Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/
  • Phone: 2126941777x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday 11:30am-4:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 4:30pm-11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 4:30pm-12:00am, Sunday 12:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: 1. Full Service
    2. Drop off w/ servers
    3. Drop off
    4. Take out
  • Private Party Facilities: Two private party rooms for parties from 15 to 150 people. Our goal is to ensure your party, business meeting or specialized event is a rousing success. We’ll provide full customization to suit your needs so you don’t need to sweat the details.
  • Private Party Contact: Lizette LeBaron, Catering Manager 6462131709
  • Entertainment: Live Blues on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00pm-1:00am

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th Avenue
  • Public Transit: 1 train @ 125th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking available. Pay lot is also available on 131st Street (btwn 12th Ave and Broadway)
A word from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem
The Scene
The Syracuse-based barbecue phenomenon plunked a sprawling roadhouse with all the familiar back-road accoutrements into an abandoned meat factory. Unfinished wood-beamed ceiling, burlap bag curtains, scattered country bric-a-brac, and an enthusiastic greeting feel worlds away from the city. The roll call of devotees includes area families, couples on casual dates and groups of Columbia students.

The Food
Though fried green tomatoes and punchy boiled shrimp start things off right, the smell of smoking meats quickly adjusts the focus. The smokey-sweet pork ribs gently release from the bone and the Texas brisket, a touch dry, gets a lift from a topping of tangy cured jalapeños and a dash of hot sauce. It's even safe to venture from red meat with the truly moist and tender chicken, brined then smoked for deep flavor. With the exception of the cakey corn bread, sides keep pace, with tangy Creole potato salad and sweetened baked beans the standouts.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBarbecue
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem reviews from OpenTable diners
232 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (157)neighborhood gem (121)great for lunch (100)fit for foodies (87)kid-friendly (83)hot spot (73)vibrant bar scene (58)special occasion (53)late-night find (44)great for brunch (39)great for outdoor dining (27)scenic view (10)romantic (8)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Dinosaur 125th Street
    kkewt
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This is always a family neighborhood favorite. We enjoy bringing visitors here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An absolute MUST!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem is the best! We have been going here for 9 years and started out at your previous location. The atmosphere is amazing and the food is the BEST!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A womderful experience!
    HCLFromCanada
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Delicious food, warm and friendly service, very helpful waitress, overall great visit!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great BBQ
    Jdans
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Finger lickin good! Best BBQ in town, make sure you make a reservation. Service is fast and good is great. Southern comfort right in the heart of the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SandrineChiva
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Très bon restaurant qui change de ce que l'on peut trouver au centre de Manhattan... un vrai steakhouse qu'on ne peut manquer durant son séjour.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great energy
    franceonisland
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Although we went on a week night, the place was packed, a good sign! We had to wait only a couple of minutes to be seated and the waitress was very helpful and attentive. She came by our table several times during our meal to make sure everything was OK. I had the quarter rack, whipped mashed sweet potatoes and potato salad, all pretty good. I shared the fruit cobbler with my friend; it had a so-so taste. Next time I'll get the key lime pie, which was exceptional the last time I had it. But my overall experience here was great so I am happy I ate here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful time
    anniversary36
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My husband, son and I met at Dinosaur Bar-B-que for a special Birthday dinner for my husband. The staff was outstanding. They were friendly and helpful. The atmosphere was warm and inviting and lighthearted. My son and I need to eat gluten free and we had no problem ordering delicious entrees…I had the vegetarian portobello with cheese(no bun) and the carrot salad and he had the pulled pork. My husband had the barbecue chicken and pulled pork platter. We all enjoyed every bite! We also cannot wait to return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great BBQ - Probably best in town
    BeaconRegularVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Overall this is a great place for BBQ and about as good as I have had in the NE.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Why would you go any place else?
