Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

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Bar, Eatery

246 W Willow St
Syracuse, New York, 13202-1040
United States

(315) 476-4937 | map

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cratez from Canada

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

What I had: Founders All Day IPA, Middle Ages Dino Smoked Porter, and Southern Tier 2XIPA on tap, Swag Sampler Plate and Tres Hombres Combo to split, a few sauvignon blancs for my better half.
What I liked: Really fun atmosphere, equal parts biker bar, barbecue joint and beer pub, diverse crowd, friendly and efficient service, bartender made great food recommendations, BBQ is top-notch (delicious seasoning, beautiful smoke rings on the brisket and ribs, tasty sauces), was happy to try fried green tomatoes for the first time.
What I disliked: Draft list is decent but could definitely improve, bartender double-charged us for a wine.
Would I go back? Absolutely. Despite its flaws Dinosaur is a “must-visit” when in Syracuse.
Overall Rating: 78

Jan 30, 2020
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Kemblain from New York

3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 5

It's a biker bar. The selection's limited, but the food is hot and plentiful, and the barbecue is slow cooked so there's a fast turnaround between ordering and eating. Bit on the pricey side. Don't expect a diminutive, polite, professional waitress here. They have free rein to banter with customers, and it fits the atmosphere. Definitely a place to visit, at least once, if you're in the area or passing through.

Jan 18, 2018
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Biker bar vibe. The scent of barbeque permeates the places. A reasonably weak cross section of craft beers...heavy on locsl brewery Middle Ages. Food was excellent...a bit pricey. Great art work on the walls.

May 15, 2016
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steveheady from South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

Ok, so not a typical bar/restaurant. Biker BBQ joint. Waitresses treat u like sh*t, but that's what they r going for here. Food is outstanding. Brew selection is limited. Go here for the food and u will leave happy

Mar 01, 2015
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ClavisAurea from New York

2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

I think the BBQ is ok, there are better places in the Syracuse area. The beer selection is also ok and features a lot of local, upstate NY breweries. The only problem with Dinosaur is the wait to get in. I have waited for over 2 hours once. Best way around this is to go there in the summer and get your food to-go and sit outside on their picnic benches in the alley. Virtually no wait and the food is the same. The wait staff is always trying to get people in and out as fast as possible.

Aug 02, 2014
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jaz58 from Canada

4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Jun 06, 2013
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polloenfuego from Canada

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

May 08, 2013
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -6%
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.

Sep 13, 2011
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Hojaminbag from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

May 26, 2011
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spinrsx from Canada

3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Nov 22, 2010
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Minotaur from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Jan 04, 2010
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atpben from Texas

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Apr 15, 2009
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JNans from New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Jan 21, 2009
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Reagan1984 from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Jun 05, 2008
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ledemie from New York

4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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...

Apr 25, 2008
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jackorain from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I've been to Dinosaur many times and finaly decided to review the place.

I love the atmosphere, beat up wood, with sharpie markings all over it, old signs, biker stuff. The hostess in the booth that uses a mike to call out the names only lends to the charm.

Quality is an interseting thing. I always wonder, are we talking beer quality, overall quality, I don't know. Overall quality at this palce puts it right up at a five. Beer qaulity is good too.

Service has never been aporblem at this place, Servers are nice, friendly, responsive and food comes out quick.

They have a bunch of taps always with a couple Middle ages offerings (Syracuse Pale and Wailing Wench, usaully), a couple of majic hat offerings (usaully #9 and a seasonal, a couple more micros and rounding out the 12 or so taps are some BMC and diageo stuff. The bottle list is decent, not extensive but there are some viable offererings on it as well. last time I was there, I had a can of dale's pale ale.

One cannot say ehough about the food, some of the best bbq in the country and I travel all over the country. Pricesw are decent for BBq also.

Feb 29, 2008
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Sammy from Canada

2.84/5  rDev -32.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2

This place was jam-packed at 2:40 on a weekday afternoon, with families and calmer types. I think there was one biker type outside on the small patio. The place reaked, this is good, of BBQ sauce in action. Lots of tables, but I impress that this is a restaurant. There were a dozen taps, they were primarily macro stuff with a couple of locals. If you want to get craft beer, you go a few minutes into downtown and you drink to your heart's content. Perhaps at one time, not in my observation this day. You come here to eat BBQ.

Oct 19, 2007
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Goldorak from Canada

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5

When we walked out of the Blue Tusk and turned the corner to head over for our meal at Dinosaur we saw…more parking lots! Syracuse’s downtown area is not really filled with architectural gems – although some of the university’s old buildings were stunning – but parking is probably never an issue here, and I guess that’s a good thing, but they need to learn more about public transportation. We walked from the hotel anyway, so we could indulge as we pleased.

The minute I saw the hogs outside and heard the music, I knew I was going to have a good time here. I don’t own a Harley myself, but my old man does and I’ve been to enough biker dives to feel at home and enjoy myself in this atmosphere. Signed pictures of rock/blues signers were all over the walls and there was graffiti everywhere. We waited in the bar section for our table to get ready, and had a couple of pitchers. My friends are hopheads, so we went for the Lagunitas IPA, the hoppyest one on the list. Great choice our bartender said, his brother is a rep for them. The selection isn’t that extensive, they only had about 10 taps, with SNPA, a house Beer and a few other locals. Not the kind of list that makes you want to spend the whole night here, but it was fine to pass the time while our table was getting ready. I didn’t tell my friends that it was about an hour’s wait, but paid the first pair of pitchers and heard no complaints. We finally got a picnic table outside, which would not have been my first choice but I was hungry, it stopped raining and there were no bugs so I didn’t mind. I did end up with large BBQ sauce stains on my jeans, but that’s just par for the course.

Service was super fast and quite friendly. For a table of 8, it didn’t take more than 5 minutes to get our meal. I was the only one in my party who didn’t order the ribs, going for the brisket and pulled pork platter instead, delicious. I did get to try the ribs, as the plates were so enormous some couldn’t finish theirs. They were unbelievably good. One of my friends ordered the full rack by himself and it was so big, I bet him 10 bucks he couldn’t finish it, sides and all. I lost my bet and learned a valuable lesson – never underestimate the power of pride. My friends had to put him on his belly and rolled him back to their hotel. Prices were reasonable for the amount of food offered. The sides and sauces were great, too, enough for me to walk out of there with a few of them. I think the only negative comment came from my brewing partner’s brother-in-law, the left-wing hippie environmentalist. He didn’t approve the fact that everything is served is disposable plates. We hissed at him as we devoured our meals.

Not exactly a first date kind of restaurant (unless the chick’s got more tattoos than you do), and my cardiologist wouldn’t approve, but I just adored this place, and wish there were more like them closer to home.

Jul 23, 2007
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MTNboy from Germany

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was one of the last places I had a good meal prior to traveling abroad for a while. I was real glad that ate there. Everytime I had ever tried to there before this occasion it was packed. We found the key to getting in was to go between meals. I can understand the wait. I loved this place. As kind of a Southern Boy I am kind of partial to the BBQ in South and Midwest. I have eaten at only a few BBQ joints in New York and New England but to be honest I have not been impressed until now. They sell the sauce all over the New York area and it is great. The atmosphere here is awesome it is dive like but do not let that discourage you. It is very clean. The service was wonderful our waitresses (We got there at shift change) were both very cheerful. The food was awesome and deserves all the buzz it gets. The bar is stocked and the beer list is impressive. I would have to say there is something for everyone here. The only bad thing about it was the parking. I hate trying to find a parking spot in downtown Syracuse. We had to park three blocks away. It worked out though because I needed to walk off the meal. I was stuffed. I forgot to mention the good size of the servings.

Dec 30, 2006
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goodbyeohio from Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

oh, the fun to be had here. me, mikeys01, and our s/o's enjoyed some fine meat and beer at this establishment.. 5/26/06.

the first thing you notice when you walk in to the dinosaur is that this place is brimming with obese fat people. i guess mama didn't tell them that they can't eat bbq every day, three times per.. but they do, and i'm guessing by the looks of 'em that this food must be damn good. and some high-calorie maltbomb beers, too.

