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: (212) 694-1777
  • Hours of Operation:
    Closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Closes 4 p.m. Christmas Eve. Open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday 11:30am-4:30pm; Dinner: Monday - 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 6462131709x
  • 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
195 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (132)neighborhood gem (102)fit for foodies (77)great for lunch (67)hot spot (58)kid-friendly (55)vibrant bar scene (43)special occasion (41)late-night find (27)great for brunch (21)great for outdoor dining (11)scenic view (7)romantic (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Alwaya terrific! Never have a bad meal...and the chicken wings are the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dino does it again
    Xenon500
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Dino is one of our favorites, and this is their 4th restaurant we've visited. Their pulled pork and brisket is some of the best in the country. I'd highly recommend visiting
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent BBQ
    Wmfdrich
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Best ribs and BBQ around. Highly reccomend the Mac & cheese, sweet potatoe casserole sides. Corn breads amazing, can't wait to return to this location. I've been here four times and each time food has been dead on consistent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Is it really worth the wait ?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I made a reservation about two weeks and half ahead of time. My husband has been wanting to eat here for months BUT every time we go the wait ranges from 1-3 hours. The night of my husbands birthday his brother decides to "surprise" him and wants to join us for dinner. I called two hours prior to our reservation time and explained my situation. NOTHING could be done. They said I would have to "wait and see" . When we get there (30 minutes early) the lady who was by the computer was kind but the lady whom I spoke to over the phone said " well I spoke to her already she needs to wait". Which was fine, we were willing to wait. Eventually, we were seated (one hour later) and we made the best of it. The food was good but I don't feel like I should have had to go through so much drama for BBQ Ribs.
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  • Great Fun for Managers
    LiveLife
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Our management crew from Lincoln Tech in Queens likes to celebrate at Dinosaurs. Great atmosphere, fun and lively conversation. Thanks for being there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinosaur Restaurant
    rup151
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I took my wife out to Dinosaurs Restaurant for her Birthday on 11/05/14 and the experience was excellent, The food that we ordered was very delicious and on point. Our waitress was very good, she paid attention to detail , and the food delivery was very swift. My wife really enjoyed her Birthday Dinner. So thank you for a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SuePVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Ribs are great. Pulled pork and brisket arrived cold
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would go back
    Lovebirds
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Barbecue was fantastic was disappointed with the side dishes
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for special occasions!
    tart
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had my daughter's birthday lunch here two years in a row. It is always a pleasure visiting here and the food is super yummy! Even the picky toddlers enjoyed it. My friends and I like it because we are foodies and love some good BBQ and this is one of few places where you can bring the kids comfortably. They can accommodate large parties and have a family style meal as an option. The wait staff and hosts are very friendly here as well. I suggest trying the chicken wings, ribs, and cole slaw. Those are consistently my faves!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, friendly atmosphere
    katonahkidVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food is delicious and plentiful and the wait service is friendly and helpful. Low key atmosphere in rustic setting that smells like barbecue from the moment you walk in. Typical bar area with TVs and a good beer selection. It all fits together to make for a great bbq experience. And parking is right around the corner on St. Clair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Ribs
    AussieMike
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Best ribs I have had in a long time and the fried green tomatoes are a must have.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great barbecue
    Freddav1
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The barbecue ribs & pulled pork were top-notch. The sides, although sweetened to Southern taste, were truly outstanding: Whipped sweet potatoes, potato salad ,etc. A memorable dinner; highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bbq yum
    foodieness
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Delicious food but they forgot the cake we asked for for a friend's birthday. We reminded another waitress again after we got the check but got tired of waiting so we left. Otherwise, great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great BBQ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    All the bbq places I have visited have been a hit or miss with certain things on their menus, but Dinosaur BBQ had great apps, yummy ribs, pulled pork and chicken. I enjoyed the family combo deal which was a lot of food for a great price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vdn1
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Very nice meal in a friendly atmosphere. We had a great time. Food was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • perfect
    nap59
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Very good place. Excellent food.very good and quick and perfect sevice
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delish
    wendalaVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Foodies paradise.. from the salad to the ribs.. everything was great.. corn bread moist, sweet potato was amazing .. that's why we keep coming back>>>>>
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not impressed
    mbNternational
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Prices were decent and the service was good however, there was nothing special or noteworthy about the BBQ except for the portions. Don't bother to order the mac&cheese...just not good. The appetizers were pretty good and the beverages were tasty. I won't go back for a meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    itgirlnycVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our party tried different items and they were all good - wings, ribs, brisket, sausage and salmon. Our waitress did not come back to check on us during the meal. A woman (I think the manager) did walk around and asking the tables if everything was okay.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good vibe
    misong
