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About Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Newark
The Syracuse-based barbecue phenomenon plunked a sprawling roadhouse with all the familiar back-road accoutrements into an abandoned meat factory. The roll call of devotees includes area families, couples on casual dates and old friends alike.
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. Delivery available from 11:30 Am until 8:00 PM
Catering is available.
Newark, NJ 07102
Hours of Operation:
Closed for Christmas. Closes 4 p.m. Christmas Eve. Open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
Monday -Thursday: 11:30am to 10:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am to 11:00pm,
Sunday: 11:30am to 10:00pm
Delivery Hours 11:30 AM until 8:00 PM
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
Party at our house! Semi-private spaces available for parties of 12 to 50 people.
Private Party Contact:
Howard Agriss, Catering Manager or Judy Anderson, : (862) 214-6060
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Newark Ratings and Reviews
Unfortunately we didn't get to eat our dinner. We arrived at 5:45 pm. Told the waitress we were attending the 7 pm bball game next door. Placed our order for apps, drinks and main course. Got our apps/drinks by 6:20 but kitchen was backed up due to large parties and bball game attendees. We had to leave w/o getting our dinner. Disappointing. Waitress was very nice though.
The service staff was great. Exceeding all expectations. They had my Kane overhead beer on tap so big plus on that for beer selection. I was however not thrilled about the food. Wasn’t terrible but I expected more for a bbq place. May just been what I had but I will most likely not go back in and spend a hundred dollars again to find out.
I have eaten here a number of times. My 4-star rating for food might be overly generous, but I've never felt cheated here, either. I ordered the potato salad as a side this time, and probably won't in the future, but my catfish was very tasty; the collard greens, while not the best I've ever had, were certainly satisfying; and the "Asian" cucumber salad was a perfect, refreshing accompaniment. I wish that they automatically supplied hot sauce at the table, because my husband's pulled pork probably could have benefited from an additional "kick." Dino BBQ is our preferred choice when we attend events at NJPAC. If the NJ Devils are playing a home game, or there's a major event at the Prudential Center, it can be extremely crowded beforehand.
My friend and i dined before the Lana Del Rey concert. We wanted something close to the venue. My friend got the pick 3 and I had the wings. Both were amazing. Plus I love places that i can get real sweet tea other than that crappy Lipton stuff haha. Steven was our server and he was great! We will be back!
Entire staff is clueless. I made a reservation for 7:30 on opentable. I arrived at 7:15. I was told I had to wait till 7:30. The place was empty and another group of people came in without a reservation for the same amount of my group and sat down right away. When I asked the girl why she said she was honoring my 7:30 reservation. Are you kidding me?
My server was as no better. 3 of the things we ordered were no longer available. Again are you kidding me. She then brought our ribs, etc on plates. The found normally comes out on trays. When I asked why she said they were out of them. I kid you not. My food also did not come with cornbread. When I asked she looked at me like I had 3 heads. She then proceeded to bring me 2 tiny pieces of cornbread 20 minutes into our meal which were clearly from some else’s leftovers.
I went here because I was at a Seton Hall game and have eaten at the Harlem Dinosaur BBQ which was 10 Times better than this dump.
Manager needs to be let go immediately as this place is a disaster!
Get the food via takeout if opting to dine in, only drink beer from a bottle , service is a mess from front of house to back, manager inattentive at the bar to the dumpster fire occurring around him. Multiple tables complained about service to minimal response. Won’t be going to this location again.
The food and waitress were great. I’ve eaten here many times in addition to Harlem and Syracuse locations. I have 1 criticism. I made my reservation 2 weeks ahead of time to eat pre-Seton Hall basketball game. The day before, I received a text message from the restaurant confirming my reservation. The morning of the reservation, I phoned the restaurant and asked if I could make it 30 minutes earlier. The man said yes. When I got to Dino BBQ, the receptionist told me Dinosaur Barbecue does not take reservations on game days. I showed her the open table confirmation and text from the restaurant to me. She said it did not matter. My reservation would not be honored. We had to wait 30 minutes to get seated and then could not order appetizers (I love their Wango Tango Wings) because we’d be late to the game. I would have appreciated it if she would have moved us ahead of the other groups because the mix up was their fault. I’d have given them 5 stars if they would have honored the reservation.
First, I made reservations for 6 at 5:15 and when we arrived, they said they do not take reservations, so why does their website mention reservations..... Next, all 6 of us had ordered from the menu and then about 15 minutes later, we all had to order totally different things cause they were out of what we ordered.... NO SALMON, NO RIBS, NO BRISKET, NO CORNBREAD. We were all very disappointed.
Always looked forward to having a meal here so I made reservations through open table for my son’s birthday. When we arrived we were told that they do not accept reservations made through open table and would be able to seat us. I explained that I made the reservations through their own website which directed me to open table. We ended up sitting at the bar and not my idea of a birthday celebration for my 14 year old son. My recommendation is to update your site so you no longer show as partnered with dinosaur bbq when making reservations. The food was not great either. It’s like another big bbq spot that pre-makes their food and so when it comes out it not hot or made to order. Also they were limited in the side and dessert dishes. What kind of bbq spot doesn’t have mashed potatoes?! I would have to say I ok with not ever going back.