sit down at the carved-up wooden plank table and spend minutes gawking at the memorabilia and prolific ballpoint graffiti. seats all around the main bar, and side rooms for additional seating. some high 'bar' tables closer to the bar in the main room as well. nice and spacious, i didn't feel crowded-in despite the jamming atmosphere in dbbq on a friday night. further time was spent eating pickled hot peppers and hot sauces presented on our (and every other) table. time to check the beer list.

i was happy, but not overwhelmed. ithaca offered a brown, middle ages had the ringwood-bomb ape hanger and another pale ale. otter creek had stovepipe porter, the stone smoked porter advertised on tap was all out. some middle-ground choices as well like #9, guinness, etc. and after all was said and done, i ordered a 22oz wailing wench. (they also offer dragonslayer 22s). can't speak too too highly of a place where i choose a bottle over a draft. the beer, on the other hand, was fresh and tasty. served with an iced mug (which i let warm up before pouring into). ask if you don't want one, everyone else got pints. drafts also available in 12oz size and pitchers, which is nice.

the food here was exceptional bbq. succulent, vibrant sauces and excellent sides.. the brisket here was barely holding itself together and went down very easy. i was the only one to finish my food, and i felt like i was slowly transforming into one of those balloonish cretins. time to get the f* out.. finish the last sip of my wench, pick my teeth and blow.

i will return, but probably to the nyc one (reports of a better tap selection) or this one, if i'm super hungry and in the mood to gorge on 'cue.

May 31, 2006
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HaVoKnYnJ from New York

4.68/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Best bar-b-q ever. And with a solid, if not incredible selection of beers.

I'm biased, and happily so. When I visit Syracuse, I go here at least once. Between the Big Assed Pork Plate, the Tres Hombres, and other favorites, and sides like the AK (Ass-Kicking) Chili (which is surprisingly mild, to help offset the Dino's own line of barbeque sauces...mmmm....Slathering Sauce, Wango Tango, and Devil's Duel....sigh), there is always good food to try new local brews with.

The waitresses are friendly and fast, the ambience is cny biker, though with a healthy dose of everyday sensibility. Best time to come, if you can take the wait: Friday or Saturday nights, or any night with a live blues band....just an amazing experience, every time. Ambience took a hit when the smoking ban went into effect...its a little less hazy and mysterious now, but on the upshot, you can now see all the cool retro paraphenalia on the walls now...posters, signed headshots of old school blues guys....nice.

Apr 10, 2006
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slander from New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5


So, after a number of failed attempts to trick Randy into a 12 hour jaunt up around New York state, along comes the need to audit my Syracuse and Buffalo districts. The light bulb comes on and I know I'd better jump on it quickly before they settle on who's going where. I offer, "I can drive to Syracuse, yeah, that'd be easier for me", but what I really mean is, "I's got places to see and they ain't in Buffalo..."
First night out, I did the play nice for dinner with the Carolina guys, but after that, it became a, "Um, I do this thing, see, and, uh, I've got this here red pen, and there are these places I've got to get to, um, yeah". Mark and Mary had been to Dinosaur before and were cool with goin' back there for dinner, I just took the liberty of mapping it and it's proximity to Blue Tusk and Clark's Ale House 'cause I'm the logistics guy, you know.
Been to the Dinosaur in NYC, this one was similar but different. Seemed more divey yet not. A 12 seat straightish bar holds the room with a pair of very inconveniently placed bar tables just in front of it, you have to dodge them to belly up to the bar. 6 or so booths run the length of the front windows with boards listing the liquor above them. A pen with 8 red plasticccy covered tables in an elevated seating area and a few more tables to the rear in a nook near the bathroom.
Weathered wood panelled walls heavily covered with motorcycle prints, musician photos and movie posters. A mounted deer head, a State of Wyoming flag, barbecue signage, and large colorful dinosaur murals. Low ceiling fans, spots and speakers suspended above.
We snagged a table with relative ease as a large rush of people flowed in behind us, timing being everything. Had the pork and brisket plate, but my favorite side dish was conspicuously absent. I mean, one would expect to find the Syracuse style salt potatoes in Syracuse. And you know what else? They had chili here. They don't have chili at the NYC location. What's up with that? Anyway, I settled for the mashed with gravy and the barbecue beans. Food was awesome, no surprise there.
18 taps on a single tower. Local goods from Middle Ages (Syracuse Pale Ale and house beer Dinosaur Ape Hanger), as well as regionals (Ithaca Nut Brown, Sackets Harbor 1812 Amber, Magic Hat St. Gootz, Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter, Sam Adams Lager, Yuengling), other micros (Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Blue Moon), wah wah imports (Guinness, Bass, Labatts), a handful of macros, a cider and a root beer from Saranac. Hey, they do growler pours, too.
They're also packing 40+ bottles, macros and maltos galore with a few decent micros (Middle Ages Wailing Wench & Dragon Slayer, Magic Hat, Abita, Pete's, Sam Adams).
Good damn barbecue and some nice beer to put it down with.

