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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

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Dinosaur Bar-B-QueDinosaur Bar-B-Que
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

37 Ratings
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.71%
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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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

km000, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of CBFanWish
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

CBFanWish, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of Halfbrother83
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Halfbrother83, Jun 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

BeerBucks, Oct 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

wisegreensoul, May 26, 2014
Photo of rodrot
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%

This is an interesting bar in downtown Rochester near the river. I visited on a Monday evening and was surprised to see the place pretty crowded. Mostly, it was young couples and a few families with children. There were about 30 beers on tap and most were from local and regional micros. Nothing outstanding, but nothing crappy either. The food was above average. I had a pork barbecue plate that was OK, but the cornbread was too hard and dry for my taste. Maybe I'm too used to the southern version. I've heard that the Syracuse location of Dinosaur is better, but if you happen to be in Rochester and are looking for a good beer selection and some decent food this place is worth a visit.

rodrot, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of e11iott
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

Great location. Depending on when you go this is either a great biker bar and lots of nice bikes and leather with great barbecue, or great barbecue/smokehouse with people coming and going from the blue cross arena from a few blocks away, from a preformance. Either way the food I recommend to anyone, best barbecue in the western new york area. Is normally very busy, get there with plenty of time, the wait is worth it. Plenty of choices about 50 plus total. Verity that goes great with the food. Nice place to take out of town co-workers.

e11iott, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.9/5  rDev -6%

Atmosphere: unique; a dive bar BBQ joint you can take the kids to.
Quality: ordered a Lake Placid UBU served cold bit not too cold in the ubiquitous pint glass.
Service: smart alecky wait staff who work to keep things moving as the place is almost always busy.
Selection: nothing outstanding, just a solid tap list. Could have used more porters, brown ales to go with the BBQ.
Food: this is what people come here for. I've never had a bad or even marginal meal here. Ordered the brisket sandwich with fried okra and collards. Delish. Passed on dessert but have had it before and it's great.

ProudBeerSnob, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

GreatPondBrewer, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of atpben
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

Been to this location twice. Second time was on Saturday and they had a great local band playing some great tunes. The food is awesome. They have a variety of combo platters. Their brisquette is quite amazing. The beer selection is above average. Lots of beers from New York are available. I had the brooklyn Black Choclate Stout on tap, Dogfish Head Indian Brown, and the Palo Salto Maron. Decent german bottled beer selection too. Lots of benches to sit outside when the weather is warmer. Great place and good times.

atpben, Apr 15, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

myhopsdontlie, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

generallee, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Redrover
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

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. I’m guessing they have about 30 beers on tap and at least twice as many in bottles. Lots of offerings I can’t 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 customer’s 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 I’m looking forward to my next visit!

Redrover, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of drsyko
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

drsyko, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

GreesyFizeek, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of UTvolFAN16
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

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!

UTvolFAN16, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of Stoutman88
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

Stoutman88, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of Rudgers73
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Rudgers73, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Billolick, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of slander
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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!!

slander, Dec 22, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

vermilcj, Dec 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

BierBliss, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of armock
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

armock, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of LittleDon
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

LittleDon, May 28, 2011
Photo of jyeast101
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

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...

jyeast101, Apr 17, 2006
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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Rochester, NY
92 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.