Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Troy
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Troy

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Troy

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/locations/troy/
  • Phone: 5183080400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday 11:30am-4:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:30pm-10:00pm; 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: Business Casual
  • 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 spaces available that accommodate 10 to 50 guests. Offering Buffet or Family Style service in true Dino style featuring our award winning Southern-style pit smoked BBQ.
  • Private Party Contact: Patti Nealon, Catering Manager or Michaela Hems, C 5183080401x

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Troy
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 WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Troy reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (39)scenic view (36)great for outdoor dining (26)kid-friendly (22)great for lunch (21)hot spot (21)vibrant bar scene (21)fit for foodies (18)neighborhood gem (17)special occasion (15)late-night find (13)great for brunch (3)romantic (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Ribs great.
    dineindelray
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Although the meat dishes were terrific, we found the side dishes disappointing. Too much tobasco in the macaroni and cheese, rice didn't have enough flavor, not the hearty cornbread I remember from Syracuse.
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    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I was disappointed in the food. It was too spicey and there didn't appear to be a choice in the matter. My granddaughter was with me and she is 9 and she did not like the chicken, nor the macaroni and cheese. Everything to her was too spicey as well. I didn't say anything but I tasted her food and it was spicey for a kids taste. There should be more options.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very enjoyable
    Slim
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is the best bbq place around.I went to the one in troy ny but I live in ma 45 min away worth the ride this my 4th time is year.The food is great and filling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place-Food is fabulous!
    JPJ2
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is my son's favorite restaurant when he visits me. We lived near Syracuse and went to the original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in the 1990's. This is the best restaurant in Troy. It is kid friendly and family oriented. The food is always good and the service is exceptional. Try the mashed sweet potatoes; they are just divine. The ribs are always done perfectly and the flavor is unsurpassed. I highly recommend that people try this place and enjoy the view of the Hudson River.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank you
    happydiner
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I don't eat meat so when my friends want to go to BBQ place I usually have to be satisfied with a greasy appetizer. Thank you for having a delicious portebello burger for me to enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dino rocks
    Annie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This visit to Dino was great. We were not rushed with our food. I suggest when you first sit down order an ap and drinks. That gives you time to enjoy the ap before your dinner arrives. Server was great. Very attentive to drink orders and when our glasses were getting low.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The bar tenders are very good but the food was average at best. The plates were small and overpriced. The food smelled better cooking than it tasted.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Evening
    SNLfoodies
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had a great table overlookimg the water. Dinner was terrific. Server made sure our drinks were full and we had everything we needed. Could not have asked for a netter night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • As good as I've heard.
    betterdays
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Had a sampling platter so I can vouch for the ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, ..... and their spicy shrimp. The ribs come right off the bone, the pulled pork is moist and tasty, the beef brisket is also tender. The peel and eat spicy shrimp is more like shrimp cocktail with a little extra spices. This place is right on the Hudson river, though I did not sit on the porch, it looks like a great spot. This was the first Dinosaur Bar-B-Que that I've been to. I know they are starting to open more of these. If they are as good as this one they will drive all the other bar-b-que places out of business.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    fun2review
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our table had 4 diners. The waitress was WONDERFUL, Allissa, was really great, pleasant, always on top of what we needed, yet not a hoverer. I'll recommend the restaurant because of this. Waitress service is important and makes the meal more enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We are never disappointed with the food, atmosphere or service here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinosaur BBQ YUMMY!!
    Ingie15
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was good, ribs tender, chicken not dry, enjoyed the staff, and the view of the river.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinosaur meat is good!!!!
    Lover
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was actually a really great night out with the lady. We set near a window that overlooked the Hudson, and I love the decor of the entire restaurant. I love the portions even more....my girl ordered the half rack of ribs which looked as if they came from the side of T-Rex (no pun intended). I would of just question the lack of intention we received early on from the employees, but overall they were still nice. I live in the Chicagoland area, so I can't wait till the new opening out here. MMMMMM............