    RobertNighthawk2
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went to the Dinosaur for good bar-b-que and the rockin' blues of Jimy Graham and left as satisfied possible and wondering if we could have had this good of a time anywhere else in the city! The service was top notch, the food (we had the ribs & pulled pork) could not have been better and the entertainment (no cover charge!)was superior! Jimy Graham might be the best bluesman you never heard of. He works a two hour set with the sincere enthusiasm and love for the music that's so contagious that even if you had never heard the blues before, he would make you an instant fan! We offer our heart felt thanks to the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que for providing us one helluva night in NYC!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gran servicio
    jecamacho
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    El servicio y la comida fueron excelentes. Felicitaciones.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing BBQ food
    mmmgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Best BBQ food in NY. Make a reservation or you'll end up waiting.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Rosie
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The best bbq restaurant I have ever visited in the city. Prices are reasonable and the quality of the meat is top of the line.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Feast
    greatfood
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I took my daughter to Dinosaur BBQ for her 34th birthday along with her family, as well as my sister, and my cousin. The food was fantastic, and the service was phenomenal.....and the price was just right! I also love the fact that they are much easier to find now that they have moved to 125th Street. I will be going there again for sure!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stantastic
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    i ordered the korean beef ribs were very very salty the mac & cheese was mussy drinks were good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wanted a booth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Ask the host for a booth said none were available...so I looked one was right there she said whenever the server cleans the table...sat at a table about an half a hour the server cleaned the booth
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sanadyeats
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had the pulled pork sandwiches. Delicious and so tender. We ate @5:30 on a Thursday, so can't speak to the noise level. Servers were very polite and friendly. Will definitely go back when we can.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Place for Ribs
    casinogoer
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We went here early on a weekday afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed their ribs and BBQ chicken. I would certainly try this again if I am in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent BBQ!
    Abscarab
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Went here many many years ago and kept wanting to come back. Finally made it for my birthday and really enjoyed the food. Definitely far better than most of the BBQ available in NYC. My wife was even a little put out that I hadn't taken her to Dinosaur BBQ before. Only hitch is it's crazy busy. Reservations are a must. The sheer volume of people makes service a bit spotty. We got seated very quick thanks to the reservation, however the table next to us were seated later but got their water, drinks and food first. Still, the service was friendly and the food made it worth while. We'll absolutely be going back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    It's an ok pl the food was good actually just the various wings but it is just toooo noisey. Could not hear any music ,it just added more noise .it was difficult to call and get the booking But booking on line was easy ,over all it was not a bad experience !
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • little too salty but overall was ok
    pocketdrum
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    food is good but its lil bit too salty. wish it wasnt salty. and it was very loud with music. (aside from kareoke) wish they turn down music a lil bit so that ppl can have some decent conversations. other than those two, service was fantastic, vibe was good, nice scenic view, love the place. please focus on less salt on food and loudness of background music!~ thank you~
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Room for improvement
    SwearToFood
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The restaurant itself is nice and a great addition to the neighborhood, but service needs to improve dramatically. The drinks at the bar were yummy and a great way to start off my experience at the restaurant. The hostesses seemed a bit aloof and unaware of how their faces looked. People want to be greeted by a friendly smile, not raised eyebrows. The server almost spilled our food all over us. I was promised a side thay was missing from my order, which never arrived, and was still listed on the bill. Busboy broke glass a little too close to my table and didn't really seem apologetic about the situarion. The bread was soggy instead of crispy for the Cuban Sandwich and the chicken in the Chow Chow sandwich was moist, but lacked flavor.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I lived in Texas for many years and never thought that any NYC BBQ was more than passable. Dinosaur's-Harlem has passed the test and then some. There ribs and brisket are great and I love their beer selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dontwantanickname
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Ribs were excellent and sides were tasty. Like all BBQ joints too much heavy food. Service was slow and then rushed like there wasn't enough staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beer, food, ear plugs
    fatshark
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Bar has an amazing selection of excellent beers, many on tap. Food is outstanding and the prices are right on. The service was great!!! Overwhelmingly loud though. Conversation was impossible and I left exhausted with my ears ringing from the noise.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    dicktracy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Always a treat to eat at Dinosaur. Love to meet customers and potential customers there. It is a treat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bellyfull
    dinodiner
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The vibe of the resturant is upbeat, the dinning area has a kinda rustic, vintage feel. The dimmed lights gives the place a relaxed feeling. Didn't care much for the graffiti wall bathroom, gave it a crowded feel. Overall the most important thing was the food, and that was value for your money.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must experience!
