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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Dinosaur Bar-B-QueDinosaur Bar-B-Que

Taps: 21 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N

33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
$$ - reasonable

[ Bar, Eatery ]

246 W Willow St
Syracuse, New York, 13202-1040
United States
phone: (315) 476-4937

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Photo of jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$

Dinosaur's was the first serious barbeque restaurant I had visited. I have returned on two occasions and they have yet to let me down.

Great beer selection to go through as you wait for your table. Fell in love with a california IPA whihc came home via growler.

The food is outstanding. Damn good ribs. Smoked chicken wings with a great slightly firey rub must be enjoyed. Pulled pork was divine. Sides were great. Do the fried green tomatoes

It's well worth the 30 to 75 minute wait to eat here.

06-06-2013 02:25:24 | More by jaz58
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75 | $$

One of the reasons I make trips to Syracuse, Dinosaur never seems to disappoint me when I stop in.

I have never been when the place hasn't been hopping, and the crowd ranges from little old church ladies to hard looking bikers. Way too much fun!

Dinosaur has a decent beer selection. They have a couple of house brands in conjunction with Middle Ages Brewing Co.

They boast 22 taps and over 50 bottles available and some of their selections include Founders, Southern Tier and Lagunitas.

The prices for pints are reasonable, $4.50-$5.50 for 16 oz. The first time I went in I forgot I was in the US and the bartender gently reminded me I would get 4 oz less...but that I would save about $3.

Of course, one does not go to Dinosaur for the beer, it just happens to be a nice ride along. The food is the reason one goes, and it usually never disappoints. The ribs are delicious, the chicken is moist, and the brisket and pulled pork are amazing.

The sides...ah, the sides. Mac and Cheese that is fantastic, and BBQ beans with huge pieces of pulled pork!

There are always great specials available too.

The ambiance is well...sort of biker joint. It is in a rather blah part of town, and not exactly a tourist area. But, that doesn't matter once you have had the food.

Trust me...if you are in Syracuse, you should try Dinosaur.

05-08-2013 17:46:16 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of jzeilinger


3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Finally made it over to the Dinosaur tonight after several business trips up here, it was worth the trip, didn't blow me away, but was worth the trip.

First off, if you're in town, it's worth checking out, not my first choice, but worth the stop. It reminds me of a Texas style BBQ pit on the inside, nothing fancy, very casual, laid back, and good rock-n-roll and blues piped in over the house system.

If you're going here, you are not there for the stellar beer selection, but for the food. That being said, I went in with no expectations and was stoked to find Southern Tier 2XIPA on tap, and finished with a bottle of Middle Ages Dragon Slayer and a snifter, I was happy. The rest of the tap selections weren't setting the world on fire, but again, we're there for the food, not the beer.

I had the Pork and Brisket plate, mashed "taters", and corn. I was actually a little disappointed with the meal, sorry to say. It came out super fast (less than five minutes after ordering), but it was "warm", and not hot. The brisket was tender enough to cut with a fork and the pork was pretty good, but dry. I sat at the bar and the bartenders were very attentive.

09-13-2011 02:37:57 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$

Dino bar-b-que is a little hole in the wall that is worth an hour drive from Ithaca to wait another hour to eat. It also has a ton of bikes parked outside, and normally the bouncers are bikers. The vibe is neat, but it is always too packed and hectic as a bar. Haven't made any friends there either.

This place is jam packed. Every day, no matter what time you go. It is an institution in New York, and for good reason. The BBQ is amazing. You can smell the smoker from down the street. The meat smells great, looks great, and is delicious. I like it more than the southern BBQ I've tried on trips down south. The sides are all great too.

The bar is fairly small, with standing room and maybe 20 stools. It is also packed with waiting customers. When it is warm outside (for 3 weeks a year) there are pic-nic tables to drink at. I've had great service from a waitress in the bar on a particularly long wait. She got my order without me having to go to the bar, and despite being slammed, she stopped and suggested and described a few beers to another member of my party.

The selection has some macros and then a bunch of local beers on tap. Lots of stuff from Middle ages, which is great, some stuff from Empire, and a few from other NY breweries. They even have some limited stuff from Middle ages when they can. The beer selection is solid, but not great. I would not go to Dino unless you want some BBQ with your beer. If you like BBQ at all though, this is well worth your time.

05-26-2011 00:23:33 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

Went here for dinner the other night based on reviews I read on this site. The place was pretty easy to find and we found a parking spot right out front. They have a take-out area and a main eat-in area. They had about 25 different beers on draft, which included 5-7 of the usual suspects like coors/bud/miller. But they also had 15 or solid craft beers and a few seasonals. When I was there they even had Southern Tier PumKing on tap.. for 4.50$ for a pint - which is pretty reasonable. They also offer flights of beer, where you can try 4 different 4oz glasses of beer for 5.00$. The food was above average and the service was fast - perhaps a little too fast. If you decide to visit, I'd recommend ordering your food after you have a few drinks. Our meals arrived at almost the same time as my first beer.