We had an awful experience. First of all we had a show to attend at NJPac at 7:00....knowing this location is busy especially when there are events in Prudential Center and NJPac - I went online to reserve a table for 2 at 5:00pm. When We arrived at the restaurant we were told that they could not honor the reservation because there were events that night and that we would have to wait for a table with a 45 minute wait. We opted to sit at the bar since we had a limit on our time. As we sat at the bar we ordered 2 beers and we received them in a plastic solo cup because they didn't have their pilsner glasses washed. We waited 10 minutes to be served the beer and Were given a menu to order. After we decided what to order is when we were told that 3 of the items we wanted were not available. So now we had to rethink our order. Once we reordered we were told after waiting another 30 minutes that one of the main entrees we ordered were no longer available. Now we have been there for 1 hour and have less than 15 minutes to eat so we had to quickly order something else and scarf it down so we could make our show. Part of the meal was cold. We asked to speak to
Manager since we were having a terrible experience. He explained about the "scratch kitchen" and how it is common that they could run out of food. We wanted the ribs which was the reason we went there and they ran out of Korean and St Louis style ribs. So the manager did comp our meal and he gave us a GC to return on another date. My advice would be avoid a night where they have events going on if you want to get a table and food you wish to order.
We went after and event at Prudential Center. They were not honoring reservations at first because the "system was down". People were yelling and chaos ensued. Finally sat after 30 minutes waiting. We sat by the door and every time it opened we froze (it was 0 degrees out). The appetizer of wings came out cold. The kids food came out quick. But adults took a much longer time. We asked for desert menu while we were waiting for our food (kids already finished) and were told the person who is in charge of desert was on vacation. That's right -there was NO DESERT! I've never been to a restaurant with no desert options. One time a restaurant even went out to buy Oreo's as a consolation to their non existing desert. The staff seemed fluttered and not on top of their game. The entree's were good - but i don't think i would be back anytime soon.
We went before the Seton Hall basketball game. Service started out a little shaky, think it was a shift change. However, once in the groove service was amazing and although they had a huge crowd we were never rushed through our meal and even had another round of beers after our check was paid.
Overall good. Not a lot of communication from the girl at the front desk when you check in. And wasn’t just me. Another group checked in right after me and didn’t say anything back. Checking on tables? It’ll be a few minutes? Just kinda stood there and then we needed to ask what was going on..
Good Food-lousy slow service was especially noticeable as we gave ourselves an hour and 15 minutes to eat and then walk to basketball game just steps away...We made the open table res for 4 however a snow storm delayed our arrival and we called to hold reservation as we looked for parking....only to be told "we don't take reservations for special events"...it wasn't an issue as we arrived within 5 minutes and got a table but if that's the case what is the point of having a reservation???? again slow uninterested wait staff made the afternoon less than what it could have been
The servers were great and very nice but they need to change the front of the house...the hostess was very rude. We almost walked out based on her attitude alone.
Probably won’t go back based on this experience as other good bbq places are starting to pop up in nj and these guys aren’t going to be the only decent place for ribs and brisket any longer
It seems like a lot of their bad reviews are due to reservations from open table not being honored or being lost when patrons show up, which is exactly happened to me.
I would suggest open table and dinosaur rethink their relationship. I don’t think it’s good for either of their reputations to have this keep happening .
They did not keep my reservation. They said open table was not working. Disappointed on that factor. I made a reservation for a reason. They sat me ASAP, which was great and I appreciate and will eat at dino BBQ continuously. But , I would expect more professionalism then the host saying “open table doesn’t work”
I love the atmosphere of this place. How can you go wrong with Bar-B-Que?? The Food is good, but we were there on a Thursday night with no Prudential Center event, and the service was slow. It was 20 minutes before we got a drink. The food was good and I really want this place to be successful, I just wish the service had been a bit more attentive and speedy.
Had a problem this time. Plates were greasy and sent them back. Also I was given a gift card from a friend for $25.00. When I presented it, it came up as only $10.00. Got my friend on the phone and she confirmed $25.00 with her confirmation number which she had placed on the phone. She said on the phone when you order a gift card It has to be $25.00 and up not $10.00. The manager is suppose to follow up on this and get back with me. I was there Sunday and today is Wednesday, no call back yet.
Arrived a few minutes before our reservation at 2 for lunch and there was a line out the door and around the side of the building. They were completely overwhelmed at the check in. Apparently a Disney show just ended across the street and people had reservations but the line out the door and confusion were to much for me to handle so we left. Disappointed!!!
Took several of my colleagues out to dinner while on business in Newark. Uber driver stated not a great neighborhood on drive but clise yo Devil's stadium. Food is clearly the best BBQ around! Love the Wango Tango Wings and pick 3 meats! Everyone raved about the corn bread! Service was exceptional!
The waiter was friendly and helpful. Food was dry and hard. Meat was STUCK on the bone and over-doused with sauce. The waiter forgot about our table. We noticed that the table next to us was also left without service for a long time to the point that they asked to be moved.
Service was excellent and very attentive. Got the ribs and they were off the charts good. Juicy, tender, meaty and very tasty. The sides were excellent as well. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a casual, high-energy place and will definitely be returning here in the future.
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