    Join
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great place, friendly service, good food. Always make a reservation, if you can, because you can wait a long time without one. It's always worth it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bday dinner 👍
    Mommytoone
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    It was amazing .. food was great the server was awesome best birthday dinner I had
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great BBQ
    Bless
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Waitress needs to be a bit quicker, however. Drinks were awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rib Heaven
    RST120VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Best ribs I have had in Manhattan, meaty and juicy. You want to come very hungry, and with reservations or you will wait and wait. The place is packed for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated Chain Restaurant
    Food4Soul
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Based on the glowing reviews, I made a reservation to Dino BBQ expecting a casual evening of amazing food. The experience was mediocre at best. It took a while to get our food, granted she did lose our food order and by the time she returned to retake the order the kitchen was out of our appetizer order. The vegetables were over cooked and swimming in grease, the carrot, cranberry salad was heavily marinated in mayo and the honey corn bread was stale, I've had better at Boston Market. The catfish was well flavored and the ribs and chicken were decently seasoned, however not a great representation of great southern comfort food or amazing BBQ.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I'll Be Back
    EZ2LUVTHIS1
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    the Dinosaur has a great concept when it comes to food and customer service. last meal was on the money, timely and efficient service, very little wait time and laid back however professional service. only complaint would be the noise level, a bit loud especially when having dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BBQ Above the Rest
    cma801
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I've had my fair share of good bbq, but the food here is up on the next level. There was not a single thing I ate that I did not think it was the best I had; from the ribs right down to the deviled eggs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too noisy
    Sjep
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food was delish and staff extremely friendly, but ( on our Fri 7 pm, anyway) impossible to be heard over hollering riot of noise around us. Quitter lunch time much ore pleasant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome ribs
    DanesLoveDinosaur
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The Best spareribs ever. Lots of meat and great taste. Good service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When Normal is Awesome
    RogerRacer
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Been to and have recommended this fantastic BBQ joint a number of times. I thought it would be far inferior when they moved down the street, but it is still up to its normal, awesome standards. Every entree is worth the order, but it is the side dishes that are killer. If you don't order the Syracuse potatoes, your life will be far less richer. Even the walls are fun to look at, if there us a lull in conversation. The service is really nice, starting with the host, the server, and bus persons. It can get busy, so make reservations if you can. When awesome is normal, I go with normal...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • different
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    most of the time dinosaur bbq is delicious. this time they were miSsing something. the food was bland and they first messed up my order. I hope they fix it rather than let it go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best BBQ in Harlem
    jvelez2468
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Love this place. The food never disappoints. Not a place to be if you're on a diet. The Brisket, Ribs and especially the Fried Green Tomatoes. You have to deal with crowds and sometimes long waits if you want a table, but you have an option of the bar and hi-top seats if it's a party of two. Lucky me, I live nearby so I can easily take my order to-go. The pier nearby makes a great place to bring your to-go food and have your own mini picnic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent BBQ
    SuzyNYC
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Ribs are cooked to the point where the meat falls off the bones & are very tasty although a bit fattier than I would have liked. Sides leave something to be desired. If you happen to be on 12th Ave & need a bite to eat, check it out.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistency at it's finest
    1luv2eat
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    My husband and I have been to Dinosaur BBQ several times and the food and service is always excellent. We highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.