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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Reviews by Goldorak:
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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
More User Reviews:
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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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digitalflood from New York

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Jun 04, 2018
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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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Ekish58 from New York

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Nov 27, 2017
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Dec 21, 2016
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thoglund from New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Jun 30, 2016
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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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RUN-4-B33R from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Dec 16, 2015
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entenduintransit from Tennessee

4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Aug 16, 2015
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crag from Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Jul 13, 2015
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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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Soloveitchik from New York

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

Jan 31, 2015
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BvilleBrewGuy from New York

4.43/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Jan 25, 2015
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Uniobrew31 from Pennsylvania

4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Jan 13, 2015
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Jan 10, 2015
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Martelljw2 from New York

4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Jan 08, 2015
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DannyBoyDD from New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Dec 03, 2014
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abrodsky from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Dec 03, 2014
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byronic from Canada

4/5  rDev -4.3%

Sep 30, 2014
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squack from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Sep 18, 2014
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mklisz from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Aug 13, 2014
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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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boszormeny from Canada

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Jul 17, 2014
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irishpride from New York

4/5  rDev -4.3%

Jul 05, 2014
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse, NY
Place rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 60 ratings