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Slow service but food is so good. I had coworkers in from out of town so I wanted to bring them somewhere different, fun and delicious. We definitely accomplished that goal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • why?
    goldilocks420
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    the service was excellent, however, the food was awful. i expected real bbq favor and some southern cooking. instead my taste buds were assaulted with grease and an icky taste. the fried green tomatoes were nothing but deep fried batter and soggy. the ribs were so dry i needed a knife to try and pry the meat off the bone. overall it was not a good experience and i will never return. sorry.
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  • Delectable eats in Troy, NY!
    DelishBBQ
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went for my husband's birthday dinner and it exceeded our expectations. Our kids had a great time too! Excellent friendly service and amazingly delicious food and drinks! Can't wait to go back and bring family and friends! Thanks for a great time and dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Awesome food as always. We came back after a couple of years (we are now living abroad) and it didn't disappoint at all. Everything were just as good as we remember and better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just what the birthday boy wanted
    Chiefforaday
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My family went to Dinosaur-B-Que-Troy to celebrate my sons birthday. The food was excellent and atmosphere was perfect for the occasion. The staff was friendly and set the tone for a relaxing good meal. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would come back just for shrimp!
    LaraLooLoo
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    My husband and I had a great meal. Started off with a strawberry jalapeno mojito, We had the fried green tomatoes, never had them before, we got the small order just to try and enjoyed them. Then we got a small order of their drunken shrimp......to be honest, I could've eaten a bucket of those with a cold beer and would have been very happy. I will go back for the shrimp alone!!! We also shared an order of ribs with a few sides. The ribs were good, different from the flavor I am used to.but the quality was excellent. To tell you the truth there is so much on the menu, I would want to try something else next time anyway.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service undercooked food
    luvs2eatgood
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I loved the service and over all hospitality of the restaurant i ordered the pulled.pork platter and my wife did also. It was.undercooked.and when.we returned it came.back to over cooked. We told our server but nothing was done
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ribs and outdoor seating
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Rib were very meaty and tasty.Sides and dessert was just ok.Outdoor dining is undercover but I didn't like the picnic table setup and only other option was high table seating.It would be nice if they put in low tables and chairs outside.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time BBQ Lover!
    FlavorQueen
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We made a reservation through Open Table for 5 people at 6:45pm. Making the reservation was so easy! We arrived promptly at 6:45 and were taken right to our table. The service was excellent and attentive but not intrusive. The food was fabulous. We all ordered something different so we got to taste everybody else's food. We ordered Wings and Fried Green Tomatoes. The wings were delicious. I think they were called Wango Tango or something like that. They were big and meaty with good heat and flavor. The Fried green Tomatoes were the only disappointment. The coating was so hard and the inside was just mush. There was no tomato flavor at all. Everything else was great. Ribs, Pulled Pork, Mac n Cheese and Brisket!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You Gotta Go!
    FriendsofAnnickDesign
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Picked up our friends at Albany Airport (from Virginia) Drove to Troy to shop and see the historic downtown area. Used online booking for an early dinner reservation for 7. First time there for 5 of us. Food and service excellent. They even called to confirm the online reservation. My friends all posted their likes and checkins on Facebook. A great kick off for the 4th of July holiday visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Worth Trying!
    TravelwithCookie
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    First & last visit to Joe's Crab Shack in Latham NY in July 2014. There was 1 item on the menu that was available & not laden in preservatives; harmful chemicals; or laden with cheese or deep fried.We chose this sole option and due to the diners that sat across from us and warned us that they hoped our dining experience would be better than theirs, we decided to split a $17.00 "lobster" cobb salad. Sadly, the waitress offered a vacant gaze and came equipped with a bowl...no plates, or utensils to divi up this rabbit food . No ingredients in this bowl resembled a cobb salad. It truly was a bowl of romaine and 4 cherry tomatoes and 1 ounce of lobster flakes. To say it was a sad disappointment, was an understatement! Never Again.
