Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Rochester
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Rochester

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Rochester

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dinobbq.com/
  • Phone: 5853257090
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - midnight
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Barbecue
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View
  • Catering: Pick-Up, Delivery and Full Service Catering for any type of gathering...Give us a call, we"ll make you look good!
  • Entertainment: American Funk, Grass-Roots & Blues. Check out the line-up on www.dinobbq.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Rochester
Award winning Southern-Style Pit-Smoked BBQ in the heart of Downtown Rochester overlooking the Genesee River featuring ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken, homemade sides and desserts. Full bar with local, regional and seasonal draft beers. Takeout also available 'til late.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBarbecue
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Rochester reviews from OpenTable diners
141 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (76)hot spot (68)vibrant bar scene (58)neighborhood gem (57)fit for foodies (51)great for lunch (49)kid-friendly (41)scenic view (37)late-night find (31)special occasion (23)great for outdoor dining (10)great for brunch (6)romantic (5)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • best bbq ever!
    trevrok
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great place! Food was amazing and very fast. Server was very friendly and accomodating. Would live there if i could.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't dissapoint
    Gregor1960
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I sought out the Dinosaur Bar-b-que in Syracuse a couple of year ago after seeing a feature on the food network. I fell in love with the quality of their food. We checked out the Rochester location on a recent trip. We enjoyed it just as much. Great authentic Bar-b-que. The best you will find int he north east
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, atmosphere, and service
    BBirk
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This is just a great spot in Rochester. The ribs and pulled pork are both outstanding. They have a great local beer selection and the service is very friendly and professional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good!
    Aimee
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Excellent food ! Great service! Large portions!!!! Awesome left overs!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Open Table works great for this location. They do not take reservations, and the wait time typically is at least on hour. We were seated at our Open Table reservation time while others were being quoted 90 minutes! My companion ordered the chopped sandwich which looked and tasted delicious. I ordered the ultimate BLT, and it was terrible. It was drenched with ranch dressing, to the point that I couldn't pick it up. It was a soggy mess. The fried green tomatoes were flavorless and there was very little bacon. I have had many enjoyable meals at Dinosaur. This, however, was a huge disappointment. On the up side - our server was excellent - very attentive to our needs despite being very busy.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Finger lickin good
    Not2picky
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    They were very accommodating for our large party but space was a bit cramped. Food was excellent and staff was friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Music was great. Cold Sweat did a lot of Jimi and other blues/rock. BBQ was good too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The original doesn't disapppoint!
    SwissmanVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Solid menu for BBQ lovers. Always a good time for a few cold beers and spicy Q
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luvtoeat
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was good for the adults. However, the spices on the meat were a bit too much for my kids ( preschoolers and babies). It would have been helpful had the wait staff informed us about the spices on the meat and recommended something else for the kiddies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Ribs in Town
    MidgeVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    For beer and ribs you cannot beat this place. Service was great, portions tremendous!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dino
    greg
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Amazing service.. great food any one who wants good bbq in rochester this is the place to go
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Kenb928
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Took a first date there my first time. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great food as always and fantastic service. Super kid-friendly!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I remembered
    BrendaT14559
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We've been to Dinosaur BBQ in the past, but this was not the Dino experience that we remembered. Here are some of the reasons why... 1) much of the food was over-seasoned (i.e. super spicy) and did not taste good, 2) our waitress seemed rushed and distracted when talking with us, 3) there were errors on several of our orders, some of which were never corrected, 4) the restaurant was so loud that we could not talk with the people at our table, and 5) the waitress lost my credit card! When she brought the bill to our table, I gave her my credit card. She returned with the paper receipt for me to sign, but no credit card. I found it laying on the floor about 20 feet from our table!! Yikes!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved It--Who Knew?
    AllOvrThePlace
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I can't get over how great the all "Southern" dishes were in ROCHESTER, NEW YORK?!? I eat barbecue all the time in TN and this meal totally blew me away. Some places have good this or that, but every single item we ordered was outstanding, from the cornbread to the greens to all three meats we tried. We couldn't have been more pleased with our server and will remember Dinosaur for a long time. On another note, we went to the NY State fair and heard the people talking behind us about how they had to go to the Dinosaur stand for the barbecue they'd "been waiting for all day"--but it was only 10:30am!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great choice
    goodeats
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    First time at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. The food, atmosphere and service was excellent. The ribs and brisket was delicious!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting
    360travelor
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Had a reservation for 7:30 (recomnend doing). Waited 45 mins. for table, once seated had to wait 45 mins for food to come out to our table. Was told that the kirchen was not prepared for this many people in the restaurant at one time. Came on Saturday night and the wait was 1-2 hrs. Place is filled with locals, motorcycle groups, and tourist. Food was very salty, ribs had a good taste, but the brisket is excellent. All sides except cottage cheese were spicey. The warm mac and cheese had a very funky taste to it, not a winner. I think there a better places to go for food, if you want to be a people watcher, don't mind the long wait or spice flavors then give it a try.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BBQ and blues
    llama
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I try to make it to Dinosaur every time I'm in town. The food is stellar, the beer list is excellent, and the ambiance is great. Come hungry and still expect to take home leftovers!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to expectations
    Chuck
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I knew the food was outstanding but I had never dined inside the restaurant. I had a 7:30 reservation and was seated within 15 min which was not that bad for how busy it was. The restaurant was loud but not to a point where we couldn't hold a conversation and our waitress was energetic and attentive. Overall, the food was great and the dine in experience was a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We were 10 minutes late for our reservation but they had held it for us. We were seated in the bar area which was particularly noisy due to a very large, rowdy group. We asked to be moved (you literally could not hear the person next to you talking as loud as they could) and only had to wait 5 minutes, even though there was a line at the door. Excellent service, very friendly and they made our requests seem like no big deal, even though I know we were a pain. Food was fantastic as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly and Fast
    marissa
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Make a reservation for sure. I did one online and they brought us immediately to a table while many people have to wait a long time. Long beer list and great service, very fast, reliable food.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best BBQ in upstate NY.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food is fantastic with a wide variety, and great side dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value and variety
    GoodEats
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Coming from out of town, we arrived almost half an hour early for our reservation and were seated immediately. Our server was attentive, energetic, and knowledgeable. We tried several sides, bbq chicken and ribs, along with a kid's meal. The kid's meal was giant! We ended up eating some of the fresh fruit (delicious) and fries (excellent) that came with my son's grilled cheese (ok). The black beans & rice and baked beans were the best side dishes, and the bbq was wonderful. The beer menu was extensive, and I love the fact that you can get 1/2 pints and flights of beer- for an indecisive person who likes to try a lot of good beer, this place is ideal! A fun experience, and more food than we could eat for a very reasonable cost.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent BBQ!
