Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

BBQ Joint and American Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Syracuse, Syracuse
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    The barbecue at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is a can't miss
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    "This is hands down the best BBQ joint in Syracuse!"(11 Tips)
    Alexa P.
    "Worth waiting 2 hours for.. Fried green tomatoes are amazing!!"(18 Tips)
    "Wango Tango wings"(8 Tips)
    Taryn P.
    "Shared appetizer & tres hombres w/ hubby & we're stuffed!! starving?"(5 Tips)
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  • barbecue
  • ribs
  • Southern food
  • brisket
  • lively
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  • Dinosaur Bar-B-Queheart icon on user image
    Dinosaur Bar-B-QueJuly 14, 2017
    Check out our new Bar-B-Que Bowls!
  • Jonathan H.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan HosterJuly 10, 2017
    Been here 25+ times
    The BEST restaurant in Syracuse! Try the 'swag sampler' as an app - deviled eggs, shrimp, fried green tomatoes, and wings. The ribs are amazing and all of the sides are homemade! (Try the cole slaw!)
  • Nicole
    NicoleJune 13, 2015
    The Tres Niños dish is a great way to get brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and 2 sides all on one plate. The side of beans was way too sweet for me, but everything else was delicious -- esp. pulled pork.
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    NikNak BarJune 19, 2018
    Really enjoyed the food. Even when they were super busy, we didn’t have 2 wait long for a table. There’s a ($5) parking lot across from the restaurant so you can park, eat & take a nice stroll.
    Upvoted Dec 18, 2022
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesJanuary 31, 2016
    Last time I was there I tried the Dino Poutine and loved it. Similar to Disco Fries, it tops french fries with gravy, house-made pimento cheese and pulled pork. Awesome twist on the Montreal dish.
  • Scott G.heart icon on user image
    Scott GrimesApril 30, 2015
    Food is as to be expected. It's a bbq joint and they live up to their billing. Had the combo plater with brisket and it was the star of the plater. Great blues vibe with very attentive wait staff.
  • Eric F.heart icon on user image
    Eric FriedmanJanuary 28, 2014
    The family style order is an amazing deal. Choose the brisket for the other meat. Definitely feeds 5-6. For sides try the Mac n cheese for sure! The sauce here is off the charts delicious!
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesJanuary 31, 2016
    If you want to try something a little different, I suggest the Pork-sket Sandwich. Its BBQ Brisket layered with cheese and jalapeños topped with pulled pork and coleslaw on a sandwich roll.
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesAugust 1, 2015
    All of the meats are so good. Love the chicken, love the pulled pork, love the brisket and love the ribs. If you are with a group, get the family dinner that allows you to share them all.
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    Gabriel HayesAugust 1, 2015
    While I enjoy all of the new Dinosaurs opening across the Northeast, they do not replicate the atmosphere of here. I really enjoy the grunge. Particularly enjoy coming here after Syracuse basket games
  • Jonathan H.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan HosterAugust 6, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The soul of Syracuse! Everything is delicious - but you must try the fried green tomatoes and the cole slaw! All of the BBQ dishes are excellent!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Aarti S.heart icon on user image
    Aarti ShenoyJanuary 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    A Syracuse staple, you have to come in here and have their delicious slow-grilled meats. The ribs are a great favorite of mine and the sides are so flavorful!
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    Blackout Again?May 15, 2016
    Best freaking BBQ in the States, if you're around this is a MUST! Mc n cheese is awesome, ribs are out of this world, burgers are the best in town,waitress nice and cool
  • Barry B.
    Barry BloomMay 19, 2015
    Just smells great. Real BBQ. Place packed for supper as you can see in the photo. Expect food to be as good as the ambience.
  • John R.heart icon on user image
    OMGoodness. This is a must if you like wet BBQ (Which I do!) and you happen to be in Syracuse. Fall off the bone good!
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagJuly 9, 2012
    The folks at Dino take a slab of St. Louis ribs and coat it with a secret rub, smoke it, and glaze it to perfection. Pair it with the sausage-infused Bar-B-Que Beans and Dino's creamy coleslaw.
  • Dee H.heart icon on user image
    Dee HNovember 15, 2015
    Wings were exceptional, so was the cornbread, cheddar ale soup, mash & gravy and the sweet potato pecan pie. Service was a tad dodgy but the food was with the Annoyance.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithAugust 25, 2013
    The Carolina Pulled Pork sandwich satisfied all requirements: tender pork, creamy slaw, zesty sauce (the "Sensuous"), but it just didn't blow me away. Get the platter to sample the delicious sides.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BassettJuly 22, 2013
    A bit of a hike for dinner, the Dinosaur is for some of the very best BBQ on the east coast. The diverse crowd is great, but be sure avoid knocking over the line of Harleys out front.
  • PJ W.heart icon on user image
    PJ WascherFebruary 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are in Central New York, this is the place to be!! I love the brisket and the bbq sauces are amazing!
  • Barbara E.
    Barbara ElizabethMarch 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The original and the best. Amazingly fast service at the bar. Save room for pie. Always ask for the veggie and soup of the day, and most of all, get the Mac and cheese.
