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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
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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Ottawa, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

What a wonderful experience Dinosaur is. This Syracuse institution offers up the best BBQ north of the MD line we waited an hour for our table while enjoying a beer at the bar and chatting with everyone. Once seated we decided to ordered the family style BBQ advertised for 4-6 persons. They aren't kidding. A full rack of ribs, a... More

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Long Island
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Excellent BBQ. This place is small and always crowded, so if you are looking have a quiet romantic meal go someplace else. You cant beat the food, you will roll out of here full!

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

When you arrive, use the side door to register for a table. Average wait 45 minutes to and hour but well worth waiting for. We had the family style barbeque which enabled us to enjoy chicken, ribs and brisket. Lots of side options to choose fro we had a tomato and cucumber salad, coleslaw, black beans and rice and cornbread.... More

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Dublin, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Our friend JJ drove us from Ithaca to this place on our way back to California. Wow! What a unique place! The food is great and we tried various hot sauces on the table. We ordered combo plates so that we can taste various BBQ, really liked devil's eggs, salmon, ribs, shrimps, and everything else. If you are in Syracuse,... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Friends from Syracuse have raved about the Dinosaur for years. They told us that it was the best BBQ ever. I was skeptical until I had a chance to eat at the Dinosaur & discovered that they were right. I tried a combo platter with ribs, pulled pork & brisket. All get my highest rating of YUMMY. Wished I lived... More

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Dryden, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I've been playing at eating at the Dinosaur for years. Always great food and the music is always well played. Highly recommended although there is often a wait for a table due to it's popularity.

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Gatineau, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We were in on Saturday night Sept 13,2014 and had a great time. After we put are name on the waiting list, we ordered a beer and the bartender (Mike/Spill) took over.He suggested that we waited near by as some customer were leaving the bar area, in our conversation he found out that we were tourists so he offered to... More

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Kingston, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Fast service, polite staff, great ribs and chicken, good price. Easy to find, just off the I 81. Little tight on parking in the area, we lucked in and were just around the corner.

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Utica, NY
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Pork Sket sandwich is outrageously good. Everyone else enjoyed their entrees as well. Worth the wait, place gets very crowded so plan accordingly.

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Syracuse, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The food is marginal at best and the service (if you can call it that) is awful. They do book some good bands, but the interior layout (for watching a band) is not good. I'm not sure how this place got a good reputation... maybe is was good long ago, but it's terrible now

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