Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Dinosaur Bar-B-QueDinosaur Bar-B-Que
Dinosaur Bar-B-QueDinosaur Bar-B-Que
Bar, Eatery

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

(315) 476-4937 | map
dinosaurbarbque.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.18
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
60
pDev:
10.05%
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Reviews by JNans:
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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
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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Wainzilla

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