  • Jared S.heart icon on user image
    Jared SturtevantAugust 25, 2013
    Order your beer flights (4) 5-ounce glasses. A reasonable price & a nice variety. Currently that's a better value than buying a pint
  • Rounded
    RoundedAugust 4, 2011
    This place is jamming on the weekends - best to go in the mid afternoon if you don't want to wait a couple hours. The bloody marys are amazing. The mojito chicken steak is a must try for lunch or di
  • Jim N.heart icon on user image
    Jim NolanDecember 17, 2015
    Great bbq in a town where you wouldn't expect it. Very tender baby back ribs. Probably the best beans I've had anywhere. Cornbread is a big disappointment
  • SU_VPA
    SU_VPAMarch 27, 2013
    "Eat at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que" is a popular tip for students looking for things to do during their time at SU. Stop by this Syracuse landmark to enjoy a BBQed meal like you've never had before!
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesAugust 1, 2015
    Love the Pulled Pork. If I had to choose just one of their meats (a decision I am glad I do not have to make), I would go with the pulled pork.
  • Jeanne C.heart icon on user image
    Jeanne ChuApril 15, 2016
    Smoke-House Salad w/ pulled pork or brisket & garlic ginger vinaigrette dressing. I would drink the garlic ginger vinaigrette! To die for.
  • Ben C.heart icon on user image
    Ben CaronSeptember 6, 2015
    Great food. Friendly waitresses. I thought it was pretty loud though and it may get even louder on nights with bands. Food is worth it!
  • Scott N.
    Scott NapierApril 30, 2013
    The ribs are simply unreal, and the chili is so good I have no words to describe it. The Mac and Cheese is just average at best, but the chili more than made up for it.
  • Lauren H.heart icon on user image
    Lauren HibbardMarch 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The wait, crowdedness, & narrowness may seem discouraging, but the food is well worth it! Try the wings with wango tango and some fried green tomatoes.
  • Caitlin L.heart icon on user image
    Caitlin LawlerJune 28, 2016
    You have to stop here for some great bbq if you are in the Syracuse area. Everything is delicious and you get big portions
  • Cedric J.heart icon on user image
    Cedric JusticeMarch 2, 2021
    Barbecue, sides, beer selection. The bartender and bar back were cool, too. The coleslaw was dynamite.
  • Myriam B.
    Myriam BurgosMay 14, 2016
    Excellent BBQ food, service and ambiance. A lot of food, had to ask for a box to take out.
  • Guy Z.heart icon on user image
    Guy ZaczekOctober 19, 2013
    Not only great food but most nights real barroom bands. Just drive by any night of the week and if the large neon light says live music tonight, then you are in luck.
  • Stephen Y.heart icon on user image
    Stephen YoggyJuly 12, 2021
    Been here 5+ times
    Pulled pork, brisket, ribs, chicken. The fried green tomatoes are awesome.
  • Jens F.heart icon on user image
    Jens FogOctober 17, 2015
    Wings, pulled pork, fried green tomatoes , cornbread and Mac and cheese are winners. The brisket is not on par with the rest
  • Kayla S.
    Kayla SherwoodSeptember 18, 2016
    Ribs were amazing, well seasoned and tender. Service was great even though it was packed. The sides leave much to be desired, they aren't very good.
  • VisitSyracuse
    VisitSyracuseFebruary 3, 2011
    Recently voted Best BBQ in America by ABC’s “Good Morning America Weekend” viewers, the original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is a Syracuse landmark. Don’t leave without trying the Wango Tango BBQ Sauce!
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    JonFebruary 22, 2015
    Come hungry, but not too hungry. There will probably be a dinner wait, so it's best not to show up starving. Great food.
  • Tony V.
    Tony VolturnoSeptember 15, 2014
    Great food, live music, and loud in the evenings. I suggest the tres hombres if you want a sample a bit of everything!
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesAugust 1, 2015
    Be prepared to wait. I have waited 2 hours many times. It is worth the wait. Just grab a few beers at the bar and take it all in.
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesAugust 1, 2015
    Love all the sides. Particularly love the cornbread, the mac n cheese and the bar-b-que baked beans.
  • Owen G.heart icon on user image
    Owen GotimerMarch 3, 2015
    This place has good CNY BBQ, but don't mistake it for good BBQ. A born-and-raised southerner, I was really disappointed about the food after hearing all the hype about this place. Great atmosphere!
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesAugust 1, 2015
    Love the different BBQ sauces. My favorite probably is Wango Tango but definitely try a few different ones.
  • Kevin
    KevinJuly 1, 2013
    You don't even have to ask, good food what else? Brisket, ribs and chicken. Great sides also. Gotta go! I forgot to order greens. Peace
  • Juan K.heart icon on user image
    Juan KuhnleApril 18, 2015
    Best BBQ in the área. Crowded with people to go in. Waiting to be called while enjoying a great beer
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesJanuary 31, 2016
    When you have an option for a side, the Mac & Cheese is a must.
  • Tori
    ToriDecember 15, 2012
    Try the Tres Hombre to sample multiple items on the menu. If you like dark beer, the Dino Porter Pint has a refreshing vanilla taste!
  • David V.heart icon on user image
    David VannMarch 20, 2018
    As a Southerner, I have to begrudgingly admit this is some good barbeque. Get the ribs and don't look back.
  • James C.
    James CAugust 14, 2016
    Great BBQ check it out. The lines get crazy so you can order to go it's amazing.
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