Permanently Closed - Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Chicago

4.1
145 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

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4.1based on all time ratings
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4.2
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4.0
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Elle1979
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RS
vipRachelS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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.

AK
vipAK312
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Nice Happy Hour deals. Great quality food

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JL
vipJLDubs
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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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occasionaldiner1
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience3

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

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Hoffdine
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2016
Overall2food3service1ambience1

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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2016
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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.

GV
vipGVRgirl
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipBrianE
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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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smoofv
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2016
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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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Rubes
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

JA
vipJoeyA
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall1food3service1ambience1

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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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2016
Overall3food1service4ambience3

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.

JB
vipJBNYC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

PS
PeterS
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

MS
vipMarielS
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

AH
AmyH
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipLovehiddengems
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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?!

CQ
vipCurlyQ
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipeddiec
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

CT
vipChiTown
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JP
vipJPjp
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

NB
NewBurlesqueFan
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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vipFrenchie
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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machetko
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2016
Overall1food5service1ambience1

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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Iluvcalifornia
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

JO
vipJO123
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2016
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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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vipNicole
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2016
Overall4food5service2ambience5

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.

K
vipKdsdashd
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very accommodating and was hilarious..

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Permanently Closed - Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Chicago offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 462-1053.

Permanently Closed - Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Chicago is rated 4.1 stars by 145 OpenTable diners.