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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 598 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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English first
Bradford county, PA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We love eating here but it gets so busy and so packed that we often give up and go elsewhere. It's difficult to find a place to park and sometimes the line to wait extends down the block. They really need to expand the place. The food is top-notch all the times we've went...pulled pork, brisket, ribs, baked beans, fried... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I hate to be a Debbie Downer about the place, but I wasn't impressed. I thought everything was average. Maybe I am spoiled by having more southern places in my vicinity and a boyfriend that is a cook, but this place just didn't compare to the ratings! I thought the place was over crowded and too loud. The wait was... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is a must stop if your passing through. The BBQ is great. My family liked the ribs the most. The Mac and cheese was amazing. It has a very small bite. The BBQ family meal has a bit of everything on it to try and fed my family of 4. We had left covers for 2 days. This place... More

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Ontario
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This was our second time there, but this time we went for lunch when it is a little less crowded (good decision). We ordered the brisket & a hamburger with sides of Mac & Cheese, fries (really good), pasta salad & all was delicious. This restaurant is a must if you are in or around Syracuse. Enjoy!

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Stoneham, Massachusetts, United States
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65 reviews 65 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Its not pretentious in any way, its not fine dining. If you like BBQ (cause there really aren't other options) the Food is an A, Service is an A, Atmosphere, an A.

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Syracuse, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This place is quintessential Syracuse. It's mobbed from the time it opens til' the time it closes -- and for a good reason. The barbecue is absolutely delicious. Wait times are long as they don't take reservations, and the service can sometimes be a bit standoffish, but that's the vibe at Dino. As a local who has eaten there more... More

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Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I've been to 42 out of 50 states and this by far has caught my attention. The atmosphere, the food, service and drinks are all fantastic! I usually sweeten my own tea because they make it to sweet buy this places sweet tea was amazing! I ordered the Carolina Sandwich, it's pulled pork with coleslaw on top, my sides were... More

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Potomac, MD
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45 reviews 45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We had been to the Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester NY, and had high expectations for our Syracuse visit. It was just as good. The meat is flavorful and tender (and I am not usually a big meat lover). The sides were also delicious, especially the turnip greens. We did not have a long wait as we visited around 2 pm,... More

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Norwell, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Looking for fantastic BBQ? Syracuse, New York may seem an unlikely place to find it, but Dinosaur BBQ doesn't disappoint. Known for BBQ, bikers and blues they offer the best pit smoked ribs, chicken and pulled pork around. We used to visit family regularly in the area and this was always a stop. We returned during a recent vacation after... More

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Binghamton, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Good strong flavored barbeque meats and the sides are excellent as well. Best not to add too much of the barbeque sauces, but a little enhances the flavor. The sides, especially the beans, are excellent. Best to go there on off hours as it is often crowded.

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