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 sparkydoyle:
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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
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