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

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/locations/troy/
  • Phone: (518) 308-0400
  • 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: 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
  • good time
    backs13
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This place didn't let me down, after waiting overt a year top finally go and try this place. The service was great, food came out really fast. Ribs and brisket were awesome, wings were good. I'd definitely go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Awsome
    ReservationsVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Found this by searching open table and stopped on our way back home from a trip upstate. SOOOO good. Loved the ribs and pulled pork
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun @ the Watering Hole
    LovinBBQ
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our Open Table reservation got us seated immediately after we waded through the "walk-in" patrons on the waiting list. The restaurant was bustling and jam packed. Our waitress arrived in reasonable amount of time and checked on us throughout the meal several times. Two of the three in our party had special requests that were carried out perfectly. The food was delicious and as described on the menu. My only criticism was the portions were substantially smaller than I remember from previous visits to this and their Rochester location. Other than that . . . A great night out!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Excellent service. Food was okay, not as good as expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Fast service, very energetic staff, great barbeque menu, ambiance is great for group of friends and family
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great BBQ
    dino4life
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    When we got there our Open Table reservation didn't show up in their system but I showed them the email confirmation and they still got us a seat immediately despite the probably 20 people waiting at 7:00 on a Saturday night. We were helped immediately at our table and the food came out of the kitchen almost immediately. This is probably because they slow cook and smoke the meat rather than throw it on the grill right as they get an order. That cooking process makes their food delicious. The chicken was juicy and my brisket was fantastic. I almost ruined it by putting too much sauce on but that is my own fault. What came out of the kitchen was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Perfect food perfect wait staff and good prices nice atmosphere good drinks
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not Great
    EatMeatVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I have eaten in three of the Dinosaur restaurants they have. The building and ambience was great - much bigger than the NYC and Syracuse locations. David was a great server and the food was good. We have brisket and ribs combo with the deviled eggs. The eggs were great (I wish I knew the spices), the ribs were great but the brisket was almost too lean so that it was a bit dry. The temperature of the food was not hot enough. Overall, however, I will come back as I am a true BBQ lover. They do a good job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 star place to eat in Troy
    Brierwood6harper43
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Great place to eat bbq and have a good time doing so.i will go back soon
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in the Troy area - we need to stop here everytime!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service.
    Barret19
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Very happy 1st time visitors and hope to frequent and try different selections. Service was great from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best BBQ
    Harko2
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This is the 2nd Dino BBQ I've been to and I continue to believe it's the best BBQ I've had. I don't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Dinosaur is a great place to eat, it is fun, the food and service are excellent. If you want quiet it is not the place for you. It is meant to be a noisy vibrant place. We eat there several times a year and love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty food. Love it.
    Kfpotomac
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We always come here while we visit our son at RPI. The wait time was long last time, so we reserved online this time, and it was very fast. We love their chicken, pork and rib. We had Family Meal for four of us. The potion was big enough for 6. Good value. Will be back again, of course!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinosaur BBQ Friday 10-24-14
    luvbbq
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Open Table's Reservation was vital .... we floated through over 50 people waiting for a table. The wait staff was awesome. This restaurant was rocking on a Friday evening. The staff seemed to be handling the customer crush very well. The food was great and the energy was unbelievable. Thanks Open Table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall