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
68 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (47)scenic view (41)kid-friendly (25)fit for foodies (24)great for outdoor dining (23)vibrant bar scene (21)hot spot (21)great for lunch (20)neighborhood gem (19)special occasion (13)late-night find (13)great for brunch (4)romantic (2)Show More
  • All good ,but....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The young lady selling the T-shirts was awful. She was not pleasant and really down right rude. When you drive an hour to go to a place for my birthday and at the end of the dining experience you deal with such a negative individual, it really makes me think twice if I would drive that two hour round trip again. The food on the other hand was really good and our waitress was sweet but I still don't know if we would come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovegoodbbq
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Very disappointing food. After reading many great reviews on Dinosaur Bar-Be-Cue, finally got a chance to try their food, while visiting my daughter at college. I am not a barbecue expert. But the quality of the food was terrible. My son and I ordered the combo plate with ribs and brisket. The ribs were thin, not meaty and had no taste. The brisket was dry and lacked any flavor, except for some bbq sauce on the meat. We had an appetizer of bbq wings, which were meaty but burnt. The best thing was the drunken peel and eat shrimp boil. Service was excellent, however. I know New York is not exactly known for their bbq, but if this is how Dinosaur does their food normally, it's pretty pathetic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Di
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    It's very easy to make a reservation through Open Table from the restaurant's website. We love the location by the river. The food is delicious and big portion. Service is excellent, we were seated right away and got our drink
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The. Best. Ribs. Anywhere.
    DGG1
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I go to Dinosaur BBQ for the ribs. Hands down, they are the best I have ever tasted, anywhere. Sometimes very juicy, sometimes a little dryer, always perfectly seasoned and delicious. Couple the meal with a table overlooking the Hudson river at sunset and some good friends - and there's just nothing better. The service is always fast and friendly even on busy nights. The side dishes are nice accompaniments to the ribs but could use more vegetable choices. If you don't mind a little walk, there is plenty nearby. NOTE: We called DBBQ for reservations on a Friday afternoon for that night and were told they weren't taking any until after 8:30 pm...too late for us. Instead, We went online to opentable and got a prime reservation for 6:30!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but disappointed :(
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    12 for birthday dinner celebration. No tomatoes or cukes, no sweet potatoes, no Mac and cheese. Really??? They told us about 2 things they were out of after we got our drinks. Then we ordered Mac and cheese and came out and said that was not available! We were embarrassed because we raved to our friends about the food and they were out of the best sides. I felt we should have been compensated in some way. Dinner for 12 is expensive!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & fun
    Mumsy
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Great food, great scenery, great service, fun music in the background - really cool building, much bigger than the Syracuse location. Ask to sit by the water, we had the pleasure of watching a fantastic sunset. Ages 19 - 73 in our group and everyone walked away happy, no complaints from anyone ( trust me, this is a big thing :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Suddsnightout
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    With open table we walked in with a long line waiting . Gave them my name and was seated right away. Made you feel special. Then always with a smile our waitress was prompt and the food was well worth another trip there soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's an OK place
    TerisaofMorgan
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was ok, I didn't think it was anything special. The pulled pork was good, the coleslaw was bland, the mac and cheese spicy with a nice touch of cayenne. This was my first trip back in 4 years, it has vastly improved since then. The friends I brought from out-of-town really enjoyed the food and the view at our window seat. The noise level was almost enough to make us leave though. The music was too loud and required us to have to raise our voices to be heard, as did everyone else in the room.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and beer
    Tim1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Good barbeque selection and great beer menu. Nice view of the Hudson river at sunset!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    DinoPJM
    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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    Special Features:
    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
    • Ambiance
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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
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 221 reviews are from the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Troy reviews archive.
  • 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
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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