Feb 20, 2006
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tempest from New York

3.93/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Not a great beer bar, but it is a great place to go to have a good beer with amazing BBQ.

It's not really a dive, although it may look a bit like one at first. It's mostly a nice mix of bikers and normal people from the area. Pretty friendly overall, just dont get in the way of a busy waitress/waiter when they've got a huge platter of food ober their head.

There's almost always a long wait for a table, however, once seated the service was very good and bar orders came quickly.

They dont have a big enough beer selection to stand out like Clark's or the Tusk, but they mo def have a better selection that most places around. Over a dozen taps including their own Ape Hanger Ale brewed at Middle Ages.

I got the fried green tomatoes and the Big Ass Pork Platter and both were delicious. Paired the pork with a Stone Smoked Porter from the tap.

Want the best BBQ in Syracuse and a solid beer selection? This is your place. Just be wary of the long waits.

Oct 22, 2005
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sparkydoyle from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Dinosaur BBQ-- one of the top places for ribs in the northeast, has about 10 taps and many bottles available at the bar. The place is way too crowed and limited in offering to earn stars as a beer bar (go to the Blue Tusk or Clarks if you want a bar). Stop in for BBQ if you want to enjoy some beer food, and some beers that go with it--english ale styles, Marzens or a a smoke beer are good picks. It was great to enjoy Stone smoked porter on tap, and it was a perfect foil for the food.

The food can be a little hit and miss. Their chilli is odd, and their pulled pork is great but not spectacular (but their interesting, and not overly sweet sauces make up for this). Ribs are probably their favorite offering, and worthy of a trip however.

As many have mentioned before, the restaurant is crowed and cramped most nights, long waits are common during busy times. Once you sit down, you'll get served quickly. You might feel a little rushed however. Atmosphere is a big part of the enjoyment here, and in the wintertime when it's mostly the locals hanging out, it's fun to see housewives from Cazenovia dressed up in their best ersatz biker babe getups.

Feb 21, 2005
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BrewMan13 from New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I've been to this place a few times as my soon-to-be-mother-in-law lives near Syracuse. This place has a much better beer selection than the majority of restaurants, though nothing like a good beer bar would have (it is a restaurant after all). While they may have only ~10 beers on tap, they do have quite a few bottles, though only a few out of the ordinary ones ( if you dont see the list, just look up at the chalkboard--if at the bar, turn around and look up). I used to always get Ithaca nut brown or Guiness and on occasion Abita Turbodog or Ape Hangar Ale (made by nearby Middle Ages). But now they have, IMO, the perfect beer to accompany the bbq: Stone Smoked porter! So I drank that exclusively the last 2 trips. They first started getting it in bottles over the summer (when Stone 1st came to upstate NY) and now they have it on tap.
I was shocked when my fiancee's sister's boyfriend ordered a Lindemans Frambroise and they offered him proper glassware! Proper glassware in a biker bar, who woulda thunk it.
Food is excellent if you like BBQ. The best ribs I've ever had (not that I've had a lot). I make sure to always get ribs, or a combo that includes ribs. Pulled pork is also good, so I hear. Portions are large: I always leave stuffed and my future mom-in-law usually just eats the sides and brings the main part home for later. And while it may not be the healiest selection, they do at least fry using oil which contains no nasty trans-fats.
This place is all about atmosphere, too. Complete with a place for bikers to park out front, it is a biker bar 1st. But it attracts all manner of patron and rightfully so.
As others have mentioned, its always crowded, so be prepared to wait. But at least it gives you time to down a brew or 2 before dinner.

Jan 27, 2005
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse, NY
Place rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 60 ratings