11-22-2010 13:40:07 | More by spinrsx
Photo of Minotaur


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 5 | $$

To be frank I usually don't hit this place for beer. Though I have had draft suggestions when sitting down to eat, and while not vast - the beers usually compliment the foods.

The waitresses and waiters are normally knowledgeable about beer - particularly what to choose with which foods. Syracuse has many good *beer* focused establishments and i consider this place to be a great restaurant with a few decent beers on draft (Rogue, Troegs, Ithaca among the usual rotations).

However the atmosphere and the food is simply one of the best experiences I've had - and repeated many times.

The ribs and barbecue chicken, and the side dishes are all exceptional.

one of the few times I regularly go for a pale ale or IPA to compliment the southern and cajun influences dishes.

01-04-2010 04:24:05 | More by Minotaur
Photo of atpben


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$

Great place in Syracuse to have Bar b Que and good beer. This place is located within walking distance of Blue Tusk and Clark's ale house. Both great places to have a pint in Syracuse. Fairly small room and kitchen as you enter, and a pretty big room and bar in the back. The food is excellent. The briaquette rocks. The portions are huge, they will fill you up. Decent beer selection. I only had the Middle Ages Dragonslayer and Wailing Wench, both excellent beers. Previous time I had the Saranac Imperial IPA, and IPA. Both great by the way. We ate here and went to the Blue Tusk for a better beer selection. Great place to go and just have fun. Dont know if the Syracuse location has live music. Still great though.

04-15-2009 18:52:29 | More by atpben
Photo of JNans

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$

Dinosaur Barbeque is one of the best BBQ joints in the entire northeastern United States. With Syracuse being the original location, followed by Rochester and NYC, BBQ doesn't really get any better than this. The atmosphere is interesting, you can write on the walls, listen to live music just about every night of the week (usually starts around 10PM), and just enjoy good food. Anyone from a biker who just rolled up on his Harley to a group of associates from the local firm will be there at any time of day, not to mention families and lovebirds. Blues music is protocol.

The beer selection is average, nothing to get all excited about. Some of the bottled selections aren't too bad (Ommegang). Your typical macros are available, along with some regional offerings (Sacketts Harbor, Rohrbach). You can also pick up Dino growlers and have them filled whenever you go to the joint for the price of a pitcher.

The food is outstanding. There is no other way to describe it. You shouldn't go to the Dino without having the pulled pork sandwich and ribs combo. A side of cornbread comes with most meals and is delicious with a nice honey glaze over the top. For sides, Mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh cut fries, mac salad (+ many others), you name it. All impressive. Also available are delicious chicken sandwiches, chargrilled wings, steaks, brisket, seafood, all BBQ'd to perfection. After gorging yourself, don't forget to have a slice of homemade Chocolate Ice Box pie, or some of the other daily-made desserts.

Service is excellent, no complaints here. The waitresses all seem like biker chicks, but are very nice and usually to the point. I haven't had any screw-ups in my 20+ trips. One trip to the Rochester location left me without any War of 1812 Amber available, so the waitress brought back a couple samples of some other brews they had on tap.

All in all, do not stop in Syracuse, Rochester, or NYC without going to Dinosaur Barbeque.

01-21-2009 05:27:45 | More by JNans
Photo of Reagan1984


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

One of the three mandatory stops when in Syracuse. Other than Clark's Ale House and the Blue Tusk, this is the place to enjoy a nice pint. The great news is that this place also comes with great BBQ and an even better music scene. I've enjoyed every single trip to the Dinosaur.

They do have their own ale which I swear is just Middle Ages Apricot Ale. They claim it's a different recipe, but I think they just need to say that. Either way, it's a nice light brew. They do have a nice selection of draft and bottled beer that does cross the main styles.

Service is always very pleasant.

Enjoy a couple of more exotic Pints at the Blue Tusk, hit here for dinner and then go to Clark's Ale house to hang out.

If music is what you seek, then just stay here after you stuff yourself with Ribs.
Can't go wrong.

06-04-2008 23:41:00 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of ledemie

New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

Well, I been many times to Dinosaur and every time it is awesome, the food is great, I tried many items on the menu and never was I disappointed, I was initiated through work and the first time recommendation was Pull pork sandwich. Brisket and ribs are awesome , the ambiance is biker like, marker on the wall, licence plates from all over the USA, the waitress are really nice and know what s up, so I would not like to mess with one of them as they might put you in a headlock, that is a dinosaur ambiance, the only thing is if you are going plan about 45 minutes of wait time minimum ( it is worth it),the awesome part of dinosaur is that no matter you outfit,suit, leather chaps,everyone is here for one reason good food and good beer, ?Middle age, Ommegang, and the usual sparkling monkey pee, Bud, Coors...

04-25-2008 14:12:43 | More by ledemie
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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse, NY
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