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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

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99 Court St, Rochester, NY 14604-1824
585-325-9127
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food, fun atmosphere

We dine here whenever we're in town. There's usually a wait but it's never really long. The menu has great choices and the service is friendly. We've never been disappointed. This time we had appetizer sampler with shrimp, fried green tomatoes, deviled eggs and wings. Everything was delicious. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
sharon m
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We dine here whenever we're in town. There's usually a wait but it's never really long. The menu has great choices and the service is friendly. We've never been disappointed. This time we had appetizer sampler with shrimp, fried green tomatoes, deviled eggs and wings. Everything was delicious. The wings are meaty and slow cooked. All our entrees and sides... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Honestly we never made it in. In town for business and strangely enough this place came highly recommended by hotel staff. They omitted to tell us that on Friday nights ( whole weekend?) this place turns into a biker clubhouse/hangout. I have nothing against people that ride bikes, any kind of bikes. But if you have patch and rocker wearing... More 

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Rochester, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I work downtown, so sometimes when I walk out of my building I can smell the smoker, which makes me crave bar-b-que. So on my way home I stop and get a to-go order, sit at the bar, have a quick happy hour beer and have enough food for two dinners. The food is fabulous, everything - but I do... More 

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Rochester, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

So, I've been coming to the Dinosaur for years, it's been a staple for me that I enjoy for family meals and casual business dinners. The vibe is very casual, the food is anywhere from good to great (and yes, I've been to Memphis, Austin, and more) and the service is usually fantastic. I've had two occasions when my chosen... More 

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Great food . Bands are great and loud. Pay for parking. Walking distance from two hotels. Not much else to do downtown except sports games at blue cross arena.

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South Bend, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

First time here, but familiar with the place from previous trips. Very good BBQ ribs, cooked right with excellent (non-tomato) sauce. Cole slaw a little heavy on the salt but good. Other sides also good. Pricing: no bargin, but reasonable considering the quantities and quality. Service: quick, friendly, and appropriate for lunch.

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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

It was a Monday night and we had to pick a friend up late at the Rochester airport...so we decided to drive in early, have some BBQ at Dinosaurs and see what all the fuss is about. It was 8:45 when we arrived and the place was packed. This was a Monday night, so we thought it must be great!!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

... And packed mightily at 5 on a Tuesday night. Never saw a Dinosaur except for the logo stuff. Looked more like North by North West to me. The T-Shirts were fabulous too but alas none in stock and nothing in order on horizon. What's in order is ... Success. So join in for your share of great barbecue in... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The "Bar-B-Que" here is monumental: fall-off-the-bone ribs, melt-in-your-mouth brisket, spicy wings, etc. You could be in Memphis, Kansas City or a hundred other places further south that really understand 'Q, To find this quality in the blizzard belt of upstate New York is something of a surprise, but great smoking is now an art thankfully spread nationwide. What makes Dinosaur... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This place is an absolute must if you're visiting Rochester. All the locals rave about this place. We showed up on a Sunday night and were told it'd be a 45 minute wait. No problem. We got some drinks at the bar and waited about 30 minutes before we were seated. Server was great. Since this was our first time... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 99 Court St, Rochester, NY 14604-1824
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: 585-325-9127

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?