Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem

4.2
2816 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue

About

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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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
food
3.9
service
3.9
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4.3
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NicyC
New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The restaurant it self was a little worn down but I think that was part of their theme. The hostess was great and offered us a booth and it was ready in a few minutes and the manager was great as well. The only issue was our server she took about 15 mins to drop our check and repeatedly walked passed us and forgot our drinks or just took to long. At first I understood since she did have around 7 tables to take care of but at the end of the meal there only about 3 left. She wasnt a very a good with the service. The chicken steak was delicious, my pulled PROK sand which was okay and the Mac and cheese was weirdly seasoned but the corn bread was delicious!

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vipjennkay
New England
51 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great place for a family get together. Food for all, welcoming. Fun.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The food was great the wait to receive my appetizer was pretty long it came 5 mins before my actual food came that was a con. The wait to be seated was good because I had reservations

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vipMaurs
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it , the food was so delicious, the service was great our waiter was amazing . Will go back in the near future.

RM
RachelM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience1

We have come to Dinosaur BBQ for years! Unfortunately things have changed. The restaurant feels dirty and greasy. The chicken was under cooked. The order was't right. The bathrooms were dirty and not kept well. The restaurant was very hot- the AC wasn't sufficient. We felt sick and left as soon as we could feeling like we don't want to return. We have been coming for so many years- and it seems like it is going downhill. There is nothing healthy offered on the menu, and the plastic plates are all scratched up and the tables feel greasy. I literally felt sick being there. Our family used to look forward to going to this restaurant- but now feel like we don't want to come back. We had been coming here for a decade. Disappointing! Dinosaur BBQ raised their prices, but offered nothing more or better and has not kept up with the times.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food. Service was a little slow but not annoyingly so. Glad we had a rez bc it was mighty busy on a Sunday!

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HannyR
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience3

This was not our first time dining at the restaurant. We came to celebrate Father’s Day as my husband and father really enjoy the food here. I also held my baby shower in their event space upstairs which went off without any issues. My negative review is due to our last visit here on Father’s Day. The place was unusually not as crowded as I would have expected for Father’s Day. We were seated promptly as we had a reservation. We came with three children under 4 years of age and in total were a party of 8. Our appetizers and drink orders came out late, we waited for them for about 30 minutes. But had no idea that this was the beginning of the most horrible service we would experienced at this place. We then waited more than 2 hours for our food! After complaining to our waitress and manager, they brought out a children’s plate that all kids had to share as they were starving and growing very impatient. The manager finally came out with the rest of our plates. Some had certain things missing and replaced by other times as he said they had ran out of certain things we ordered. He gave us a discount but the entire party came out feeling completely disastify with the food and service.

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Hospital
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We were a party of 10 present for a business meeting, and were cramped into a table with hardly any room. I had to sit sideways as I was pushed on a wall; very uncomfortable. The service was sub-par as we waited 30 minutes alone for water. Our waitress seemed overworked and could not juggle all the tables she was serving. As being a party with the most guests and an included gratuity, it would have been nice to see and speak to our waiter more as we had several issues one including them missing 2 members orders. The food was amazing but the service really has us questioning whether to come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was very good except for the time the crying baby was next to us

MK
MichaelK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love this place. N to only does it have the best ribs but it gets a great mix of people. Everyone who works there does a terrific job of making the meal a relaxed event.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food isn’t as good as it used to be . Ribs were ehhh. Second time in a row disappointed.

AP
vipAlexandraP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sevice. The waitress, host at the entrance, everyone just super friendly!

DB
DennisB
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food. Pretty good service. Super loud, so not ideal for dates.

A
Alena
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service provided by Mel - very attentive and helpful in deciding with what to order.

RG
RosaG
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, I enjoyed my time my only complain would be the cleanliness of the rest rooms .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall4food5service1ambience4

We got there at 4:50...did not get food until 6:30, all the tables around us came later and got food earlier
BUT the feed was really yummy!

MR
MoisesR
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great ,Service was slow but good was worth the wait.

RM
RachaelM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was not as good as it used to be. Service very slow.

SM
SMoniqueS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food just in time for the Memorial Day holiday. Our service was really good and the wait staff was very attentive. The donkey punches are amazing.

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danyg
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Dino bbq went there for my husband’s birthday Food was amazing.
Nice variety of beer. Service was outstanding.
Kevin our waiter was very personable. His recommendations were top noch. We are foodies,My husband works in the restaurant industry so he is picky ... he still talks about how awesome this place is , will be our new go to place.
Must try:
Fried green tomatoes, wanton tango wings, and the combo platters

CC
CarlosC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance was great. I was blown away from the amazing food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family gathering for the holiday weekend

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Gonzgri1
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Reorders were slow, but food always amazing.

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vipnycmary
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food, huge portions (had the family special), friendly, helpful waiter. Overall a great deal--and lots of fun.

EL
EmeseL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommend the cubano sandwich, green fried tomatoes and cheesecake.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall5food3service2ambience4

The host Tatianna was very accommodating . I was late for my reservations and I called in before time and she told me to come in when my spouse and I arrived to the restaurant we had a short wait . She was very kind and calm despite the place being extremely busy . My spouse and I are regulars @ this place ! The food is always delicious .

DM
vipDML819
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We will not be coming back - used to be so good and now dirty, mediocre food and terrible service.

LC
LaurenC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Our food was good but not as delicious as usual. Our entrees came out before our appetizers. All the food was lukewarm and the apps were cold. The restaurant was not busy but our server was overworked. No one greeted us upon being seated. Our drink orders were taken over 15 minutes after being seated and delivered much after that. We asked for water in airgun Mukilteo times but did not get it until after our entrees came. This was all very disappointing as this was a belated mother's day celebration.

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kellim
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had so much fun at Dino for my sister's bachelorette party. It was truly the perfect place to get some delicious food and have some fun!

SB
ShalanaB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall2food1service1ambience1

We were seated quickly but had to wait for service quite some time. Then when she arrived she seemed to have some sort of attitude which made me want to leave right then and there, but we stayed since we traveled a great distance to try. Food came out on silver trays reminded me of prison. The ribs were good the brisket and pulled pork tasted like lighter fluid and very fatty. The mixed greens were from a can. The beans and rice had no flavor. The only thing worth having was the mac and cheese and the salted potatoes. I will definitely not try this place again nor will I recommend this place to anyone. I feel it might taste a lot better in Syracuse since that was the only reason I wanted to try it a taste of home.

Need better cooks.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I’ve had BBQ in alarmist every state and likely every type. This was some of the best stuff I’ve eaten. I’d normally not get wings and a Cuban sandwich, but I split it with our party, and was not disappointed.

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Beth
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We've been here on multiple occasions where this establishment has been packed to the max with ppl lining up outside waiting to get in. That was not today's atmosphere....The good: The hostess was great and we were quickly seated. The bad: Our waiter seemed overwhelmed or just didn't care he rushed us to order our appetizers & meals and then ran off without taking our drink orders. It took about another 10-15 mins to locate him to order our drinks. Once, we received our drinks he disappeared for the rest of the night. When the meals finally arrived only 4 of 6 received our meals. It took over 35 mins from when the meals originally arrived for the last person to receive theirs. Mind you she only had pull pork sliders, pull pork being the same meat 2 of the first orders had. Our waiter finally showed up at the very end only after I had complained to 2 separate hostess. Too little too late by then she had received her meal and we just wanted to go home. A lady who introduced herself as the wait staff manager comped us for the 2 meals that were forgotten/lost (who knows? we were never given a reason for the extreme delay) but we would've preferred to have great service before anything else.

DR
DianaR
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I had made reservation and was told I would be seated in a few minutes. 45 minutes later I asked hostess how long was the wait and I was seated right away. I was skipped over several times. If I had. Not asked I would had probably still be waiting. The fried green tomatoes were great and most of the apps. The ribs were a bit burned and dry. lol I had a ribeye made perfect but had zero taste. I had to put some butter and salt. Good place to go for drinks and apps.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was pretty good! Definitely a good value.

YB
YukkkkBADEverything
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service and delicious food. Had reservations accommodated me quickly.

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tarrilr
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Food was good with decent portions. My ribs were a little on the salty side but all was good otherwise. My next meet up can be there.

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Tech
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food waited with reservations a while for table

KB
KatieB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We had a reservation but still had to wait nearly 30 min for our table.

KW
KeyairraW
New York Area
1 review