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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

246 W Willow St, Syracuse, NY 13202
315-476-4937
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Ranked #1 of 593 restaurants in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Barbecue
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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niagara
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Was in town for the Syracuse Nationals classic car show and stop here both days for some great food. The wait was 15-20 mins. but was well worth it. We tried the beef and the pork dishes and the taste and tenderness were excellent! Do give it a try !!!!!

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

No restaurants in this area can beat this place! They have the best food and atmosphere in the Syracuse area! Best ribs, great bands, fun people!

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Belleville, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We visited this past weekend and both my husband and I loved the food. We had the fried green tomatoes as an appetizer and they were delicious! The ribs were moist, fall off the bone tender and deliciously smoke flavoured. I had the 1/4 rack rib and coconut shrimp combination...huge shrimp and perfectly cooked. The place was crazy busy but... More

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Westerly, Rhode Island
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Hard to find a parking place, but well worth it to circle the block a couple times to find one. It was packed, but we got seated in no time, and the food came out relatively quick. Good service, awesome food, fun atmosphere.

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Portland
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188 reviews 188 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

There is ALWAYS a line at Dinosaur BBQ. There's a reason -- the food is great, the service friendly, the prices good, the beer selection good, too. There is a take-out window if you can't wait ... it has a line a lot of the time, too. But this IS a place worth waiting for. Even for a claustrophobe like... More

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Charlotte, NC
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119 reviews 119 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Visited Syracuse recently and finally had the pleasure of eating at Dinosaur! The place was packed even at 5:30 p.m. (a bit earlier than I usually have dinner) however, they said the wait would be only 10-15 minutes. We sat at the bar to get a cold beer and the bar attendant took our beer order then asked if we... More

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Pound Ridge, New York
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84 reviews 84 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Dined at Rochester Dino the night before. Original is smaller and more rustic inside - outside benches are the place to be. Food and service were very good. Lice music wonderful. A must go every time in Syracuse.

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Glen Rock, New Jersey
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Everyone told us we HAD to go here — so we did! It was packed but we only waited about 20 for a table. Loved the atmosphere and the food. It was busy but not overwhelming. Lots of stuff on the walls to look at: old movie posters & pop culture stuff. Food was great and none of us could... More

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Northern California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Don't know the best way to describe this place - it is a blending of Chili's (restaurant chain) decor and Hell's Angels motorcycle club and down home cooking.... I am the customer no waitress wants - "what can I get you to drink?" "beer" "what kind?" "surprise me" - - "what are you going to have to eat" "surprise me"... More

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Columbus, Indiana
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My 24 year old son and I were on a baseball road trip heading to NYC. We stopped over in Syracuse for the night. We had heard about Dinosaur and wanted to give it a try. It was a Saturday night and we rode around downtown. There was nobody around. Then suddenly, as we approached the restaurant, things picked up... More

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