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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

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Dinosaur Bar-B-QueDinosaur Bar-B-Que
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

41 Ratings
Ratings: 41
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: 31
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

99 Court St
Rochester, New York, 14604-1824
United States
phone: (585) 325-7090

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(Place added by: John)
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.8/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Wortman1998
4.66/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Fun place! Busy as hell - all the time! If you like BBQ, and you like craft beers, go give it a try, good stuff! The beer selection is pretty extensive, they carry many crafts and locals including Ithaca and many others. This is a must stop for us when we are in the Rochester NY area.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Reiksguard
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Dinosaur is a great Barbeque joint- hands down. We have hit the original one in Syracuse a few times, but the Rochester location manages to be larger, but still keep that blend of biker-bar with a welcoming smokehouse. Food is top notch if you are into smoked or slow roated meat.

I was very pleasantly surprised to see the large beer selection (22 on tap, 44+ in bottles) - most of them being craft beers. Several local selections from micros that don't even have bottling lines. I might have to make this place my new drinking hole when I come back into town.

Photo of beernbbq
4.45/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of alee42
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I don't think there is a better place to sit down and have exceptional BBQ with a good beer. I've been to Dino several times now and every time I go there's always a new beer on tap. The waits are pretty bad on weekends at night, but for me it's a great opportunity to buy a pitcher of the lastest microbrew and stand outside next to the heaters. Last time I went I had a nice pint of the Goose 312 Urban wheat to start, and a pumpkin ale (forgot who makes it) with my beef brisket for dinner. The only problem I have with this place is that the service can be rather slow, but it's definitely worth the wait.

Go here if you love to eat a good barbecued Pig. It's the closest to quality southern-BBQ in all of Rochester.

Photo of John
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of crispybone
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

While swinging through Rochester on a business trip, we went here on the suggestion of a few locals - locals whom I will definitely thank later.

Absolutely incredible barbeque. And, since this is a BeerFly review after all, they have an impressive selection of beers on tap. I dove into a couple of flights of samplers as a perfect compelement to my food. It was good to see they had many regional beers in addition to the "tried and true" broadly distributed ones. A busy place, but surprisingly we were seated immediately. Noisy with random strange stuff hanging all over the place? You bet, but in my book that's actually a good thing in a barbecue/beer place.

Will certainly, 100%, return to Dinosaur on the next trip to Rochester!

Photo of Flashy
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went here with a party of 10, four adults, six kids under age 12. Had no problem parking and our trip was hassle free. Called ahead and was seated as soon as we got there, though it was crowded and got more so before we left. Started with a pitcher of Arrogant Bastard ($14) and then a pitcher of Rogue Dead Guy. The lines were clean, the beer fresh. The place has an awesome beer list and the barbeque is awesome and reasonably priced. Strong list of regional beers.
Our tab came out to $140, which was great for 10 who pigged out. If you are looking for great beer and great barbeque while Rochester, look no farther.
The only down side would be biker bar atmosphere, but that was certainly no deal breaker.

Photo of rugbycritic
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Photo of LittleDon
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A BBQ joint that would have a place in Memphis or Austin. Good food, good beer.

I was taken to the Dinosaur by a colleague who had already made a few visits to Rochester. Both of us appreciate a good beer and he wanted to make sure that I made it there since there was little chance that I'd be back to the area. We stopped in for lunch on a Thursday afternoon. The place was easy to find and there was little trouble find parking. The Dinosaur is housed in an old train station and the vibe is honky-tonk, old time BBQ joint (for those Houstonians reading this, think Goode's. We sat at the bar. Decent, but not overwhelming selection of drafts available. Enough locals to have plenty from which to choose. Service was very good. Bartender was familiar with the food and beer and was skilled at managing the customers (there's a fine line between being too attentive and not attentive enough). The food was reasonably good. I had a smoked pork sandwich with a brisket based soup and greens on the side. All very good. Prices were inexpensive. A fresh change from the bigger cities I have to service. Would I return? Good food, great beer, interesting atmosphere. In a heartbeat.

Photo of johnyeast
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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...

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

I visit Dinosaur a couple times a year and it's always great. The decor is rustic like an old barn covered in various metal signs, flags, and various paraphernalia. Blues music (one of my favorite genres) playing constantly at comfortable volume levels so you can still carry on a conversation without getting a sore throat from yelling all night. The meat is unbelievable and every side I've tried has been excellent. Service is fast and friendly. Plenty of craft beer on tap and a nice bottle selection as well. Though they're frequently out of beers listed on the menu, which can be annoying.
It ain't cheap, but everything you consume is excellent. Live music on select nights as well.
A very cool, unpretentious place to hang and fill your gut with awesomeness.
One drawback (other than the beer menu) is that it's almost always packed on any night of the week and you could be waiting for a table for a while.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of armock
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I love this place each time I go back home I hit this place up. Expect to wait a while for your table though. Its a pretty cool biker blues type place with some badass food. I recommend getting the tres ombres a little bit of every animal on your plate. While you wait that hour for your table you can stand near the well stocked bar. A good number of brews on tap of regional and micros plus more in bottles. If you want to eat good and have some good beer it can put a dent in the wallet. They usually have some live music at night thats good. All in all if your in Rochester you have to go get a meal and some beer here its well worth the wait.

Photo of slander
4.2/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Bar.
Buh.
Cue.
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I am pleased to announce that the "First Annual Beer Advocate New York State Beer Fly Guide Dinner And Drinks Statewide Review Conference And Regional Beer Sampling" (FABANYSBFGDADSRCARBS) was a complete success. It's true. John was an excellent host, and there was no (Evil) Davo to ruin things as he's only a NYC city guide and a foolish man. "Were there long difficult hours, was there much to review?" you ask. Turf lines were maintained, beer that previously had only been inside of a keg had to be relocated to glassware at our direction, talk was talked and walk was walked, yes, much was accomplished, a complete success, everyone's still going on about it. The only little, well, almost unmentionable, not even an inconvenience really, hardly worth mentioning and all, but, uh, due to a minor glitch in mapping software, the location for the conference was not as centrally plotted in the state as anticipated. I drove 5 hours and John drove 5 exits up the highway. By the time this oversight was detected, all the reservations had already been made; corrective actions are already in place for the SABANYSBFGDADSRCARBS...

An exterior seating pen holds picnic benches and bar counters on the outside posts wrapping around the front and side of this old train station building. Entering through runs you into a long dining room with a dozen and a half tables and booths that extend out over the Genesee River below. Cut way to the bar area over your shoulder, it's an airport hanger of a room. An "L" shaped wood bar with an awning above seats about a dozen. The bar back is a dark wood unit with a cut way through to I don't know where, and glassware, taps, booze, shirts and BBQ sauces in a case, candles here & there, neon beer signs running above and a small center TV. 4 raised tables adjacent to the bar, 6 tables in an elevated corner, and a small stage at the end of the room with some guy there playing the blues). The room is plastered with flags, beer trays, B movie posters, beer signs & tins, BBQ ads, blues posters, and they've got paned dancing dinosaur paneled windows looking in towards the entranceway, similar more so to the Syracuse location than NYC but then not.
24 taps spread over 2 towers of 6, each at different ends of the bar, and a row of 12 on the bar back. Local and regional upstate New York State micros (Middle Ages Dino Ape Hanger & ImPaled Ale, Custom BrewCrafters Cream Porter & Oktoberfest, Rohrbach Scotch Ale, Ithaca Cascazilla, Saranac Black Forest, Post Road Pumpkin, JW Dundee's Honey Brown), regionals beyond (Victory Hop Devil, Magic hat Fat Angel & Jinx, Sam Adams Octo & Lager, Rogue Dead Guy, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Blue Moon, Yuengling), and macro imports (Guinness, Bass, Stella, Boddingtons). I had 2 pints of the CBC Cream porter because it was that good. You can get a beer flight here and they do growler pours as well. Also some 4 dozen bottles inclusing Anchor, Boulder Mojo IPA, Brooklyn Monster, Ommegang Rare Vos, Victory Storm King & Prima Pils, Sackets Harbor, Pete's Wicked Ale, Sam Adams.

Had the smoked chicken & rice soup and the combo plate for dinner (beef and pork). Sides, sides, Cajun corn and mashed potatoes (why don't they have the Syracuse style salt potatoes everywhere?) Portions were generous, and the BBQ was excellent. I've found the Dinosaur locations to be consistently good.

When we got set to leave, John's coat was not on the coat hook on the wall behind us where he had left it. This was a problem as he drove and his keys were in it. I'm telling you right now, If someone pinched his coat, I'm going to ding them really badly on "atmosphere" (Yeah, that's right. Not the kind of place you can leave your coat unattended). Turns out someone thought it had been left behind and turned it in at the counter up front. Okay, all is good again. The conference continues!!

Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited and feasted here several times during a one week Rochester stay. As a big fan of the Dinosaur BBQ empire here in NY state, this place was a no brainer go to place that did not disappoint. By the river, with some out door seating, it’s a multi room joint with the kitchen in full view as you enter. Great and friendly service, the take out girl remembered my name and my favorites after the first visit…love the BBQ and enjoyed several tasty locals brew options upon each visit. If in Rochester, the Dinosaur BBQ is a must visit BBQ and beer option

Photo of Rudgers73
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This place sits on the side of the Genessee River and, if you sit in the right booth, you can see some water flowing under you through the cracks in the floor. Cool place. Lots of stuff on the walls, dark, wierd signs, graffiti. The food is awesome as long as you like eating 3 animals at the same time (I do). They have 5-6 craft/micros on tap and the rotate in and out seasonally. Always busy so the service is lacking a bit. Selection is a bit limited, like I said before your choices are meat, meat, or meat. But it tastes so good...

Overall this place is a little pricey. Pitchers of beer are about $12 average. $3-4 pints, but you have to check it out if you're in the area.

Photo of Stoutman88
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited December 30, 2010

This place was really dark and crowded. When I was seated I could barely read menus, and the waitress was drowned out by the noise. The atmosphere was the only negative I have of this place. Both quality and service was excelent. The selection of beer was good as well. I chose Genny for the simple fact I was in Rochester and it was an easy choice, not bad for an Adjunct Lager. Food was good, had Chicken and Ribs. I find BBQ better back home in Buffalo, but this is quite possibly the best food in Rochester.

Photo of UTvolFAN16
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

i have been to dinosaur barbeque twice now, they were about a year apart, and both times were great, the barbeque is better than some down here in the south witch is saying alot considering i am a barbeque nut. the plate are gigantic. the beer selection is ok, i do like the fact that alot of the beers they have are local. so there are usually beers that i try for the first time. so if you are around the city of rochester i would def. recommend stopping in and getting some damn good food and a few brews. i will go there everytime i come up to rochester!

Photo of drsyko
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I love this place!! Went on a Saturday evening with a party of 4, got there around 5 and we only had to wait a little bit for a table. Waited in the bar, which is a very cool room with old-school (the style, not the movie) memorabilia on the walls. Not a bad place to watch colege football. We actually chatted with a Hell's Angel and he let us use the extra seats at his table (and offered to let us sample his food, haha). Place definitely was getting packed by 5:30/6pm.

Food was great (even though I am not a BBQ/smokehouse person) and portions are HUGE. Two of my friends shared one meal (and not one designed to be shared). Lots of local beer offerings. Our server was knowledgeable about the beer, and though it was a crowded night we weren't rushed out.

We all left stuffed and happy - I'll be going back soon.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A classic downtown.

The food is the main draw, for good reason. Every type of BBQ is represented, and you can slather their tasty house-made sauce all over it. The corn-bread is to die for.

They have a good taplist, mostly local stuff. Good stuff from Southern Tier, Ithaca, Rohrbach's, CB's, etc. Nothing crazy, but dependable, and turnover is relatively high.

Love the feel of the place inside- high ceilings, cool artwork and decorations. The food is expensive, as big BBQ places tend to be, but no more expensive than Sticky Lips. The food at Sticky Lips is slightly better though.

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Rochester, NY
93 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.