Jack Stack Barbecue - Plaza

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Barbecue
"Highest-rated barbecue in the country!" - Zagat Survey

Jack Stack Barbecue originated in Kansas City in 1957, by Russ Fiorella in a traditional storefront barbecue, with a modest selection of 5 or 6 items. Jack Fiorella, the eldest son, worked with his father until 1974 when he decided to branch off and start Fiorella"s Jack Stack of Martin City.
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AE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anthony, our waiter. Brilliant. His compassion, care and overall quality of taking care of our table was exceptional. We are coming back, and asking for Antony.

KC
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Time: 1:15-ish. The #KCRW2020 lunch meal was really tasty. I especially liked the subtle tang the potato salad. On the other hand the onion rings did not appear to be hand breaded as the the menu claims and I had to ASK FOR ICE for my ICED TEA.

KC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite and a must eat at every time we are in Kansas City. The kids love it as well!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Jack Stack’s did not disappoint! Everything was fantastic!

MB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant is amazing!! Drove 9 hours from Kentucky all the way to chiefs game! We always go to jack stacks,everything on menu is ridiculously good!

MS
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We brought an out of town guest to enjoy the KC experience which she did. The wait staff was very attendent to her explaining the menu items. Good experience.

MD
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anthony took care of us that night and was extremely accommodating!! This was our first time to eat at your establishment and we really enjoyed the meal and everything about it!! It made our anniversary a very enjoyable evening!!
Thank you!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was super easy to make a reservation, and I appreciated the reminder phone call earlier in the day. Our server Nick was great, and the food was very good. I would recommend it.

M
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food is always good here, but my husband’s order was confused by the server. I think the restaurant noise level may have contributed to this. The meal was eventually corrected. The ribs and cheesey corn are exceptional, and no one does these better than Jack Stack. We were seated immediately with our reservation. Excellent place for KC BBQ!

L
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were so accommodating during a very busy time. We had a large party with several kids and they made sure we had a great time. Food was great as always!

JF
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was fantastic and service was great. I do have one concern the reason I didn't rate the value very high. We had a drink at the bar while we waited a short time for our table. Our table came up so my wife went to the table and I paid the bill. I had Bullet Bourbon on the rocks and my wife had a lemon drop. The tab came in at just over $34.00. Now, it had been a long day of tailgating, CHIEFS game (WIN) and so on; I wasn't paying any real attention. I added my normal 20% tip and headed to our table. More drinks and excellent food and the "very pricey" bar bill faded; until about 3AM when I woke up and thought, dang..........that can't have been right. We left early on Monday and headed home. The expensive bar bill came up as my wife was recapping the evening's expenses. I think I got someone else's bill. Jack......you owe me! :)

DD
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We showed up early and got a table within minutes. The staff was outgoing, friendly, and very courteous. The food was served quickly. AND THEIR FOOD IS DELICIOUS! Nice wine selection too! Our waiter offered refills on beverages often. This is on our list every time we are in KC!

IO
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We have dined at all 3 restaurants in KC numerous times. Overall a great place with exceptional food. We have had a couple of visits that the main entrees weren't the quality we have had at other times.

R
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great trip in from Colorado to visit Jack Stack and the Plaza on Christmas Eve! Wonderful food!

JE
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! We really loved it but was a bit pricey!

KJ
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food as always was flawless...celebrating a friend's b-day this time and they seated us in a secluded alcove with just one other table. old college friends catching up..nice to have the privacy. so, everyone was very happy with their food and our service. what more can I say?

LW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beef rib- excellent
Pork rib - small, just ok
Lamb - excellent
Need extra sauce on the table

JS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent family holiday dinner. Our server and the service he provided was top notch. We will definitely return. 5 stars all the way!!!

RP
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Come to KC once a year from N.J to see the Chiefs. first time at Jack Stacks. Loved it and will be back next year.

M
Kansas City
44 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Reliably very good KC BBQ experience, especially for beef BBQ. The Plaza location was mobbed elbow-to-elbow on Saturday evening, but we were still seated within minutes of our reservation time - a big plus in my book. Though the staff were bustling to deal with the crowd, our friendly waitresses took very good care of our party of 4. We enjoyed a wide variety of BBQ menu offerings, all quite tasty. The venerable Crown beef ribs were not quite as smoky flavored as I recall at a different Jack Stack location, but delicious none-the-less. The Crown ribs are iconic. Will be back for more, but likely take our chances on a less frenetic Jack Stack location.

BG
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience from beginning to end! We made our reservations one week prior to our visit. We arrived 5 minutes early and were immediately seated. Everything was great!

PE
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Got the shareable meal, for two. More fries than anything....and why does one have to ask for BBQ sauce in a BBQ restaurant. They ration it in 1 or 2 ounce little cups so I continually had to ask for more.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

We were stuck in a booth back in a corner alley with my friends looking at a plain brick wall.

EH
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved being able to get our name in online and the service was PERFECT. Food was wonderful and they modified some things for us because we are keto/low carb. 5 stars!!

AA
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we got there they had a 2 hour wait. Thankfully we used Open Table and waited ten minutes for our table. The service and food did not disappoint. So yummy!

CS
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was excellent!

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and Lucas was fabulous. Can’t wait to go again.

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With friends

N
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Service was terrific!

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Open table reservation didn’t seem to help as waited 20 min for table. They were apologetic when we were seated. Wait staff was very attentive & pleasant.

DS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing and the food was just has great.

L
Mexico City
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Muy buena comida, el BBQ súper rico!
Lo único traer los platillos un poco más calientes.

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AF
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In KC with son for his first Chief's game and wanted to take him to a great BBQ based restaurant. Many choices in KC but decided on Jack Stack. Perfect choice. Service was friendly, attentive and timely. Food was excellent. Next time in KC will definitely try to make it back to Jack Stack.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regular customers of Jack Stack. Went today weekend for family birthday celebration. By far the best bbq in KC.

k
Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Ordered my steak medium .. came at rare .. waitress took it back... came out medium rare... waitress was like oh well too bad.. never ate it so left a 30 dollar steak on the table .... wings were great !

NT
Omaha
104 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Hannah was a great server. Food was great. Person at the hostess stand didn’t know if we could take a bottle from the restaurant which we thought was odd!

JW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The waiter recommended the prime rib bbq and it did not disappoint. It was the best thing on our combo plate - fall off the bone delicious and if I ever went back it’s the only bbq I would order! All the sides were delicious too, especially the salmon! If you have any room for dessert get their signature one - the carrot cake and take it with you to enjoy later!!

JM
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service - lamb ribs and carrot cake were spectacular.

B
Detroit
67 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I loved the Wings, the smoky flavor was delicious, great presentation. The mushroom app was teriffic. I'll probably wake up one day soon with a craving to come back and get them again! Keep up the good work!

MS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food is fantastic. The service is often good... this time Jack was great!

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