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“Informative review of great place”
Review of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Ranked #3 of 687 Restaurants in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Takeout
upstate ny
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22 reviews
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“Informative review of great place”
Reviewed January 25, 2005

This is a crowded, busy, fun, noisy, energetic , wonderful place with amazing food. Hard to believe it is in upstate NY where haute cuisine typically runs the gamut from Southern Italian to southern italian..Oh, did I mention you can find Italian food in upstate NY? The Dino has the feel of a lively city-maybe Memphis, New Orleans, not upstate NY. The place is busy-prepare for a wait-no reservations for small parties-but you will find that the wait was worth it. First, there is a lot going on so you are entertained by the patrons and by the staff while you wait (def a people watching sort of place). Second, the food is wonderful and the staff are very entertaining. If you are a typical upstate devote sedate family looking for a nice dinner, forget it-you are better off in your usual Italian restaurant around the block-your block. But, if you are energetic and like some fun, this is your place regardless of your age. Diverse patrons, diverse dress, outgoing. The food in unbelievable. So good. So so good. Very reasonably priced. We had the quarter chicken with ribs -comes with 2 sides (everything fresh and wonderful) for something like $8. Amazing. The ribs are never runny and fatty-rather they are finger lick'n good-perfect. There are two different sections in the restaurant-we prefer the back. There is a stage and, at least on weekend, at around 9 they start moving folks off the stage to prepare for live music. If you are visiting from out of town, you might want to check out the momentos on the way out-buy a shirt to show off to those less fortunate than you-those who have not been to the Dino. Also, if you can't actually get there yourself, you can go to their web site and purchase on line so you can pretend to be cool. Also, great place to take a small group for a special occasion. Have fun.

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“Do the "Dinosaur Rock"”
Reviewed September 30, 2004

In reading these reviews, it's always important to know where the reviewer is coming from - I'm a kid in my late 20s, who refuses to grow up, but who also has traveled extensively and has a bit of an affection both for truly gourmet restaurants and local flair. Dinosaur BBQ is definatley the latter. I was on vacation with my girlfriend, passing through Syracuse, and we were actually looking for a classy dinner somewhere to celebrate something. This is NOT a classy dinner! But it is a lot of fun. The pork BBQ really is quite fantastic, and the atmosphere would've been sick if we came with friends, ordered beers, and chilled. The live blues band just started as we were leaving, but we would've liked to have watched. All in all, the Dinosaur BBQ really does deserve it's fame. BBQ is BBQ is BBQ, but theirs is somehow just a little better. Light on the wallet (around $10 per person, not including drinks). We had a 45 minute wait, but walked around for a bit. Again, this is not a "date" place, but a fun, festive happening place.

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“Fantastic Food and Atmosphere”
Reviewed September 13, 2004

I spent a few terrific nights at the Dinosaur when I was in Syracuse a couple of years ago. Im heading back to Syracuse and Dinosaur in October and plan to celebrate my birthday with some good friends, good food and a great music. When are you opening in Australia guys?

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