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“Takeout is the way to go”
Review of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Ranked #3 of 683 Restaurants in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: American, Bar, Barbecue
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Syracuse, New York
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Takeout is the way to go”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

This restaurant is so popular you should just opt for takeout which is just as good as eating in, but much quicker. Love the rice and gravy and cornbread. BBQ is delicious.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Best in show”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

I've been to Dinosaur BBQ on three different occasions, all on different days/times with different types of people; the one thing that remained the same is how incredible all the food is. I can't wait to get back down to Syracuse to enjoy!

  • Visited March 2013
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Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“BBq in Syracuse...who knew!! :)”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

I'll start off by saying I live in Virginia-where the BBQ is taken VERY seriously...although not as seriously as it's taken "further south"! Lol!

The trip to Dinosaur happened on a brief visit to Syracuse in Feb. 2013, traveling to meet friends of my boyfriend, and always on the lookout for really good food.

The Sensory experience begins from the moment you first catch sight of the place--it looks like an old bar/tavern, with signage proclaiming great BBQ and live Blues...what more could you want?? :)

The place is packed with Americana style memorabilia, the staff are energetic and pack a little attitude, and the food...the Food! The BBQ was outstanding! These folks have done their homework...I had the pulled pork, and 2 sides-all of which were very, very good; everyone else had something different, but the end result was the same--GREAT experience, GREAT food! We'll DEFINITELY go back again next time we're up in the area. :)

  • Visited February 2013
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Rochester, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 959 helpful votes
“Yum yum yum, gotta have it!”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

I went back to this favorite stomping grounds last night while in Syracuse, and it just keeps getting better! The Dinosaur is the Real Deal for BBQ, and the whole place just sort of vibrates with the soul of the BBQ concept.

For dinner, I threw all caution to the wind and ordered 3/4 rack of baby back ribs, with sides of cole slaw and fries. (I'll worry about the cholesterol count next week!) Wow! The ribs were sweet and smokey, with lots of fall-off-the-bone meat to satisfy even the hungriest customer. I wide variety of BBQ sauces is placed on the table to satisfy almost any taste. I also loved the French fires, although the cole slaw as not quite as sweet as I'd like. (This is obviously a personal taste thing; they were fine.) The huge hunk of cornbread that they add to the platter is also really good.

The inside of the Dinosaur is all "soul," with dark lighting and blues music. It is a wonderful environment for BBQ, although I wish they wouldn't put the table quite so close together. (Two of the women at two adjoining tables were so huge that they had to sit away from their table...and almost in our lap.) But it wasn't a problem.

Summary: If you haven't dined at the Dinosaur, you really should. GREAT BBQ at a reasonable price. I loved it.

  • Visited May 2013
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Syracuse, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Fun Atmosphere, Great Bar-B-Que”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

The best bar-b-que you'll ever taste, no matter where you travel. Grew up in Syracuse and lived in Rochester for 5 years so I was never far from the Dino. Now live an hour from Syracuse but make a point to get to Dino often!

  • Visited May 2013
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