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“The Dinosaur knows what it is and it does it well.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
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Ranked #4 of 1,269 Restaurants in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: American, Bar, Barbecue
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Orlando, Florida
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84 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“The Dinosaur knows what it is and it does it well.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

Visiting from the south while my daughter auditions at Eastman School of Music and never expected that while in Rochester NY I would find a great rib joint. Surprised is an understatement. The ribs were excellent and the portions were sizable. Don't feel that every member of your party needs to order an entry, there is plenty of food to share. While the ribs are great, we tried the four item "Swag" sampler and it was a great way to get a feel for this place and what it has to offer. The barbecued wings were spicy, nicely grilled and tender. The spicy shrimp were cool and refreshing. The Cajun deviled eggs were creamy with a kick and the fried green tomatoes were excellent! The ribs were tender and I think done with a rub style. You get two sides and the we got the A.K. Chili which was meaty and nicely finished with cheese and other toppings, while the spicy collard greens with were just as described. Mildly spicy greens with lots of pork. This place has a full bar and numerous micro brewed beers. I got a 4 beer flight (I think it was called the Flight of Fantasy, but not certain). All the beers had distinctive tastes but my favorite by far was the Scotch Ale. Don't be put off by the dark color as I was. This beer finishes very smooth with no after taste. The place has a worn friendly down home feel like a comfortable pair of boots. The service was efficient and friendly provided by service staff that clearly knew what they were doing. This is a can't miss stop. You will enjoy it.

Visited February 2014
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Cortland, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fun Atmosphere, Average Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

The atmosphere is definitely "biker bar" style - super casual and laid back. The food (pulled pork, chicken, fried green tomatoes) was okay, nothing great, but the price is reasonable and the portion size is decent. Service was slow (empty glasses sat empty, took a while for our server to ask if we wanted refills) and we were just brought the check after our meals and not asked if we wanted dessert. (which we would have ordered.) The women's restroom was surprisingly clean and well-maintained.

  • Visited January 2014
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Rochester, New York
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125 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Good BBQ food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

Service was slow but the food was tasty. I tried the sampler platter which included brisket and chicken and both were great. However Dinosaur is not a quiet place

  • Visited December 2013
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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Always delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2014

Once again we had a great meal at the Dinosaur BBQ. We tried to get in at 6pm on Saturday night but there was a wait of 1 to 1.5 hours. (We were told it can be much longer!) As much as we love the food we decided to come back on Sunday for lunch when it was much less crowded. The staff are all friendly and the food is amazing. This is a regular stop for us when in Rochester.

Visited January 2014
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Rochester, New York
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“Great BBQ In Rochester - Who Expects That?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

No, not the Carolinas, or Texas, or Memphis - though they all have earned their bragging rights. This wonderful BBQ restaurant is right in Rochester New York! As you approach the Dinosaur you can smell the aroma from the smokers - even if you aren't hungry that is a most glorious fragrance! (we have other bbq restaurants in town that don't even have smokers - I don't even know how that works).
The atmosphere is very casual, motorcycle riders sit next to lawyers, families, blue collar workers and local politicians - they all eat here. The food is delicious - fall off the bone ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, great sides as well. Also live music in the bar & a respectable beer selection.

  • Visited December 2013
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