Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Stamford
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Stamford

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Stamford

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dinobbq.com/
  • Phone: (203) 517-3272
  • 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: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, Barbecue
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private seating avaialable for groups up to

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Henry Street
  • Public Transit: Metro North Stamford Station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free private lot adjacent to the building.
A word from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Stamford
When you're serious about your bar-b-que...Award winning Southern-style Pit Smoked BBQ. Open 7 days a week for dine-in and takeout with a full bar featuring 20 local, seasonal and craft beers on tap.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBarbecue
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Stamford reviews from OpenTable diners
104 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (74)kid-friendly (46)fit for foodies (41)great for lunch (36)vibrant bar scene (27)hot spot (23)neighborhood gem (23)great for outdoor dining (19)late-night find (9)special occasion (7)great for brunch (5)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • StevenVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Service was terrible. Waitor did not write down order, repeated it back wrong, and then screwed it up. Took crazy long for food to come out. Never got our drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good barbeque and a very good beer selection
    Chris
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    The first couple of times we went to Dinosaur were great. The service was outstanding and the quality of the meat was excellent. The smoking of the meats is still excellent though in some cases the quality seems to have come closer to good than great as in the past. The St. Louis ribs were outstanding. Cooked to perfection, tasty and come easily off t he bone. The fried green tomato appetizer was also outstanding. The side of greens was also top notch. And as mentioned the selection and description of craft beers is unbeatable. The pulled pork was very good if a little on the dry side. The brisket was good, moist and cooked to perfection though could have been leaner - as in the past. The hot link wasn't - good or spicy. The cole slaw was coarse and bland. Not sure what I'll order next time but it won't be the links and the cole slaw. If we'd stuck to the ribs and beer it would have been 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in Stamford. The BBQ is always top notch, the staff is great, and the beer selection is huge. I definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Midweek Treat
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    This is my second dining experience in less than a month! Today I had the 3-wing sampler with hoisin sauce...awesome! Followed by the tossed salad w/grilled chicken...practically cleaned the plate! My "foodie" companion had the ribs & she was amazed! Can't wait to venture up to Stamford town center again so I have an excuse to go to Dinosaur Barbque!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average!
    Bert
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Good service, AVERAGE food. Ribs were tough, Brisket was tender but hadca weird consistency (thick and solid appearance), shrimp had a spicy dauce rubbed on the shells, once I PEALED the shrimp, they lost alot of flavor.Sides (mac and cheese, potato salad, were average. I would not return. There isx much better BvQ in the We a tchester Fairfield area.Quality of food preparation does not measure up to competitors. More like Fast food BBQ
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  • Enjoyed the dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Very casual and inviting, service and food were great. Good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun Night With Dear Friends
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    It was the first time for hubby & me. Our friends who dined w/us recommended this venue. So pleasantly surprised! The nachos were de-lish! The wings were huge & awesome! Of course, we all had ribs which were fantastic. Our only disappointment was the table/booth was a bit tight for the (4) of us. Although the waiter was pleasant & eager to accommodate, he seemed a bit overwhelmed. NTW, we will definitely be revisiting this great new find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fairfielddiner1
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    food is fair. nothing great, but also nothing awful. it's an okay place to get together after work with friends, colleagues for an easy dinner in an open environment. but, it's not a place to go for a conversational dining experience. i didn't expect anything more than received and wasn't disappointed at all. It is what it is - an okay place for a a few beers and bbq of sorts with friends.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good Spot
    MainEaterVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Although we prefer to dine in NYC or other fine Westchester restaurants, this spot is very easy to reach, parking is very easy and shorter drive and wait compared to many area locations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Carolyn
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We have been to this restaurant several times and always been happy. This time was different. We had a reservation but still had to wait. The food was mediocre at best and several of our orders came out wrong. Our server was slow, although she did try to correct most of the problems. Not sure I would go back again. It was very disappointing. And then to boot I received an email that said we didn't honor our reservation!
    • Food
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good BBQ, great service
    Truhau
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Really enjoyed the hot wings. Ribs were outstanding, brisket was decent but a little bland, and the pulled pork better than most. Our server was humorous, attentive and overall great, especially with food and beer recommendations. Definitely come by for the wings and ribs. You won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy!
    DeborahP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    as always, food was great.. however service is rapidly declining... takes forever to get drinks... takes forever to get food... takes forever to get refills... place orders... etc... Please fix this! I love going here but it's getting frustrating!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a must try
    Ferrajina
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    If you like BBQ and BEER there no question you will like this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad
    Feedme
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I've been to the Troy location twice and was very happy. This time the food was good but not great as I had remembered. Our waitress, although very friendly twice forgot to bring our drinks. The wings and the brisket were our favorites.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellant
    Bpotter86
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Had Victor as our server. The best service we have had in a very long time. Great food and all on time
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    stamford79
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Our server was excellent. He was always making sure that we were ok with everything that we didn't need anything.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    our waiter was MIA for most of the night and when we had had enough and had to have another waiter find him, he was less than apologetic and didn't seem to care at all. Drinks tasted rushed and watered down. Other than that food was awesome
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  • Very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This is the 3rd Dinosaur that Ive been to. While the ribs were not quite as good as those in Syracuse I certainly enjoyed them. The service was fast and courteous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    ribs were a little dry this time around (people I dined with reported)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BBQ
    900stunter
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This might be one of the better BBQ places I've been to. I highly recommend the deviled eggs. The food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was delicious, loved the Mac & cheese especially (it had a little kick to it). Server was attentive and helpful. I just wish they did something for birthdays the way other places do
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • That guy Ed--what a great waiter.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I go often to Dino BB Q in Stamford--great bbq chicken and salads. Friday 7-13-14 the place was mobbed. Our waiters name was Ed. Despite the number of guests in house --he brought order to the chaos--service was spot on...other waiters and waitresses we have had in the past have also been very good to excellent. The food here is always predictably VG and so is the service. Good service, has a name, and tonight his name was ED. Thanks for your very professional service. Mark Rustad
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Loved the atmosphere. The food was GREAT! Dino BBQ never fails to disappoint !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Family size is too much for a family of 6. So try to pick a few dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is not my first visit to the restaurant and I have always had positive experiences in the past. This time however was disappointing. Not sure if it was due to the holiday weekend rush but the experience was not good. The table and floor was dirty and we had to ask them to clean up before we could sit. The appetizers came in time but without plates and utensils etc. The main course took a long long time and the food was subpar. The ribs appeared to be dry. Not the same as before. I would try this place one more time assuming this is an anomaly due to the holiday rush but if this pattern continues I would not be going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NYC Comes to CT
    EpicureanKia
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I don't live in greater Stamford so I happened up the Dinosaur BBQ. Having been to the NYC location I was thrilled to see Dinosaur in Connecticut. The atmosphere was lovely and upbeat, the service was timely and friendly and the food was great. As a vegan I was prepared to simply eat a salad while my husband enjoyed the bbq dishes. However, I was completely surprised to find that their menu had several vegetarian dishes that could easily be made vegan. Overall, it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Host tried to please
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    When we arrived, the host seated us in front of a post. When I asked for another table, one was not available. We sat down and in a minute or two he came over and offered us a table that had just become available. Also, the waitress was very pleasant and efficient. The food was very tasty, too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finger licking good!
    LouBVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    By far some of the bet BBQ in the Northeast. Great atmosphere to get together with friends and family for some down home BBQ.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I luv bbq
    Southern
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I luv the original one in Syracuse way more but when I don't feel like driving 5 hours this will do just fine!! Yummy I got the petite trio was awesome!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not special
    dinosaursbecomeextinct
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had such high hopes and everything was good but nothing (save our waitress) was great. Meat isn't falling off the bone (ribs), pork was average and while we liked the brisket, we also understand its not reliable. Beans were too sweet as well. Good band, good cocktails.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food, Rushed Service
    cowboys123VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Normally I don't write reviews. Overall, I enjoyed the food and the place as it was what I expected. However, the waiter kept rushing us which was quite annoying. We would ask for a few minutes to order either drinks, food, dessert..he would come back in less than a minute almost hovering. This happened a few times. Then, when he deliverd the check, he dropped it into the water that was on the table, by accident. Once we filled it out and gave it back to him, he made a snarky comment that the bill was wet and walked away...we laughed because he was the one who put it in the water. I am not sure if I would go back, but it would be based on the server and not the food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still our fave
    avondarcye
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Ever since we discovered Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse NY in 2009 we have been hooked. The fact that there is one so close to us is awesome. Best ribs, meat falls off the bones, plentiful and a wide variety of side dishes. Friendly servers who are professional and accommodating. I love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place to dine n drink!
    Drinkndine
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Good food and a good list of drinks. Friendly Staff. Overall a nice experience .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great BBQ Joint
    Debidoo
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Having lived in Texas for several years I was pleasantly surprised by how good the food was, and how reasonably priced it was too. The fried green tomatoes as an appetizer were crunchy and flavorful. There are several combo plates where you can have a sampling of some of their best offerings. I had a combo plate of ribs, pulled pork, and brisket. All the meat was tender and juicy. Can't wait to go back to try more menu options.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    usually no problems with service. This time our appetizer never came out, something our waiter was oblivious to even when he brought the bill. For the majority of the meal the waiter was MIA. Very disappointed in the service. However, other staff was greatly helpful and the food that did make it to the table was awesome as always.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Met friends there on my recommendation, after I had a great experience at the restaurant in Buffalo, NY. Very disappointed-nice outside patio, but when we went inside the "smoke" odor was very strong. When we received out food the meat portions were cold, the sides were the proper temperature. Meat was also very fatty. I had a combo w/ribs, pulled pork, and brisket. All were cold, fatty. I have visited this chain twice before in different locations, and food was very good both times, but not here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinner Experience
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was great and the service was fantastic. I had a server by the name of Kyle and he was very professional and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great to Excellent BBQ!
    Fledermaus
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The brisket and ribs were excellent, the pulled pork very good; the chicken was, alas, good but not great, and this latter point means I could not give this joint five stars. Coleslaw was too tangy; Harlem potato salad was superb. The peel and eat shrimp were excellent. Be sure to ask for extra cornbread as the muffins are small and one of three was dry/stale. It is a cavernous dining room and was packed on a Saturday night at 6 pm. Reservations are really a good idea. This is a noisy restaurant but the level is tolerable. The service was quick, friendly and professional. The only caveat is that it took a half-hour for food to arrive. The bill for four people with sodas - no alcohol - was 92 bucks which is a good value for this area
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ladies Luncheon
    macmac11VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    There were 12 of us that went to a farewell lunch for a dear friend. The atmosphere, location of our table and just the energy of the restaurant were all perfect. Our server, Crystal, couldn't have been better - she was attentive and friendly and an excellent waitress! We were there for close to three hours and thoroughly enjoyed the delicious food. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for lunch, dinner or a late night snack and will surely go back myself!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.