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About Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Buffalo

Award winning, Southern-Style Pit-Smoked BBQ featuring ribs, chicken, pork & brisket. Full bar with 20 local, regional and seasonal draft beers. Dine-In and Takeout. Open 7 days a week. Reservations taken for parties of two to 10. Half the dining room is held open for walk-in guests. We also offer free parking for our restaurant in the lot directly behind the restaurant in stalls designated for the Dinosaur. Parking times are Monday thru Friday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday all day until 2 a.m.
Catering is available.

301 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Closing early Christmas Eve, closed on Christmas Day

Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Half the dining room is held open for walk-in guests.

Cross Street:
W. Chippewa St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(716) 880-1677

Website:
http://www.dinobbq.com/

Parking Details:
Free parking available at 65 west Tupper (corner of Tupper and Franklin) available Monday - Friday, 6:00pm - 2:00am and Saturday and Sunday, all day until 2:00am.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Buffalo Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (45)
Fun (44)
Comfort Food (43)
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Good for a Date (29)
Good for Groups (29)
Great Beer (27)
Great for Lunch (27)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Bar Seating (23)
Special Occasion (22)
Worth the Drive (21)
Kid-friendly (18)
Happy Hour (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Authentic (16)
Hot Spot (16)
Quick Bite (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Live Sports (12)
Live Music (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
People Watching (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Spicy (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Cozy (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Seasonal (3)
Business Meals (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Romantic (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Brought my son, his girlfriend and my wife and daughter for pre Thanksgiving dinner. Loved it

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Seasonal, Romantic
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·Dined 6 days ago

Food and drinks were fantastic. Service was excellent. Was even offered a free round of drinks just for switching tables. We had a wonderful time.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fun, Spicy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, People Watching, Live Music
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·Dined 6 days ago

This was our first visit and we enjoyed everything. My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and had theater tickets which was our reason for choosing to eat here. I reserved a table online and we were pleased to be taken to a table right away, though it was only after 5:00. The Reuben was excellent and my chicken sandwich was very good. Fries were delicious (homemade) and so was the coleslaw. Chocolate ice box cake was very good too. It was very crowded, so the noise level was high. Our server was Santo and he was great. Luckily we had no parking issues either.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 6 days ago

Good food and good service! Service was efficient, friendly, but not hurried. Felt like we could really take our time or be out quick if we had to.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Service was good, food was great, cleanliness of the table not so great my arms were sticking to the table.

The old wood is very nice but you either need to put a tablecloth down or scrubbing better.

Tags: Fun
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Nice place for a bite before a show. Service was attentive, specials were awesome, and came out quickly. We had plenty of time to grab a drink before our show

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Quick, friendly, and great BBQ

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our food was served quickly, hot and with a smile.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The Dinosaur BBQ never disappoints. We had a group of 7 ranging in age from 10 to 73 and every one loved it. I had the poutine and it was amazing. They make it with pimento cheese instead of cheese curds. Pure genius! Great brisket, ribs, chicken and pulled pork.

Tags: Great Beer, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Fun, Casual, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Everything was good and as expected, we will be back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Have visited a number of Dinosaur Barbeques in the State, and this was as good as the others. Food choices are both unusual and very tasty. I am a vegetarian, and there is always more than enough to choose from. Wait staff was very friendly, and food was excellent as always.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Good chow. I thought the chicken pieces which were included in the family platter were too small but the food overall was very tasty. Beer prices were in line too.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fun
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was Great! Defenatly would recommend going there.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Casual, Bar Seating, Fun, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Came from Canada for a concert at town ballroom and always walk over to dinosaur BBQ when we're there. Great food and nice and close to the venue

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

ribs had a horrible, hard, hard crust on them. By the time you got around to what was under the lousy crust, there wasn't much left to enjoy.
The brisket was way too fatty; the mac and cheese was only fair.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Excellent food, server was very efficient and promptly brought us drink refills.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Lunch, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We brought a couple with us who had never been to DinosaurBBQ and they raved about it!

Tags: Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

First time I was to the Buffalo location. Great BBQ and excellent service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Good restaurant for a tasty experience. Well known for its BBQ foods and is a fun place to go to with friends!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Live Sports, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great southern BBQ place. Food was fantastic. The service was great.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Fun, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

ribs were not fresh, dry and not the best tasting. have been at this restaurant on a number of occasions - always very good. disappointed this time.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was good, waiter was great - overall a good place for food, fun & friends

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Favorite place in downtown Buffalo! Super great food - they do pork authentically and masterfully.

Tags: Good for Groups, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Food was absolutely amazing. It came quick, fresh and hot. Service was stellar. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great meal.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Good spot for a pre concert dinner. Good ribs, good atmosphere. Easy to get too, while still downtown.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food & great service at a fair price. Good atmosphere with live music. Highly recommend.

Tags: Live Sports, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Business Meals, Fun, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Live Music
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 30, 2017

A good experience. Nothing more than that. The restaurant was almost too noisy and made it difficult to have a conversation with the person right across the table. Food was average. Plate was a bit too small for size of ribs and sides. Table was tight. Had to pay $20 to park as the rear lot was full.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We love Dinosaur BBQ. This is our go to spot before going to the Casino.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We have been to the Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester a few times and decided on trying the location in Buffalo! We loved it! If you're up for some classic pub fare, it can't get any better. Everything is super Yummy!!! We tried a tasting of many items on the menu from the wings to ribs and poutine, fried green tomatoes to baked beans and cole slaw and all were fantastic! Lots of leftovers. Ambience is laid back and roomy, you don't feel crammed in as you do in the Rochester location. We would definitely come back. The service was excellent, very attentive servers.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Live Sports, Great Beer, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

We receieved the worst table in the restaurant. It was in the very corner right next to a large pole. Our appetizer (Bbq nachos) were good but we were only given about 10 chips for 4 people. Very skimpy. Our waitress didnt come over once to check on us during our meal to refill drinks or to see how the food was. We also did not receive the cornbread that was supposed to come with our meal. For how much we are spending, we had a bad experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

First time there. Great food and service. We will be going back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

It took 25 minutes for a martini to get to the table after ordering. Not saying it needed to be free but the server didn't even acknowledge it.

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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Food was very tasty...... Colleen, our waitress, was very efficient & accommodating ok, as well as friendly. We had a great experience & look forward to going g back again and again !!!!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Over priced. Food was very mediocre and dry. Reviews do not accurately portray experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

I didn’t know they allowed dogs in the restaurant and I’m allergic. I didn’t mind the service dog of course, that’s a given but the poodle that was at the table next to us was not a service dog. The restaurant was packed and we had a big party, so I just suffered through dinner. That’s my only complaint. The food was good otherwise.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Awesome place. Great food, better service, and tremendous price. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fun, Live Sports, Happy Hour, Live Music, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Very enjoyable night and food was excellent. Waitress let us know the Mac and cheese the young girls had had a little kick to it.to me that's incredible service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Live Sports, Authentic, Cozy, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Great Beer
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food quality seems to have slipped since prior visits. Ordered a combo platter with ribs. Ribs had virtually no meat on them - very disappointing. Corn bread was bland, baked beans were so-so.
Service was very good...kept our drinks refilled and was very attentive.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food was good, but the service was poor. It took a long time to get our food and to get any sort of service. The restaurant wasn't busy and it seemed like they had a lot of servers, but they were not attentive.

Tags: Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Dinosaur BBQ is a great place to go. The food is really good, the staff is friendly and my gluten free daughter enjoys it too. Beer choices are excellent for him but no Pinot Grigio for me. I live with the Chardonnay.
Live music with Tommy Z always a good night.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Good for Groups, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Gluten Free Options
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