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    4 people, ordered the rib set and a combo and 13 wings. WAY too much food. The ribs were fantastic and the wings were awesome too. ahhh the sauce. SO GOOD. Also ordered dessert and the cheesecake was phenomenal. Our server said that it was better than Juniors and I think she's right!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happily Smoked
    lankygibbon
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This item shows up as a gem in several guide books and top in Trip Advisor and Time Out NYC. Seemingly for a very good reason. Great portions, good sauces and my particular favourite the Wango Tango Wings, a half buffalo half tangy sauce slathered over chicken wings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, usually crowded
    BethyBoo
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The meat selection is tremendous. Overall the food is excellent. On a Sunday night, however, the place was packed and the service was slow. Everyone in our group wanted the sweet potatoes, and the kitchen had run out. Limited dessert offerings too. In the past I haven't had the menu availability issues. Reservations are now a must--up to a 90-minute wait without them. This place has become extremely popular the last couple years. Do not plan on getting in and out in a hurry--beware if you have concert or theater plans. BBQ of this quality is hard to find in Manhattan, but you must plan ahead.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice experience
    lele83
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Our diner was a very great experience. Wonderful angus and ribs dishes, nachos and also mac and cheese was very good ( I am Italian, so I usually eat pasta). Very friendly location, with Harlem taste!!!Wonderfull sound!!Nice waiters and manager (or boss may be). Recommended booking or not to late because it is often busy. I will come back very soon. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good BBQ
    OmariStuart
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food was very good, the mac and cheese was amazing and the service was very prompt and good as well. Highly recommend this place
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice ambience- bad food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    as far as bbq goes- this definitely was not the best I've ever had. the brisket was tender but the ribs were burned and the mac and cheese was definitely not note worthy. All items served were cold by the time they reached our table.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very friendly staff
    MaureenVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Your hostesses and your wait staff were great. The food was yummy. What is the secret ingredient in the collard greens? Kinda spicy. The mac and cheese is DELICIOUS. The only draw back is that it is SUPER LOUD!! But that's ok too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE IT
    ELYS
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I LOVE THE FOOD. IT WAS DELISH. REALLY TASTY AND THE SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Batman0723
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Nice Restaurant .i recommend for everyone,nice food services and nice mojitos. this restaurant last Thursday 12 is 9 time visit.I loved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved it so much we went twice
    Brisketfreaks
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Ok...so being a Man V Food freak and all things meat I knew this was one of the first restaurants we had to hit in NYC when we visited. 2 Blonde English ladies in Harlem....No problem !! The restaurant was cool and everything I had in my head of how it was going to be ! The food was delicious and I now have a strange craving for corn bread !!! We loved it so much we went back again during out 10 days visit and bought their BBQ sauce to bring home to the UK !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place is awesome. Best BBQ
    bbqking
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Great atmosphere. Excellent Service. Outrageous food. Make reservations unless you want to wait for 2 hours.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great ribs
    DrayInTheCity
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    With few places to get good ribs the bad service was worth suffering through.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Funtime, great food, good price
    goodfood2
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I enjoyed my first visit on Oct 3rd at evening time better than the afternoon of Oct 13. I think the evening time is the best time for a meal at Dino BBQ. Maybe it was too early for that much food. I will visit again real soon. Maybe I will try Brooklyn location. I was hanging out with my daughter who lives in Harlem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food...Service Needs Work
    Nicky07
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We made a reservation & we still had to wait 20 minutes for our table. Also, there was one particular manger that gave us a lot of attitude. But the food was good. The Mac & Chesse is AWESOME!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Taste of Home
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    As someone who grew up near the original Dino BBQ, it's a great place to get the same fantastic food in the city. I brought my friend from Texas who had avoided trying BBQ in the north, for typically good reason, and she loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MY REVIEW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    If you like BBQ, you'll love Dinosaur BBQ. Great ribs, great brisket, pulled pork, etc.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great barbeque
    Char
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The St Louis ribs were fantastic and the service was great. Salad, sides, drinks were just OK. I will definitely come back for the ribs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and atmosphere
    goodfood2
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This was a girl's night out and we had an awesome time. I really enjoyed my selection of food {Collard Greens, Mac n Cheese, Corn Bread, Whipped Sweet Potatoes with topping{slamming}and Ribs that melted in your mouth. I plan to go back to that location Columbus Day with my daughter cause she happens to live in Harlem area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mom's Birthday
    NatQ
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Dinosuar was the best place for my Mother's 82nd birthday party!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super Slow Service
    ElleT
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food was fantastic but the service was INCREDIBLY slow. We went in the late afternoon and it was almost empty but it still took forever for someone to come and take our order, bring our plates and drinks out, etc. Had to ask multiple people multiple times whenever we needed something.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ribs galore
    Foodnatic
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Our family has a tradition for the past 10 years of celebrating birthdays at dinosaur and we are never disappointed ! The ribs and wings are amazing and so are the side dishes, my favorite is the Mac & cheese and devil eggs. After dinner you can take a strol by the river and enjoy the amazing views !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.