Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House

4.8
1395 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

To stand out in the competitive KC barbecue scene of the mid 1970's, Jack and Delores, began cooking with Gourmet Hickory Wood and created the most extensive barbecue menu in the country. The menu included Certified Angus Beef steaks, tender chicken, award-winning lamb ribs, and mouth-watering sides like Hickory Pit Beans and Cheesy Corn Bake.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
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vipLindaB
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You must try the Prime Rib Crown! It's the best of both a prime rib and a short rib. Outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad I’d made reservations. Wait time was 1 hr 20 min. First time to the Freight house location. Loved it!

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Maximum
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Beef Burnt Ends were very good. Sliced Brisket was pretty good. Burnt Pork Ends were okay. Heard how good the sides were--not as good as we expected. Cheesy Potato Bake was good. Basically scalloped potatoes. Cheesy Corn Bake was less than mediocre. Hickory Pit Beans were okay.

All in all, not a bad meal. Just okay. Nice facility. Maybe a little overpriced.

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PearlieT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food. Had out-of-town guest and they loved it.

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LibertyMom
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere and really good bbq. Would make for a wonderful date place, family place, or to meet up with friends. If you come here, go all in. This isn’t a salad or sandwich place so don’t order those. Brisket and burnt ends are supremely tasty.

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JohnH
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience as always, delicious food with a great staff!

Toby did an amazing job!

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BillT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the ribs and other food items!

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Responded 2 days ago

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DanielJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was great. I have ate here twice before and every time the food exceeds expectations.

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Responded 2 days ago

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SteveT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was just outstanding!!!! Best BBQ we ever had and I have been to arguably some of the best in Memphis, North Carolina, and Alabama. You have to go here if you are within a couple hours of Kansas City. Just the best.

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Responded 2 days ago

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LarryS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant is first class. Outstanding in every respect. Without a doubt the favorite restaurant of my wife and me. You will never go away hungry Innovative recipes for side dishes compliment the many outstanding barbequed meats, and portion size is generous. The great service and atmosphere make this the ideal place for special events and the prices are reasonable providing great value.
It is the place to take out of town guests who want to experience the famous Kansas City Barbeque.

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Responded 2 days ago

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought a couple of first timers to JS for the first time and they were hooked immediately! Burnt Ends, Cheesy Corn Bake and great cocktails! A must every time I come to KC! Freight House location is perfect!

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Responded 2 days ago

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BRB12345
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Reservations for a group of 14 for 11:30 for a business lunch…and were finally seated after persistent questions to staff about the status of our table around 11:50. Really disappointed since the entire point of the reservation was to get the group in as soon as we arrived. Then they put us at two separate tables, which I wish I would have known that in advance.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!

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Responded 6 days ago

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vipJlove
Kansas City
32 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Unfortunately just a bad night for service. After ordering appetizers and a salad with our drink order, our server never came back for over 20 minutes so that we could order our entree. We had to ask someone to get her. Food was great, lacked on drink refills and all around service. Very unfortunate.

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ShellyF
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, fantastic service, great ambiance! Best BBQ in KC in my opinion! Just hate that it is so loud in there, hard to talk and hear people at your table.

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Responded 6 days ago

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DarinD
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

JackStack at the Freighthouse is a must! Great food and atmosphere.

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Responded 2 days ago

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firstvisit
Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Service was rushed. Food excellent. Refill of drinks inadequate.

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Responded 6 days ago

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AngelaC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal, service and my family enjoyed everything!

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Responded 6 days ago

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DonnaV
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is amazing!! KC BBQ is the best hands down!!

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Responded on November 19, 2021

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SeanH
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very good. Waitress could have been a little more personable but overall very good!

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Responded on November 16, 2021

Thanks for the review! We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you back soon!

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vipMelissaC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, recommend making a reservation in advance. Excellent food and service, I look forward to my next visit!

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Ruth
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great even on a busy day. Our waiter was exceptionally friendly and helpful. The food was excellent as always. We love the burnt ends, baked beans and cheesy corn!

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Responded on November 16, 2021

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coffee, our servers was EXCEPTIONALLY GREAT!!! The food was ABSOLUTELY delicious as ALWAYS!!!

Thanks sooo much for another wonderful dining experience!!!

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Responded on November 16, 2021

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SherylL
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

I booked well in advance for my husband‘s birthday. We had a small party of three. Our reservations was for 630 and we arrived on time to be left waiting for almost a half an hour before a table was ready. We were comfortably seated in the bar with drinks so it was no big deal and we were patient. Once we were seated at our table our server was basically nonexistent. She did the bare minimum to get food on the table and drinks in front of us but there was no hospitality. None. We’ve been here several years prior to this to celebrate my husband‘s birthday because he loves barbecue and it was always such a special event. This year not so much. We will think twice before we come again. Frankly we get better service at margaritas and at Strouds. And we pay half the price so will probably check those places out in the future. I’m not sure why OpenTable asked us if this was a special event for her birthday because the staff at the restaurant seemed absolutely clueless. I will give credit to the server for comping the birthday dessert and the coffee after we mentioned that it was for a birthday. But we just expected a little extra. Our check was well over $300. That’s a lot of money for a night out and we just expect at least a little higher level of service than what we received.

Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House
Responded on November 16, 2021

Hi Sheryl! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. As you might know, we guarantee our guests a remarkable barbecue experience and it sounds like we missed the mark during your most recent visit. If you're open to it, we'd like to hear more about your experience! Please contact 816.472.7427 during open hours and ask for Nick, our General Manager. He will take care of you from there! Again, we appreciate the feedback and hope to hear from you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food and waitress we had was great. However the ambience the music was way too loud I could barely hear the person next to me. There was also a group of waiters playing around and use profanity out loud. The hostess that greeted us did not even make eye contact and did not smile at all just showed us to the table and left.

Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House
Responded on November 16, 2021

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. As you might know, we guarantee our guests a remarkable barbecue experience and it sounds like we missed the mark during your most recent visit. If you're open to it, we'd like to hear more about your experience! Please contact 816.472.7427 during open hours and ask for Nick, our General Manager. He will take care of you from there! Again, we appreciate the feedback and hope to hear from you soon!

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RachelM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! We will be back. Pitmaster Logan is the best!!

Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thanks for the review! We hope to see you back soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the food, to the service to the ambiance, this spot hit it out of the park and is worth of 5+ stars. This is a must for every visitor to KC! Our server, Stella, was the epitome of best in class service and made us feel so welcome, while also getting food and drinks out to this hungry group like it was the easiest thing in the world, something many busy hotspots struggle with. The shred family style meal offerings were a fun and tasty way of experiencing more of the menu and the carrot cake is one for the Gods! Thanks for the great time and we’ll definitely be back on our next trip!

Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thanks for the review!

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MichaelH
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter, Coffee, was friendly, attentive and great!

Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thanks for the review! We hope to see you back soon!

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GarrettD
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great experience. The service and the food were great! Will be back.

Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thanks for the review! We hope to see you back soon!

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JROD
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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vipRandalH
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. The food and service were superlative

Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House
Responded on November 8, 2021

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KarenV
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Service was a little frazzled. Super busy and our waitress had a party of 15 to take care of besides other tables. Some of our drinks and food items were forgotten or came after we were half finished with rest of meal. No refills on tea/soda were offered. Seemed to rush us to finish. Recommend reservations as there was a 3 hour wait if you didn’t have reservations

Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House
Responded on November 9, 2021

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. As you might know, we guarantee our guests a remarkable barbecue experience and it sounds like we missed the mark during your most recent visit. If you're open to it, we'd like to hear more about your experience! Please contact 816.472.7427 during open hours and ask for Nick, our General Manager. He will take care of you from there! Again, we appreciate the feedback and hope to hear from you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food before packers game

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Responded on November 16, 2021

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UtahSkier
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy BBQ and great service! Wonderful ambience and yummy ribs!

Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House
Responded on November 8, 2021

Thanks for the review! We hope to see you back soon!

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SWLM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

This is our second visit to Kansas City this year, and to Jack Stack- the BBQ is one of the best. Don’t miss it- especially after a visit to Union Station and the WWI Museum

Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House
Responded on November 8, 2021

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ErinB
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved it! Our only complaint was we had reservations and it took about 15 minutes past our reservation time to get seated. The bar was very full or we would have waited there, which would have been better.

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Responded on November 8, 2021

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BradG
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservation process, service, food and parking were outstanding. Unbelievable value and corn is to die for. Thanks for the recipe.

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Responded on November 8, 2021

Thanks for the review! We hope to see you back soon!

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BethA
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and provided a true Kansas City Experience.

Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House
Responded on November 8, 2021

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took our out of town (Texas and Chicago) here to experience KC BBQ. It was great and both our guests commented on how amazing the restaurant and food were.

Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House
Responded on November 8, 2021

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service!!!
My customers love it!

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Responded on November 8, 2021

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Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (816) 472-7427.

Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House is rated 4.8 stars by 1395 OpenTable diners.

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