    dpinbuffalo
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The bbq, all of it, was outstanding. This is not a BBQ wannabe...its the real deal! Great selection of beers on tap!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Donosaur still best Rochester BBQ
    Canuck4Food
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We head to Dinosaur B-B-Q for our annual fix when we are in town from Toronto and everyone in our group gives it a two thumbs up every time. The food is great. The staff is friendly and helpful and will accommodate anyone with diet problems. We enjoy the hustle and bustle. It is part of the atmosphere. Long may they reign.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, as always
    dontgooutenough
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Dino BBQ never disappoints. Loved the new Dino Poutine! Also had the combo of ribs, brisket and spicy sausage -- the sausage was awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eastman Bound
    Kelly
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Excellent food, service and location. We ordered a little bit of everything and enjoyed it all.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as usual
    bzdr
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great BBQ, vibrant atmosphere, diverse crowd (the usual: families, bikers, and business folks) and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A good spot for dinner
    Food4Thought
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Dinosaur Bar-B-Que restaurant is a bit like the Anchor Bar in Buffalo. It's busy, the food is inexpensive but great and there is entertainment. Even with a reservation at 9:30 p.m. on a Saturday night, be prepared for at least a short wait in the bar. This is a very popular place. That said, it's worth the wait in my view.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    FoodieReed
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    As always food was great, beer was yummy and service was outstanding. Never a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • backlash
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Made reservations for 25, tables were ready and waiting when we arrived, staff was very accommodating and did a great job with orders and reorders, had no problems with separate bills and the food was awesome. A great experience overall, would recommend to everyone.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Ophelia
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The flavor of the BBQ is outstanding, we love the pork ribs best!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Open Table
    LyndaDobb
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This was the first time that we used Open Table for reservations. Excellent!! We were taken right away and seated while others had a much longer wait. We have been to the Dinosaur many times before and always love it. But this time the seating was really fast. We will us Open Table again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Dinosaur BBQ!
    Sk8cate90
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We moved down to Virginia last summer and have been craving good BBQ ever since. We have yet to find a place that even comes close to comparing to Dinosaur. During our trip back to Rochester in July, Dinosaur was at the top of our list. The food did not disappoint. The service was great, as it typically is. The only downside to this restaurant is that it's very loud. We went out to dinner with my brother + his fiance, and my sister + her boyfriend, and it was very difficult to actually talk to them, because we felt like we were shouting. If you want to have meaningful conversation, I'd recommend eating outside. But if you're just looking to stuff your face with the best BBQ around, then it doesn't really matter. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Long wait to be seated and for food
    foodieFamily
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Though we had reservation - we had to wait for some 40-45 mins to be seated. The food took nearly 1 hr to arrive after order. But the food was very good and service was good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    bythebay
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Dinosaur Barbecue offers consistently good food and service. I need to eat gluten free and there is a separpate gluten free menu with many option..
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SteveVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Was in Rochester, NY for business and this place came highly recommended. It was worth the walk there and everything was great. Will return for sure when back in this area!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience!!!
    Euph
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have been to Dinosaur BBQ many times and it is always a great experience! The food is phenomenal, and they handle my food allergies better than any restaurant that I've been to. They are extremely cautious with allergies, and go above and beyond to make sure that every guest has a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud.
    Hr123
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    If you like a loud biker bar this is the place for you. The food is average, salty, BBQ. Eh! Not a foodie place.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • mnakashiVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    My go-to restaurant when Rochester. This trip we tried boiled shrimp with remoulade, a side of collard greens, sweet and sour carrots, pulled pork sandwich, and sweet potato/pecan pie, all staples of southern cuisine and found all to to be as we tasted them in the South. Since the Rochester location is an offshoot of the Syracuse location, this shows that at least in this location the owners were able to replicate the taste of southern cuisine. Often restaurant expansion falls short in this important area. As always, the BBQ ribs were wonderful, without added sauce, a sign of good basting during the smoking.
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    • Noise LevelModerate