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  • Great service & Food
    Vermonter
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    great experience , order apps and meals and food arrived in record time in a perfectly timed manor. already have recommend to friends ! love the pulled pork and Shrimp are to die for !! and the waitress was awesome as well !! I will be going back to troy for this restaurant !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great BBQ
    ElBBQ
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Went with a group of nine. I made reservations online and the table was ready and waiting when we arrived. Food was great, fun atmosphere, quick service. I will definitely make this a go to place to visit when I am in the area!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The experience was great!
    RxSteve
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Good Food, Good Service and great decor! We three dined out on June 17th. The wait was managable and it was well worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bambino
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Overpriced and average. My son took me out for Father's Day. It took a little while for our server to get to us. Both of us ordered appetizers. I ordered the sausage, cheese, and crackers. Very skimpy. This is suppose to be the place for ribs. My son ordered a 3/4 rack and I ordered a 1/2 rack. Mine were OK. Not very meaty and a little dry and my son's were a little fatty. He could not eat two of the ribs because there was so much fat. The bills was $83.00 and with the tip he spent almost a $100 for 2 people. Had a much better experience at the Rib Shack. Overrated!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open Table Lost my reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great Place to eat, But open table did not set up my reservation. had to wait an hour to get a table. very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Bar-B-Q
    anniversarydiner
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    You know what you are going to get when you go Dinosaur! Relaxed atmosphere with Rock music in the background. Servers always pleasant and efficient. And of course, fine Bar-B-Q smoked on their outside smoker. My wife had had a salmon platter which she very much enjoyed. My son had the tres hombres platter of beef brisket, pulled pork and ribs, which he raved over. I had a combo plate of ribs and pulled pork. Again, they were great. An extensive beer list topped off the casual night out in fine style.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love dinosaur
    AnnieB
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I forgot how much I love a good BBQ! The chicken wings were so good , we ordered again! Wait staff was spot on!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 214 reviews are from the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Troy reviews archive.
  • literally my favorite place EVER
    misodojo
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I love Dinosaur BBQ. I have never eaten something there that I didn't like. LITERALLY EVERYTHING THERE IS DELICIOUS. I really like the Troy location for it's deck, view, parking, layout, etc. One of the best things about Dino is that no matter what you order, your food will be at your table quite quickly. Not only will it get there fast, it will be the GREATEST THING YOU WILL EVER PUT IN YOUR FACE!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Won't be back
    AlwayzOut
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Dined here before the food wasn't too bad, but this most recent visit the food just seems to be getting worse. Received more fat than meat! For cost of everything it just wasn't worth it at all. I'd much rather take my money else where.
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  • Great fun place
    SisterofGibbs
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I've never been before but this place was great. It was good prices for the amount of food that you receive. The restaurant was a bit loud but that fits with the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • over booked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Had reservation but it took a half hour to be seated would have taken longer but another large party didn't show. Food was good waiter was excellent. Hostess was a little rude.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best BBQ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Have returned many times and this place never disappoints, really great food, good prices. Always a delight. Best during the week to avoid huge crowds.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-Mother's Day Dinner with Family
    OccasionalDiner
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had a terrific meal! I'm the only BBQ lover in the family, but hubby and kids found food they loved - smoked turkey, mac and cheese, burgers. I paired salmon and ribs - oh my - DELICIOUS! I'm having leftovers tonight!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    GoodEatz
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I took my b-friend here for his birthday along with his parents- we ordered a bucket of coronas and each had a different type of BBQ- ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and a burger. overall it was a fun time great atmosphere. I will be going back to enjoy some more beer and BBQ!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Going down hill fast
    FoodfanVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Rachel provided the worst service I ever had last visit. No one else, including the bartender would step up. I had to find someone to pay, I had to pack my food to go after noticing the carry out implements, and she never returned. She did not deliver the food, I have NOTHING good to say about her. The food, my ribs arrived burned. I am going to the roadhouse next time I need a BBQ fix, Dino BBQ frankly has stunk the last several visits I used to visit every week, I will not be back for a long while. Food is over priced, over cooked, and they do not seem to care about service. Run from this place.
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  • Excellent
    Luv2EatAndDrink
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Great food and great service. Our group of eight had a great time and we can't wait to go back! Just wish there was one further north, so we could go more often! ;)
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic