Taps: 24 / Bottles: 31
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Every time I'm downtown I try to get to Dinosaur BBQ and I usually have the brisket plate and a couple of beers. Blues music going in the background, nice waitresses, and incredible food and beer. Had a couple Rhorbach's Scotch Ale, wife had a Sarnac Root Beer and a Sierra Nevada. A good variety of common craft and local beers. Didn't have to wait which is uncommon. Probably because it was a Thursday night? If you get the opportunity, and you like beer served in an unpretentious atmosphere, with kick ass food, you should go here. I'm just saying...
04-17-2006 19:44:25 | More by jyeast101
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I was in Rochester for business and was psyched that my customer picked this place for dinner. It is cool ramshackle old building. Its roots as a railroad building show. The place is kind of sprawling with a couple of outdoor areas, dedicated eating areas and nice high ceiling bar area. Worn wooden floors & a tin ceiling add to the ambiance. I noticed a small stage in the bar, but while I was there it was filled with diners.
As others have aptly described the Dinosaur, it attracts a cool mix of suits, regular folks and bikers. I really liked the vibe. I would recommend arriving early because by 6:00 the place is packed and the wait for tables appeared to be fairly long.
The service was friendly but slow. I had to wait about 10 minutes for my first beer to arrive. Speaking of beer, they have a nice tap selection with some well thought out choices. Im guessing they have about 30 beers on tap and at least twice as many in bottles. Lots of offerings I cant get in the Midwest, so I was in heaven.
As for the food, the place smells terrific. I made the mistake of getting the bbq prime rib, while the flavor was fine; the meat was extremely tough and chewy. I sampled some of my customers pork plate and immediately realized what I should have ordered. Portions are nice sized and the sides, with the exception of the cornbread, were tasty.
This was a fun place and Im looking forward to my next visit!
07-14-2005 16:03:44 | More by Redrover
3.6/5 rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
In downtown rochester there is this little place we call the Dinosaur BBQ. It's basically your run of the mill biker bar with the occational band playing live blues. The food is terrific. Some of the best in the city (second only to Beale Street Cafe IMHO). I am a fan of their ribs. Those are the best in the city. There are few problems. Like clensliness. It has kind of a grungy feel to it. Like sweat and leather. If you closed your eyes you're not sure if your at the Dinosaur or trapped in a bondage movie. The service was pretty good. After the hour or so wait to get my table I was served quickly and had no problems from there on out. I love the beer. Middle Ages Wailing Wench. Good times.
01-06-2004 01:22:30 | More by CBFanWish
4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5
I love this joint. It is everything that everyone has said: biker chicks, bikers, cluttered, bustling, raucous, noisy, boisterous.
The smoking permeates downtown with a whiff of heaven, if you like meat. And meat they got. Tons of it. It's all good too.
The beer selection is superb as well; for a place that appeals to such a wide cut of the city there is precious little yellow beer. There are a great variety of beers of flavor and color from locals Middle Ages, Custom Brewcrafters, as well as macro micros such as Sams, SN, Bass, etc.
Frankly, I don't go there for the beer exclusively. It's a nice addition and balance when served with their exceptional barbeque fare.
When in either Rochester or Syracuse, go to the Dinosaur. You won't be disappointed. Go now, git on with ya!
12-09-2003 22:12:15 | More by rugbycritic
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
I am a Dinosaur lover since a friend of mine turned me on about two years ago. I especially love the Syracuse location, which I will write about after my next visit. I will echo my fellow reviewers here, with a rave to the Wings (Smoked, Meaty, tasty sauces and a slight charcoal at the end for a perfect finish), the ribs - St. Louis, tender and falling off the bones, the pulled pork, tasty anytime. The only subpar on my most recent trip was the brisket, which is usually tender and falling apart. Beer selection is OK, with the Middle Ages Impaled Ale being my top choice. It tried the Saranac Black Forest, but it had a decidely corny taste and I sent it back. I don't know if it was the tap or the beer in this case.
The best thing about the Dino is when you get one of the more seasoned servers, as they will mix it up with you in a fun way, with the usual kibbitzy banter. I enjoy this here for the most part as it is part of what makes the place fun, but they will also give you your space if you like. I would like to see a better beer selection, but the food is why you go here. I look forward to the NYC location opening in 2004.
10-19-2003 17:43:12 | More by beernbbq
3.98/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5
Down and dirty with a family feel is the way I would describe the place. The Dinosaur BBQ is an attraction for bikers and brokers alike. They all share a common affinity for a no frills joint with some of the tastiest meat I have ever had. Live blues just about every week, which is an added bonus. The beer is decent(a la the full bar) with some good tap selections and a mostly macro bottle selection, but beer is only an added bonus to the tremendous BBQ the Dino has. Ribs, Pulled Pork all smoked to perfection. Plus their sauces are some of the best in the country. If you want a good place to relax, drink a cold one and eat some damn good food this is the place in Rochester.
06-25-2003 11:51:34 | More by GreatPondBrewer
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Good selection of local micro draughts featuring Rohrbach, Middle Ages and Custom Brewcrafters, regional and national craft brews and some quality imports. The local CB and MA brews rotate often and include some of their seasonals as well as regular offerings. Decent selection of bottled beer. This is one lively joint. Bustling, noisy, raucous. Dinosaur is always packed so be prepared to wait for a table. Some of the best BBQ you'll find anywhere (and no, these guys didn't just jump on the BBQ joint bandwagon). It's the real deal. The smell of the hickory smokers can be detected within a half mile radius. Live blues music (national and local) every night. Consistently a quality place and definitely worth the trip.
10-20-2002 20:18:37 | More by John
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Rochester, NY
92 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.