle and grandma and cousins LOVE to go there after we get out of the plane or to the house if we drive. I highly reccomend this. Its the absolute best BBQ I know. They give you all the bread, sauces, and pickles you want, and the meat is amazing. It is a little pricey, but completely worth it. LOVE YOU ARTHURS!

Jeff G.

03/23/2008

Overall
BBQ Must When in KC

Meat is sold by weight in brown butcher's paper. Butcher's paper covered tables. Huge portions for the $. All meat is prepared in large brick smoker ovens behind the counter. Meat orders come with sliced white bread for making sandwiches if you're so inclined. You won't believe how good this BBQ is. Wonderful fries & onion rings. Three different sauces offered. The original Kansas City BBQ institution. The real deal. Funky. Don't miss this place!!!

hickerhr

07/05/2007

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
didn't meet my expectations

It was good atmosphere, exactly what you would expect for a bbq joint. But I wasn't that impressed with the BBQ itself. I especially didn't like the original bbq sauce. I much prefer Danny Edward's.

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