Taps: 24 / Bottles: 31
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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!!
12-22-2006 21:39:23 | More by slander
4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
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
11-10-2011 23:55:23 | More by Billolick
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
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
05-28-2011 21:50:22 | More by LittleDon
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
10-07-2007 10:54:03 | More by armock
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
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
A classic downtown.
The food is the main draw, for good reason. Every type of BBQ is represented, and you can slather their tasty house-made sauce all over it. The corn-bread is to die for.
They have a good taplist, mostly local stuff. Good stuff from Southern Tier, Ithaca, Rohrbach's, CB's, etc. Nothing crazy, but dependable, and turnover is relatively high.
Love the feel of the place inside- high ceilings, cool artwork and decorations. The food is expensive, as big BBQ places tend to be, but no more expensive than Sticky Lips. The food at Sticky Lips is slightly better though.
01-24-2014 21:55:01 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
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
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Rochester, NY
92 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.