Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/
  • Phone: 2126941777x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday 11:30am-4:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:30pm-11:00pm, 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: Casual Dress
  • 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 rooms for parties from 15 to 150 people. Our goal is to ensure your party, business meeting or specialized event is a rousing success. We’ll provide full customization to suit your needs so you don’t need to sweat the details.
  • Private Party Contact: Lizette LeBaron, Catering Manager 6462131709x
  • Entertainment: Live Blues on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00pm-1:00am

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th Avenue
  • Public Transit: 1 train @ 125th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking available. Pay lot is also available on 131st Street (btwn 12th Ave and Broadway)
A word from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem
The Scene
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBarbecue
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem reviews from OpenTable diners
243 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (164)neighborhood gem (130)great for lunch (96)fit for foodies (92)kid-friendly (82)hot spot (80)vibrant bar scene (64)special occasion (57)late-night find (46)great for brunch (37)great for outdoor dining (26)scenic view (9)romantic (8)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Fantastic
    dicktracy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Always a treat to eat at Dinosaur. Love to meet customers and potential customers there. It is a treat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bellyfull
    dinodiner
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The vibe of the resturant is upbeat, the dinning area has a kinda rustic, vintage feel. The dimmed lights gives the place a relaxed feeling. Didn't care much for the graffiti wall bathroom, gave it a crowded feel. Overall the most important thing was the food, and that was value for your money.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must experience!
    Join
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great place, friendly service, good food. Always make a reservation, if you can, because you can wait a long time without one. It's always worth it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bday dinner 👍
    Mommytoone
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    It was amazing .. food was great the server was awesome best birthday dinner I had
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great BBQ
    Bless
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Waitress needs to be a bit quicker, however. Drinks were awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rib Heaven
    RST120VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Best ribs I have had in Manhattan, meaty and juicy. You want to come very hungry, and with reservations or you will wait and wait. The place is packed for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated Chain Restaurant
    Food4Soul
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Based on the glowing reviews, I made a reservation to Dino BBQ expecting a casual evening of amazing food. The experience was mediocre at best. It took a while to get our food, granted she did lose our food order and by the time she returned to retake the order the kitchen was out of our appetizer order. The vegetables were over cooked and swimming in grease, the carrot, cranberry salad was heavily marinated in mayo and the honey corn bread was stale, I've had better at Boston Market. The catfish was well flavored and the ribs and chicken were decently seasoned, however not a great representation of great southern comfort food or amazing BBQ.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I'll Be Back
    EZ2LUVTHIS1
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    the Dinosaur has a great concept when it comes to food and customer service. last meal was on the money, timely and efficient service, very little wait time and laid back however professional service. only complaint would be the noise level, a bit loud especially when having dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BBQ Above the Rest
    cma801
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I've had my fair share of good bbq, but the food here is up on the next level. There was not a single thing I ate that I did not think it was the best I had; from the ribs right down to the deviled eggs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too noisy
    Sjep
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food was delish and staff extremely friendly, but ( on our Fri 7 pm, anyway) impossible to be heard over hollering riot of noise around us. Quitter lunch time much ore pleasant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome ribs
    DanesLoveDinosaur
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The Best spareribs ever. Lots of meat and great taste. Good service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When Normal is Awesome
    RogerRacer
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Been to and have recommended this fantastic BBQ joint a number of times. I thought it would be far inferior when they moved down the street, but it is still up to its normal, awesome standards. Every entree is worth the order, but it is the side dishes that are killer. If you don't order the Syracuse potatoes, your life will be far less richer. Even the walls are fun to look at, if there us a lull in conversation. The service is really nice, starting with the host, the server, and bus persons. It can get busy, so make reservations if you can. When awesome is normal, I go with normal...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • different
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    most of the time dinosaur bbq is delicious. this time they were miSsing something. the food was bland and they first messed up my order. I hope they fix it rather than let it go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best BBQ in Harlem
    jvelez2468
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Love this place. The food never disappoints. Not a place to be if you're on a diet. The Brisket, Ribs and especially the Fried Green Tomatoes. You have to deal with crowds and sometimes long waits if you want a table, but you have an option of the bar and hi-top seats if it's a party of two. Lucky me, I live nearby so I can easily take my order to-go. The pier nearby makes a great place to bring your to-go food and have your own mini picnic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent BBQ
    SuzyNYC
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Ribs are cooked to the point where the meat falls off the bones & are very tasty although a bit fattier than I would have liked. Sides leave something to be desired. If you happen to be on 12th Ave & need a bite to eat, check it out.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistency at it's finest
    1luv2eat
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    My husband and I have been to Dinosaur BBQ several times and the food and service is always excellent. We highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dino BBQ
    ADeBourcyVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had a very early reservations (4pm) but it was a great time! Always amazing food and you won't be hungry til dinner the next day. Must try fried green tomatoes (item, not movie). Best thing ever. Go cuse!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always fun
    Momkat
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great food, excellent service, fun atmosphere, can usually get a good parking spot -- we drive over an hour to eat at DBBQ on a regular basis
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Always delicious, always fun ! I've been to almost every NYC BBQ joints, and I keep going back to Dino BBQ !
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and Delicious, too!
    LoveLunchVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great place for delicious bar-b-que! Well worth traveling to Harlem for good food and drink. Families as well as couples will enjoy the casual non-pretentious "authentic" food and decor. Have brought our friends from Texas and Manhattan and everyone always has a great time! Lots of fun and satisfied tummies!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family Favorite
    TheWolfVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We have made Dinosaur BBQ our Fourth of July tradition. The food couldn't be more amazing. We went through two racks of ribs, the pork/chicken/brisket combo and a set of wings – with a bunch of sides – for four people. It's a fun place with an atmosphere that is unique in NYC. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely would not go back
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Not one one time did our waitress ask if we needed anything, we had to keep signaling her she was at the kiosk eating while I waited for my drink I could see at the bar. Bad service and mediocre bbq
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • My Experience
    GetTheFullExperience
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This was my first time experiencing Dinosaur BBQ. I took my team to lunch and they enjoyed it. I do not eat any type of red meat so i don't think i was able to have the full experience of the BBQ ribs etc. I did order the catfish and it was pretty good. Would i dine here again, for sure. I would like for them to expand their dessert menu. As for the customer service our waitress N'Tasha provided us with good service. Great location.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A place to consider
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    It was a decision that me and my cousins made, a family dinner and it was well worth the trip. It is not a place for you to go often but it is certainly well worth to go there occasionally. Food was delicious .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great BBQ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We we scheduled lunch or as part of our tour of Harlem sites. From the moment we walked in to the offer of dessert we had a wonderful time. Our waitress was extraordinarily cheerful and very helpful in determining what we should taste. The portions were very large and the food was delicious. A large selection of beers complemented the meat very well. Highly recommend if you like barbecue.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Dinosaur
    Liljazzyb
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Love going here, try to go every few months, can be expensive but so worth the wait and the taste. Big place, Make reservations if possible, sometimes its a wait. So don't go hungry unless you plan on hanging at the bar and waiting for a while. But all worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food is amazing !!! But service was horrible waited 10 min for a fork
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avoid the brisket
    Chuck
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Ambience was good but the brisket was so disappointing. Dry and flavorless.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food / Service Improvement
    Marcelle
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Essentially this place is popular and has amazing food and is a great spot for groups and couples just looking for a energetic spot . The hostess however needs to be more aware of customers opposed to talking to her peers instead of taking the time to seat customers and make it a more personal experience . The waiter needs to know the food and taste opposed to just saying everything i great . we purchased three drinks reccomended by him of which he did not state was so strong . let us know what dish is most popular and why it is
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Alwayshungry
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food was awesome! Service could have been better but it was acceptable especially with how busy it always is. We were glad at how quickly we were seated with our reservation as well! Awesome restaurant, we will definitely be back and bring friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timer
    Cliffy
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    My fried green tomatoe's were very good and my husbands chili was excellent. Our main course ribs were not what we expected and our waiter was terrible.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great service
    Birthday
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Our group of 8 was seated in a private booth in the bar area. Our waitress was exceptional as she managed our table with ease along with the other bar tables. Food here is always excellent-my personal faves include pulled pork, rib eye, cat fish, and by all means the salt potatoes! The greens are the best I have ever had. Normally I go for a flight of beers as the on tap selection is extensive but this visit I loved the white sangria which came in a tall glass with brandy soaked peaches. Don't wait-go now!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great tasting bbq
    Chili10039
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I Love the Sweetheart deal. You get alot of food and the bbq is very tasty. If you are on a budget and want great bbq I recommend dinosaur restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Satisfied
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Dino BBQ has to be the best tasting BBQ food in NYC. Prices are good and food is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, 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 LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall experience was good.
    SweetDee1
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I will recommend this restaurant to others, hopefully there's no long wait for service due to food order mixed up.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Here's my quick review.
    Roneats
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Dinosaur BBQ gives New Yorkers an opportunity to eat some great barbque.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • plastic plates
    PhDdiner
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    After hearing about Dinosaur and driving past it for years, I was excited to try it but was disappointed. Corn bread was dry, service is factory like (but terrific waitstaff seem to do the best with what they're given). Food arrives on trays with plastic plates for sides. Very cheap feel. BBQ was just ok, nothing to return for.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't believe the hype
    HarlemsqueenB
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I been here three times in this past year. This last time I went we all received the wrong order and the food wasn't that good. The only good thing was the dessert.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A gem in Harlem
    AngieD
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Wonderful ribs, delicious pork and brisket. Efficient and courteous service. You have to make reservations on certain nights because it gets very crowded. My husband and I had the "sweetheart deal"--a full rack of ribs and 4 sides for $31.00, a bargain and the food was plentiful. My only issue was the noise which can't be helped because it's a huge restaurant. Many families were eating with little kids. I wish the roof was open to all, it would be fantastic and romantic to dine with a view. Go there for the ribs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • optometrist new jersey north
    Drsteve252
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I have been to Dinosaur several times before, this time I was not that happy. The room was very warm, when asked if the AC could be turned up, I was told it was at full capacity. We were a table of 5 had to ask for plates to be brought to the table. We asked for a pitcher of water and got only 4 glasses. We ordered a very large sampler tray. Got a nice supply of ribs and chicken, but only three or may be 4 slices of brisket. They brought to our table three sides, and one of which was wrong. Had to ask for extra napkins(Mind you this is a BBQ RESTAURANT) Food was just OK nothing to scream about.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic