Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Newark
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Newark

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Newark

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://dinosaurbarbque.com/locations/newark/
  • Phone: (862) 214-6100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Closes 4 p.m. Christmas Eve. Open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
    Monday -Thursday: 11:30am to 10:00pm,

    Friday & Saturday: 11:30am to 11:00pm,

    Sunday: 11:30am to 10:00pm

    Delivery Hours 11:30 AM until 8:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Party at our house! Semi-private spaces available for parties of 12 to 50 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Howard Agriss, Catering Manager or Judy Anderson, 8622146060x

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Newark
The Scene
The Syracuse-based barbecue phenomenon plunked a sprawling roadhouse with all the familiar back-road accoutrements into an abandoned meat factory. The roll call of devotees includes area families, couples on casual dates and old friends alike.


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. Delivery available from 11:30 Am until 8:00 PM
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Newark reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (40)great for lunch (29)fit for foodies (23)kid-friendly (22)neighborhood gem (21)vibrant bar scene (16)hot spot (14)late-night find (10)special occasion (7)great for brunch (5)great for outdoor dining (1)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • We're hanging out at Dino's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Had a reservation for 3:30pm.(Highly recommended on an event at the ROCK.). After a brief wait, had a table near the bar. It was crowded on game night. The appetizer and entree were good but the sides we chose could've been better. Cornbread is the same that you find at a Cracker Barrel. The Harlem potato salad and Chinese inspired rice were most enjoyable. Make your meal more pleasant with a Devils moonshine which would put a charge into anyone's power play. The pie slices were good,but no Sweet Potato at a barbeque joint is disappointing. Overall, its a good place to enjoy before a event at the ROCK or NJPAC.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd Dinosaur BBQ
    cmr57
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Although this is by far the closest one to us, would rather drive up to Syracuse or Troy, than come back. Service was terrible. And how is it possible to run out of a red wine sangria, esp when you're ordering a pitcher? No red wine left? Or does it come in pre-mixed bottles? Had a great selections of beers, though. Could do without the panhandlers, and homeless sleeping out front.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Took my husband and few family members there to celebrate his birthday. Loved the food and atmophere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Botched Reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    After making a reservation 4 weeks in advance for our party of 8, we arrived on time to find out that despite the restaurant confirming the reservation that same day, they were not honoring any reservations & had no room for us. The manager rudely told me that OpenTable was not supposed to take reservations on the nights of Prudential Center events, so our reservation meant nothing - he had no explanation for the confirmation call I had received from the receptionist earlier that day. They had a 3 page waitlist, there were several near-brawls because of the lack of organization at the front desk, and the entire place was so over capacity with angry people, it was a huge fire hazard. We will never go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food and service were very good. We were fortunate that we made reservations on a night that there was a concert next door at Prudential Center, but for those who didn't have a reservation it was quite a chaotic scene. The place was packed and it was very loud. We were lucky we were seated on the other side of the restaurant where it was quieter. The music made it difficult to hear when they called your name. Should use a pager system or lower the music so you can hear the hostess call your party. Otherwise, great place to dine if going to an event next door. Staff was very friendly. Ribs and brisket were delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very crowded before PruCenter event
    MoeJoeK
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    went before Fleetwood Mac show, had reservation, but still had to wait, extremely crowded, uncomfortable. Food excellent, server very nice, but made couple of errors, probably due to place being jam packed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great place when you're going to an event at the Prudential Center next door. Trick is to make reservations on Open Table way in advance however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't go out of your way
    producerVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    If I'm going to eat ribs, I do not like to have do too much chewing. The quality of the ribs were good but more cooking would allow for a more tender piece of meat. Ditto for the chicken wings. The pulled pork on top of my fries were the tops. Whatever you do, don't go out of your way.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ccandcompany
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Party of five arrived for reservation and was seated immediately. Greeted by Dante who was fun and very attentive. Received the food in a reasonable amount of time. We all had different combination platters and everything was cooked to perfection. My favorite was the brisket.We even ordered take out to have the next day. It was also nice that the manager came over to ask how we were enjoying our visit. As I'm typing I wish I had a pink lemonade so I will be going back in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but....
    ScottyVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Could've been better. Ribs were good with a great smoke ring. Not too smoky in flavor but he seasoning could've been heavier. Very bland.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unprepared
    Dinner4uncle
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were at The Oprah life you want tour. We had been there all day and was ready for lunch in her packet they listed all of the restaurants in the area this being one of them. Upon arrival I had a reservation however, that matter little to at all. But it was the service and the quality of food that made this a terrible experience. If not for the general manager making a good effort to redeem his restaurant we would not have eaten at all. The food was cold, under cooked, presented terribly and one of the managers told me I should have just grabbed and shook him to get his attention. To bad they didnt properly check with the prudential ctr for the details of the event next door to them. It may be great for a normal afternoon, this day not.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I know this brand has a few locations so I expected measured portions and standard bar-b-que quality. What I got was a cool atmosphere with the faint smell of the smoker, great service and outstanding meats cooked to perfection. The plates spilled over with home style food that was full of the smoky flavor we came for. The menu has many choices and the prices are reasonable. If you like bbq don't miss this place.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A nice option near NJPAC & Pru Ctr
    JuliaAdriane
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    It's nice to see new places opening in Newark near the theaters and museum. Pretty good BBQ - not wonderful but good. Not so good that you are remembering it and longing to return for it (Mabels in Williamsburg Brooklyn is that place :) Dinosaur is a good place for a group with or without kids. Lively - staff is nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and beer!
    Lala
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Went here before going to a show at NJPAC. It worked out perfectly. Great meal with some solid beer choices.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great service, horrible food.food was cold and very fatty. Pulled pork wasn't pulled. Appetizer was minuscule and overpriced. Only good thing was our waitress.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience ...
    Fitforaking
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great service , food was outstanding . Looking for to bringing the family back for round two ....
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tom1951
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The service was great and the gumbo was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GOOD FOOD
    melly
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Good food, great service. The food was finger lickin good. The service was excellent The ambiance was on par. The kids enjoyed it The adults loved it Will be back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time!
    BirthdayDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great time before Aerosmith! Service was good despite a little mix up in the order it was fixed promptly.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't go before a Pru Center event!
    tekladyVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We dined at Dinosaur BBQ before a concert event. We had a reservation, so we sat right down. They sat us at a booth parallel to the bar with wall to wall bar patrons drinking and leaning into my booth (arms and butts close to me and my meal). You could not hear yourself talk and I had indigestion from people that kept leaning into my booth. The food was good. I had the pulled pork, brisket and ribs. The brisket was very fatty. The ribs tasted great, supposed to get 3 and got 2 The pulled pork was delicious. The food came out quickly. Getting a refill to an iced tea was almost impossible. I am sure that the restaurant is better when not under these conditions. I will never go before an event at the Prudential Center. Foodies beware!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food.
    hmitchelVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was excellent and even the sides were great so I definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining at Dinosaur Bar & Grill
    GJMJR
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Had a good time there...brought my family...appetizers were good and the drinks were also good. My family was happy with their meals....I had brisket and chicken breast which were both dry.....my family had the pork ribs which they enjoyed...I will stick with the ribs next time....service was excellent....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank you
    Dinoriffic
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Loved making reservations online. The Dino called me to confirm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it has been better
    pcbeach1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have eaten at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que 3 or 4 times in the past year and been very pleased with the food, the wait staff and the general ambiance was fun. This time, however, the food was just ok. My chopped salad had chicken bones and skin in the salad - not what I was expecting. It took some time to get our server to respond to us. I hope that this was just an off night for the restaurant because we have enjoyed it previously.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll give it a C
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    It's Newark - It's a small chain. The food was ok- not great. The service was ok - not great. We tried Dinosaur BBQ. We don't need to go back. There are too many other restaurants out there
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    It's the Dinosaur...what could there possibly be to complain about?!?
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Barbecue
    KerryBoz
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food is always terrific at Dinosaur. Especially the Ribs, Wings and Mac and Cheese. Our waitress, Felicia, was outstanding and only added to a wonderful dining experience. My family loves this place!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    lovebarbecue
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The ribs were very disappointing! Meaty, dense, flavorless... the korean ribs were not good either; however, their flavor was great. The chicken wings were great, the collard greens were not. Will not return.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fatty and gristly ribs
    EddieZ
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Had and paid extra for Korean beef ribs. They were indelible fatty and gristle, could not even cut through them. Other food was average and portions small for the price Also made reservations but eneded up with lousy table. Seems like they scrambled to find a spot.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So so BBQ
    Supersupper98
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Overall I give this restaurant an average rating. The food is mediocre but our server was great - very friendly and attentive. We were there for a late dinner and so I feel like the ribs and brisket I ordered had been under a heat lamp for an hour or so and was a little tough instead of tender and juicy like I would have preferred. All in all, I would not recommend Dinosaur Bar-B-Que to anyone and most especially my friends. I consider myself a food enthusiast and found myself anything but enthused at this BBQ joint!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner41
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I loved the "gluten free" option. I will visit again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 338 reviews are from the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Newark reviews archive.
  • Family night out
    BrklynB
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Overall experience was a nice night out. There were key dishes that hit the spot like the pulled pork. Nice beer selection as well. Would have liked it more if the table we sat at didn't topple over.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good location
    Lucky59
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Dino BBQ has a great location right next to Prudential Center where My family and I went to see an event that day in Newark. My wife and I shared the full rack of ribs w/4 sides, it was really good. My kids order from kids menu, plenty of food for kids. If I go to author event at The Rock, I will certainly eat at Dino BBQ again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • resfex
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The BBQ ribs were delicious. The beer was cold. The service was impeccable. The atmosphere was pleasant. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great 'cue and beer selection!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    So glad you added the boiled shrimp back on the menu even if it is only a 1/4 lb portion on the pick 2/3 entrees. Great turkey neck green, bbq beans and slaws. We took some friends who had not been to the Newark restaurant and discovered we'd all been to the Syracuse and Rochester sutes.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wish Service Was Better
    DanceLady4
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    As was the case last time I went, I'm not sure why the service is so poor. Took us a good 10 minutes for the waiter to come and take our drink orders, and another 20 to get them. We asked for waters 3 TIMES, starting with our first interaction with the waiter, and we didn't get them until halfway through our meal, a good 50 minutes later. The food here takes a while, which is fine, but the waiter didn't come to check on us to refill our empty drinks while we waited. He finally took our order for a second round of drinks, but it took him so long to get them to us that we were left with nothing to drink for our meal - not even water. The waiter announced they were out of something we ordered when he brought the rest of the food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinosaur BBQ Restruant
    KDOG
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    My friends and I always have a great time at the Dinosaur BBQ restaurant Newark, NJ. It's a great location near the Sports Center, Train Station, The Performing Art's Center, and much, much, more. You know, BBQ is not the main dish of food's in the North East so to have a place that mainly caters to that is super. Try out the Dinosaur BBQ Restauant and see for yourself.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    FoodManiac14
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Decent location for Newark, quality and portion sizes fair, ribs were dry and a bit burnt. Probably will not return for food, more of a place for happy hour.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this Place!!
    Love2EatNJ
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Dino BBQ is one of my favorite places to take people from out of town! I know that when we go there were are going to get great service, great food, and tasty drinks! What I love most about this place is the staff. They are friendly, attentive, and reflect the best of our city!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FamilyOfFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Delicious. I was skeptical - but was sooooo very surprised !!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic