T-Rex Restaurant
T-Rex Restaurant

T-Rex Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.t-rex-bbq.com/
  • Phone: 5105270099x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: M-F 11:30am-3:00pm

    Lunch: Sa-Su 10:30am-3:00pm

    Dinner: Su-Th 3:00pm-10:00pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 3:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Lafferty
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have an outside catering menu which can be delivered as well as picked up. Go to our website at www.t-rex-bbq.com and find the catering section.
  • Entertainment: 6 Tv's, 3 in Bar and 3 in restaurant.
  • Special Events: Any special event? You can call Cody to book a table and any requests are welcomed. trexcatering.events@gmail.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gilman Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
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T-Rex Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.5
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (14)neighborhood gem (14)kid-friendly (13)great for lunch (13)vibrant bar scene (10)fit for foodies (5)hot spot (4)special occasion (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Tastey food, good service.
    JoyDeBake
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Tastey food, good service. Was a little surprised that our waiter sat down at the table with us when taking our order. Self-serve water carafe on the table was lukewarm...we could have used some ice. But food was good and plentiful. We will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelmed
    judybug
    Dined on 4/9/2013
    Four of us had dinner . One was really pleased with their baby back ribs. The other thought theirs was dry. Pulled pork diner not pleased with their meat or coleslaw. Beet/ goat cheese salad was good--a bit too much of it for me though. We didn't eat dessert, but the slices presented on a tray looked very small and unappetizing. This is our second visit, and we were underwhelmed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been here many times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    We have been here many times since opening night some years ago, and have watched the quality steadily decline. Tonight was our first visit under the new owners, and we were sorely disappointed. The baby back ribs were Ok, if uninspired. The beans were watery and bland, and the Brussels sprouts were soggy with excess fat and short on taste. Sadly, our T-rex days are now begins is.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An Excellent find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Never knew this restaurant existed until I received a recommendation to go there from Golden gate Fields race track. Wish I had known about this establishment before, will come here more often. have recommended this restaurant to other businesses in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed their all you can
    Edna
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    Enjoyed their all you can eat BBQ which they do monthly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    RonB
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    We dined at TRex with a party of 10 to celebrate a birthday. The tabla was already waiting for us upon our arrival. Service was very good and attentive. The food was excellent. All in all a very nice dining experience. I will return to TRex again and recommend it for your dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food great, ambiance nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    food great, ambiance nice and lively. very busy, so service was slow.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday Pig Night
    calg
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Went on Pig Night and it was pretty crowded with all kinds of people: families, couples, friends, etc. Service was very slow - they were backed up due to large response to Pig Night deal, but food was pretty good once it arrived, esp. the sautéed brussel sprouts - which I normally don't even like, the ribs and the mashed potatoes with bacon. there were some mysterious brown things on the plate that were shaped like chicken livers, but weren't. I didn't eat them, but had plenty to eat anyway. It was a lively, fun experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too noisy. Wait staff friendly,
    Bvw3
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Too noisy. Wait staff friendly, but nearly running through the restaurant. Had the "Pig Plate" special. Wasn't as good as hoped. Too noisy to go back. Server was very nice and hndled every reques quickly and with a smile.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic service, fun atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    fantastic service. quite a few items that we wanted from the menu were unavailable, which made ordering for the children difficult. my tuna melt was great but my sister's pulled pork sliders had huge chunks of fat. my son's pulled pork tacos were great. they had forgotten my dish with the rest of the table so they added a complimentary drink which was kind and delicious. also, it was my daughter's birthday dinner, (we picked the restaurant for location since everyone was coming from different directions) the entire staff sang her "happy birthday" and she got cake w/ice cream, she loved it. I would go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too bad...wanted to like this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    First of all....VERY expensive for BBQ. The mac and cheese was too rich...none of us could finish ours. The burgers were hard and dry...I think someone referred to them as hockey pucks...yep! The sandwiches fell apart when you tried to cut them. Just wasn't good food overall. Won't be going back. Too bad, nice space and easy parking. Just won't pay that kind of money for bad BBQ. Read some other reviews and decided to give it a shot....now I see what others were saying.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service and environment.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Excellent service and environment. Food was only fair this time. Short rib looked great and was recommended by the server but was so fatty I couldn't eat it. My friend had the ribs and they weren't "fall off the bone" as suggested on the menu after slow cooked for 12 hours. The mac n cheese, on the other hand, was delicious! This was my third time here and I'll probably go back because it's local and we like the vibe in Berkeley. I think the real problem is that they changed owners awhile back and he likes to change the menu with hit and miss items. The people next to us had the fried chicken and it looked really good! We both wish we'd ordered that instead.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • open camp fire
    ManfredVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    The food was good but no longer great. What bothered me the most was the smoke-filled atmosphere. Our clothes smelled like we were camping next to an open fire pit.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Although the food was good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    Although the food was good, the service and lack of knowledge of the servers really detracted from the meal. At 6:30 PM they were out of oysters and ribs. Server forgot to tell us until meal arrived. Obviously a lack of communication and poor training of the wait staff. Server was pleasant but embarrassed. What food got served was succulent, ribs, cornbread the best I've ever had including Texas, mac-n-cheese. BBQ sauce tasted bottled and Not spicy at all leading me to believe they put the wrong sauce on the plate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tried this place for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    Tried this place for brunch based on recommendations from several friends. They have a small brunch menu on Sundays. However, both my dining companion and I ordered from the menu and were told that the item wasn't available. They had cornmeal banana blueberry pancakes, but told us they were out of bananas and blueberries and asked if we'd just want pancakes. I ordered the duck confit hash, but they were of course out of duck. I settled for a brisket hash that was chewy with big chunks of fat. There are fun places for brunch (Boot & Shoe Service, Luka's) in East Bay, so I would never go here again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They were out of nearly everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    They were out of nearly everything on their menu, they brought the wrong meal for one of our table of four, and the waitstaff seemed put-upon.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unfortunately, this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    Unfortunately, this restaurant has changed considerably over the last several months in our opinion including the food, the comfort, the noise in the restaurant. We would suggest that the new owners do a survey of its customers to find out what needs improvement. We would suggest the following: refocus on the food and the deserts,returning the old cornbread cake dripping with honey would be a big step in the right direction, move the leather chairs back up stairs, they were very comfortable up there but not in the busy downstairs atmosphere, go back to the sports television and cancel the loud over head music. This was one of our favorite restaurants and it appears to be slipping away.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot for a weekday lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    I met a long-time friend at T-Rex whom I hadn't seen for ages and we had a great lunch of oyster Po-boys. I added crispy fries to my order,... and it was a wonderful and tasty meal. This was a weekday lunch and the restaurant was almost empty which made our long conversation very pleasant. The wait staff were wonderful- both attentive and encouraging in terms of letting us dawdle through lunch with ample time to catch up with one another.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This used to be one of my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    This used to be one of my favorite spots but unfortunately I will not be coming back again. The service has always been just okay but the food and drinks made up for it. The food has steadily gone downhill. A few comments: Garlic mashed potatos - could not taste any garlic Cornbread - no honey, just a pool of butter and dried out cornbread Margarita - tall glass that tasted like sour mixer. I ordered a special tequila and only wanted agave nectar and lime. I had to send it back as it was not "drinkable" Meat - all just sort of bland Sorry, I would love to give rave reviews but things are not like they once were.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is the place for smokey
    kangaVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    This is the place for smokey BBQ. Food is tasty and the portions are a good size.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Much anticipated visit as
    vegasbabyvegas
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    Much anticipated visit as my brother for his bday celebration wanted brisket. We were a party of 5 adults and 2 kids. We arrived and were seated but no kid menus were avail. The hostess said they were being printed. (10 minutes later when I got up to ask she said they were still working on it.) Food order came incomplete. Waiter never came to see if we were ok. After 10 min of trying to flag him down we finally told him one person still hadn't gotten food, and he offereed no apology said oh and disappeared again. We wanted to get refills on drinks andwater but he rushed off before we could ask. One person ordered a drink that never came afer two repeat requests. Getting coffee was impossible. Fries were overfried & greasy. Had to send back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hadn't been there is a while
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Hadn't been there is a while but it was a great in between spot to meet some friends from Marin. Service was very good and so was the food. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • still hoping it'll get better
    MDA223VIP
    Dined on 1/1/2013
    party of 6 with 2 kids, arrived early but the (nice)hostess was able to seat us. we ordered everything to share/for the table. we waited 40+ minutes for the first dish (mussels) to arrive--one plate, of several, for the entire party--then, the 2 fried chickens aside, the rest of the food was brought up one-by-one, with 5- to 10-minute gaps inbetween. except the chicken, all the "hot" food & side dishes were either cold or luke-warm. we sent back the cornbread because it was stale & refrigerator cold--i used a fork to divide the cornbread, when i put it up against my lips the fork was, literally, chilled. over the years, we've eaten here several times, each time we hope it won't be as bad as the previous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love T-Rex, but was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/1/2013
    I love T-Rex, but was very disappointed when they moved the comfortable chairs and tables downstairs. Please put them back upstairs!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too noisy ...couldn't have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    Too noisy ...couldn't have a conversation without making an effort to raise our voices. very young crowd
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic