Permanently Closed - Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Chicago

4.1
145 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue

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This restaurant is permanently closed.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is a classic barbecue joint and live music venue. The meats at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que are smoked to perfection, and there are also numerous salads, appetizers and sandwiches on the menu as well. With a full bar that features a range of craft beers and cocktails, the atmosphere at here is laidback and fun.

Start with a swag plate that includes a range of appetizers such as smoked wings, deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes and spicy shrimp boil. Larger plates at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que come straight from the pit and include racks of ribs St. Louis style as well as pulled pork and brisket.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Barbecue
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm: Dinner: Sunday- Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm. Closes early Christmas Eve, closed on Christmas.
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Phone number
(312) 462-1053
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We offer pick up, delivery, drop service and full service for all your catering needs!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Sheffield Ave & Fremont St
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Parking details
Valet Parking is offered for our guests $14 Thur-Sun Dinner and Fri-Sun Lunch & Dinner. . Street parking is available.
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Public transit
We are located 3 blocks off the North & Clybourn Red Line Stop
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience here, as a Syracusean living in Chicago, I'm sad to see it go. Thanks for the memories!

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RS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I disappointed with our dining experience. The portions were smaller than one would expect at a BBQ joint. I ordered wings as an entree, which came out cold. I sent them back and they were taken off the bill. Overall, it was not a memorable meal.

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AK
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food. Their appetizers especially fried green tomatoes and sliders are very very good. Cocktail drinks are good.

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OT
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I'm a Dinosaur fan. Harlem is the only one I haven't been to yet. This one had excellent food, but seems to be having some growing pains. The Saturday we were there, they had a problem with a purveyor and did not have ribs. I will say that this proved to be a blessing in disguise. It forced me (and the other 2 people in our group) to order something different. Tres Niños is my go to. The manager was very accommodating and allowed for substitutions. I subbed the sausage, my wife substituted chicken, and the third (a first visit) substituted the jerk lamb (a CHI unique offering). We were all very happy with the results. (But we still like your ribs). I hope this one continues to grow and is successful.
Additionally, I continue to grumble that you skipped over my city (CLE) and we don't have a Dinosaur BBQ yet.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Nice Happy Hour deals. Great quality food

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ribs and sides! Fried green tomatoes a must. Great service.

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JL
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Dinosaur has a great happy hour with $5 cocktails and apps in the bar section - solid deals. They also have a really good combo platter deal that is great for groups -- the menu said for groups of 4-6, we had 4 hungry adults and still had plenty of leftovers -- easily could've served 6. Though we didn't sit there, we noticed a really adorable outdoor patio in the back of the restaurant as we were leaving.
Service was ok -- we were our server's only table for the first half of the meal, but as soon as she got seated a 2nd table we were practically ignored. Asked for some condiments once our food arrived, and she didn't bring them until we were almost finished with the meal. When it was time to check out, their POS was down and they said we couldn't use the gift card we had. I had bought the gift card the week before for my Dad's birthday, and we were there specifically to use the $100 gift card, so that was frustrating. After telling them that the gift card was $100, they were more inclined to actually help us use it. Why they wouldn't have made the same effort for a lower value I don't know. It took a while to ultimately get the check settled due to these issues which made getting to our show at IO a bit of a rush.

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o
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Great food in a causal setting. Very attentive waitress who when asked made good recommendations.

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H
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The was good, but the service was horrible. We had to ask for napkins and silverware.... after of appetizers arrived. The waitress was more interested in what appeared to be her boyfriend who was eating in the bar, rather than her customers. The kitchen forgot part of our meal too.... definitely will NOT go back!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

My brisket was amazing. My brother's pulled pork was just okay. The meat itself was good... but the bun was soggy. The mac and cheese was delicious though.

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GV
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live nearby and we eat here somewhat regularly. Always have good food and good service but when we are lucky enough have Brandy as our server it means great service. Four of us shared an appetizer and then couldn't finish our family style dinner so we took about 1/3 of it home so we could leave room for the amazing peanut butter pie for dessert.

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BE
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Dinosaur BBQ has a very chain/corporate feel to it. The BBQ was nothing special with the exception of the lamb, which was unusual and tasty. The rest of the BBQ had an odd, somewhat chemical flavor to it and very little smoke.

The restaurant itself is pleasant in much the same way that an Appleby's is pleasant - it'd be a perfectly acceptable fast casual restaurant in a mall next to a Chili's but it's not a destination BBQ spot.

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s
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Love their chicken wings. Really great wings. Appreciate all the gluten free options. Brisket was incredibly dry, ribs had very little meat on them, and the pulled pork wasn't tender. Sauces were good. I had high hopes but it's not very authentic. The Whole Foods across the street has better BBQ.

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R
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Family night out, BBQ was very good, restaurant was clean, wait staff good, outside patio if you want to do that.

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JA
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great staff and knowledgable waiter. Consistent food. Only downside is that they ran out of lamb which is the main reason we chose this restaurant over other Bbq places slightly further away from my neighborhood.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Our waitress was absolutely rude to my group. She seemed bothered the entire time and we had to hunt her down to take our order. Customer service is not their strength. Disappointed.....

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2016
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

The food was underwhelming and the portions too small. I ordered the lamb for example and it came in a small pile but I figured that's not too bad. However the pile was just all rice with a little shredded lamb covering the top. The brisket was tough and chewy and about ⅔ fat that was inedible. The ribs were okay but again very fatty. In total I think each of us left half the food on the plate because it was just fat. Now I don't eat much but after that dinner we had to go out for another one because we were still hungry.

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JB
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to Dinosaur BBQ multiple times in NYC, I accidentally walked by and was pleasantly surprised to see one of my favorite places in NYC is in Chicago!

Food and service was amazing and I most certainly will be back!

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PS
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to Dino BBQ in NY & NJ, always great food every time we go. The only drawback is they use to serve PEPSI & now switched to coke. For some it may not be a big deal, but for me I like to have something I can drink with my meal.
But otherwise TOTALLY RECOMMEND GOING THERE.

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MS
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The BBQ was very tender and fresh! I believe they smoke it right on facility. We had pulled pork and brisket and they were equally good. Portions were adequate and they come with sides. I liked the coleslaw, it was crisp and not soggy. The fried rice was a little greasy and the beans was a bit sweet. The cornbread was ok. Cocktails were awesome! Get the Donkey! One thing I like is how they deal with food allergies. They have a lot of gluten free options and make sure that they're cooked and plated separately. Our server was great! She was very friendly and attentive. The restaurant is new and trendy. But it could use more TV to watch the games.

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AH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met friends here. Great beer on tap selection. Fantastic ribs. Cucumber tomato side was amazing. Waiter was friendly and helpful. Great interior. We ate downstairs by the bar. There was music upstairs which was good but would be too loud to have a conversation. So it's great you have a choice to be near music or not.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, service was great. Ribs, lamb, pulled pork, all were tasty.

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L
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To bad they moved out all the sudden from the location.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think our waitresses name was Maria- we dined april 16th in the afternoon for my birthday and she was amazing! She was patient and answered any questions we had about the menu with confidence. It wasn't too busy so we got to sit outside in the SUN! Can't wait to go back to this GEM! I mean how can you go wrong when the name has to do with Dino's and BBQ?!

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CQ
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good time and Good Food! Went for dinner before a Joe's concert and it was perfect!

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e
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Everyone's taste is different. There was nothing wrong with anything I had, just not my favorite BBQ. The sauce was thick and sweet. Nothing really stood out to me. The service was fine. Not saying you shouldn't try it.

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CT
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ribs, fun Syracuse bar and close to replicating the original!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the Syracuse Final Four game and the place was PACKED - despite the large crowd, our service couldn't have been any better. Food was beyond excellent. Our group of 6 had an awesome time hanging and watching the game.

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JP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pork-sket. I died. I will never need to order anything else now that I've tried that.

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NB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I'm originally from Syracuse, NY which is where Dinosaur originates from. It was a very comforting experience to have fried green tomatoes, deviled eggs and some wings slathered in BBQ sauce just like I did in Syracuse. Same quality of nice people to assist & a few Chicago touches to keep your mind in Illinois :)

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F
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find. Parallel to North Avenue (Weed St) but well worth looking for. Great BBQ, terrific atmosphere. Friendly staff who make sure you are having a good time (and eating well).

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m
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2016
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

They didn't hold my reservation. I wasn't late or anything. I was there to watch a game, which they knew because they called me a few days in advance to ask if I was watching that particular game. Ended up seated at a spot where I couldn't see the game. So, terrible experience.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had been eager to try this place after working in the area and smelling there smokey goodness. Man was I right, Everything we had was absolutely delicious! Pulled pork, brisket, drunken shrimp boil, OH man, and the pulled lamb, It was to die for! Even the sides were great. I would definitely recommend this place to BBQ aficionados, foodies, and anyone looking for a good meal.

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Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Being from Syracuse, the home of the original Dinosaur BBQ, we were a little skeptical of the expansion, but we had a great experience here last Sunday in the late afternoon. Our waiter was super friendly and efficient plus the food was delicious! Being able to make a reservation was a real bonus because in Syracuse there is ALWAYS a big wait. Of course part of the charm of the original is rubbing elbows with everyone, but sometimes there just isn't time to wait.

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JO
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Atmosphere was pretty good, there was lots of space! The food was pretty good.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Grabbing some great BBQ from the Dinosaur before a concert across the street at Joe's is a must for us!

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NN
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great waitress who was very accommodating. Food was delish! And good weekday happy hour specials in the bar. Definitely going back. Perfect if going to event at Joe's across the street.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Amazing meal. Service was a little lacking, seemed like they were not fully staffed and prepared for the crowd that would be attending the show across the street. we would've ordered more but never got the chance. Won't stop me from coming back.

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K
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Mac & Cheese was the best thing about my entire meal! And let me tell you -- it was REALLY GOOD. I was a little disappointed we didn't get anything to snack on before our meals came out, i.e. pickles or chips, like other BBQ Joints offer. Their beer list was OK - not my preferred kinds of beer, but my boyfriend really like the Brooklyn Lager.

Food came out fast.

Nothing was wrong, but I don't know if I'll go back -- it was just alright.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very accommodating and was hilarious..

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