Taps: 24 / Bottles: 31
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
4.66/5 rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
Fun place! Busy as hell - all the time! If you like BBQ, and you like craft beers, go give it a try, good stuff! The beer selection is pretty extensive, they carry many crafts and locals including Ithaca and many others. This is a must stop for us when we are in the Rochester NY area.
10-16-2013 18:48:32 | More by Wortman1998
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
07-06-2009 23:45:53 | More by Reiksguard
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
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I don't think there is a better place to sit down and have exceptional BBQ with a good beer. I've been to Dino several times now and every time I go there's always a new beer on tap. The waits are pretty bad on weekends at night, but for me it's a great opportunity to buy a pitcher of the lastest microbrew and stand outside next to the heaters. Last time I went I had a nice pint of the Goose 312 Urban wheat to start, and a pumpkin ale (forgot who makes it) with my beef brisket for dinner. The only problem I have with this place is that the service can be rather slow, but it's definitely worth the wait.
Go here if you love to eat a good barbecued Pig. It's the closest to quality southern-BBQ in all of Rochester.
12-21-2010 16:50:09 | More by alee42
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
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
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
While swinging through Rochester on a business trip, we went here on the suggestion of a few locals - locals whom I will definitely thank later.
Absolutely incredible barbeque. And, since this is a BeerFly review after all, they have an impressive selection of beers on tap. I dove into a couple of flights of samplers as a perfect compelement to my food. It was good to see they had many regional beers in addition to the "tried and true" broadly distributed ones. A busy place, but surprisingly we were seated immediately. Noisy with random strange stuff hanging all over the place? You bet, but in my book that's actually a good thing in a barbecue/beer place.
Will certainly, 100%, return to Dinosaur on the next trip to Rochester!
04-02-2007 20:02:27 | More by crispybone
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
04-26-2009 15:31:59 | More by Flashy
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Rochester, NY
92 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.