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

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Reviews by goodbyeohio:
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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
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